I can’t speak for anyone else but I for one am willing to concede that someone probably passed tainted blankets to the Indians either on purpose or by accident. That was not the question. It was stated here that the US Cavalry used smallpox contaminated blankets as a form of germ warfare. That just flat did not happen.
I think Hollywood found some success with a movie showing the Army giving smallpox blankets to the Indians and then the concept was copied in additional productions, as it often does. Once Hollywood finds a successful story line they go with…. They could care less about truth or accuracy or anything else but the bottom-line. It’s too bad that so many of us have so much trouble separating fact form fiction.
I have been a long-standing critic of Hollywood’s rewriting of history long before this discussion began. Oliver Stone is probably the worst offender. He simply has no respect for the facts at all. But how many people go to see his movies and them later you hear them referencing incidents in the movie as if they were the gospel.
>>We generally expect Hollywood to take some liberties with facts. But what if Hollywood turns history upside down? Ironically, that's the key to understanding the movie JFK. In scene after scene, the impression conveyed by the movie is at odds with the historical record — even at odds with what conspiracy buffs will admit is the record.<< http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/jfkmovie.htm
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