What, in your opinion, is the most overrated, over-discussed, overly-written about historical event?
While I do get sick of all the HITLER HITLER HITLER books, articles, movies, and documentaries, and I can see WW2 and/or the Civil War getting some votes in this thread, at least their supporters claim that these events mattered is undoubtedly true. So, in my mind, while they get extremely overplayed at times, those two subjects did impact millions, hundreds of millions of people and their resolution had a serious impact on the future development of the world.
In my opinion, there is no story more irrelevant that gets major play in the US history books than the tale of the Salem Witch Trials. A damn town in New England goes crazy and hangs a few teenage girls for stupid reasons. OK, got it, we’ll put that in the books: “Don’t kill teenage girls for stupid reasons.” Also, “You really need to work on your rules of evidence” – yeah, that might need to be a priority.
While I understand why the story has remained popular (Teenage girls! Possibly having sex! Getting killed for it!), what puzzles me is the number of people who think the SWT has some deeper meaning for the later development of the US. It doesn’t. It was some groups of relatively isolated people who underwent mass hysteria. (OTOH, I have heard arguments that the SWT effectively killed the idea of a theocratic form of government for the colonies… but I’m not sure that the idea was all that strong to begin with, outside of certain spots in New England.)
Anyway, this thread isn’t about discussing the SWT and their effects, but it’s about what you think is the most overrated, over-discussed, over-thought moment of history?