Welcome to The Weemsy Awards™!
We spotlight the most egregious misrepresentations of U.S. History in the past year by politicians, celebrities, executives, and more. We are currently busy collecting nominations for 2020, so if you've come across a real doozy, please let us know. Thanks!
Early in December, The Weemsy Awards™ announce a call for stories about historical numbskullery that took place in that calendar year.
Then, we evaluate the stories for degrees of inaccuracy, absurdity, and ignorance, and consider them for recognition in areas such as The Most Egregious .... READ MORE
Award #1: BIGGEST HISTORY FOOL OF 2019 (aka Weemsy of the Year): The person who said the most incredibly ridiculous and demonstrably false statements about US history in 2019 -
Writer and political commentator, Dinesh D'Souza, who said and tweeted innumerable falsehoods and absurd claims about US history and as a consequence found himself getting repeatedly curb-stomped on social media by real historians. A small sampling of his ridiculous claims include: the assertion that because the Democratic Party supported white supremacy and slavery in the 19th century, that it must always be the party of racism; that “left-wing historians” cover up - as opposed to write countless books on the very topics - the misdeeds of progressives; denouncing Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as “a sicko”; and tweeting that “If Frederick Douglass were alive today, is there any doubt he’d be a Republican and a Trump supporter?”
Runner-up: Donald J. Trump (see Award #3)
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The winners of the
2019 Weemsy Awards™!
The Weemsy Awards™, also known as The Weemsies™, are brought to you by historian Edward T. O’Donnell, Ph.D., host of the podcast In The Past Lane, with help from a collective of fellow historians who are dedicated to historical accuracy. The awards are named in honor of Parson Weems, aka Mason Locke Weems, (1759-1825). Weems was a preacher and bookseller who... READ MORE
The Weemsy Awards™ spotlight the most egregious misrepresentations of U.S. History in the past year by politicians, celebrities, executives, and more. Some awards include -
MOST ASTONISHINGLY STUPID REFERENCE TO SLAVERY
GREATEST FALSE CLAIM ABOUT THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
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