Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along

Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along

by Larry Schweikart
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Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along by Larry Schweikart

A conservative historian examines some of the pivotal, yet often ignored, moments that shaped our history

All students of American history know the big events that dramatically shaped our country. The Civil War, Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and 9/11 are just a few.

But there are other, less famous events that had an equally profound impact. Notable conservative historian Larry Schweikart takes an in- depth look at seven of these transformative moments and provides an analysis of how each of them spurred a trend that either confirmed or departed from the vision our Founding Fathers had for America. For instance, he shows how Martin Van Buren's creation of a national political party made it possible for Obama to get elected almost two centuries later and how Dwight Eisenhower's heart attack led to a war on red meat, during which the government took control over Americans' diets.

In his easy-to-read yet informative style, Schweikart will not only educate but also surprise readers into reevaluating our history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101433027
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 759,516
File size: 344 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Larry Schweikart is the co-author of A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror, and is a professor of history at the University of Dayton. He has written more than 20 books on national defense, business, and financial history.

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7 Events that Made America America: And Proved that the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting take on some events not in most history boks. Maybe one day people will once again be ready for freedom and put government back into its limited role.
RobertGaines More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting and worthwhile book written by an intelligent historian. The only reason I don't give it a 5 rating is that at times is reads like history books I remember from school. No doubt the author would accuse me of wanting history to read like swashbuckling fiction. To which I would have to plead guilty. Liberals will not like this book. It deals with the facts of 7 issues, frequently citing the Constitution. The author appears unbiased in that he tries to show the unintended consequences of some acts, while exposing the intended consequences of others. Ronald Reagan is shown as less than perfect in having missed the threat of Islam. Media bias is traced historically to its humble origins. He credits the Beatles with a substantial role in bringing down the Iron Curtain. And here I thought they were just a fad that derailed American Jazz. I was impressed with the documentation and the detail of the process. We live in a crazy, frightening world where fair is foul and foul is fair. The author sheds light on some of the issues which we have faced in the past, but leaves the question in my mind: How will we avoid the next Civil War?
The_Anti-pedant_Pedagog More than 1 year ago
This book easily could have been titled "7 Events that Make America Come Alive for You." The selections, for instance, the Dred Scott Decision (chapter 2) and the Reagan presidency (chapter 6), all are placed in historical perspective (and not necessarily a conservative one). As stand-alone articles, each chapter is accurate and analytical. As a whole, they form a stirring history, not only of what made America America, but what made it great. Read it and get it into the hands of your students if you can.
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