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#MemeHistory is here to teach you about the history of the world

Why read a history book when you can read this instead?


Ziwe Fumudoh

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 14, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 2:27 am CDT

On Thursday, the hashtag #MemeHistory started trending when @TylerIAm encountered a student’s slideshow presentation about Adolf Hitler. Inspired by the slide, he began adding memes to history’s greatest moments. #MemeHistory soon took over Twitter, with people using GIFs and memes to characterize historical events. It was the Internet’s best offering of edutainment (educational entertainment).

Here are a few of the most important historical moments.

Lesson #1: Dawn of the United States of America

Lesson #2: Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492

Lesson #3: 245 Years A Slave

Lesson #4: Salem the Teenage Witch Trials

Lesson #5: The British are coming

Lesson #6: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal

Lesson #7: Deals, deals, deals and the  Louisiana Purchase

Lesson #8: Free at last, free at last!

Lesson #9: The bloodiest war in American history

Lesson #10: Let there be light

Lesson #11: My heart will go on…

Lesson #12: World Of Warships 1

Lesson #13: Herbert Hoover here is screwed

Lesson #14: USA! USA! USA!

Lesson #15: World of Warships 2

Lesson #16: Sober Season

Lesson #17: New Deal in town

Lesson #18: Tutti Frutti and Rock ‘n Roll

Lesson #19: Sick and tired of being sick and tired

Lesson #20: Ebony and Ivory

Lesson #21: You’re All Communists

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Lesson #22: Deepthroat Nixon

Lesson #23: Cold War Kids

Lesson #24: I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman

Lesson #25: The Thanks Al Gore Gets For Inventing The Internet

Lesson #26: Solid As A Rock

Lesson #27: When the levees broke

Lesson #28: Yes We Can

Lesson #29 : Zero Dark Thirty

Photo via Emanuel Leutze/Wikipedia (PD)

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*First Published: Mar 14, 2016, 11:25 am CDT