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CONTENTS Chapter 1: The Colonial Origins of American Liberty First Basic Fact: The colonists were not paragons of "diversity" Suspicion + Dislike = Liberty; A formula for freedom Love thy neighbor? Colonial quarrels give birth to religious freedom PC Myth: The Puritans were racists No, the Puritans didn't steal Indian lands Self-government is non-negotiable Chapter 2: America's Conservative Revolution Colonial tradition or British innovation? Fact: The American Revolution was not like the French Revolution Chapter 3: The Constitution Constitution okay, say states, but we get to bolt just in case First Amendment: States tell feds what they're allowed to do Second Amendment: It's okay to own a gun Ninth Amendment: Just because it's not in the Bill of Rights doesn't mean it's not a right Tenth Amendment: Whatever the states didn't let the Feds do was left to the states War Powers: Congress wimps out on its responsibility Chapter 4: American Government and the "Principles of '98" Providing for the "general welfare"--the roots of big government The Republicans versus the Federalists Chapter 5: The North-South Division You get Missouri; we get Maine More rhetorical blows Keep slavery out of the territories! (to reserve them for the whites) States fight over plantations in . . . Arizona? It's about slavery, but it's not about slavery The Kansas "bloodbath" The rise of the Republicans Fact: local southern judge freed Dred Scott Lunatic on the loose: murderer John Brown returns to the scene Chapter 6: The War Against the States Was there an American civil war? The states had the right to secede Was the war fought to free slaves? Reality check: Lincoln's views on race Lincoln fought to "save the Union" . . . and consolidate its power Why did the soldiers fight: The soldiers speak The rise of total war Chapter 7: Reconstruction Lincoln, Johnson, and presidential reconstruction The South's black codes The Fourteenth Amendment and states' rights The first impeachment of a president Chapter 8: How Big Business Made Americans Better Off How government promoted waste and corruption in railroad construction How "fairness" crippled American farmers The "wicked" Rockefeller Andrew Carnegie and the American standard of living Reality check: Government--the true source of monopoly Herbert Dow: forgotten American hero Antitrust idiocy: Should antitrust laws be repealed? Chapter 9: World War I Propaganda in wartime? It can't be! Starving civilians is against the law The Germans strike back The sinking of the Lusitania The Sussex Pledge The Germans make one last push Why did Wilson favor war? The Peace Conference: The disaster Wilson pretended not to notice Opponents say we can't police the world! "Bizarre" and "wild-eyed": The Wilsonian Program Setting the stage for World War II Chapter 10: The Misunderstood Twenties Voting for the anti-Wilson The truth about the Twenties Chapter 11: The Great Depression and the New Deal Hoover: A "do nothing" president? If only! FDR comes to town Let's help starving people by destroying food! FDR's anti-business zealotry delays recovery The consequences of labor legislation The disaster of "public works" Not so fast, Court tells FDR Did World War II lift America out of the Depression? The military draft reduces unemployment! Chapter 12: Yes, Communist Sympathizers Really Existed "I have been over to the future--and it works!" The Soviet experiment: A model for America? Labor Unions Speak: The merits of the Soviet system Lighten Up: It's all for "the good of the masses of the working people"! How Stalin starved his own people The New York Times reporter who covered up Stalin's crimes Stalin's show trials genuine, say bootlickers Yes, Soviet spies were a problem Joe McCarthy was a paranoid idiot, right? Chapter 13: The Approach of World War II FDR tries to neutralize neutrality laws The imperial presidency takes shape: Did FDR break the law? The end of neutrality How FDR got Americans into War Did FDR make war with Japan inevitable? Chapter 14: World War II: Consequences and Aftermath FDR and Uncle Joe-How friendly was FDR toward Stalin American Presidents send a million Russians back to Stalin An atrocity on American soil: Russians drugged and returned home Was the Marshall Plan a great success or another failed giveaway program? Truman disregards the Constitution Chapter 15: Civil Rights Instead of law, sociology From race neutrality to race obsession Let's force those kids together- even if they have to be bused two hours a day! The Kansas City fiasco The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Chapter 16: JFK and LBJ Who was the real John F. Kennedy? Lyndon Johnson: A legacy of failure How '60s liberalism discouraged all the right things and encouraged all the wrong ones Lack of jobs doesn't explain large welfare rolls The Great Society and the Vietnam tragedy Chapter 17: The Decade of Greed? How was Regan different? Charitable giving during the "decade of greed" The truth About Michael Milken, the man the media loved to hate The myth of budget cuts The tax bite Chapter 18: Clinton Clinton, a "centrist"? "Only unqualified applicants may apply" Balkan Misadventures: How Clinton abused Power, abetted Islamists, lied, and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars for nothing "The era of big government is over"--Say what? Appendix : What really makes wages rise? Acknowledgments Bibliography Index
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United States -- History -- Miscellanea.
Political correctness -- United States.