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

By Larry Schweikart

A conservative historian examines a few of the pivotal, but usually overlooked, moments that formed our background

All scholars of yank heritage recognize the massive occasions that dramatically formed our state. The Civil conflict, Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and Sep 11 are only a number of.

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

In his easy-to-read but informative variety, Schweikart won't in basic terms teach but in addition shock readers into reevaluating our background.

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