The true story of William Munny is the subject of the 1992 movie "Unforgiven." William Munny was an outlaw and killer who was the title character played by Clint Eastwood. He takes on a last job after spending years farming, away from crime and killing.Know More
This character is not a real person, and it is believed that Eastwood based the character on a combination of real-life outlaws. In the movie, William Munny is hired to bring in Billy the Kid, dead or alive. The book that inspired the script, "The Shootist," centered on a character that was inspired by John Wesley Hardin, one of the most deadly gunmen of the West. Munny was partly inspired by him.
There has been mention that Munny was partly based on Cullen Baker as well. Baker was a Tennessee-born Texas and Arkansas desperado whose gang is alleged to have killed hundreds of people, including former slaves during the early days of the American Old West.Learn more about US History
"Why Don't We Complain?" is a 1961 essay written by conservative journalist William F. Buckley, Jr. in which the author ponders at length on the average American's unwillingness to voice his opinions.Full Answer >
The short story "The Dog of Pompeii" is historical fiction, meaning the story takes place in historical times, yet characters and plot elements are exaggerated or invented by imaginatively reconstructing historical events. In this case, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius is a real event, but the dog's story is fictionalized.Full Answer >
The true life story of Sacagawea is available on the History Channel website at History.com and the Biography Channel Website at Biography.com. Visitors to the Public Broadcast Service website, available at PBS.org, can also read an accurate biography of this Native American woman.Full Answer >
President George Washington was said to have cut down a cherry tree, however this story is believed to be a myth. According to the story, Washington's father found his cherry tree had been cut down and the six-year old Washington confessed to the deed stating, "I cannot tell a lie."Full Answer >