48 Liberal Lies about American History (That You Probably Learned in School)

ISBN-10: 1595230513

ISBN-13: 9781595230515

Edition: 2008

Authors: Larry Schweikart

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A historian debunks four-dozen PC myths about our nations past. Over the last forty years, history textbooks have become more and more politically correct and distorted about our countrys past, argues professor Larry Schweikart. The result, he says, is that students graduate from high school and even college with twisted beliefs about economics, foreign policy, war, religion, race relations, and many other subjects. As he did in his popular A Patriots History of the United States, Professor Schweikart corrects liberal bias by rediscovering facts that were once widely known. He challenges distorted books by name and debunks forty-eight common myths. A sample: The founders wanted to create a wall of separation between church and state Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation only because he needed black soldiers Truman ordered the bombing of Hiroshima to intimidate the Soviets with atomic diplomacy Mikhail Gorbachev, not Ronald Reagan, was responsible for ending the Cold War Americas past, though not perfect, is far more admirable than you were probably taught.
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 9/4/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Larry Schweikart was born in Mesa, Arizona on April 21, 1951. He received a B.A. in political science in 1972 and an M.A. in history in 1980 from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984. He taught for one year at the University of Wisconsin before taking a position at the University of Dayton, where he still teaches. He has written more than 20 books on national defense, business, and financial history. His works include The Entrepreneurial Adventure; A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror; America's Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win the War on Terror; and 48 Liberal Lies About American History: (That You Probably Learned in School).

Lie #1: The First Presidents Intended for the United States to Be Isolationist
Lie #2: The Mexican and Spanish-American Wars Were Imperialist Efforts Drummed Up by "Corporate Interests"
Lie #3: FDR Knew in Advance About the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
Lie #4: Harry Truman Ordered the Atomic Bombing of Japan to Intimidate the Soviets with "Atomic Diplomacy"
Lie #5: John F. Kennedy Was Killed by LBJ and a Secret Team to Prevent Him from Getting Us Out of Vietnam
Lie #6: Richard Nixon Expanded the Vietnam War
Lie #7: The "Peace Movement" Activists Were Not Dupes of the KGB
Lie #8: Ronald Reagan Knew "Star Wars" Wouldn't Work but Wanted to Provoke a War with the USSR
Lie #9: Mikhail Gorbachev, Not Ronald Reagan, Was Responsible for Ending the Cold War
Lie #10: September 11 Was Not the Work of Terrorists: It Was a Government Conspiracy
Lie #11: No Terrorists or Weapons of Mass Destruction Were Hiding in Iraq
Lie #12: The Founders Envisioned a "Wall of Separation" Between Church and State, Keeping Religious Influence Out of Government
Lie #13: Thomas Jefferson Favored "Small Government" and Was a Pacifist
Lie #14: Women Had No Rights in Early America
Lie #15: Restrictions on the Right to Vote Kept Voter Participation Low
Lie #16: Prohibition Was Unpopular from the Beginning and Failed in All Its Objectives
Lie #17: Sacco and Vanzetti Were Innocent and Wrongly Executed
Lie #18: Senator Joseph McCarthy Concocted the "Red Scare," and There Was Nothing to Fear from Communist Subversives
Lie #19: The Rosenbergs Were Not Spies and Were Wrongfully Executed
Lie #20: Lee Harvey Oswald Shot JFK Because He Was a Deranged Marine, Not Because He Was a Communist
Lie #21: Columbus Was Responsible for Killing Millions of Indians
Lie #22: The Early Colonies Were Intolerant and Racist
Lie #23: Early America Was Home to Few Guns or Gun Owners
Lie #24: Abraham Lincoln Only Freed the Slaves to Beef Up His Troop Strength
Lie #25: The Scopes Trial Proved That Darwin Was Correct and Christians Were Backward
Lie #26: The 1950s Were Dull and Boring and Created a Generation of Conformists in the Workplace and Home
Lie #27: Richard Nixon Sent Burglars into the Watergate Office Complex
Lie #28: Neither Ronald Reagan's Election nor the "Contract with America" Proved the Triumph of Conservative Ideas
Lie #29: Bill Clinton Was Impeached over Sex
Lie #30: George W. Bush Was Selected, Not Elected, in 2000, and Votes Were Stolen on His Behalf
Lie #31: Muslim Terrorists Are Poor and Uneducated and Hate Us Because We Support Israel
Lie #32: The News Media Is Objective, Fair, and Balanced - and Always Has Been
Lie #33: Native Americans Were Great Environmentalists, While White Settlers Destroyed the Buffalo
Lie #34: The First Thanksgiving Took Place Because the Indians Saved the Puritans from Their Own Ineptitude
Lie #35: The "Robber Barons" Pillaged the Land and Destroyed the Environment
Lie #36: Federal Regulators Have Protected the Public's Health by Identifying Harmful Products
Lie #37: Global Warming Is a Fact, and It's a Man-made, American-Driven Problem
Lie #38: The Constitution Was the Creation of "Elites" Protecting Their Financial Interests
Lie #39: Northern Capitalist Greed - Not Slavery - Drove the Civil War
Lie #40: The Sherman Anti-Trust Act Protected the "Little Guy" and Reined in "Big Business"Abuses
Lie #41: The Transcontinental Railroads Never Would Have Been Built Without Government
Lie #42: The Robber Barons Were Only Assuaging Their Guilt with Their Philanthropy
Lie #43: The Income Tax Was Created to Make the Rich Pay Their Fair Share, and Tax Cuts Only Benefit Upper-Income Americans
Lie #44: Business Failures and Tax Cuts Combined to Cause the Great Depression
Lie #45: LBJ's Great Society Had a Positive Impact on the Poor
Lie #46: The Decline of American Autos and Steel Was Caused by Insufficient Government Support for the Industries
Lie #47: The Reagan Tax Cuts Caused Massive Deficits and the National Debt
Final Lie: History Textbooks Used in Schools Are Unbiased and Not Politically Correct
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