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Summary of the Book 'A Brief History Of The United States':
Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States is a 1989 book by humor columnist Dave Barry. In a style typical of the humorist yet also reminiscent of the English classic 1066 and All That Barry satirizes mangles and when necessary just plain makes up famous events in United States history. One running joke through the entire book is in an effort to simplify history all important dates are set to October 8. For example the birth of the nation is given as October 8 1776. Such is the style of humor and irreverence of the book.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Brief History Of The United States':
... ON CHARLESTON (April 7).-Such was the confidence felt in the ability of the iron-clads to resist cannonballs, that Admiral Dupont determined to ... ... line. An assaulting column rushed forward, but stopped in the crater produced by the explosion. The Confederates, rallying from their confusion, concentrated ... ... History of the United States Summary of the History of the Fifth Epoch, arranged in Chronological Order. 1861. Abraham Lincoln inaugurated ... ... away. The South, devastated and scourged by the march of contending armies, accustomed herself to the novel conditions of free labor, rebuilt her ... ... save him? 138. By what two battles was the contest at the south closed? Were the English or Americans victorious? Give anecdotes illustrative ... ... insurrection among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare ... ... extra power to one state, which would be contrary to the plan of that body.)] SECTION VII. CLAUSE 1. All bills for raising revenue shall ... ... their mysterious leader, they drove the enemy headlong before them. The danger passed, they looked around for their deliverer. But he had disappeared ... ... to the English crown, and the whole of New Jersey was united with New York under one governor, but with a separate assembly. Thirty-six years after, ... ... Georgia. By means of a letter which Governor Oglethorpe caused to fall into the hands of the Spaniards, they were made to believe that he expected ... ... by the English and called New York, September, New Jersey settled at Elizabethtown, 1670. South Carolina settled on the Ashley ... ... it was their first encounter with the boasted Mistress of the Seas. The simple-hearted Sergeant Jasper died grasping the banner presented to ... ... Morgan-with his famous riflemen, were sent to check Burgoyne's advance. Militiamen gathered from the neighboring States, and an army was rapidly collected ... ... opposed the constitution, were jealous of Congress, and feared too much national power lest a monarchy might be established. The nation was agitated ... ... from New York to Albany of Robert Fulton's steamboat, the Clermont. For years the Hudson could boast of having the only steamboat in the world. ... ... During this struggle occurred the memorable debate between Webster and Hayne, in which the former, opposing secession, pronounced those words familiar ... ... Mexico. With greatly inferior numbers, he was victor over the Mexicans in every conflict. By the help of Commodores Sloat and Stockton, and also ... ... as Louisiana, and the name of the latter changed to Missouri. INDIANA, the nineteenth State, was admitted to the Union December 11, 1816. The ... ... Thus the first blood shed in the civil war was on April 19, the anniversary of Lexington and Concord. [Footnote: A Union soldier who was shot ... ... EXPLORATIONS. DUTCH EXPLORATIONS. EXTENT OF THESE EXPLORATIONS. REFERENCES FOR READING EPOCH II. DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH COLONIES. ...