Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions (Google eBook)
America is the home of the brave and, apparently, the stupid and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historical hilarity with Stupid American History.
From Columbus to George W. Bush (that's a lot of material, people), Leland leads us through American history's mythconceptions, exposing idiocy and inanity along the time line. He reeducates by informing us about myths. For example, Samuel Prescott actually was the guy to alert us that the British were coming and not that Paul Revere dude.
Move over Colbert and Stewart; satire has finally found its rightful place in American history.
Excerpt from the book:
John Tyler was on his knees playing marbles when he was informed that Benjamin Harrison had died and he was now president of the United States. At that time marbles was a very popular game for both children and grown-ups.
For reasons still unknown, Texas congressman Thomas Lindsay Blanton, a Presbyterian Sunday school teacher and prohibitionist, inserted dirty words into the Congressional Record in 1921. His colleagues overwhelmingly censured him on October 24, 1921, by a vote of 293-0.
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Review: Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and MythconceptionsUser Review - Suzanne - Goodreads
This book had some interesting stories and information, but quite a few of the things he referred to as widely accepted or common misconceptions were things I've never heard. I do question the ... Read full review
Review: Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and MythconceptionsUser Review - Kassie - Goodreads
I read this on the train. It's a quick read, I did enjoy the historical tidbits here and here. But it wasn't very engaging. Read full review