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Historian Paul Johnson’s Mistakes

Written by Gary North on February 2, 2015

Paul Johnson has written many books. When you write books, you make mistakes.

When most scholars make mistakes, they want to correct them. Readers inform them. So, a wise scholar makes it possible for readers to contact him.

Not Paul Johnson. He is a great historian. But his website, www.PaulJohnsonArchives.org, has no “Contact Me” option — not even for corrections, such as the following, some of which are in the category of “How could I possibly have written that?”

 

History of the American People

p. 79 final paragraph, first line

1679
to
1676

 

p. 82, line 13

astronomy
to
alchemy

 

p. 116,

Revelations
to
Revelation

 

p. 152

George iii
to
George III

 

p. 171

Samuel Wilberforce
to
William Wilberforce

 

p. 176

Yorkstown
to
Yorktown

 

p. 177

George Washington rode from Philadelphia to Mt Vernon — 152 miles — overnight.

 

p. 213

dept per capita

to

debt per capita

 

p. 233

Philadelphia was “the biggest city in the entire New World”

Philadelphia in 1790: 28,000

Mexico City in 1793: over 110,000

 

p. 267

Dolly
to
Dolley

 

p. 477

bri- gades
to
brigades

 

p. 513

population growth of 25% per year
to
2.5% [maybe]

 

p. 527

cattle drives of 4,000 miles

 

p. 528

Wild Bill Hickock
to
Hickok

He died in 1876, and therefore did not appear in Buffalo Bill Cody’s wild west shows, begun in 1883.

 

p. 545

did for Daniel Drew
to
did in Daniel Drew

 

p. 557

David A. Well
to
David A. Wells

 

p. 669

Pars
to
Paris

 

p. 705

1925 (The Jazz Singer)
to
1927

 

p. 706 [jazz]

Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey
to
Bennie Goodman and Tommy Dorsey
[trust me]

 

p. 747

A. L. Smith
to
Al Smith

 

p. 780 [Midway]

June 3
to
June 4-5

 

p. 781

Parmenente
to
Permanente

 

p. 893

black Muslim
to
Black Muslim

 

p. 986, note 43

H. V. Faulkner
to
H. U. Faulkner

 

p. 1000, note 77

Lrom
to
Leon

 

p. 1033

footnote #1

(New York, 1963)
to
(Princeton, 1963)

 

Footnote #4

Harriss
to
Harris

 

Maybe he will find these on a Google search. Or his editor will. Or his webmaster will. Someone. I hope.

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