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By Richard Shenkman

The reality and not anything however the truth—Richard Shenkman sheds mild on America's so much believed legends.

The tale of Columbus gaining knowledge of the realm used to be around was once invented through Washington Irving.

The pilgrims by no means lived in log cabins.

In harmony, Massachusetts, a 3rd of all infants born within the two decades earlier than the Revolution have been conceived out of wedlock.

Washington could have by no means informed a lie, yet he enjoyed to drink and dance, and he fell in love along with his top friend's wife.

Independence wasn't declared on July 4th.

There's no facts that any one died in a frontier shootout at excessive noon.

After international conflict II, the U.S. govt concluded that Japan could have surrendered inside months, whether we had now not bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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As a southerner, I know the lamentations after the Battle of Gettysburg. The litany was similar: “Was not the Battle of Gettysburg a stalemate? The battle was a chance meeting, not a planned attack; the Confederate Army was not defeated, and after the battle it withdrew from the battlefield, mostly intact—surely as intact as the Union forces. And the Union forces, in the end, had not taken one step closer to Richmond, and in fact were even farther away, still on northern soil. It didn’t mark the end of the war.

This list of books itself was curious. Except for two works written in the 1990s, there were no modern books. Six had been written in the nineteenth century (one by Theodore Roosevelt) and eleven others were from the mid-twentieth century, but it was almost impossible to find any that focused on the military battles or captured the thunder of the battlefield.  . ” 7 How could a book list on the War of 1812 have any credibility without including at least some work on Andrew Jackson, unless the purpose is to ignore him?

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