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By Seymour Morris Jr.

“American historical past Revised is as informative because it is exciting and funny. jam-packed with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets and techniques, the ebook 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 background delves into our previous to show thousands 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 inclined to examine background as settled, set in stone, yet American historical past Revised finds a prior that's choked with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. dwelling 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 check American background from a clean standpoint. As Morris colorfully illustrates during the two hundred historic vignettes that make up this publication, a lot of our nation’s prior is kind of different—and way more remarkable—than we thought.

We notice that:
 
• within the Fifties Ford was once approached by way of eastern businesses begging for a three way partnership. Ford declined their bargains, calling them makers of “tin cars.” the 2 businesses have been Toyota and Nissan.
• Eleanor Roosevelt and so much women’s teams adverse the equivalent Rights Amendment
forbidding gender discrimination.
• the 2 generals who ended the Civil conflict weren’t provide and Lee.
• the number 1 bestselling American e-book of all time was once written in a single day.
• The Dutch made a foul funding deciding to buy ny for $24.
• younger ladies aimed sometime to turn into First Lady—and succeeded.
• thrice, a personal financier kept the USA from bankruptcy.
 
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American background Revised plumbs American history’s a number of inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive back.

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31 Pitt never set out to unify the colonies, and the provinces did not fight in 1758 or thereafter, in a unified manner. However, joint AngloAmerican operations, a rare occurrence in the earlier wars, became com­ monplace. In the crucial struggles between 1758 and 1760, several Northern provinces contributed men who served alongside British regu­ lars at the front in New York and New France, while many Southern provinces sent troops to campaign with His Majesty’s regiments in the battle for the Ohio Country.

The Albany Plan proposed that the President General, with the ad­ vice and consent of the assembly, could declare war and make peace, negotiate treaties, regulate trade, and arrange land transactions. The cen­ tral government was authorized to equip vessels of war and raise armies, but it could only conscript men with the consent of the colonial assem­ blies. It could build forts, administer territorial expansion, and regulate new western settlements. The assembly could levy taxes that “to them shall appear most equal and Just,” but in so doing it was not only to consider the citizenry’s ability to pay but also to focus as much as pos­ sible on luxury items.

His younger brother, Peter, was the Chief Justice of Massachusetts, though he had not been trained as a lawyer. Close acquaintances thought Oliver a man of many admirable traits. 1 The general public held another view and never displayed much affection for him. The residents of Boston, a city of 15,000, looked on Oliver as imperious and unapproachable, a man of great wealth who lived like a grandee and utilized his influence as a public official—including his serviceable ties with authorities in England—in a never ending quest for even greater wealth.

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