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Independence Day: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Typos


I hope you enjoy your watermelon, fireworks and parades this Independence Day. I’m sort of burned out on the holiday.
Somehow or another I got corralled into proofreading a history textbook chapter on the American Revolution. Whether because of political correctness, a desire to give the material a contemporary feel or just plain sloppy research, the authors conducted a Boston Massacre of the facts. I assure you that:
- Thomas Paine stirred up the colonists with a pamphlet called “Common Sense,” not “Well, Duh!”
- The Intolerable Acts were not what you have to endure during the early weeks of “American ...

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