Colonial America: Facts and Fictions, 1st Edition

  • K. David Goss
  • A. A. Grishin
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  • ISBN-10: 1440864276
  • ISBN-13: 9781440864278
  • DDC: 973.2
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released March 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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The popular understanding of America's past is in many respects misunderstood and distorted. Even secondary-level and college classrooms are not always capable of correcting the common misconceptions about Columbus and his discovery; about Jamestown, John Smith and Pocahontas; about the Salem Witch Trials; and even about the American Revolution. What is often lacking in texts on these events and people is a narrative, with a solid underpinning of primary sources that clearly explains how misconceptions began, were perpetuated, and made their way into contemporary American popular culture. This book explores ten popular myths about the period, each of which is examined in terms of its origin and how it became ensconced in American memory. It uses primary sources to explain the evolution of the myths and inform readers about what actually happened. This book exposes modern readers to primary source documents that clarify distortions and disprove popular misconceptions of the past.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Columbus Was the First European to Discover the Western Hemisphere.
2: Captain John Smith and Pocahontas Had a Romantic Relationship.
3: Puritans and Pilgrims Are the Same People.
4: The First Thanksgiving Was a Shared Harvest Celebration.
5: Manhattan Island Was Purchased for $24.
6: Witches Were Burned in Salem.
7: The Boston Tea Party Participants Threw Chests of Tea into the Sea to Hurt the British.
8: The American Revolution Was Fought by United Patriots against an Evil Oppressor.
9: Paul Revere Completed His Famous Ride Alone.
10: George Washington Had Wooden Teeth.
About the Authors.