History cannot be destroyed, if history refers to events that have already happened. The narrative about those events can be distorted, one-sided, ignored or falsified. But that is not history, unless one restricts history to reports written after the fact.
Yes, U.S. history is largely an after-th-fact product of survivors and opiners because accurate record keeping has apparently never been a high priority. (Not so long ago, I was invited to take the position of secretary in a non-profit. When I took minutes at a meeting and then distributed them, I was told that was not wanted. Secrecy was to be preserved. Secrecy is the key to power. I understand that, but secrecy is not my thing).
Perhaps, if U.S. history has been routinely rewritten it was in the interest of secrecy, to secure a sense of power, if not the real thing.
I have great sympathy for individuals who were brought to this country as property, as well as for all who are born into the condition of being owned. Perhaps ownership is the original Constitutional sin and persists to this day. The common heritage in the U.S.– born to be freed at a later date.
I keep being reminded of my college roommate and the trauma she experienced upon being told how humans are conceived and born. And she was not an isolated case. It was Essie Mae Clark, mother of two and double amputee, who shared, in about 1980, that she had been led to believe that swallowing water melon seeds would cause babies to be born. That was after my mother-in-law, a strong opponent of sex education in the schools, proudly admitted she did not know how the baby would come out when her first son was born. She called me a zombie for supporting sex education.