By Richard Shenkman, Kurt Reiger

Respect your self within the morning -- learn One-Night Stands with American History!

This selection of little-known proof and anecdotes is American heritage with the dull elements omitted. Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger have exposed quite a few tales approximately hoaxes, innovations, secrets and techniques, and infrequent incidents -- many related to the main well-known and robust humans in America.
• President U. S. furnish used to be arrested for rushing in his horse carriage.
• J. Edgar Hoover refused to permit humans to stroll on his shadow.
• France shipped Louisiana twenty-five prostitutes simply because ladies have been in brief provide in 1721.
• H. L. Hunt received his first oil good in a video game of five-card stud.

Even historians locate that One-Night Stands with American History gains interesting tales they by no means knew. Now up to date with evidence and anecdotes from the final two decades, this quantity is a treasure trove of outstanding tales that may startle, entertain, and tell you. And the simplest half is that they're all true!

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Lee reportedly used to be buried alive in the course of one in every of her catatonic trances. fortunately, a sexton heard noises and scratching from contained in the coffin because it was once being lined with dust, and he or she escaped. Mrs. Lee went directly to dwell numerous extra years. in the course of the century terrible incidents like this got here to the eye of the general public, prompting the discovery of units to avoid untimely burial. One guy patented a coffin which allowed someone contained in the field to strike a chord aboveground. one other guy was once really buried in a coffin with ventilators and a hose that hooked up him to the skin global. resource: Mary Cable, American Manners and Morals (New York: American historical past Publishing corporation, 1969), p. one hundred seventy five. JOHN BROWN will get AWAY WITH homicide In 1858, John Brown was once a sought after guy. The abolitionist chief, who had killed 5 proslavery settlers at Potawatomie, Kansas, in 1856, had once more violated the legislation: at fortress Scott, Kansas, the place he used to be inquisitive about the homicide of a storekeeper and the robbery of $7,000 worthy of products; and at plantations in Missouri, the place he freed 11 slaves, abducted whites, and made off with a large number of worthy estate. yet Brown used to be now not arrested and used to be no longer despatched to detention center. Astonishingly, he was once allowed to stay unfastened, notwithstanding his crimes have been largely condemned—by Southerners, unfastened Soilers, and an overpowering majority of Kansans. President Buchanan placed a bounty on Brown’s head, Missouri’s governor made a few threats approximately apprehending him, and the governor of Kansas requested the country legislature to take speedy motion opposed to the agitator. yet neither federal nor nation specialists dared to arrest Brown. regardless of his crimes, he used to be well known within the North and will now not be taken with no risking a insurrection. Abolitionists wouldn't let him to be captured. past the arm of the legislation, “Old Ossawatomie” traveled within the open, time and again made speeches in public, or even overtly appealed for cash to help destiny assaults at the “peculiar establishment. ” At Grinnell, Iowa, he made speeches and was once cheered through throngs of appreciative townspeople, who supplied him with cash and offers. In Chicago he roamed the town at liberty and got $500 that have been raised for him through world-famous detective Allan Pinkerton. In Cleveland he gave numerous lectures and in Rochester and Boston was once handled as a hero. Trial of John Brown in Charlestown, Virginia. (Harper’s Weekly, November 21, 1859, p. 728. ) Brown remained at huge all through 1859 whereas he accumulated funds and volunteers for clean assaults on slavery. ultimately, after the failure of his infamous raid on Harpers Ferry, in October, he was once captured and convicted. On December 2 he was once hanged—almost a 12 months after he had engaged in homicide, kidnapping, and larceny. resource: Allan Nevins, The Emergence of Lincoln (New York: Scribner’s, 1950), II, 23–27. ALEXANDER STEPHENS’S monstrous mind AND SMALL physique “Alexander H. Stephens by no means weighed 100 kilos. as soon as a burly Georgian bought indignant at him and acknowledged, ‘I have part a brain to swallow you alive.

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