Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along

By Larry Schweikart

A conservative historian examines a number of the pivotal, but usually neglected, moments that formed our historical past

All scholars of yankee background comprehend the massive occasions that dramatically formed our state. The Civil warfare, Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and Sept. 11 are only a couple of.

yet there are different, much less well-known occasions that had an both profound effect. amazing conservative historian Larry Schweikart takes an in- intensity examine seven of those transformative moments and gives an research of the way each one of them spurred a pattern that both proven or departed from the imaginative and prescient our Founding Fathers had for the US. for example, he indicates how Martin Van Buren's production of a countrywide political occasion made it attainable for Obama to get elected nearly centuries later and the way Dwight Eisenhower's center assault resulted in a warfare on beef, in which the govt. took keep watch over over Americans' diets.

In his easy-to-read but informative kind, Schweikart won't purely train but additionally shock readers into reevaluating our background.

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