After the Fact: The Surprising Fates of American History's Heroes, Villains, and Supporting Characters

After the Fact: The Surprising Fates of American History's Heroes, Villains, and Supporting Characters

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by Owen J. Hurd
     
 

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We're All familiar with the seminal events and key players in our nation's history. But what about the lives lived after the fact?

Picking up where traditional histories leave off, After the Fact uncovers the telling details of history's most compelling subplots:

After his famous midnight ride, Paul Revere was later kicked out of the militia for his role in

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We're All familiar with the seminal events and key players in our nation's history. But what about the lives lived after the fact?

Picking up where traditional histories leave off, After the Fact uncovers the telling details of history's most compelling subplots:

After his famous midnight ride, Paul Revere was later kicked out of the militia for his role in the Penobscot Expedition, the most disastrous military blunder of the Revolutionary War.

Consumed with guilt over his roles as a magistrate in the Salem witch trials, Samuel Sewall became an advocate for both African American and Native American rights.

Years after clashing with bootleggers like Al Capone, former Prohibition agent Eliot Ness was involved in a hit-and-run accident while driving under the influence of alcohol.

After her famous bus ride, Rosa Parks worked as a seamstress, performed behind-the scenes volunteer work for the NAACP, and sued the band Outkast.

Years later, after his resignation, Richard Nixon found himself in the unlikely position of testifying on behalf of Deep Throat in an unrelated conspiracy trial.

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Library Journal
Hurd (Chicago History for Kids) has compiled information on figures from American history that goes beyond the material often found in history books. Hurd's 14 chapters are arranged in rough chronological order and cover several individuals each, concluding with "Loose Ends," a section discussing others who had a lesser role in the stories told in the chapter. While no index is included, the further-reading list at the end of the book helps in this regard as it lists individuals by chapter. Hurd uses approachable language that might even appeal to middle school and high school students, but the lack of citations for the information included makes this title much less useful for academic libraries, and the details of some individuals' lives are available in such standard works as Oxford's American National Biography (ow.ly/cuK5y). VERDICT Optional for middle and high school libraries and public libraries.—Rosanne M. Cordell, South Bend, IN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399537530
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,314,613
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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