One-Night Stands with American History (Revised and Updated Edition): Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents
Richard Shenkman, Kurt Reiger
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This collection of little-known facts and anecdotes is American history with the boring parts left out. Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger have uncovered numerous stories about hoaxes, inventions, secrets, and rare incidents -- many involving the most famous and powerful people in America.
• President U. S. Grant was arrested for speeding in his horse carriage.
• J. Edgar Hoover refused to allow people to walk on his shadow.
• France shipped Louisiana twenty-five prostitutes because women were in short supply in 1721.
• H. L. Hunt won his first oil well in a game of five-card stud.
Even historians find that One-Night Stands with American History features fascinating stories they never knew. Now updated with facts and anecdotes from the last twenty years, this volume is a treasure trove of remarkable stories that will startle, entertain, and inform you. And the best part is that they're all true!
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party’s nomination and to be elected president, Seward offered his friend some advice. “Douglas,” he explained, “no man will ever be president of the United States who spells negro with two g’s.” SOURCE: Charles Shriner, ed., Wit, Wisdom, and Foibles of the Great (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1918), p. 616. LINCOLN SELLS A DRINK TO DOUGLAS “On one occasion [Stephen] Douglas sneeringly referred to the fact that he once saw Lincoln retailing whisky. “‘Yes,’ replied Lincoln, ‘it is true that the
to it in an eloquent line which is destined to live to the end of time—‘None know it but to love it. None name it but to praise.’ “Such as the utterances of the most illustrious of the masters of this renowned science, and apologists for it. The name of those who decry it and oppose it is legion; they have made strong arguments and uttered bitter speeches against it—but there is not room to repeat them here in much detail. “Brigham Young, an expert of incontestable authority, said, ‘As compared
action the government hoped to lure Canadian settlers away from Indian mistresses. • Angered by the poor quality of dormitory food, students at Harvard College rebelled in 1766. The administration responded by suspending half the student body. COLUMBUS’S SECRET LOG On September 9, 1492, as the last land dropped below the horizon, Christopher Columbus began keeping two logs. One log, which he kept secret, was a true reckoning of his course and distance. The other was a falsified account of the
that the Allies would have given Berlin to the United States if the State Department had demanded the city. But the possibility is one of the most tantalizing might-have-beens of modern history. Fewer blunders in 1943, and the world might have been spared the Berlin crises of 1948 and 1961. SOURCES: Cornelius Ryan, The Last Battle (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1966), pp. 140–65; Herbert Feis, From Trust to Terror (New York: Norton, 1970), pp. 27–34. WORLD WAR WEARINESS Inscription found by an