978-0-688-06580-5 / 9780688065805

Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of American History


Publisher:William Morrow & Co



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The truth and nothing but the truth--Richard Shenkman sheds light on America's most believed legends:

  • The story of Columbus discovered that the world was round was invented by Washington Irving.

  • The pilgrims never lived in log cabins.

  • In Concord, Massachusetts, a third of all babies born in the twenty years before the Revolution were conceived out of wedlock.

  • Washington may have never told a lie, but he loved to drink and dance, and he fell in love with his best friend's wife.

  • Independence wasn't declared on July 4 (and the Liberty Bell was so little regarded that Philadelphia tried to sell it for scrap metal but nobody wanted it).

  • After World War II, the U.S. Government concluded that Japan would have surrendered within months, even if we had not bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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