Stuff Every American Should Know

Stuff Every American Should Know

Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 159474582X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This pocket-sized companion is filled with stuff every American should know.
Who played the first game of baseball? What's a bicameral congress? Where did Mount Rushmore come from? Who is Geronimo and who do we yell his name when we jump?
Stuff Every American Should Know answers these questions plus great information on the Declaration of Independence, fireworks, the first Thanksgiving, "The Star-Spangled Banner," assassination attempts on U.S. presidents, buffalo nickels, the Statue of Liberty, how to bake the perfect apple pie, and much, much more.  

From the Hardcover edition.

Are the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence important to you?
Then you'll want to check out two other books by the authors:
Signing Their RIGHTS Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the U.S. Constitution
"An extraordinarily fascinating study of America's lesser-known founding fathers alongside the more well-known ones, Signing Their Rights Today is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended contribution to public and college library shelves." -- Midwest Book Review (Reviewer's Choice)

"[The authors]...maintain a refreshing reverence for the Constitution itself. Rather than ask readers to believe that an 'assembly of demigods' (Jefferson's words) wrote the Constitution, Ms. Kiernan and Mr. D'Agnese challenge the notion that the group that crafted this document of enduring genius was uniquely brilliant or visionary. If this raises the question of how exactly the miracle was accomplished, it should at least give readers some hope for our own seemingly uninspired political era." -- The Wall Street Journal

Signing Their LIVES Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence--yet how many of them do we actually remember?

Signing Their Lives Away 
introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document--and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers.

Featured history title in Reader's Digest's, "Best of America" issue, 2009.

"Kiernan and D'Agnese...succeed in stripping away preconceived notions of the more famous signers, and bringing out something of interest about the other, less well known ones..."--Library Journal

"Kiernan and D'Agnese present astonishing individual portraits of all the signers" -- School Library Journal, starred review

Who Was Ronald Reagan?

On This Long Journey: The Journal of Jesse Smoke, a Cherokee Boy, the Trail of Tears, 1838

The Limits of Dissent: Clement L. Vallandigham and the Civil War

Huntington Beach (Then & Now)

Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It


















more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then

and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the

company, namely, your hands. Here’s how it’s done: 1. Let the bird rest. Don’t even think about carving the turkey until it has been out of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. During cooking, moisture is driven toward the outer layers of the bird. Resting allows the juices to sink back in. 2. Remove the legs. Use a knife to cut the skin attaching each of the legs to the breast. Then bend the legs down until the hip joints pop. They should come loose easily, but you can work a carving knife into the

your refrigerator. By the way, the carcass can be boiled for soup stock—or fed to ravenous uncles who have nothing better to do than scavenge the remaining bits of meat from the bones. Ten Foods Invented in America Pizza may be the most delicious food on the planet, but it wasn’t born in America. Nor were macaroni and cheese, fries, ice cream, or tacos. Here’s a list of ten delicious treats that America can lay claim to. 1. “Velvet” cake: There are two main types. The chocolate velvet cake—a

parade and late-night fireworks in New York City, the nation’s first capital. Ten Fun Facts about the Statue of Liberty 1. Given to the United States by France in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was meant to commemorate the friendship between the two countries established during the American Revolution. 2. Sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi designed the Statue. It’s said that he modeled Lady Liberty’s face after his mother. 3. The Statue is 305 feet and 1 inch from the base of the pedestal to

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