After the fact : the surprising fates of American history's by Owen J. Hurd PDF

By Owen J. Hurd

ISBN-10: 0399537538

ISBN-13: 9780399537530

Provides attention-grabbing anecdotes of recognized americans, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness.

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A few years earlier, it was a thriving Native American settlement, part of the Pokanoket confederacy ruled by Massasoit. Between 1614 and 1619, approximately 90 percent of the Patuxet had been wiped out by European diseases introduced by previous visitors to the New England region. The few surviving Patuxet Indians abandoned the village, unable to keep up with the ever-increasing number of corpses. How did Tisquantum, or Squanto, as he was also known, avoid this fate? Captured in 1614 by English sailors, he was sold into slavery in Spain.

Introduction We’re all familiar with the momentous events in our nation’s history: Columbus’s journey to the Americas, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But what about the lives lived after the fact? What happened, for example, to Paul Revere after his famous midnight ride? A better messenger than soldier, Revere was later kicked out of the militia for his role in the Penobscot Expedition, the most disastrous naval blunder of the Revolutionary War.

And many of the signers slipped into obscurity. Ever heard of William Floyd, Stephen Hopkins, or George Taylor? Didn’t think so. These are the types of stories found in the pages of After the Fact—stories that surprise and confound, that illuminate the events themselves by providing a context seldom considered. People often ask me where I came up with the idea for After the Fact. A couple years ago I was reading Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, a thoroughly informative and entertaining account of the immediate aftermath of the assassination.

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