Weird U.S. History
Within each post, every Thursday and Saturday, what you will read are times and events throughout American History you may or may not remember, yet again never knew the truth about. You will read of some events never spoken about when going to school and, for those of you who are, question your history teacher on this and see his or her reaction.
And try not to be surprised when you read the truth about certain things placed here. You could almost say I am a Myth-Buster of sorts.
As for myself, I see this as stupid U.S. History. Things that happened that are incredible to believe, but what you will read, did in fact—happen.
So, sit back, take a read and smirk, laugh, or shake your head in disbelief.
Somewhere in this mix, there will be two long pieces that tie together as parts I and II. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Better Than The Best
History books have idolized our founding fathers to such an extent, a lot of people believe they were perfect. If you read the first line of the Constitution you will find they were far from perfect, and they especially weren’t more perfect. The first line of the preamble to the Constitution reads, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union.”
If something is perfect, then—it’s perfect. It can’t be more perfect. Ask any English teacher, and they will tell you that “more perfect” ain’t good English.
Better Late Than Never
General Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson (the nickname came about as he was hard as a hickory tree) was victorious over the British army intent on taking New Orleans during the War of 1812. It became a major boost over the war effort, but even more so a boost for Jackson’s career. He used his hero status to become the seventh president of the United States, but there are two things about the battle that was interesting. The war was already over before the Battle of New Orleans began. The Treaty of Ghent, which officially ended the War of 1812 had been signed on December 14, 1814. The Battle of New Orleans took place January 6, 1815. The other interesting aspect to this was the help of one Jean Lafitte. A French pirate, thief, smuggler, and slave trade runner, used his vessel to moved troops into position to help Jackson win the war. Lafitte didn’t do this because he had a heart. His entire fleet of ships were captured by the U.S. Naval force, and to avoid prison, agreed to help Jackson and in doing so, he would receive a pardon.
Even as far back as then, politics came into play. Just goes to show that some things never change.
On a side note: Rachael, Andrew Jackson’s wife, was the only First Lady who smoked a pipe.