So, your middle school history teacher lied to you. In the latest evidence that you shouldn’t believe everything you read in textbooks, J. David Hacker of New York’s Binghamton University has posited that approximately 750,000 died in the Civil War. Until Hacker published his findings back in December, textbooks had the figure at 620,000. Hacker used old census data to go back and figure out that the number was probably too low. [Inquirer]
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