History: American Essays & Term Papers

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Norman Rockwell who was best known for his magazine covers and illustrations on the Saturday Evening Post, the Ladies' Home Journal, and Look. Rockwell was born in New York City, and he trained there at the Art Students League. The cover of The Saturday Evening Post was his showcase for over forty years. His favorite subjects were everyday events that celebrated small-town life and patriotic themes. The scenes were often funny and detailed that his pictures looked like photos. He also

In the southern states of the USA, the era known as the "Reconstruction" period created a tension ,a fear and total hate for the black race among many white people. This event was the result of the primitive version of constitutional equality of the African-American race at the end of the Civil War. It was in this state of confusion and transition that the Ku Klux Klan was born. Before the end of the civil war, May 26th 1865, black men, women and children were used

Brown v. Board of Education In 1896 the Supreme Court had held in Plessy v. Ferguson that racial segregation was permissible as long as equal facilities were provided for both races. Although that decision involved only passenger accommodations on a rail road, the principle of "separate but equal" was applied thereafter to all aspects of public life in states with large black populations. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, decided on May 17, 1954, was one of the most i

Thesis: Through his writings, speaking tours, and five presidential campaigns as the Socialist Party of America's candidate, Eugene Victor Debs won the respect of American unionists, radicals, and even those who did not accept his economic doctrines. I. Background Information A. Thesis B. Birth/Death C. Employment D. Influence in early life II. Accomplishments A. Secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen B. Indiana State Legislature C. President o

Juan Ponce De Leon Juan Ponce De Leon was born 1474 in Tervas de San Campos,Spain. He served as a page for a powerful lord. Schooled in warfare from an early age, he took part in many campaigns waged by the Spaniards to expel the Moors. In 1493, at the age of 19, he volunteered to accompany Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. They sailed through the island chain of the Lesser Antilles. Ponce spent the next few years as a soldier and distinguished himself for bravery. H

Chopin One of the most profoundly original composers in history, Frederic Chopin was not at all a traditional "Romantic" musician; in fact, most of his music defines a separate category all its own. Born in Zelazowa Wola, a small city near Warsaw, Poland on February 22, 1810, Chopin first studied the piano at the Warsaw School of Music, and was quite proficient on that instrument by his early teens. He played his first public concert at age 7, and was a published composer at 15. By the late 1

The Populist Party, a third political party that originated in America in the latter part of the nineteenth century, derived as a result of farmer discontent and economic distress. This was caused by the country's shift from an agricultural American life to one in which industrialists dominated the nation's development. The public felt as if they were being cheated by these "robber barons," a term given to those who took advantage of the middle and lower classes by "boldly stealing the fruits

Martin Luther King Jr. One of the world's best known advocates of non-violent social change strategies, Martin Luther King, Jr., synthesized ideas drawn from many different cultural traditions. Born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929, King's roots were in the African-American Baptist church. He was the grandson of the Rev. A. D. Williams, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist church and a founder of Atlanta's NAACP chapter, and the son of Martin Luther King, Sr., who succeeded Williams as Ebenezer's pastor

The Revolutionary War By: Mindy Miller The Revolutionary War started in 1775 and ended in 1783. It was also known as the United States War of Independence, was an uprising by which 13 of Britain's colonies gained political independence. By the middle 18th century, differences in life, thought, and economic interests began to grow between the colonies and Britain, the mother country. This was followed by many acts and events that violated the colonists' rights.

The Revolutionary War started in 1775 and ended in 1783. It was also known as the United States War of Independence, was an uprising by which 13 of Britain's colonies gained political independence. By the middle 18th century, differences in life, thought, and economic interests began to grow between the colonies and Britain, the mother country. This was followed by many acts and events that violated the colonists' rights. The Seven Years' War was from 1756 to 1763. It left

What is an American? The American of today would disagree with Crevecoeur's definition of an American because he suggests that money and fortune comes easy for anyone living in America, but everyone knows it's not true. In "Letters from and American Farmer", Jean de Crevecoeur suggests that America is a country with absolute equality. He expresses this, in the paragraph "It is not composed, as in Europe of great lords who possess everything, and a herd of people who have nothing." This

