Thursday, May 28, 2009

History Lesson by Cheryl Poch

Today's article is written by Cheryl Poch, Librarian-Extraordinaire, here in Fowlerville.

I'd like to thank her ahead of time. She is one busy person, and her staff is always there to help, even with everything they do. And, I admit it, I've pestered her a couple of times for an article, and she's been very gracious. So, to that end, thank you, Cheryl.

Here goes . . .

I would like to share with you some thoughts on ‘stupid American history.’

That’s right. Tales of stupidity, strangeness, and myth conceptions according to the book with the same name: STUPID AMERICAN HISTORY by Leland Gregory.

We begin with this little story: History books have idolized our founding fathers to such a degree that a lot of people believe that they were perfect. Simply by looking at the first line of the Constitution you will find that they were not perfect -- and they especially were not 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 it’s, well, perfect. It can’t be more perfect! (makes sense to me)

How about this one: Andrew Jackson’s wife, Rachel, was the only First Lady who smoked a pipe (we do not know what the other First Ladies smoked).

And then this: When the Civil War started, Union General Ulysses S. Grant owned slaves, but Confederate General Robert E. Lee did not!

There you have it – a little “stupid American history” for you to conjure up in party-time conversations – your friends will be amazed!

Cheryl L. Poch, Director
Fowlerville District Library
131 Mill St. P.O. Box 313
Fowlerville, MI 48836

If this article has piqued your interest to read more stupid American history, either head to the Fowlerville Library and check it out. Or, by clicking on the book cover in this article, you can head to Amazon to learn more about purchasing a copy.

Thank you, once again Cheryl, for helping us out here at The Ville. For anyone interested in submitting an article, please contact me by clicking on my profile picture and then clicking on the "e-mail" indicated.

1 comment:

Ruth said...


I wonder if Cheryl knows my friend Heather, who worked at the Fowlerville library for a bit (if I remember right). She's now just finishing up her MA in Library Science at Wayne St. and will be off to regions unknown when she gets a job.

This looks like a fun read.