"All Americans recite the central tenets of our creation document. In its own words, it purports to be the 'unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America' done 'In Congress, 4 July 1776.' In actuality, the vote for independence had been taken two days earlier, on 2 July. At the time, John Adams, who would later be the second President, wrote that 2 July would ever more be celebrated as the birth of the nation. The only significance the Fourth of July had was for being the day Congress formally adopted the text of Jefferson's declaration."
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Table of Contents
1 History's Heroes-Hits or Myths? 1
2 Politics-Dark Arts Getting Darker 50
3 America - (Uh) Oh America! 98
4 War - Nasty Realities 121
5 Royalty - Regal Façades 154
6 Science - New Discoveries 175
7 Reputations - The Unexpected 188
8 Arts - Unvarnished Truths 212
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But I will admit to being put off by reading about the American "creation story" when it is written with a clearly British point of view. The quotation marks are slightly offensive; in the same way a subject of the crown would receive this statement: "are you taking tea with "the Queen" this afternoon?" It sounds like mocking.