American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never by Seymour Morris Jr.

By Seymour Morris Jr.

“American historical past Revised is as informative because it is pleasing and funny. jam-packed with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets and techniques, the publication does greater than revise American historical past, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford, bestselling writer of The Puzzle Palace, physique of secrets and techniques, and The Shadow Factory
 
This lively reexamination of yank heritage delves into our earlier to reveal countless numbers of startling proof that by no means made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known humans and occasions performed unusually influential roles within the nice American story. 
 
We are likely to give some thought to heritage as settled, set in stone, yet American background Revised finds a previous that's choked with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. residing out of the country for twelve years gave writer Seymour Morris Jr. the chance to view his kingdom as an interloper and forced him to envision American historical past from a clean viewpoint. As Morris colorfully illustrates in the course of the two hundred historic vignettes that make up this booklet, a lot of our nation’s prior is sort of different—and way more remarkable—than we thought.

We observe that:
 
• within the Fifties Ford used to be approached via jap businesses begging for a three way partnership. Ford declined their deals, calling them makers of “tin cars.” the 2 businesses have been Toyota and Nissan.
• Eleanor Roosevelt and so much women’s teams hostile the equivalent Rights Amendment
forbidding gender discrimination.
• the 2 generals who ended the Civil struggle weren’t furnish and Lee.
• the number one bestselling American publication of all time used to be written in a single day.
• The Dutch made a foul funding purchasing long island for $24.
• younger ladies aimed sometime to turn into First Lady—and succeeded.
• thrice, a personal financier stored the us from bankruptcy.
 
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American heritage Revised plumbs American history’s various inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive back.

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Army was deployed against a slave revolt. By early morning on January€10, Hampton’s army had reached the Fortier plantation. They found that Deslondes’s insurgents had established a peÂ�rimÂ�eÂ� ter and taken up defensive positions in a couple of brick buildings attached to Fortier’s sugar works. Although the sources make it hard to determine if the rebels knew about the movements of their enemy at any given time (this is much easier to establish for Hampton and Milton), Deslondes and his soldiers seem to have known that a force was coming up from New Orleans to confront them.

Deslondes’s force was caught in the cleared fields of the sugar plantation belonging to Bernard Bernoudi. 7 Andry referred to what followed as “une grande carnage”—a great slaughter. 8 Those who survived the initial encounter fled into the swamp at the back of Bernoudi’s fields. The wounded were murdered where they fell; their bodies, mutilated. The survivors were hunted down over the next few days. 9 Twenty-Â�one were conveyed to the Destrehan plantation, where they were tried on the lawn by a jury composed of leading planters, and sentenced to death.

Preemption, intended as the mechanism that would finalize the conversion of conquered lands into a yeoman’s republic, was diluted into meaninglessness by the flood of capÂ�ital into the Mississippi Valley. If preemption was intended to smooth the historical and sociological un- 40 r i ver o f d a r k d r ea ms lllllllllllllllllllllll evenness of the landscape into the emergent zero point of the land market, the land auction was supposed to do the same for geographic and ecological unevenness. The 160-Â�acre sections of the Land OfÂ�fice were the containers by which the landscape was transformed into a commodity—containers that could be used to make a comparison between the loamy fertile soil of the Â�Mississippi Delta and the barren sandy soil of the piney woods, or between open prairie land and uninhabitable swamp; between land with ready access to roads, rivers, and markets and land likely to remain isolated even amid the flood tide of economic development; between a sure thing, a calculated risk, and a shot in the dark.

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