South Carolina South Carolina was one of the last colonies, although it held the first, permident, English settlement, which was called Charleston. South Carolina had many rich people settle there. There were many people that played a key part in the colonization of South Carolina. Some of these include Joseph Blake, King William, and Eliza Lucas. The South Carolina colony would not of been the same without the help of these people. Joseph Blake was a very honest governor. He bega

Pocahontas was twelve years old when history was changed by the arrival of three English ships to the new world. The Englishmen on the ships came to start a new colony. The new colony was Jamestown. One of the Englishmen who came to the new world was John Smith. John Smith canoed up a river one day. He was going to an Indian village to attack them. The Indians captured him and sent a message to the chief of all the little villages, (Powhatan, Pocahontas' father) telling him they were going t

The Mexican War: Imperialism or Manifest Destiny Liana R. Prieto (Fall 1995) In the 1840s American pioneers were settling further west than they previously had. Congressman J.E. Belser of Alabama, when speaking of our westward expansion, said, "They might as well try to stop Niagara." ( Nevin, 19 ). The country was in agreement with this statement when, in 1844, it elected James K. Polk to the White House. Lieutenant Colonel Ethan Allen Hitchcock wrote an eerily prophetic entry in his jou

"A Nation-people of similar characteristics and a community with its own territory and government." (Webster's, 613). Less than one-hundred years after the United States had fought so passionately to become a whole, people found themselves breaking further apart from their neighbors and feeling a constant sense of turmoil within their society. Images of the Civil War conflict involve men ruthlessly fighting against their own brothers, family against family, and constant tension between a natio

Gold Rush Unit

-In August 17, 1896 George Carmax, Tagus Charlie, and Scootin Jim were washing dishes in Rabbit Creek when they found large nuggets of gold.
-The 3 men bought 4 claims: 2 went to Carmax and Jim and Charlie each got one.
-In the first 5 days of the gold rush 5 claims were staked. In the first month, over 1000 claims were staked.
-Soon after the discovery of gold Rabbit creek was renamed Bananza creek.
-Rabbit creek is located in the Klondike, wh

English preacher George Whitefield was a leader of the Evangelical Revival on both sides of the Atlantic. He participated in the Great Awakening in the colonies and the Wesleyan movement in Great Britain. He was educated at Oxford and was a member of the Wesley brothers' Holy Club. After his ordination, in 1736, as an Anglican deacon he made the first of seven voyages to American in 1738. He took orders as a priest, but he was excluded from the Anglican pulpits because of his evangelistic p

Go Khla Yeh, "One Who Yawns", named Geronimo by the Mexican Army, was a dedicated Apache warrior. When one speaks of Indian war heroes, Geronimo is many times the first name uttered, especially when it comes down to pride, integrity, and the will for justice. He was born in No-doyohn Canyon, Arizona, in the year of 1829, as the grandson of an Nedni Apache chief. This Position was forfeited as his father married out of the tribe. As a young teen, his father passed away, thus the young Geronimo to

Many economic and political factors lie behind the cause of the American Civil War. Among such causes, the issue of slavery is raised repeatedly. Many men and women sacrificed all that they had in opposition to the evils of slavery. Through these hardships comes the inspiration for such an epic of American literature as Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her novel, a stirring indictment of slavery, truly captures the scathing realities of life in the south for a black slave. As w

Vietnam Essay: Weapons Used in the War Many weapons have been used in many different wars. The Vietnam War is no different. At one point we had over 500,000 soldiers, field medics, officers, and medical staff. Many people died in this war, that was fought over to keep communism in check. Vietnam spurred many different weapons on both sides, varying in capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. As General William Wetmoreland once said, 'Aggressiveness, quick reaction, good use of firepower,

In 1640, a young woman of 24 years, born in Regent-le-Roi, learned of missionary work to be had in the French colony of New France. This woman, Jeanne Mance was to become the founder of a proposed hospital in Montreal to administer to both the French settlers and the "savages" as they were then called. Jeanne Mance, a great role model not just for the nurses of today but also to women everywhere, is best described as intelligent, energetic, and independent. These qualities would have had to

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SOCIETY - The American Dream® : DEAD or ALIVE? INTRODUCTION Originally, the 'Dream' was envisaged to be life in a new world where anything successful can happen and good things might (Hochschild, 1996). In 1963, Martin Luther King Jnr said that he too had a dream "that on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood" Video: The Legacy). Since then, many aspects of Martin Luther King's Drea

