A Zombie's History of the United States: From the Massacre by Josh Miller

By Josh Miller

“Americans were taught that their kingdom is civilized and humane. yet, too frequently, U.S. activities were uncivilized and inhumane.”

—Howard Zinn

Shedding mild on 500 years of suppression, this stunning exposé finds the pivotal position in American historical past performed by means of its such a lot invisible minority—zombies.

From colonization and revolution to global Wars and international hegemony, A Zombie’s historical past of the USA tells the robust and relocating tales of this country’s living-dead underclass, including:

•The zombie bloodbath of eu colonists at Plymouth Rock

•The grotesque killing of a zombinated Meriwether Lewis by means of his fellow explorer William Clark

•The doomed safety of the Alamo opposed to hordes of the attacking undead

•The heroic, platoon-saving cost right into a hail of German fireplace through an undead Lt. Audie Murphy

•The top-secret NASA missions that launched(and usually misplaced) zombies into space

•The anti-terrorist software to forestall the weaponization of the zombie virus

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The Liberty Bell was kept in storage for seven more years because the steeple had gone from rickety to rotten and there was nowhere else for it to hang. 40 The importance of the Pennsylvania State House, its exterior clocks, and the Liberty Bell receded for several decades after the American Revolution, receiving neither public acclaim nor funds. The decayed wooden steeple was taken down in 1781. The one-ton Liberty Bell was reinstalled a few years later, but this time behind the louvers of the tower’s middle level.

These horological innovations introduced “a temporality of smallness and sameness,” according to literary critic Stuart Sherman, in which “regular intervals” became a common feature not only of mechanical timekeepers but also of diaries, periodical literature, and newspapers. In his view, the “blanks” between the marks on the clock dial constitute the primary feature of modernity: that is, they represented a reproducible unit of measure that could be filled in an infinite variety of ways. 32 The form of time kept by early modern clocks and watches precipitated a profound shift in time consciousness among the elite who pondered them.

22 The petitioners claimed that announcing the hours served no public purpose except during the brief periods of legislative and judicial sessions. This might lead one to suspect that residents of Philadelphia did not yet have a use for the hours, except with regard to coordinating the meetings of governing officials. Such a conclusion would be misguided. Rather than living in a state of natural time where the hours did not matter, Philadelphians, like other colonials living in British North America, consulted a variety timekeepers and followed several different temporal systems including clock time.

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