American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never by Seymour Morris Jr.

By Seymour Morris Jr.

“American background Revised is as informative because it is unique and funny. choked with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets and techniques, the e-book does greater than revise American historical past, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford, bestselling writer of The Puzzle Palace, physique of secrets and techniques, and The Shadow Factory
This lively reexamination of yank background delves into our prior to show 1000s of startling evidence that by no means made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known humans and occasions performed unusually influential roles within the nice American story. 
We are likely to think about historical past as settled, set in stone, yet American historical past Revised unearths a earlier that's choked with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. residing out of the country for twelve years gave writer Seymour Morris Jr. the chance to view his kingdom as an intruder and forced him to ascertain American heritage from a clean point of view. As Morris colorfully illustrates in the course of the two hundred old vignettes that make up this ebook, a lot of our nation’s prior is kind of different—and way more remarkable—than we thought.

We become aware of that:
• within the Nineteen Fifties Ford used to be approached by way of jap businesses begging for a three way partnership. Ford declined their bargains, calling them makers of “tin cars.” the 2 businesses have been Toyota and Nissan.
• Eleanor Roosevelt and such a lot women’s teams antagonistic the equivalent Rights Amendment
forbidding gender discrimination.
• the 2 generals who ended the Civil struggle weren’t furnish and Lee.
• the number 1 bestselling American ebook of all time used to be written in a single day.
• The Dutch made a foul funding paying for big apple for $24.
• younger women aimed sometime to turn into First Lady—and succeeded.
• thrice, a personal financier kept the us from bankruptcy.
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American background Revised plumbs American history’s a variety of inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive back.

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Nearly fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy said, “For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold to the clichés of our forebears…. ”1 GETTING THE WHOLE “truth” and separating it from “myth” raises a question I often hear. ” Why don’t we teach our children, and ourselves, the truth? While doing the research for this book, I stumbled across a perfect example of those well-meaning but misguided attempts to mask reality and varnish the truth.

A decade later, those Enlightenment ideas would burst through in the form of deism and a new belief in the rights of man, which contributed powerfully to the Revolutionary mood in an America on the road to independence. One of the intense sparks behind this dynamic revival of old-fashioned fire-and-brimstone Calvinism was the arrival in America, in 1739, of an Anglican preacher, George Whitefield, whose reputation as an orator brought thousands to his outdoor meetings, large-scale revivals that might be likened to the modern “crusades” of Billy Graham.

In exchange for their support, Hamilton agreed that the new national capital would be built in the South. It is also worth noting that, as John Steele Gordon writes in An Empire of Wealth, Hamilton’s program was an immediate success and the new United States bonds sold out in weeks. “In 1789, the United States had been a financial basket case, its obligations unsalable, its ability to borrow nil,” says Gordon. …The ability of the federal government to borrow huge sums of money at affordable rates in times of emergency—such as during the Civil War and the Great Depression—has been an immense national asset.

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