The truth and nothing but the truth-Richard Shenkman sheds light on America's most believed legends.The story of Columbus discovering the world was round was invented by Washington Irving.The pilgrims never lived in log cabins.In Concord, Massachusetts, a third of all babies born in the twenty years before the Revolution were conceived out of wedlock.Washington may have never told a lie, but he loved to drink and dance, and he fell in love with his best friend's wife.Independence wasn't declared on July 4th.There's no evidence that anyone died in a frontier shootout at high noon.After World War II, the U.S. government concluded that Japan would have surrendered within months, even if we had not bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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March 25, 2013
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