The Civil Rights Movement The Civil Rights Movement in the United States was a political, legal, and social struggle by black Americans to gain full citizenship rights and to achieve racial equality. The Civil Rights movement was first and foremost a challenge to segregation. During the Civil Rights Movement, individuals and organizations challenged segregation and discrimination with a variety of activities, including protest marches, boycotts, and refusal to abide by segregation laws. Many

The American conception of Vietnam as a cold war battleground largely ignored the struggle for social justice and national sovereignty occurring within the country. After China became a communist state in 1949, the stability of Japan became of great importance to Washington, and Japanese development required access to the markets and raw materials of Southeast Asia. This apprehension, an overestimation of American power, and an underestimation of Vietnamese communist strength locked all administ

The JFK Conspiracy Is the government really truthful to us - the people? Government is a really big "organization" with a huge amount of members, and it's obvious somebody is not telling the truth. Most of these dishonest events take place in an attempt to cover up any information that the government thinks is not for public eyes, but which we are supposed to know as citizens of this country. This is called a government conspiracy or cover up. Many people believe in conspiracies; some even

The act created the Civil Rights Commission, established the Civil Right Division of the Justice Department, and empowered the federal government to seek court injunctions against obstruction of voting rights.1" The same month, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard to escort nine black students to Little Rock Central High, a previously all-white high school. A thousand paratroopers are sent to restore order, and troops remain on campus for an entire school year.

Causes and Effects Of the Prohibition Since at least the turn of the century, reformers had been denouncing alcohol as a danger to society as well as to the human body. The true feeling behind this thought was that the use of alcohol was due to the influence of the city. The first American colonists started out with the belief that city life was wicked and evil, whereas country and village life were good (Sinclair 10). Later, during the war, the idea of prohibition was a way of keepi

The Civil War which lasted from 1861 to 1877 was mainly caused by the diverging society between the North and the South. The North and the South had different goals. There were many factors that led to the war and the chief ones were political and economic differences between the North and the South. The North's aggression to control the South had led to the point where it was intolerable. The issue on slavery was one of the cause of the Civil War. Slavery and slave trades had bec

Slavery "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" (Thomas Jefferson). Slavery Slavery in America stems well back to when the new world was first discovered and was led by the country to start the African Slave Trade- Portugal. The African Sla

The American Revolution Argument on radical or conservative movement The 13 American colonies revolted against their British rulers in 1775. The war began on April 19, when British soldiers fired on the Minutemen of Lexington, Mass. The fighting ended with the surrender of the British at Yorktown on Oct. 19, 1781. In 1783 Great Britain signed a formal treaty recognizing the independence of the colonies. Through the hardship

The Effects of the United States Government on the Indians "The responsibility of any nation, and the particular responsibility of elected officials of any nation, is not to justify what has passed for legality but to anticipate the conditions and problems of tomorrow and attempt to deal with them. The current confusion and violence in Indian Country are a result of the failure to do so by generations of elected officials in this country. To continue to perpetuate myths about American Ind

April Morning April morning is the chronicle of one day in the life of a 15 year old boy. His name is Adam Cooper who is a courageous young man that has a difficult relationship with his father, Moses. Moses is a stubborn man who loves to argue about anything. The father constantly bothers the boy and hits him. Moses seems to want the boy to grow up to be a man too early. He also has a hard relationship with his grandmother who he calls "Granny". The grandmother acknowled

Salem Witch Trials: Casting a spell on the people Today, the idea of seeing a witch is almost inconsequential. Our Halloween holiday marks a celebration in which many will adorn themselves with pointy black hats and long stringy hair, and most will embrace them as comical and festive. Even the contemporary witchcraft religious groups forming are being accepted with less criticism. More recently, the Blair Witch movie craze has brought more fascination than fear to these dark and magical fig

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Cody Clare Oct 3 1997 Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau was a man who's ideas were light years ahead of the time which he was alive. Thoreau was born in 1817 and was alive from the time of industrial revlution, the westward expansion, and the pinnical of the slave trade.

