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

The bestselling coauthor of A Patriot’s History of the United States examines some of the pivotal—yet mostly ignored—moments that shaped our history.
 
Every schoolchild is taught the great turning points in American history, such as Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, and 9/11. But other equally significant events have altered our destiny without being understood—or even widely noticed.

Acclaimed conservative historian Larry Schweikart now takes an in-depth look at seven such episodes—from Martin Van Buren’s creation of the first national political party to Dwight D. Eisenhower’s heart attack—and reveals the profound ways they have shaped America. He also asks readers to consider what the Founding Fathers would have said about these events and reminds us how individual liberty, private enterprise, and small government have made our country great.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595230799
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 344,166
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
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.

Table of Contents

Preface VII

Introduction 1

1 Martin Van Buren Has a Nightmare and Big Government is Born...in the 1820s! 5

2 The Dred Scott Decision Wrecks an Economy and Hastens a War 34

3 Johnstown Fights a Flood and Demonstrates the Power of Private Compassion 61

4 Ike has a Heart Attack, Triggering Dietary Nannyism 95

5 A Steel Guitar Rocks the Iron Curtain 117

6 Ronald Reagen Tries to Keep the Peace...and Makes His Biggest Mistake 151

7 Barry Makes a Speech...and the Media Gets Chills Up its Leg 188

Conclusion 212

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 219

Index 249

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