A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror

A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror

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by Larry Schweikart, Michael Patrick Allen

ISBN-10: 1595230017

ISBN-13: 9781595230010

Pub. Date: 12/29/2004

Publisher: Sentinel HC

For the past three decades, those writing history have allowed their biases to distort the way America's past is taught. These intellectuals have searched for instances of racism, sexism, and bigotry in American history while utterly downplaying the greatness of America's patriots and the achievements of "dead white men."

As a result, more emphasis is placed on

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For the past three decades, those writing history have allowed their biases to distort the way America's past is taught. These intellectuals have searched for instances of racism, sexism, and bigotry in American history while utterly downplaying the greatness of America's patriots and the achievements of "dead white men."

As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington; more about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II than about D-Day or Iwo Jima; more on the dangers we faced from Joseph McCarthy than those we faced from Josef Stalin.

A Patriot's History of the United States corrects those doctrinaire biases. In this groundbreaking volume, America's discovery, founding, and development are reexamined with an appreciation for the elements of public virtue, personal liberty, and private property that make this nation uniquely successful.

This honest review of American history explains, for example: That the same founders who owned slaves instituted numerous ways to ensure slavery could not survive. That while many historians have misinterpreted "separation of church and state" to mean freedom from worship, our founders clearly understood it meant freedom to worship. That time and time again, America's leaders have willingly shared power with those who had none, whether they were citizens of territories, former slaves, or disenfranchised women. That even when the United States uses her military power for dubious reasons, the ultimate result is political liberation and a higher standard of living than before.

Few, if any other, nations can lay claim to such a legacy. This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America's true and proud history.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1The City on the Hill, 1492-17071
Chapter 2Colonial Adolescence, 1707-6338
Chapter 3Colonies No More, 1763-8358
Chapter 4A Nation of Law, 1776-8988
Chapter 5Small Republic, Big Shoulders, 1789-1815127
Chapter 6The First Era of Big Central Government, 1815-36179
Chapter 7Red Foxes and Bear Flags, 1836-48219
Chapter 8The House Dividing, 1848-60249
Chapter 9The Crisis of the Union, 1860-65294
Chapter 10Ideals and Realities of Reconstruction, 1865-76353
Chapter 11Lighting Out for the Territories, 1861-90392
Chapter 12Sinews of Democracy, 1876-96422
Chapter 13"Building Best, Building Greatly," 1896-1912457
Chapter 14War, Wilson, and Internationalism, 1912-20492
Chapter 15The Roaring Twenties and the Great Crash, 1920-32533
Chapter 16Enlarging the Public Sector, 1932-40558
The New Deal: Immediate Goals, Unintended Results568
Chapter 17Democracy's Finest Hour, 1941-45589
Chapter 18America's "Happy Days," 1946-59631
Chapter 19The Age of Upheaval, 1960-74667
Chapter 20Retreat and Resurrection, 1974-88720
Chapter 21The Moral Crossroads, 1989-2000763
Chapter 22America, World Leader, 2000 and Beyond803
Selected Reading897

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3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 310 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen have written a history of the United States that is tremendously broad in scope, and monumental in its approach in our modern times. It begins with Christopher Columbus and proceeds through to current events, including 9-11 and its aftermath, the War on Terror and the fights in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the re-election of George W. Bush.. The work covers over 510 years of history in 825 pages. There are over 70 pages of footnotes at the end of the book, detailing critical historical conditions and facts from each of the twenty-two chapters.

The best introduction to a review of this work that I could give regarding its approach the authors took, is from the mouths of the authors themselves in their own introduction:

'Is America's past a tale of racism, sexism, and bigotry? Is it the story of the conquest and rape of a continent? Is U.S. history the story of white slave owners who perverted the electoral process for their own interests? Did America start with Columbus's killing all the Indians, leap to Jim Crow laws and Rockefeller crushing the workers , then finally save itself with Franklin Roosevelt¿s New Deal? The answers, of course, are no, no, no, and NO.

'One might never know this, however, by looking at almost any mainstream U.S. history textbook. Having taught American history in one form or another for close to sixty years between us, we are aware that, unfortunately, many students are berated with tales of the Founders as self-interested politicians and slave-holders, of the icons of American industry as robber-barons, oppressors, and of every American foreign policy initiative as imperialistic and insensitive. At least Howard Zinn's, A People's History of the United States, honestly represents its Marxist biases in the title!

'What is most amazing and refreshing is that the past usually speaks for itself. The evidence is their for telling the great story of the American past honestly-with flaws, absolutely; with shortcomings, most definitely. But we think that an honest evaluation of the history of the United States must begin and end with the recognition that, compared to any other nation, America's past is a bright and shining light. America was, and is, the city on a hill, the fountain of hope, the beacon of liberty. We utterly reject 'My country right or wrong'- what scholar wouldn't? But in the last thirty years, academics have taken an equally destructive approach, 'My country always wrong!' We reject that too.

'Instead, we remain convinced that if the story of America's past is told fairly, the results cannot be anything but a deepened patriotism, a sense of awe at the obstacles overcome, the passion invested, the blood and tears spilled, and the nation that was built.'

