By Seymour Morris Jr.
“American heritage Revised is as informative because it is interesting and funny. choked with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets and techniques, the booklet does greater than revise American heritage, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford, bestselling writer of The Puzzle Palace, physique of secrets and techniques, and The Shadow Factory
This lively reexamination of yankee heritage delves into our previous to show enormous quantities of startling proof that by no means made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known humans and occasions performed strangely influential roles within the nice American story.
We are likely to consider historical past as settled, set in stone, yet American historical past Revised finds a previous that's jam-packed with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. residing in another country for twelve years gave writer Seymour Morris Jr. the chance to view his kingdom as an intruder and forced him to ascertain American heritage from a clean point of view. As Morris colorfully illustrates throughout the 2 hundred ancient vignettes that make up this booklet, a lot of our nation’s prior is kind of different—and way more remarkable—than we thought.
We detect that:
• within the Fifties Ford used to be approached through jap businesses begging for a three way partnership. Ford declined their deals, calling them makers of “tin cars.” the 2 businesses have been Toyota and Nissan.
• Eleanor Roosevelt and so much women’s teams antagonistic the equivalent Rights Amendment
forbidding gender discrimination.
• the 2 generals who ended the Civil struggle weren’t supply and Lee.
• the number one bestselling American booklet of all time was once written in a single day.
• The Dutch made a foul funding deciding to buy long island for $24.
• younger ladies aimed sometime to turn into First Lady—and succeeded.
• 3 times, a personal financier stored the us from bankruptcy.
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American historical past Revised plumbs American history’s a number of inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive back.
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They did not stop the further organization of labor societies nor wholly prevent the use of strikes and boycotts. When employers resorted to the courts, however, workingmen were hard pressed to defend themselves against charges of conspiracy. Growth of Labor Organization If these cases were a first blow at the early movement for labor organization, the new unions were soon confronted by a much more serious threat to their existence. In 1819, the country suffered a severe depression. As business activity was curtailed and the demand for labor automatically declined, even skilled workers found it increasingly difficult to get jobs.
ALUA, WSU A membership certificate for the United Mine Workers of America, 1890s. Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-2082 Chapter 3 The Workingmen’s Parties I n urging its members to nominate candidates for public office, the Mechanics’ Union of Trade Associations in Philadelphia broke fresh ground for labor and inaugurated what was to become a widespread political movement of work-ingmen’s parties. It soon spread to other towns in Pennsylvania; to New York, where wide popular support developed, not only for local parties in New York City itself, but also in many upstate localities; and into Massachusetts and other parts of New England.
This new association grew out of a strike of carpenters who were demanding a ten-hour day and had obtained the support of such other members of the building trades as the bricklayers, painters, and glaziers. The strike failed, but the experience in working together led to a call for more permanent organization. All existing labor societies were asked to join the association, and those trades that had no unions were requested to organize at once and send delegates. The Mechanics’ Union was not primarily concerned with such limited goals as higher wages and shorter hours, even though it had grown out of a strike for the ten-hour day.