If you were an American girl at any point in the '80s or '90s, then chances are you already know who the American Girls are. Maybe you had the dolls, complete with their little doll bedroom sets and their historically accurate chamber pots. Maybe you read all the books, played all the board games, and had constant debates with friends over whether you were a Josefina or a Samantha. Maybe you just have a faint memory of a character in a book named Jiggy Nye. Either way, here are a few times that the American Girl books ruined your childhood.
I mean, don't get me wrong, the American Girls were great. The dolls were expensive, but shaped like actual little girls, not like the spindly Barbies of our youth. The books were fun and educational, and introduced us to the different eras of American history. But, as with all historical fiction... sometimes those books got dark. One minute you're reading about Molly's birthday cake, the next minute you're learning about the horrors of child labor. Or child abuse. Or animal abuse, poverty, war, or slavery.
Of course, it's a good thing that the American Girl books dealt with the realities of history in an age-appropriate way. Even if it frightened us as small children. So here are a few of the moments when the American Girls taught you that American history is an unending nightmare: