A Patriot's History of the United States

A Patriot's History of the United States

From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror

Book - 2004
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Penguin Putnam

For at least thirty years, high school and college students have been taught to be embarrassed by American history. Required readings have become skewed toward a relentless focus on our country’s darkest moments, from slavery to McCarthyism. As a result, many history books devote more space to Harriet Tubman than to Abraham Lincoln; more to My Lai than to the American Revolution; more to the internment of
Japanese Americans than to the liberation of Europe in World War II.

Now, finally, there is an antidote to this biased approach to our history. Two veteran history professors have written a sweeping, well-researched book that puts the spotlight back on America’s role as a beacon of liberty to the rest of the world. Schweikart and Allen are careful to tell their story straight, from Columbus’s voyage to the capture of Saddam Hussein. They do not ignore America’s mistakes through the years, but they put them back in their proper perspective. And they conclude that America’s place as a world leader derived largely from the virtues of our own leaders—the men and women who cleared the wilderness, abolished slavery, and rid the world of fascism and communism.

The authors write in a clear and enjoyable style that makes history a pleasure, not just for students but also for adults who want to learn what their teachers skipped over.

Baker & Taylor
Argues against modern educational practices that teach students to be ashamed of American history, chronicling our nation's past using a straightforward approach that highlights America's virtues while placing its less favorable periods in a political and historical context. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Sentinel, 2004
ISBN: 9781595230010
Characteristics: xiv, 928 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Allen, Michael


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Jul 12, 2017

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“There is no such thing as an “unbiased” history class: The right-wing backlash against AP U.S. history masks a deeper problem with how and what we teach – The AP U.S. history standards were revised to appease critics who champion American exceptionalism”
by Silpa Kovvali, posted August 7, 2015, at Salon
“Historian Schweikart agrees with Beck that progressives deliberately distort history: "It's what progressives do"
posted July 9, 2010 at Media Matters For America

TJBookworm Mar 27, 2011

It's a bit of a read, but I think everyone should read this book to learn about the history we don't learn in school. Very informative! And well documented.


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