A Patriot's History of the United States

A Patriot's History of the United States

From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror

By Larry Schweikart; Michael Allen

Sentinel, Hardcover, 9781595230010, 928pp.

Publication Date: May 27, 2010

Description

For at least thirty years, high school and college students have been taught to be embarrassed by American history. Required readings have become skewed toward a relentless focus on our country’s darkest moments, from slavery to McCarthyism. As a result, many history books devote more space to Harriet Tubman than to Abraham Lincoln; more to My Lai than to the American Revolution; more to the internment of
Japanese Americans than to the liberation of Europe in World War II.

Now, finally, there is an antidote to this biased approach to our history. Two veteran history professors have written a sweeping, well-researched book that puts the spotlight back on America’s role as a beacon of liberty to the rest of the world. Schweikart and Allen are careful to tell their story straight, from Columbus’s voyage to the capture of Saddam Hussein. They do not ignore America’s mistakes through the years, but they put them back in their proper perspective. And they conclude that America’s place as a world leader derived largely from the virtues of our own leaders—the men and women who cleared the wilderness, abolished slavery, and rid the world of fascism and communism.

The authors write in a clear and enjoyable style that makes history a pleasure, not just for students but also for adults who want to learn what their teachers skipped over.



About the Author
LARRY SCHWEIKART is a professor of history at the University of Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of several books on Western history and finance. Schweikart has also contributed articles and essays to numerous books and magazines.
BRADLEY J. BIRZER is a professor of history at Hillsdale College, Michigan, where he teaches courses on the American West, Native Americans, and Jacksonian America. He is the former editor of Montana: The Magazine of Western History and Western Historical Quarterly.

Allen is Professor of History at the University of Washington, Tacoma.