By Seymour Morris Jr.

“American background Revised is as informative because it is enjoyable and funny. packed with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets and techniques, the publication 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 heritage delves into our previous to reveal hundreds and hundreds of startling proof that by no means made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known humans and occasions performed strangely influential roles within the nice American story. 
 
We are likely to give some thought to heritage as settled, set in stone, yet American heritage Revised unearths a previous that's full of ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. residing overseas for twelve years gave writer Seymour Morris Jr. the chance to view his state as an interloper and forced him to ascertain American historical past from a clean viewpoint. As Morris colorfully illustrates in the course of the 2 hundred ancient vignettes that make up this ebook, a lot of our nation’s prior is sort of different—and way more remarkable—than we thought.

We notice that:
 
• within the Nineteen Fifties Ford used to be approached by way of jap 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 such a lot women’s teams antagonistic the equivalent Rights Amendment
forbidding gender discrimination.
• the 2 generals who ended the Civil battle weren’t supply and Lee.
• the number 1 bestselling American publication of all time was once written in a single day.
• The Dutch made a nasty funding procuring long island for $24.
• younger ladies aimed sometime to develop into First Lady—and succeeded.
• 3 times, a personal financier stored the USA from bankruptcy.
 
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American historical past Revised plumbs American history’s quite a few inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive back.

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Even if Burnham’s “City Beautiful” had become financially and politically unfeasible amid the rubble, the splendor of San Francisco could still materialize and be revealed to all at the PPIE. Thus, in 1909, at a dinner convened by Hale at the Bohemian Club, about twenty businessmen reiterated their intentions and formed a board of directors. 25 The PPIE quickly became the medium for rebuilding a more magnificent San Francisco, which would rise like a phoenix from the ashes and prove that the city deserved to stand at the apex of an empire that straddled two oceans and controlled the world’s most heavily trafficked waterway.

By this time, the field of genetics had expanded beyond Mendel’s 16 | Introduction original formulas into highly involved and technical laboratory experiments crossbreeding mice, flies, and worms and a complicated universe of acronyms and cryptic scientific notations. Geneticists were mapping the metabolic pathways of dozens of genetic diseases and discovering masking effects (epistasis) and patterns of incomplete dominance and codominance. 68 In the United States, eugenics was informed principally by Mendelianism.

54 Although Muller asserted that his scheme of artificial insemination was a far cry from the controlled procreation of a Hitler or Mussolini, his assumption that women would happily serve as the wombs of such superlative progeny was offensive to many Americans, especially feminists struggling to win greater reproductive freedom. These two examples illustrate how medical or social programs designed to encourage the breeding of some people and not others have incited anticipation, trepidation, and controversy in the United States.

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