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Contents Introduction Hoaxes and History Chapter 1 Did the Founding Fathers support immigration? Chapter 2 Did Martin Luther King Jr. oppose affirmative action? Chapter 3 Were the American Indians really environmentalists? Chapter 4 Were states' rights just code words for slavery and oppression? Chapter 5 What was "the biggest unknown scandal of the Clinton years"? Chapter 6 How wild was the "wild West"? Chapter 7 How antiwar have American liberals really been over the years? Chapter 8 Did the Iroquois Indians influence the United States Constitution? Chapter 9 Did desegregation of schools significantly narrow the black-white educational achievement gap? Chapter 10 Was the Civil War all about slavery, or was something else at stake as well? Chapter 11 Can the president, on his own authority, send troops anywhere in the world he wants? Chapter 12 Is it true that during World War II "Americans never had it so good"? Chapter 13 How does Social Security really work? Chapter 14 Was George Washington Carver really one of America's greatest scientific geniuses? Chapter 15 Was the U.S. Constitution meant to be a "living, breathing" document that changes with the times? Chapter 16 Did Indian wisdom help the Pilgrims grow corn? Chapter 17 Who is most responsible for the "imperial presidency"? Chapter 18 Is discrimination to blame for racial differences in income and job placement? Chapter 19 Where did Thomas Jefferson's radical states' rights ideas come from? Chapter 20 What really happened in the Whiskey Rebellion, and why will neither your textbook nor George Washington tell you? Chapter 21 What made American wages rise? (Hint: it wasn't unions or the government.) Chapter 22 Did capitalism cause the Great Depression? Chapter 23 Did Herbert Hoover sit back and do nothing during the Great Depression? Chapter 24 Did Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal lift the United States out of the Depression? Chapter 25 Does the Constitution's commerce clause really grant the federal government the power to regulate all gainful activity? Chapter 26 Does the Constitution authorize the federal government to do whatever it thinks will provide for the "general welfare" of Americans? Chapter 27 Does the Constitution really contain an "elastic clause" that gives the federal government additional, unspecified powers? Chapter 28 Did the Founding Fathers believe juries could refuse to enforce unjust laws? Chapter 29 What do foreign-aid programs have to show for themselves? Chapter 30 Did labor unions make Americans more free? Chapter 31 Should Americans care about historians' rankings of the presidents? Chapter 32 Who was S. B. Fuller? Chapter 33 Did Bill Clinton really stop a genocide in Kosovo? Conclusion Schools and Superstition Notes Acknowledgments Index
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United States -- History -- Miscellanea.
United States -- History -- Errors, inventions, etc.