By Richard Shenkman

In the end in paperback, Richard Shenkman's bestselling sequel to Legends, Lies & loved Myths of yankee History. Provocative and amusingly heretical, "I Love Paul Revere, even if He Rode or Not" (a quote attributed to Warren Harding) deals eye-opening revelations debunking long-held American legends.

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Wish the nice existence? It’s on the market! The aim in existence is to stay good, to not work flat out. Don’t have the cash to get what you will want? be mindful you could consistently get it on credits. Loren Baritz experiences that during the Twenties “$6 billion worthy of client items have been acquired on credits: eighty five percentage of furnishings revenues, eighty percentage of phonographs, seventy five percentage of electrical washing machines, and lots of the vacuum cleaners, pianos, stitching machines, radios, and electrical fridges. ”20 If any unmarried reason is in charge, then, for the decline during this century of the a lot vaunted paintings ethic, it was once the discovery of the patron tradition. This, if precise, is surprising. For it'll appear to point out that company has had a powerful hand in undermining the very values it so frequently trumpets. For it really is company that invented the gospel of intake, and company that offered it via sleek advertisements. The businessman certainly is misunderstood. whereas he extols the virtues of labor so his staff will work flat out, he isn't relatively all that considering the survival of the paintings ethic. His maximum worry isn't that individuals will cease operating yet that they're going to cease procuring. His mystery nightmare is to get up one morning and detect that american citizens became scrimpers and savers. What’s wanted are spenders! Scrimping and saving could spell damage for the yank financial system. Given the competitive manner within which businessmen have offered the message of intake, it really is striking that they've escaped the blame for the evisceration of the outdated Protestant values. the complete thrust of recent ads is to persuade american citizens you could spend your strategy to happiness. to cajole american citizens to develop into spenders, although, wasn’t effortless. opposed to the hassle was once the entire weight of eu background because the Protestant Reformation, which taught humans the teachings of frugality and sacrifice, classes that American adventure bolstered. All remembered what had occurred to the Jamestown settlers who got here from England looking for gold and refused to paintings: They starved to dying. the fantastic truth, then, isn't really that such a lot of american citizens persevered believing within the paintings ethic so long as they did yet that such a lot of stopped believing as speedy as they did. Given the strength with which spiritual and historic culture should have pulled at their judgment of right and wrong, their willingness to undertake the gospel of intake is fabulous. no matter if humans should still go back to the paintings ethic is a moot query. the problem has already been made up our minds. a lot as they could remorse the decline of the paintings ethic, humans have essentially and certainly verified a choice for relaxation. What they need is for other folks to paintings more durable. it truly is regularly others who appear to be loafing. but when americans not look as devoted to the paintings ethic as previously, they nonetheless show a real urge for food for paintings, absent, we're advised, in locations just like the Soviet Union. certainly, there turns out little cause to fret that americans will ever turn into really “lazy. ” For whereas humans now not imagine paintings is critical in itself, it has proved very important certainly in earning money to buy all these issues company deals on the market and other people appear so wanting to purchase.

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