7 Events that Made America America: And Proved that the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along

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A conservative historian examines some of the pivotal, yet often ignored, moments that shaped our history

All students of American history know the big events that dramatically shaped our country. The Civil War, Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and 9/11 are just a few.

But there are other, less famous events that had an equally profound impact. Notable conservative historian Larry Schweikart takes an in- depth look at seven ...

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Overview

A conservative historian examines some of the pivotal, yet often ignored, moments that shaped our history

All students of American history know the big events that dramatically shaped our country. The Civil War, Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and 9/11 are just a few.

But there are other, less famous events that had an equally profound impact. Notable conservative historian Larry Schweikart takes an in- depth look at seven of these transformative moments and provides an analysis of how each of them spurred a trend that either confirmed or departed from the vision our Founding Fathers had for America. For instance, he shows how Martin Van Buren's creation of a national political party made it possible for Obama to get elected almost two centuries later and how Dwight Eisenhower's heart attack led to a war on red meat, during which the government took control over Americans' diets.

In his easy-to-read yet informative style, Schweikart will not only educate but also surprise readers into reevaluating our history.

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Some events spotlighted in this overwrought right-wing screed, like Martin Van Buren's redesign of political parties in the 1820s and the Dred Scott decision, were genuine historical watersheds. Others, like the Johnstown flood and President Eisenhower's 1955 heart attack, an alleged milestone in government “dietary nannyism,” maybe not. What unites them is the theme that historian Schweikart (48 Liberal Lies About American History) reliably extracts: the federal government is incompetent and corrupt, and the founders would have abhorred its modern initiatives, from arts funding to disaster relief to the food pyramid. Some of Schweikart's arguments, like his contention that Dred Scott precipitated the Panic of 1857, are intriguing and plausible, but his conclusions run to rabid anticollectivist sermonizing, e.g., “throughout history, all inventions, all major decisions have come down to a single person.” (Take that, Constitutional Convention!) His credibility is undermined by factual misstatements (“In 2003... the world was already reaching its population peak”), paranoid hyperbole (“beneath the obesity hysteria was a deep hatred of capitalism”), and obscure mutterings about “'the Lysenkoist 'man-made global warming' nonsense” and the “ 'other shooters' ” sighted at President Kennedy's assassination. Schweikart's tea party serves up an iffy blend. (June 1)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781595230645
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

    Interesting take on 7 events

    This is an interesting and worthwhile book written by an intelligent historian. The only reason I don't give it a 5 rating is that at times is reads like history books I remember from school. No doubt the author would accuse me of wanting history to read like swashbuckling fiction. To which I would have to plead guilty.
    Liberals will not like this book. It deals with the facts of 7 issues, frequently citing the Constitution. The author appears unbiased in that he tries to show the unintended consequences of some acts, while exposing the intended consequences of others. Ronald Reagan is shown as less than perfect in having missed the threat of Islam. Media bias is traced historically to its humble origins.
    He credits the Beatles with a substantial role in bringing down the Iron Curtain. And here I thought they were just a fad that derailed American Jazz. I was impressed with the documentation and the detail of the process.
    We live in a crazy, frightening world where fair is foul and foul is fair. The author sheds light on some of the issues which we have faced in the past, but leaves the question in my mind: How will we avoid the next Civil War?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Readable, Incisive, Analytical

    This book easily could have been titled "7 Events that Make America Come Alive for You." The selections, for instance, the Dred Scott Decision (chapter 2) and the Reagan presidency (chapter 6), all are placed in historical perspective (and not necessarily a conservative one). As stand-alone articles, each chapter is accurate and analytical. As a whole, they form a stirring history, not only of what made America America, but what made it great. Read it and get it into the hands of your students if you can.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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