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By Richard Shenkman

In the end in paperback, Richard Shenkman's bestselling sequel to Legends, Lies & loved Myths of yankee History. Provocative and amusingly heretical, "I Love Paul Revere, even if He Rode or Not" (a quote attributed to Warren Harding) deals eye-opening revelations debunking long-held American legends.

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To foreigners like G. ok. Chesterton, it has appeared the epitome of yank mindlessness. ” ‘My state, correct or wrong,’ [wrote Chesterton] is like announcing, ‘My mom, under the influence of alcohol or sober. ’ “ It’s forgotten, although, to Decatur’s never-ending misfortune, that it was once a toast and just a toast, and prefer such a lot toasts, hardly ever worthy debating. It got here close to the top of a protracted evening of heavy consuming and boisterous laughter, and if it used to be sincerely extravagant, it was once much less so than many different toasts on condition that evening by means of different dinner visitors: “The Mediterranean [went one such toast]! the ocean no more of Greek and Roman than of yankee glory! ” “National glory [went another]! A gem particularly cost, and important each risk to maintain its beauty. ” however the toast that “brought them to their ft with a roar” was once Decatur’s. 15 * “Resolved,That the flag of the [thirteen] usa be 13 stripes, trade crimson and white: that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue box, representing a brand new constellation. ” June 14, 1777(Journal of the Continental Congress: 1774–1789 [1907], VIII, 464). * Named in honor of Ben Franklin’s negative Richard. * american citizens have been taught to salute by way of extending their correct hand, “palm up and somewhat raised. ” This proved embarrassingly just like the Nazi salute, even if, and through global warfare II was once dropped. by way of order of Congress, americans then all started “saluting” the flag through crossing their correct surrender their center. (David R. Manwaring, Render unto Caesar: The Flag-Salute Controversy [1962], pp. 2–3. ) †Members of patriotic teams equivalent to the Daughters of the yankee Revolution so feared the immigrants that they started to embody the British opposed to whom their ancestors had as soon as fought. One proposed making “an alliance of hearts if now not of arms with our kinsmen over the ocean. ” in spite of everything, “We are of 1 tongue, one blood, one objective. ” (Quoted in Wallace E. Davies, Patriotism on Parade [1955], p. 316. ) * in fact, it's the moment of July that are meant to be celebrated; that’s while independence used to be declared. not anything occurred at the fourth other than the approval of the announcement of Independence. See the author’s Legends, Lies & adored Myths of yankee historical past (1988), pp. 138–39. * This used to be the so-called Mecklenburg assertion that supposedly dated again to 1775 and that North Carolinians lengthy thought of the 1st announcement of independence. It wasn’t. It was once a hoax. See Legends, Lies, & adored Myths of yank historical past, p. one hundred forty. 2 faith Rellijon is a quare factor. Be itself it’s o.k.. yet sprinkle a bit pollyticks into it an dinnymit is bran flour in comparison with it. “MR. DOOLEY” (FINLEY PETER DUNNE) approximately their spiritual previous american citizens recognize little, and lots more and plenty of what little they be aware of is made from stereotypes. From colonial background there are the “revered” and persecuted Pilgrim fathers, wearing their somber black steeple hats and darkish cloaks, who landed on a rock and lived in log cabins. they're succeeded through the awfully religious Puritans who, prior to they mysteriously disappear from heritage, determine an oppressive theocracy and burn a few witches.

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