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

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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, because The Politically Correct Guide to American History rewrites U.S. history 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 ...
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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, because The Politically Correct Guide to American History rewrites U.S. history 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, the Royal Family, and of course the O. J. Simpson trial. In this cracked herstorical text, George Washington doesn't chop down a cherry tree - he murders a noble representative of a voiceless, beleaguered species. In a retold "The Devil and Daniel Webster," Satan is an innocent victim of fire-and-brimstone syndrome. The Louisiana Purchase almost never happens because President Thomas Jefferson faces a sexual harassment suit from Sally Hemings. The gang of outlaws at the O. K. Corral is recast as a freedom-loving private militia.

This amusing book examines the famous events and figures of American history through the cracked yet increasingly popular lens of "political correctness." From the voyage of Columbus to the taming of the Wild West, accounts of the American past are shrewdly recast according to trendy notions regarding gender issues, the environment, and other current concerns.

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517704103
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/3/1996
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 9
In 1787 the Founding Parents Drew Up the Constitution 11
President George Washington, the Parent of Our Country, Meets the Press 23
A Politically Corrected Columbus 31
Farmer Stone Meets the Victimized Devil and Daniel Webster 41
President Thomas Jefferson: Harassment, Heightism, and Sensitivity Training 55
Boston Harbor and the Drowning of Voiceless, Defenseless Herbs 65
A Dishonesty-Disinclined Abe Lincoln 77
A Height-Advantaged Tale: Paula Bunyan, Lumberjane 87
The Illicit Weapons Discharge at the Fairly Pleasant Detention Center for Hooved Animal Companions 97
Theodore Roosevelt, the Bullock Moose 107
Misjudged Nazis Attempt to Defend Their "Unique Culture": An Alternate View of the Second World War 117
Biographical Index 126
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