America's Hidden History

America's Hidden History

Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped A Nation

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Baker & Taylor
Relates historical events that significantly impacted the development of the United States in the years prior to Washington's inauguration, considering such subjects as the nation's real first pilgrims and the lesser-known aspects of the first Thanksgiving.


Kenneth C. Davis, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Don't Know Much About History, presents a collection of extraordinary stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Davis's dramatic narratives set the record straight, busting myths and bringing to light little-known but fascinating facts from a time when the nation's fate hung in the balance.

Spanning a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington's inauguration in 1789, America's Hidden History details these episodes, among others:

  • The story of the first real Pilgrims in America, who were wine-making French Huguenots, not dour English Separatists
  • The coming-of-age story of Queen Isabella, who suggested that Columbus pack the moving mess hall of pigs that may have spread disease to many Native Americans
  • The long, bloody relationship between the Pilgrims and Indians that runs counter to the idyllic scene of the Thanksgiving feast
  • The little-known story of George Washington as a headstrong young soldier who committed a war crime, signed a confession, and started a war!

Full of color, intrigue, and human interest, America's Hidden History is an iconoclastic look at America's past, connecting some of the dots between history and today's headlines, proving why Davis is truly America's Teacher.

Book News
Best-selling author Davis looks at "forgotten" chapters of early American history, from the arrival of the Spanish to Washington's inauguration, with a particular interest in the human stories in the histories. Parts are presented in chronological order, with each chapter including a timeline of events covered in the forthcoming section. The writing is casual and narrative, bringing the history into easy reach of the general public. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Collects lesser-known historical events that significantly impacted America's development in the years prior to Washington's inauguration, in a volume that considers such subjects as the nation's real first pilgrims, the coming-of-age of Queen Isabella, and the lesser-known aspects of the first Thanksgiving. By the author of Don't Know Much About History. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Smithsonian Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061118180
Branch Call Number: 973.3 D2947a 2008
Characteristics: xvi, 272 p. ; 24 cm


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