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How the Civil War Sculpted How Americans Viewed Their Nation and Freedom
How the Civil War Sculpted How Americans Viewed Their Nation and Freedom The Civil War exposed the different ideas of “nation” and “freedom” that different people throughout the country had. These ideas were long engrained in the minds of oppressed people. As the podcast stated, “since 1800, minorities wanted to claim f...
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An Analysis of the Actions of African Americans During the American Revolution
An Analysis of the Actions of African Americans During the American Revolution “During the eighteenth century, both household and government relationships underwent dramatic changes as the colonies experienced a market as well as a political revolution”.1700’s America was not an easy place to be if you were not of Europ...
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Why Did Some Colonists Want to Break Away More Than Others
Why Did Some Colonists Want to Break Away More Than Others? Although it was the consensus that most colonists opposed being British subjects, some opposed it more than others. Sailors and those in commerce as well as the common family farmer both were some of the most provoked. The colonists were not used to the Bri...
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Changes During the Industrialization of the North in 1790-1860
Changes During the Industrialization of the North In 1790 - 1860 During the period of time between 1790 - 1860 the American North was changing. Industrialization changed America (for better or worse). It allowed for the creation of new ideas and products. It made products more available and work steadier. It even create...
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The Life and Legend of William Prom
William Prom: November 17, 1948-February 9, 1969 William Prom was born on November 17, 1948 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Mount Troy Public School, as well as, Millvale High School. Upon his education, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps Reserves December of 1967, only to be discharged 19 days later...
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Account of the Tylenol Cyanide Crisis of 1982
The Tylenol Cyanide Crisis, 1982 In 1982, a horrible string of events happened that should have resulted in a total collapse of the Tylenol brand, owned by Johnson and Johnson. Early one morning, a young girl awoke with what appeared to be a cold. After being sent back to bed with a simple dose of Tylenol, she died an hour...
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An Argument Against the Ending of Reconstruction in 1876 in the United States
Should Reconstruction have ended in 1876? This historical question may be argued throughout time it took for the US to fully recover from the scars of the Civil War. Even today, racism and economic problems haunt this country. So we must ask ourselves if it was a wise decision of the US to have ended Reconstruction so early...
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The Effects of the Great Depression in America
The “Great Depression” has been one of my most emotional subjects in history. I get amazed that not only did the stock market crash, but there was a huge drought and dust storm that affected everyone. It went to the point where many were convinced that “Armageddon” was coming. I do not consider myself very religious. I do n...
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An Argument in Favor of Howard Zinn's Philosophies
After watching Howard Zinn’s interview a couple weeks ago on human nature, I was excited to watch this one on his view on American Heroes. The introduction to his book “A People’s History of the United States” was brought up and he talks about why it is better to view our heroes in another perspective than we are taught in...
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A Review of Howard Zinn's Explanation on Human Nature and Violence
Howard Zinn’s input on human nature and violence was quite an intriguing subject. His understanding on our thoughts and behavior compared to what really happens was compelling. When I was listening to this, I agreed completely with what he had to say about this very topic. He points out very well how we often assume that i...
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A Review of Glenn Beck's Video on American Heroes
Youtube Journal Week 6 For the first few moments of this video, I felt like I was getting the same basic message from Glenn Beck that this class has been trying to send. Much of what we heard in our high school history classes was wrong. We have been lied to. What we know about a particular American hero may not be the w...
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A Contrast Between Howard Zinn and Larry Schweikart's Views on Slavery and Abolitionists
Interesting read this week. I definitely got the idea that it was about slavery and abolitionists. At first it was reminding me of the black holocaust read. It mentioned a few cruel acts performed by Americans; mostly southerners. Schweikart started his statement on this with cruel acts on slavery. A big one that hit me w...
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The Intellect and Determination of Alexander Hamilton: The Strong Attributes of the Founding Father of the United States
Alexander Hamilton was born as an illegitimate child in Nevis, a small
island in the British West Indies. Growing up as an orphan in a time where
family and honor were of utmost importance, his situation should have led
Hamilton into a downward spiral. Instead, it inspired Hamilton to seek
fame, in the form of great achieve...
