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America's hidden history : untold tales of the first Pilgrims, fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation

Author: Kenneth C Davis
Publisher: New York : Smithsonian Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Anecdotes
Biography
History
Biography Anecdotes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth C Davis
ISBN: 9780061118180 0061118184 9780061118197 0061118192
OCLC Number: 226065042
Description: xvi, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Isabella's pigs --
Hannah's escape --
Washington's confession --
Warren's toga --
Arnold's boot --
Lafayette's sword.
Responsibility: Kenneth C. Davis.

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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.

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