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Great Hoaxes, Fixes & Frauds in American History
Frauds & Hoaxes
"No dark speculation in here about covert subversion by the Freemasons or the Trilateral Commission. Nope, just garden-variety historical scams and bamboozlements that have fooled most of the people, most of the time."
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What questionable transactions led the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a broad-ranging and momentous decision in the case of Fletcher v. Peck?
Expulsion of Native Americans from tribal lands on spurious grounds.
Trials of civil offenses before military tribunals during the Civil War.
Repudiation of debts incurred during the War of 1812.
Land grants at bargain basement rates by a tainted legislature.
Declaring that "American blood" had been shed "on the American soil," President James K. Polk proceeded to declare war on Mexico in 1846. Why did then-congressman Abe Lincoln (and generations of subsequent historians) question Polk's candor?
Only one American was wounded and none were killed.
The only bloodshed that occurred involved a mauling by a bear.
The U.S.'s claim to the soil on which the bloodshed occurred was questionable at best.
No blood was in fact shed.
Which 20th century election result PRIOR to the GWB-Gore debacle in 2000 is now thought by a number of historians to have been fraudulent?
JFK's victory over Nixon in 1960.
Nixon's win over McGovern in 1972.
Truman's win over Dewey in 1948.
Eisenhower's win over Stevenson in 1952.
Some of our less morally upright Presidents have at least spent months or years in office before pulling their shenanigans; however, one President is believed to have occasioned a significant fraud in his inauguration speech. Who was this?
Chester A. Arthur
Harry S Truman
Who rather famously (and infamously) raved, quite falsely, that he had a list of 205 Communist Party members in the State Department?
Sen. John Stennis
Sen. Barry Goldwater
Sen. Joseph McCarthy
Sen. Jesse Helms
Which President, citing the importance of uninterrupted mail delivery as his justification, sent federal troops into Illinois --over the protest of that state's governor-- to break a strike against a private employer?
Warren G. Harding
What was particularly dirty about the first elections (held in 1855) in the soon-to-be-state of Kansas?
Pro-slavery men counted the ballots in free-soil towns.
The voters were promised free land if they voted for pro-slavery candidates.
Pro-slavery Missourians crossed the border en masse to vote illegally.
Pro-slavery men monitored the polling sites in free-soil towns.
What Presidential vote was tainted by electoral fraud, resulted in an apparent thwarting of the popular will, involved especially questionable returns from the State of Florida, and ended up being decided by a small group of men, including Supreme Court justices, on an entirely partisan basis?
JQ Adams-Jackson (1824)
More 1960 election fun. What campaign "issue" did JFK hammer away at with great effect, only to later admit (privately) that the whole thing had been a load of bunk anyway?
Soviet infiltration of Canadian maritime provinces.
Nullification of Brown v. Bd of Ed. by southern legislatures.
The spectre of renewed German militarism.
The supposed "missile gap" between the US and Russia.
Who, during a presidential campaign in the not too distant past, accepted and approved his supposed endorsement by a Canadian Prime Minister named "Jean Poutine"?
George W. Bush
George Herbert Walker Bush
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Compiled Jun 28 12