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America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation

Kenneth C. Davis
Format
Book
Published
New York. : Smithsonian Books/Collins, c2008.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
ISBN
9780061118180, 0061118184
Summary
An iconoclastic look at America's past: overlooked episodes that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Spanning a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington's inauguration in 1789, these narratives bring to light little-known but fascinating, myth-busting facts. Read the story of the first real Pilgrims in America, who were wine-making French Huguenots, not dour English Separatists; the coming-of-age story of Queen Isabella, who suggested that Columbus take pigs on his voyage, which may have spread disease to many Native Americans; the long, bloody relationship between the Pilgrims and Indians, running counter to the idyllic scene of the Thanksgiving feast; the little-known story of George Washington as a headstrong young soldier who committed a war crime, signed a confession, and started a war. Full of color, intrigue, and human interest, this book connects some of the dots between history and today's headlines--From publisher description.
Contents
  • Isabella's pigs
  • Hannah's escape
  • Washington's confession
  • Warren's toga
  • Arnold's boot
  • Lafayette's sword.
Description
xvi, 272 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-259) and index.
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