The authors then proceed to do just that, to show that despite the errors, mistakes, and shortcomings along the way, the telling of American history ends up being a story of unequaled faith, character, virtue, and moral clarity. They demonstrate how through the faith and goodness of most of the principle characters involved, as well as the majority of the settlers, colonists, and then citizens, a liberty was allowed to develop that was based on moral constraint and founded in Christian heritage. That liberty then allowed America to become the envy of the world. Not due to arrogance, selfishness or shortsightedness, though there was some of that at times, but due to the intrinsic foundational moral principles that those people based their lives upon which produced and then maintained that freedom and that prosperity.

It is a marvelous work that I cannot recommend highly enough. Every student of American history, every parent wanting their child to understand what truly has made this nation great, every home schooling parent should place this book in their library and make it readily available to their children. Better y

GunnyS More than 1 year ago
I am not sure which I enjoyed more, reading "A Patriot's History of the United States" or reading the reviews of so many obviously left leaning individuals that would have you believe that this book is strictly right wing drivel. I hope that most of you are wise enough to realize that facts can be neither left nor right leaning; they are simply facts. As a teacher I can categorically state that our children are not being provided a full, unbiased, and balanced, rendition of American history. I found "A Patriot's History of the United States" to be a well written book that presents many of the facts that have, over the years, been deleted from the textbooks. "A Patriot's History of the United States" is exactly the type of book that all Americans need to be reading to supplement the sad, watered down, version of American history that they have been exposed to through the education system. Biased? This book is only biased in that it presents historical facts that many wish would never come to light. To prove my point, consider the fact that this book was first released six years ago, in 2004. Why is it that this book has just now become so controversial? The answer is simple. The perceived, right leaning, comedian, Glenn Beck has recommended this book which, in turn, has the left wing in an uproar claiming that the book is biased. It also had the added effect of helping the book to become one of Amazon's #1 best seller so, someone besides me, seems to think the book is worth reading. Please judge the book for yourself not for what I, or others write here, In my opinion "A Patriot's History of the United States" is well worth a read, especially considering that it is only $14.99 a copy. Semper Fi J.M. Snyder Teacher & U.S.M.C. Retired
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of those hard-hitting history surveys that liberals hate. Not only do both Schweikart and Allen call out Bill Clinton for his poor leadership, but they debunk myths about the American Founding that has become truth in leftist academia. I highly recommend this text to anyone interested in seriously studying American history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I found some problems with it, at least it was refreshing to hear about our history from a different point of view. I strongly believe some due must be paid to those who sacrificed and gave their lives so we could have the freedom we do. I wish the book had dealt more with those "common man" sacrifices but still adds light to a point that has to be made. Bottom line: one-sided accounts and school textbooks lead to ignorace. And to other reviewers: it's a free country. You may read whatever you like or not read whatever you don't like.
Paul1968 More than 1 year ago
A Patriots History is a book that will give you another side of the history of the USA. Starting with the 15th century explorers from Europe to after 9/11 this heavily researched book will give you side of history that maybe you did not get in college or high school. It is covering almost 500 years in 850 pages so its history is not exhaustive. As I continue reading and absorbing this book I continue to be informed of the actions and the motives behind the people who made this land what it is. The author has worked to support his findings with plenty of endnotes so the reader can come away informed about the history of the USA. Through out the book the author has put in 1 page bios of certain people like Christopher Columbus, Daniel Boone and "Did Roosevelt Have Advance Knowledge About the Pearl Harbor Attack?" to name a few. It does not shrink from talking about some of the most contriversial actions of the USA like slavery and civil rights. To the conservative thinker I say this book will give you plenty to think about. To the liberal minded I say try to put your preconcieved notiions aside and read this book. For both the conservative and liberal minded you will find a refreshing view of how great this country is and how great it can be in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is refreshing to read accounts of the heroic commitments, high ideals, and purpose of mind that the earlier framers of the modern, Western world embodied, which resulted in a most prosperous culture enjoyed by many. This is an excellent read and study on many of the great individuals from man's history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Today our schools have 'history books' that give 30 pages to President Clinton and 1 page to George Washington. They don't give an accurate or fair reading of how our country was founded - they are clearly written with a left-bias. Today our children have no idea who our Founders were, what they stood for and the reasons for the American Revolution. Their taught that its against the Constitution to mention God in historical documents - but fail to bring out that 'seperation of Church and State' is NOT in the Constitution. The education system that uses dozens and dozens of history textbooks don't tell an accurate story of Ronald Reagan or to explain the damage done by the New Deal. Reading this book, will enlighten your mind, give you an education your kids are not getting in our schools - it outlines and details accurately what histry was - not rewritten to support any bias agenda - it tells an accurate tail. I highly recommend tossing out your high school 'history books' and replacing it with 'A Patriot's History of the United States.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous reviewer thinks that a perpective from the religious right is inherently wrong. Notice his choice for reading: A People's History of the United States, perceptive from godless Marxists. As an American history teacher, the textbooks from which I teach grieve my spirit. A Patriot's History is a hard to put down book that is reveals the greatness of America. This is your proud heritage. Walk ye in it.
