21 December 2010

America's Hidden History; Kenneth C. Davis

America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a NationAmerica's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation by Kenneth C. Davis

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

At first I thought this look into America's history would interest readers who weren't particularly interested in the usual stories, but the chapters in this book are so jumbled that I'm not sure they will make sense to students.

Each chapter starts with a timeline, then proceeds to some "unknown" (or, more accurately, little taught) event - for example, a massacre of French troops that a very young George Washington was involved with - and then moves all over the map to talk about other, more commonly known events. Despite the fixed timeline, we get the preceding and anteceding events in what reads like a history teacher's rambling. So in the Washington chapter, we learn about his grandparents and his inauguration as well as this episode, but not in a chronological fashion. To make matters more confusing, other events are dragged in when they could have been in their own chapters (eg, Anne Hutchinson features heavily in a chapter on Hannah Emerson Dustin).

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