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
     
 

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595230010
Publisher:
Sentinel HC
Publication date:
12/29/2004
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introductionxi
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
Conclusion824
Notes827
Selected Reading897
Index899

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