The Politically Correct Guide to American History: Tales of the American Experience

The Politically Correct Guide to American History: Tales of the American Experience

by Edward P. Moser
     
 
The Founding Fathers were cross-dressers. Paula Bunyan was a lumberjane. To Benedict Arnold, treason was just another lifestyle choice. This is not the American past you may remember from social studies class.

In The Politically Correct Guide to American History, U.S. history is rewritten according to the core curriculum of political correctness:

Overview

The Founding Fathers were cross-dressers. Paula Bunyan was a lumberjane. To Benedict Arnold, treason was just another lifestyle choice. This is not the American past you may remember from social studies class.

In The Politically Correct Guide to American History, U.S. history is rewritten according to the core curriculum of political correctness: frivolous lawsuits, animal rights activism, racial quotas, and in-your-face feminism. This wide-ranging tour de farce is a satirical stew of such varying topical material as tabloid journalism, gun control, and Britain's royal family. Nothing in American history is safe from revision: Theodore Roosevelt founds the Rough Riders to surmount a midlife crisis, the gang of outlaws at the O.K. Corral is recast as a freedom-loving private militia, and the Louisiana Purchase almost never happens because President Thomas Jefferson faces a sexual harassment suit from Sally Hemings.

The Politically Correct Guide to American History gives a suspiciously contemporary spin to the past—as it might be taught in future classrooms!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To the flood of books targeting P.C., add this witty look at U.S. history by a contributing writer to TV's Tonight Show. Moser concentrates here on highlights that led him to point up egregious absurdities. He takes particular aim at environmentalists, beginning with George Washington and the cherry tree, but also works over antisexist vocabulary and defenders of those charged with violent crimes and so-called gangs of the Old West, which they excuse as freedom-loving private militias. The Founding Parents, particularly the "Virginia Mafia," French cuisine, those who insist that lumberjane Paula Bunyan was actually a male, the Menendez brothers and Antioch College's notorious dating code get their lumps as well. Moser is expert at reconstructing the tortured vocabulary and syntax of P.C. enthusiasts and should appeal to the verbally sophisticated. Author tour. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517704103
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/1996
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Edward P. Moser is a melanin-impoverished, testosterone-enhanced person whose Swiss-Irish ancestry condemns him to the habitual intake of chocolate and alcoholic poisons.  A contributing writer to The Tonight Show, he has had may humorous commentaries published in such periodicals as the Washington Post and The Boston Globe.  An analyst for a Washington, D.C.-area firm, he has also been a wage slave for the U.S. Senate and the National Academy of Sciences.

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