A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror
Larry Schweikart, Michael Patrick Allen
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For the past three decades, many history professors have allowed their biases to distort the way America’s past is taught. These intellectuals have searched for instances of racism, sexism, and bigotry in our history while downplaying the greatness of America’s patriots and the achievements of “dead white men.”
As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington; more about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II than about D-Day or Iwo Jima; more on the dangers we faced from Joseph McCarthy than those we faced from Josef Stalin.
A Patriot’s History of the United States corrects those doctrinaire biases. In this groundbreaking book, America’s discovery, founding, and development are reexamined with an appreciation for the elements of public virtue, personal liberty, and private property that make this nation uniquely successful. This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America’s true and proud history.
followers, Burr sailed in gunboats down the Ohio and Mississippi to Natchez, Mississippi, where he was arrested and marched to Richmond, Virginia, to stand trial for treason. Versions of Burr’s plans vary wildly, and he evidently told all of his confidants whatever they wanted to hear so long as they would lend him money.111 In court Burr claimed he was only moving to Louisiana to start a farm and perhaps begin political life anew. Others suspect he had formed a western U.S. secession movement.
(though not exclusive) contract. Cooke received a nice commission, but more important, he held a virtual monopoly on the bond sales. In the hands of other men, that might have been a problem, but not with the motivated Cooke, who placed ads in newspapers and aggressively targeted the middle class as well as traditional silk-tie investors. Conceiving the first true “war bond,” Cooke appealed to Northerners’ patriotism, and oversubscribed every issue. He sold $400 million worth by the end of 1863
looked for ways to essentially guarantee prices. They tried a number of unsuccessful forms, including pools, whereby competitors would jointly contribute to a member who agreed to maintain a higher price, but who lost money doing so, and territorial enforcement of markets, in which members would agree not to compete past certain geographic boundaries. Then there was the famous horizontal combination, which is the form of business most people associate with monopoly control. Under a horizontal
Dimension: Essays in Contemporary Air Power (London: Brassey’s, 1986), 57. 172 Wittner, Cold War America, 283. 173 John Mack Faragher, et al, Out of Many: A History of the American People, combined ed., brief 2nd ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999), 567. 174 Douglas Dalgleish and Larry Schweikart, Trident (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1984). 175 Johnson, Modern Times, 649. 176 Bernard Goldberg, Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News
it presented, but here they came to radically different conclusions. Where Jefferson hated the notion of tying the wealthy to government because he thought it put the bankers in power, Hamilton embraced it for the same reason. If the nation owed financiers a great deal of money, they were in the weaker position, not the government. Hamilton’s desire to rally creditors and bankers to support the new federal government was also apparent in his second paper, a “Report on a National Bank” (December