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Who were they really?

  • Feb 24, 2011
Did you know that, when America was new, Vermont used to be a haven for rebels? Have you ever "read the riot act" to anyone? Have you ever seen the statue of Benedict Arnold in Saratoga, NY? What woman was the first to have a statue of her own? Kenneth C. Davis, who deserves the nation's thanks for presenting our history in an interesting, palatable way, includes all of the above, and much more, in America's Hidden History. It's interesting to contemplate that the father of our country and our most infamous traitor shared so much in common. There must be at least a few dates included in this collection of essays, but I can't really recall which ones, because it's not the dates that count, it's the stories, all of which are truly enjoyable. Our politics have always been fractious and ornery. Economics have always been a major motivator, long before our democracy was even a spark in the founding fathers' eyes. Forget the icons and the myths, sit back and delve into this volume, and learn while having some fun that the early Americans, rich, poor, and middling, were people just like us.
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February 24, 2011
Sounds excellent and something right up my alley. Thanks for the heads up!
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After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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Kenneth C. Davis, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Don't Know Much About History, presents a collection of extraordinary stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Davis's dramatic narratives set the record straight, busting myths and bringing to light little-known but fascinating facts from a time when the nation's fate hung in the balance.

Spanning a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington's inauguration in 1789, America's Hidden History is an iconoclastic look at America's past, connecting some of the dots between history and today's headlines, and proving why Davis is truly America's teacher.

Find out:

  • Which Pilgrims arrived in Florida fifty years before the Mayflower sailed.
  • What Supreme Court Justice went to prison.
  • What traitor is honored with a statue for his bravery.
  • Which fighting woman in colonial New England scalped her Indian captors.
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ISBN-10: 0061118192
ISBN-13: 978-0061118197
Author: Kenneth C. Davis
Genre: History
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Date Published: March 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
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