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The Skeptic's Guide to American History

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An award-winning scholar and professor examines commonly held myths and half-truths about American history and invites you to think about what really happened in the nation's past--as opposed to what many believe happened.

Topics Covered:
  • By This Professor
  • 01: Religious Toleration in Colonial America?
  • 02: Neither American nor Revolutionary?
  • 03: The Constitution Did Not Create a Democracy
  • 04: Washington-Failures and Real Accomplishments
  • 05: Confusions about Jefferson and Hamilton
  • 06: Andrew Jackson-An Odd Symbol of Democracy
  • 07: The Second Great Awakening-Enduring Impacts
  • 08: Did Slavery Really Cause the Civil War?
  • 09: The Civil War's Actual Turning Points
  • 10: The Myth of Laissez-Faire
  • 11: Misconceptions about the Original Populists
  • 12: Labor in America-A Strange History
  • 13: Myths about American Isolation and Empire
  • 14: Early Progressives Were Not Liberals
  • 15: Woodrow Wilson and the Rating of Presidents
  • 16: The Roaring Twenties Reconsidered
  • 17: Hoover and the Great Depression Revisited
  • 18: What Did Roosevelt's New Deal Really Do?
  • 19: World War II Misconceptions and Myths
  • 20: Was the Cold War Inevitable?
  • 21: The Real Blunders of the Vietnam War
  • 22: Myths about American Wars
  • 23: Who Matters in American History?

Taught by

Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D.


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