By Leland Gregory
The United States is the house of the courageous and, it seems that, the silly and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historic hilarity with silly American History.
From Columbus to George W. Bush (that's loads of fabric, people), Leland leads us via American history's mythconceptions, exposing idiocy and inanity alongside the time line. He reeducates by means of informing us approximately myths. for instance, Samuel Prescott truly used to be the man to alert us that the British have been coming and never that Paul Revere dude.
Move over Colbert and Stewart; satire has ultimately discovered its rightful position in American background.
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THE CANE MUTINY Charles Sumner, the Massachusetts senator who was once clubbed over the pinnacle with a cane by means of a South Carolina consultant, has develop into a part of Civil battle mythology. the development did take place, and it did keep on with Sumner’s passionate speech at the “barbarism of slavery. ” yet was once the assault so critical that it left Sumner nearly incapacitated for 3 years? in accordance with David Donald’s Pulitzer prize—winning biography of Sumner, there's not anything within the senator’s clinical list to give an explanation for why he couldn’t execute his tasks. It’s assumed that Sumner suffered extra mental than actual damage from the assault. “ELEVATE THEM weapons a bit decrease! ” —President Andrew Jackson, in 1815, on the conflict of cellular, Alabama have enough money the reality Henry Ford popularized either the auto and the meeting line, yet he was once under no circumstances accountable for their invention. the 1st motor vehicle [non-gasoline powered] was once the Puffing satan, equipped and established through Richard Trevithick in 1801. a few recommend that Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot preceded Trevithick via greater than thirty years, or perhaps that Ferdinand Verbiest can be given credits for his steam-powered motor vehicle inbuilt 1672. despite the fact that, there’s no conclusive facts that both of those machines truly labored. the assumption that Ford invented the relocating meeting line can be an unwarranted declare. Ransom Olds [of Oldsmobile repute] patented the meeting line suggestion in 1901, and Ford applied his meeting line in 1913. SPIRITS OF the US After retiring from the presidency on March four, 1797, George Washington again domestic to Mount Vernon and began a brand new occupation as a manufacturer of whiskey. He built a 2,250 sq. foot distillery that housed 5 copper stills, a boiler, and fifty mash tubs. It turned one of many biggest distilleries in the USA on the time. years after its building, the distillery produced 11,000 gallons of corn and rye whiskey and fruit brandy. A word TO CONGRESS Thomas Jefferson in basic terms communicated with Congress via written messages, although his predecessors addressed the legislature in individual. due to this perform, it wasn’t till Woodrow Wilson that presidents started to appear in entrance of Congress individually. it truly is rumored that Jefferson wrote in place of conversing simply because he used to be a negative orator yet a good author. if you happen to imagine participants of Congress are sneaky now [which you want to simply because they are], examine the forty-second Congress of 1873. It not just gave itself a wage elevate of fifty percentage, yet then made it retroactive for 2 years. domestic in poor health It’s a kind of rags to riches tale, yet it’s extra alongside the strains of a ailing to fit tale. Theodore Roosevelt stated that as a baby, he was once very in poor health and chronically asthmatic, yet with clean air and workout, he grew to become referred to as some of the most bodily lively presidents in historical past. in spite of the fact that, in his biography of Roosevelt, David McCullough states that even supposing Roosevelt could have suffered as a toddler, he would possibly not were as ill as we’ve been ended in think.