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The History of the Redeemers and White Supremacy Groups in America
History Redeemers were white democratic and wealthy businessmen, farmers, and merchants who pursued power after they were put through suffrage. As a cultural phenomenon of American life, the Redeemers exemplify white superiority that has shaped contemporary American life. The purpose of this essay is to examine how such a...
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A Comparison of the Declaration of Independence Written by Thomas Jefferson and Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Written by Elizabeth Stanton
Initiating Action vs. Calling for Action Perhaps one of the most important documents in our country’s history is the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. It was this piece of writing that officially broke the thirteen colonies away from England and prompted action in creation of a new government. In a...
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John O'Sullivan's Impact With Manifest Destiny in 1845
Manifest Destiny John O’Sullivan first used the term “manifest destiny” in 1845 to describe United States’ annexation of Texas. Although this was the first time this phrase would describe the country’s desire for expansion, it would certainly not be the last instance the term was applicable. Throughout the period antebel...
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Was John Brown a Terrorist?
Was John Brown a terrorist? Today, America’s perception of terrorism is based on the September 11th attacks back in 2001. However, the use of force and violence to advance political means is not a new concept. It dates all the way back to the period of antebellum, where the nation’s first terrorist killed in the name of...
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Who Killed John Fitzgerald Kennedy?
Who Killed John Fitzgerald Kennedy? One of the nation’s most well known assassinations is that of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. When he was shot during a motorcade to Dallas, there was uproar in the crowd and utter chaos. The police eventually targeted one suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, and arrested him. However, while he was be...
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Was the American Revolution a Conservative Movement?
Was the American Revolution a Conservative Movement? Some historians say the 13 colonies were destined for revolution since their creation. Although it took many years to develop, resentment for British rule finally grew so much that in 1776 the colonies declared independence from Britain. This wasn’t about to be granted...
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The Transformation of the Social Interactions of Citizens in the New World in The Radicalism of the American Revolution, a Book by Gordon Wood
The Radicalism of the American Revolution When the subject of the American Revolution is brought up in conversation, not many people will imagine a terroristic regime forced upon the citizens like other revolts lead by Stalin, Robespierre, or Mao Zedong. They will picture the founding fathers preaching liberty to masses,...
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The Key Components of the Weeks Act in the United States
The Weeks Act is a federal law that allows the government to purchase the lands near streams in an attempt to control “the regulation of flow of navigable streams”. Another key component of the Weeks act is that it called for cooperation between federal, state, and local authorities on the issue of fire protection efforts i...
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The Imposition of the Stamp Act: One of the Sparks of the American Revolution
Up until the British Parliament imposed the Stamp Act on the American
colonies, colonists in America had been proud to be British. There was very
little reason to believe that the colonies would revolt and declare their
independence from Great Britain. While American colonists were weary and
suspicious of the British aristo...
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The Trust of the American People in the Presidency Change from 1917 to 1984
How far did the people’s trust in the presidency change from 1917-1984. The American people during the 20th Century were governed by very different presidents. Their leadership styles were different as well as their personalities and politics. Their time in power alongside their approach to communicate with the public...
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The Issues Surrounding the Adoption of a Conservative Immigration Policy by the United States Between 1941 to 1980
How far do you agree that the USA adopted a conservative immigration policy between 1941-80? Immigration in the USA between 1941 and 1980 went through immense change. Following the years of 1917, 1921 and 1924 the open door that immigrants saw as a beacon of light to their newfound freedom was shut to many; the governm...
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A Review of the Matewan Crisis in the Tug Valley
Matewan Review The Matewan crisis was a dramatic series of events that forever changed not only the Tug Valley, but also coal unions in the entire United States. This event was a wakeup call for people across the country including policy makers who realized that the current system of coal mining couldn’t survive in its pre...
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