Stuff Every American Should Know
Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese
This pocket-sized companion is filled with stuff every American should know.
Who played the first game of baseball? What's a bicameral congress? Where did Mount Rushmore come from? Who is Geronimo and who do we yell his name when we jump?
Stuff Every American Should Know answers these questions plus great information on the Declaration of Independence, fireworks, the first Thanksgiving, "The Star-Spangled Banner," assassination attempts on U.S. presidents, buffalo nickels, the Statue of Liberty, how to bake the perfect apple pie, and much, much more.
From the Hardcover edition.
"[The authors]...maintain a refreshing reverence for the Constitution itself. Rather than ask readers to believe that an 'assembly of demigods' (Jefferson's words) wrote the Constitution, Ms. Kiernan and Mr. D'Agnese challenge the notion that the group that crafted this document of enduring genius was uniquely brilliant or visionary. If this raises the question of how exactly the miracle was accomplished, it should at least give readers some hope for our own seemingly uninspired political era." -- The Wall Street Journal
Signing Their LIVES Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document--and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers.
Featured history title in Reader's Digest's, "Best of America" issue, 2009.
"Kiernan and D'Agnese...succeed in stripping away preconceived notions of the more famous signers, and bringing out something of interest about the other, less well known ones..."--Library Journal
* "Kiernan and D'Agnese present astonishing individual portraits of all the signers" -- School Library Journal, starred review
between the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? Who invented blue jeans? Ten Great Architectural Wonders in America What’s the difference between a Pilgrim and a Puritan? What was served at the first Thanksgiving? How to Carve a Turkey Ten Foods Invented in America What does the Bill of Rights allow me to do? Is it really illegal to rip a dollar bill in half? Who played the first game of football? Where did Mount Rushmore come from? Assassinations of U.S. Presidents
would paint Vespucci as a huckster who schemed his way into history. Ralph Waldo Emerson said with disdain, “Strange that broad America must wear the name of a thief! Amerigo Vespucci … managed in this lying world to supplant Columbus, and baptize half the earth with his own dishonest name!” In truth, Vespucci probably did nothing dishonest. Modern historians believe Waldseemüller was led astray by salacious forged documents printed by scamming publishers that made it seem like Vespucci beat
ascribed to Virginia orator Patrick Henry, became emblematic of the American position at the start of the Revolutionary War. If Henry did utter them—and the exact content of his speech is debated to this day—they would have been spoken during a speech to the House of Burgesses in Richmond about a month before the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. 3. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Originally from the New Testament, these words might appear to describe the Civil
fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the
2. Corn dog: A frankfurter dipped in cornmeal batter and deep fried. What could be better? The resulting corn dog has an unclear provenance. A 1929 patent was awarded to Stanley Jenkins for a machine that allowed vendors to fry foods impaled on a stick, but around the same time other restaurant supply catalogs offered similar devices. Neil Fletcher of Texas is credited with having sold his “Original State Fair Corny Dogs” in 1942. Today, corn dogs are classic staples of American state fairs