The Skeptic’s Guide to American History
An award-winning scholar and professor examines commonly held myths and half-truths about American history and invites you to think about what really happened in the nation's past--as opposed to what many believe happened. Topics Covered:
- 1: Religious Toleration in Colonial America?
- 2: Neither American nor Revolutionary?
- 3: The Constitution Did Not Create a Democracy
- 4: Washington-Failures and Real Accomplishments
- 5: Confusions about Jefferson and Hamilton
- 6: Andrew Jackson-An Odd Symbol of Democracy
- 7: The Second Great Awakening-Enduring Impacts
- 8: Did Slavery Really Cause the Civil War?
- 9: The Civil War's Actual Turning Points
- 10: The Myth of Laissez-Faire
- 11: Misconceptions about the Original Populists
- 12: Labor in America-A Strange History
- 13: Myths about American Isolation and Empire
- 14: Early Progressives Were Not Liberals
- 15: Woodrow Wilson and the Rating of Presidents
- 16: The Roaring Twenties Reconsidered
- 17: Hoover and the Great Depression Revisited
- 18: What Did Roosevelt's New Deal Really Do?
- 19: World War II Misconceptions and Myths
- 20: Was the Cold War Inevitable?
- 21: The Real Blunders of the Vietnam War
- 22: Myths about American Wars
- 23: Who Matters in American History?
- 24: History Did Not Begin with Us