A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror
Larry Schweikart, Michael Patrick Allen
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For the past three decades, many history professors have allowed their biases to distort the way America’s past is taught. These intellectuals have searched for instances of racism, sexism, and bigotry in our history while downplaying the greatness of America’s patriots and the achievements of “dead white men.”
As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington; more about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II than about D-Day or Iwo Jima; more on the dangers we faced from Joseph McCarthy than those we faced from Josef Stalin.
A Patriot’s History of the United States corrects those doctrinaire biases. In this groundbreaking book, America’s discovery, founding, and development are reexamined with an appreciation for the elements of public virtue, personal liberty, and private property that make this nation uniquely successful. This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America’s true and proud history.
hereby made and declared slaves.”56 Slave life in the Carolinas differed from Virginia because the rice plantation system initially depended almost exclusively on an all-male workforce. Life in the rice and indigo fields was incredibly harsh, resembling the conditions in Barbados. The crops demanded full-time attention at harvest, requiring exhausting physical labor in the Carolina sun. Yet colonial slave revolts (like the 1739 Stono revolt, which sent shock waves through the planter community)
well known to Americans. Massachusetts Puritans, after all, had fled the regime of Charles I, leaving brethren in England to wage the English Civil War. The return of a chastened Charles II from French exile in 1660 did not settle the conflict between Parliament and the king. When James II ascended to the throne in 1685, he decided to singlehandedly reorganize colonial administration. First, he violated constitutionalism and sanctity of contract by recalling the charters of all of the New
who called fascism “the most interesting experiment in government to come above the horizon since the formulation of our Constitution.”27 Long praised the “Fascisti in their black shirts. . . . They are dapper and well dressed and stand up straight and lend an atmosphere of individuality and importance to their surroundings.”28 A young American diplomat named George Kennan, far from being repulsed by the Fascists, concluded that “benevolent despotism had greater possibilities for good” than did
Joint Debate, at Quincy, October 13, 1858,” in Williams, Selected Writings and Speeches, 74. 149 Basler, Works of Lincoln, 3:16 and 2:520. 150 Abraham Lincoln, “Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838,” in Williams, Selected Writings and Speeches, 8. 151 Ibid. 152 Philip Paludan, The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1994). 153 Potter, Impending Crisis, 389. 154 John G. Van Deusen, The Ante-Bellum Southern
Radical Republican, 1862-1872 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967), 353. 66 Allan Nevins, Hamilton Fish: The Inner History of the Grant Administration (New York: Dodd Mead, 1936), 131-36. 67 Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (New York: Smithmark, 1994). 68 Geoffrey Perret, Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier and President (New York: Random House, 1997). 69 James K. Medbury, Men and Mysteries of Wall Street (New York: Fields, Osgood, 1870), 264-65; Kenneth D. Acerman, The Gold Ring: Jim