kwnorth More than 1 year ago
Another great read that will enlighten those who thought they had a proper education on American History. Another must read by all Americans.
elraphbo More than 1 year ago
I'm currently taking an early American History college course and it's textbook runs quite parallel to this. One big difference is this is a straight forward history without an agenda to propagate! Thanks Larry Schweikart, Michael Patrick Allen, and Michael Patrick Allen, Great work
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tremendous book. America's enemies won't like it because it illustrates why America is the leader of the free world.
Mitch_Ryan More than 1 year ago
I had bought this book; in hardcover; back in 2004. Enjoyed it greatly. When I saw it on Glenn Beck's tv show and then here on B&N's "10 Best Sellers" I was amazed. Mainly due to the book being out for five years. My copy had been passed around to some friends and family shortly after I finished it. Everybody who read it enjoyed it. It's a long read but worth it. Whether you're a history buff or just curious, I recommend "A Patriot's History."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again...a forum for the haters. I'll bet a majority of these bad reviews haven't even read the book. And as for "Huh?"....Columbus was NOT the first European to discover America. Any moron knows that!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every School in America should use this book as a standard, Now we get the real story and no cherry trees.
Jaynel More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am proud of our country even with its faults. This book speaks to that, as I love my family even with its faults. One anonymous reviewer dismissed the book as only having a few references, but I counted over 70 pages of notes and references. If a reviewer can't be honest, he or she shouldn't review. A person is free to read the author's sources and decide for himself or herself. People condemn or elevate themselves with their own words, and this author uses actual quotes all through the book. I liked that.
stevenk85 More than 1 year ago
Although I have not been able to read all 800+ pages of this book so far, I have looked at a couple hundred pages of the more controversial subjects and find that the book offer a fair and seemingly accurate depicition of history. There is no liberal bashing of the Founding Fathers to try and make them appear as a bunch of ignorant old racist. The is no real conservitive vilification of Woodrow Wilson. There is just thoughtful, carefully researched, unbiased information....which is how it should be. From the parts I have read, people of both conservative and liberal leanings get a fair shake through the book. And with 69 pages filled with references to the facts, you can easily check them out. This is a very impressive book, and I recommend it to everyone.
juliecruise More than 1 year ago
I found it refreshing to hear about our history from a different point of view. I strongly believe some due must be paid to those who sacrificed and gave their lives so we could have the freedom we do.
T_Perry More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for research, but have found it to be a stimulating and enjoyable read. It is, when all is said & done, a history book, but it goes well beyond simple names & dates, providing context to the history. Though I've not yet finished the book, what I have read has been clearly written and well conveyed. It is more a series of essays on specific topics associated with history rather than a timeline of events, but tells a thorough tale of the development, growth and modern decline of our nation. Don't be dismayed by the reviewers who claim that this book is Conservatively biased. If it carries any bias at all, it is the fact that it begins with the assumption that our nation is NOT evil at its core. I urge anyone looking for a clear-cut study of American History to buy, read and re-read this book.
1951 More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. Not just because Glenn Beck said you should read it. But there is alot of history that they didn't teach you in school. It will take you awhile to get through it, but read it. This should be in the schools!!!!!!!!!!!!
1HistoryBuff More than 1 year ago
Several years ago I became aware that the American history that I studied years ago in high school and college is not the same American history taught today. The patriots and pioneers that I held in such great esteem have now somehow become usurpers and exploiters, according to contemporary educators. I reject that, and this book puts America back in its proper perspective. I gave this book as a present to an American history loving friend and he raved about it, so I bought it for myself. Although it is an overview (at 932 pages a fairly hefty overview) it is a great starting point for a quick reference on the United States, without the revisionist perspective that is sadly popular today.
lilboss More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my dad after he was injured and had to be in rehab for 3 weeks...He has read it all the way though twice already. He said it is a great book that tells you about history in a very interesting way. He says this book will stay with him because he an always refer back to something when he needs to...great idea for Father's Day coming up...
EKC More than 1 year ago
Finally, a comprehensive American history book. I'm not finished with it yet but I've already learned things about American history that I never knew....and I went to school when they still taught history. It reads like a novel; it is so interesting. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know what our country is all about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In an age of resources with an agenda, A Patriot's History stands with a balanced accounting of facts about the true history of the United States of America. Read the first several chapters up to 1700- I guarantee you read facts and events in a timeline you never knew. I didn't, and I have a greater respect for the men and women who founded this country than I ever have before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
History made fun to read and really engrossing! I learned alot that I don't think I ever learned in school.
MsSpicey More than 1 year ago
As a history teacher, this is must reading for any high school history class on American History. It is well balanced and does not constantly blame the Europeans for coming to and developing the Western Hemisphere. It is fair in its depiction of the Natives that were already living here in that they were not as docile as the main stream would like us to believe. For example, the Aztecs routinely took its many enemies into captivity just so they could cut out their beating hearts. In the current climate where the people who settled this county are often demonized, this book puts balance on that type of thinking.