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- Overall, we rate Ushistory.org as Least Biased based on providing neutral information about American history. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 1995 by The Independence Hall Association (IHA), ushistory.org is a website that provides information on the history of the United States, focusing on the colonial and revolutionary periods.
The Independence Hall Association (IHA) was founded in 1942 to preserve Philadelphia’s historical buildings, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Carpenters’ Hall, and Christ Church. Its headquarter is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Independence Hall Association is a nonprofit organization published electronically as ushistory.org. Here is a list of its board members. Ushistory.org generates revenue through donations and the sale of merchandise on its online store. The store sells various history-related items, such as books, educational materials, apparel, and gifts, which are available for purchase by site visitors.
Analysis / Bias
Ushistory.org is an educational website offering free e-textbooks and resources on US history, focusing on the Revolutionary and Colonial eras. The site also features interviews, including one with James W. Loewen titled “James Loewen- Debunking History.” In the interview, he discusses his efforts to challenge myths and inaccuracies in American history education. Loewen reflects on his book “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” responding to questions posed by an unidentified interviewer called BB Host and other guests named Sara and Rich.
While their affiliation with the website remains unclear, the interviewers ask low-biased questions. For instance, Rich asked Loewen about alternatives to history textbooks, and Loewen suggested shorter textbooks and incorporating different voices, including original sources. Loewen commended the internet’s ability to provide diverse perspectives; although not all websites can be trusted, he believed this could teach critical thinking. In his own words, “the Web speaks in many voices. Some sites cannot be believed. That’s fine. That, too, teaches. Such sites teach critical thinking, which is part of what doing history is all about.”
Generally, reviewing the website’s content reveals fact-based information that is properly sourced.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Ushistory.org as Least Biased based on providing neutral information about American history. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 03/16/2023)
Last Updated on March 16, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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