Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions

Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions

Leland Gregory

Language: English

Pages: 499

ISBN: 0740779915

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

America is the home of the brave and, apparently, the stupid and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historical hilarity with Stupid American History.

From Columbus to George W. Bush (that's a lot of material, people), Leland leads us through American history's mythconceptions, exposing idiocy and inanity along the time line. He reeducates by informing us about myths. For example, Samuel Prescott actually was the guy to alert us that the British were coming and not that Paul Revere dude.

Move over Colbert and Stewart; satire has finally found its rightful place in American history.

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the weather. The close quarters were a breeding ground for typhus, typhoid, dysentery, and pneumonia, but the main killer was mismanagement and indifference. Pennsylvania farmers elected to sell their produce to the British instead of the new United States because they trusted the English sterling over the recently minted American money. Apollos Rivoire and Deborah Hitchbourn were French Huguenots who moved to Boston after being driven from France. In America, Apollos Rivoire changed his

believe this way? General George Washington himself. Wanting to make sure his men had the supplies they needed, he resorted to stretching the truth a little about their situation. The belief that some of the men went “naked” at Valley Forge results from misunderstanding the eighteenth-century use of the word. The term “naked” implied that the men did not wear proper clothing and were therefore considered unfit for duty, not that they had no clothes at all. THE CANE MUTINY Charles

years, the entire Corps was dismantled and a number of the camels were set loose in the desert. In the mid-1870s, one of the abandoned camels wandered into Fort Selden, New Mexico, territory. The strange beast terrified the post commander’s young son, who ran to hide behind his mother. The commander was Captain Arthur MacArthur, whose son grew up to be General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. DON’T EARN AN “A” The Puritans in Salem, Massachusetts, passed a law in 1695 that imposed severe

Herbert Hoover. According to the diary of Glenn Howell, a naval intelligence officer, he and Robert J. Peterkin were ordered by Hoover after “he received a confidential report alleging that the Democrats had accumulated a file of data so damaging that if made public it would destroy both his reputation and his entire Administration.” Howell wrote that they had searched the office but found nothing of consequence. KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY We would like to believe that the United States does

win over the delegates of the South. And the solution was already in the room: George Washington, decked out in his old military uniform that he hadn’t worn since 1758, was officially given the appointment of commander-in-chief of the Continental Army on June 15, 1775. OH, HALE! On the short list of well-known American patriotic heroes is Nathan Hale, primarily remembered for his famous last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”—which, of course, he

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