Stuff Every American Should Know
Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese
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This pocket-sized companion is filled with stuff every American should know.
Who played the first game of baseball? What's a bicameral congress? Where did Mount Rushmore come from? Who is Geronimo and who do we yell his name when we jump?
Stuff Every American Should Know answers these questions plus great information on the Declaration of Independence, fireworks, the first Thanksgiving, "The Star-Spangled Banner," assassination attempts on U.S. presidents, buffalo nickels, the Statue of Liberty, how to bake the perfect apple pie, and much, much more.
From the Hardcover edition.
"[The authors]...maintain a refreshing reverence for the Constitution itself. Rather than ask readers to believe that an 'assembly of demigods' (Jefferson's words) wrote the Constitution, Ms. Kiernan and Mr. D'Agnese challenge the notion that the group that crafted this document of enduring genius was uniquely brilliant or visionary. If this raises the question of how exactly the miracle was accomplished, it should at least give readers some hope for our own seemingly uninspired political era." -- The Wall Street Journal
Signing Their LIVES Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document--and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers.
Featured history title in Reader's Digest's, "Best of America" issue, 2009.
"Kiernan and D'Agnese...succeed in stripping away preconceived notions of the more famous signers, and bringing out something of interest about the other, less well known ones..."--Library Journal
* "Kiernan and D'Agnese present astonishing individual portraits of all the signers" -- School Library Journal, starred review
more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then
mug. 2. Washcloth: Next time you have to bathe in a stream, bring along a bar of soap and a bandana. 3. Valuables holder: Place spectacles, jewelry, and letters from your sweet mama into the center of a bandana. Fold up the corners or roll the bandana until it cradles your treasures snugly. Tuck the precious bundle in a shirt pocket, duster, or saddlebag. 4. Pot holder: Before reaching for that coffeepot or skillet from the campfire, fold a bandana twice and use it to shield your hand from the
your refrigerator. By the way, the carcass can be boiled for soup stock—or fed to ravenous uncles who have nothing better to do than scavenge the remaining bits of meat from the bones. Ten Foods Invented in America Pizza may be the most delicious food on the planet, but it wasn’t born in America. Nor were macaroni and cheese, fries, ice cream, or tacos. Here’s a list of ten delicious treats that America can lay claim to. 1. “Velvet” cake: There are two main types. The chocolate velvet cake—a
witnesses against you, to subpoena witnesses, and to have an attorney. The Seventh Amendment: Trial by Jury in Civil Cases The Founding Fathers certainly were serious about trial by jury because this is the third time they mention it in the Bill of Rights. This time, however, the right to have a jury extends to civil cases, those in which two people are suing each other. This amendment says judges cannot toss out the jury’s verdict unless they follow specific procedures. The Eighth Amendment:
president appeared to recover but succumbed to shock and died from gangrene eight days later. Czolgosz was sentenced to the electric chair. Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency. President: John F. Kennedy (35th president) Date attacked: November 22, 1963 What happened: Kennedy was shot and killed while riding in an open limousine in Dealey Plaza on a visit to Dallas, Texas. A bolt-action rifle was found at the scene of a book depository where Lee Harvey Oswald, the presumed gunman,