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  • ISBN: 9780060972615
  • ISBN10: 0060972610

Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History

by Richard Shenkman

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
  • Publish date: 10/01/1991
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The truth and nothing but the truth-- Richard Shenkman sheds light on America's most believed legends: <P>The story of Columbus discovered that the world was round was invented by Washington Irving. <P>The pilgrims never lived in log cabins. <P>In Concord, Massachusetts, a third of all babies born in the twenty years before the Revolution were conceived out of wedlock. <P>Washington may have never told a lie, but he loved to drink and dance, and he fell in love with his best friend's wife. <P>Independence wasn't declared on July 4 (and the Liberty Bell was so little regarded that Philadelphia tried to sell it for scrap metal but nobody wanted it). <P>After World War II, the U.S. Government concluded that Japan would have surrendered within months, even if we had not bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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