American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never by Seymour Morris Jr.

By Seymour Morris Jr.

“American background Revised is as informative because it is exciting and funny. packed with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets and techniques, the publication does greater than revise American background, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford, bestselling writer of The Puzzle Palace, physique of secrets and techniques, and The Shadow Factory
This lively reexamination of yankee historical past delves into our earlier to show 1000's of startling evidence that by no means made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known humans and occasions performed strangely influential roles within the nice American story. 
We are likely to examine heritage as settled, set in stone, yet American heritage Revised finds a earlier that's jam-packed with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. residing out of the country for twelve years gave writer Seymour Morris Jr. the chance to view his state as an interloper and forced him to check American heritage from a clean viewpoint. As Morris colorfully illustrates during the 2 hundred ancient vignettes that make up this publication, a lot of our nation’s previous is sort of different—and way more remarkable—than we thought.

We observe that:
• within the Fifties Ford was once approached by means of jap businesses begging for a three way partnership. Ford declined their bargains, calling them makers of “tin cars.” the 2 businesses have been Toyota and Nissan.
• Eleanor Roosevelt and so much women’s teams hostile the equivalent Rights Amendment
forbidding gender discrimination.
• the 2 generals who ended the Civil conflict weren’t furnish and Lee.
• the number 1 bestselling American ebook of all time was once written in a single day.
• The Dutch made a nasty funding purchasing big apple for $24.
• younger ladies aimed sometime to turn into First Lady—and succeeded.
• 3 times, a personal financier stored the us from bankruptcy.
Organized into ten thematic chapters, American background Revised plumbs American history’s a variety of inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive back.

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At least one handbook focuses on strategies for juggling faculty time and attention (Bianco-Mathis and Chalofsky 1999). Some researchers have attempted to demonstrate that role overload and role conflict are sources of psychological stress among academics (Fisher 1994). I noticed this phenomenon directly when I was a visiting professor on the campus of Illinois State University (Bloomington-Normal) in the spring of 2006. For a number of years the institution had been sending messages to its faculty that research activities (mainly journal articles and research reports) were going to be given more attention in their advancement and promotion.

Superimposed on such abrupt changes have been long-term ones, such as the growth of the population generally, the growth of groups of immigrants with their mix of expectations about education, and the steadily increasing demand on the part of “nontraditional” categories of students. All these phenomena are on the demand side; they spill over, however, to the supply side. One example: In the heyday of the 1960s expansion, credentialed higher education faculty were in critically short supply. Furthermore, given the long time lag involved in producing advanced 44 chapter two degrees, especially the doctorate, supply could not keep up, despite efforts of training institutions to respond.

A further expression of status dissatisfaction is that the most active arenas for faculty unionization in recent decades have been among contingent faculty members and teaching assistants, not regular faculty (below, pp. 109–10). Implications for Academic Community The changes of academic community occasioned by accretion are by now so evident that they require little demonstration. The main mechanisms have been these: • The sheer size of the faculties of major universities. With 2,000 or more “colleagues,” a professor can pass through a whole career on his or her own campus without meeting, much less getting to know, more than a small percentage of them.

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