By Owen J. Hurd
Offers attention-grabbing anecdotes of well-known americans, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness.
summary: offers fascinating anecdotes of recognized american citizens, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness
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Clearly something had to be done. The general court of Massachusetts issued an order for a day of fasting on January 14, 1697. ” Sewall, judging himself acutely responsible for the tragedy, issued the following public apology, read aloud at his church: Samuel Sewall, sensible of the reiterated strokes of God upon himself and family; and being sensible, that as to the guilt contracted, upon the opening of the late Commission of Oyer & Terminer at Salem…he is, upon many accounts, more concerned than any that he knows of, desires to take the blame & shame of it, asking pardon of men, and especially desiring prayers that God who has an unlimited authority, would pardon that sin, and all other his sins.
Over the course of the two-month journey back to Europe, Columbus would have ample time to reflect on his discoveries—on the route taken toward what he still claimed to be the East Indies, on the peoples he encountered, and on the economic opportunities to be exploited. No doubt relying on the daily journals he religiously kept throughout his voyage, he composed a letter to his sponsors, King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I. It was a delicate task. Columbus had promised a shorter, less-expensive trade route to Japan, China, and India.
Several were wounded in battle, while others languished in British prisons. One of Georgia’s signers, Button Gwinnett, was killed in a duel stemming from a dispute over a botched military expedition. Just about every one of the signers suffered vast financial losses, as the British forces targeted the homes and business interests (not to mention families) of those who dared challenge King George’s authority. Some of the signers—Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson—of course went on to serve their country with distinction and to enjoy the benefits of their hard-earned freedoms.
After the fact : the surprising fates of American history's heroes, villains, and supporting characters by Owen J. Hurd