What They Didn't Teach You in American History Class

What They Didn't Teach You in American History Class

Book - 2014
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For the average person, most of the American history that he or she knows comes from facts taught to them in school to prepare them for their state mandated tests. That's not the fault of their teachers who were just carrying out the directives of their employers. But it's also a fact that a great deal of that content that they were teaching is dry and boring. However, as in every aspect of life, there is always another story behind each major event. The story of America is interesting and exciting, but it's those lesser known parts of our history that make it special. Even though in most cases, the names and events in the book will be recognizable, most of the stories about them will be new to the reader. Young teachers can discover new material that can help get through those less-than-exciting areas of your textbook and as a result energize their students. For those of you who are history buffs, hopefully you'll come across a few things that are new to you.
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland :, Rowman & Littlefield,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781475808469
Call Number: 973 H3966w
Characteristics: x, 255 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 03, 2018

Now I know what book to reread before playing Sporcle online quizzes on American history! This was a fun romp that I read in bite-sized pieces between things around the house and during appointments. It's amazing the interesting little pieces of life that we don't know about until we read something like this!

Not every piece of information will please everyone. There's violence, there's drinking and drug use, there's murder and death. That said, history itself isn't always pretty. If you can keep that in mind and get past the rougher side of life on display, then you will very likely enjoy it. If you can't, this isn't for you - and that's OK!

The one drawback is that I found myself wishing they had gone a bit more in-depth - but that's the price of admission to a bite-size history book!

For me, this was four of five stars.


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