George Washington is symbolized by his qualities of aristocratic duty, discipline, military orthodoxy, and persistence in adversity that is contemporaries particularly valued as marks of mature political leadership. Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732, in Westmoreland Co., Va., the eldest son of Augustine Washington (1694-1743), a Virginia planter, and Mary Ball Washington (1708-89). Washington had little or no formal schooling. Although he was interested in subjects like geography, military

Leslie Jensen March 1997 Pre Collage Writing Outline: Southern Leadership When the Ameican Civil War began in 1861 the North was sure of an early and quick victory. The North had a greater military potential with a population of 22 million people. The South only had a population of nine milloin with one third of tose being slaves. The North also possessed claer material advantages in mony,credit, factories,muntions, food production, mineral reasources and two time

The Reconstruction of the South Over six hundred thousand men died during the Civil War, from injuries received on the battlefield or by diseases that were then untreatable. All told, over a million men were killed or seriously wounded. Most of the men lost were young and had left families behind. The cost of the war totaled about fifteen billion dollars: other costs such as lost lives, memories and wasted energy can never be calculated. The war was a supreme test to the American nation

The 1950's produced some of America's earliest and best stars and idols. From Lucille Ball to Elvis, the decade spawned some unforgettable characters. Many of them would become the greatest stars of the twentieth century. * * * * * * Lucille Ball, the greatest known comedian woman of the 1950's, was born Lucille Desiree Ball. She was born in Jamestown, New York, on August 6, 1911. Her father's name was Henry Dunnell Ball and her mother's name was Desiree ( DeDe) Evelyn Hunt. Her f

The Articles of Confederation was the basis of American government from 1781 to 1789. It outlined the relationship between the states as being a loose friendship. Each state made its own laws. The weak central government could not impose any laws onto the sates; it could only ask for cooperation. These Articles did contribute some positive actions in our history, such as the passage of the Land Ordinance and being an early and important step to our current government. However, during it

The Peculiar Institution When the Africans came to America, a new culture began to develop; African-American culture, the culture of the slave. All aspects of life for these imported people began to change in many ways. In this essay we will follow the migration of a slave to an American home, and their home, family, and work lives. Slavery was well known in many areas of Africa, including eastern Nigeria, the Gold Coast, and western Angola during the 1600's, where the people were for

The Trail of Tears A Crime Against Humanity The trail of tears was a U.S. Government-Planned death march imposed on 5 civilized Indian tribes: the Choctaws, Creeks, Chickasaws, Cherokees, and Seminioles. There were about 16,000 Cherokee before their eviction. They put up the biggest fight; enough make them the last tribe to be forced from their homes. They were a stationary tribe, and not nomads like many others. They had their own system of writing based on Greek, Hebrew, and English.

Jeffersonian vs. Jacksonian Democracy Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were two influential political figures in two very different eras. Each formed their own democracy that helped shape the way people think about American government. Consequently, they had their differences, yet they also had their similarities. Viewpoints between the two democracies will be analyzed in political, economic, social, and religious aspects. Foremost, the Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Democracies contraste

Mike Prochaska US History Seminar September 23, 1999 In Defense of History, was written in 1997 by Richard J. Evans, a history professor at Cambridge University, that defends history from the postmodernist theories that believe that historical truth can not be found. In this book he also attacks other historians like E. H. Carr to show why he believes the postmodern view is wrong. Richard Evans also shows how the study of history has been a progression over time. Richard Evans star

Mike Prochaska Oil Spills The Issue Oil Spills are large-scale accidental discharges of liquid petroleum products which cause pollution along shorelines. The most spectacular involved the supertankers used for oil transport, but many other ship also spill oil, and offshore drilling operations contribute a large share of the pollution.Of every million tons of oil shiped, one ton is spilled. Some of the largest spills thus far recorded involved the tanker

Columbia is South America fourth largest country. It is about 440,831 square miles long and its capital is Bogota with the population of 27 million people. Columbia greatest agriculture crops are drugs and coffee. "Columbia is one of the world largest producers of the drugs cocaine, and heroin producing 50,900 hectares of coca that they sold 75% to the United States." (CIA database) Drug dealers and drugs control Columbia and are the new Mafia and gangsters, who smuggle drugs in the United

1968 Essay submitted by Josh "An Indignant Generation." With all its disruptions and rage, the idea of black revolution was something many white Americans could at least comprehend, if not agree with. When rebellion seized their own children, however they were almost completely at a loss. A product of the posts war "Baby Boom," nurtured in affluence and concentrated in increasing numbers on college and university campuses. It was a generation marked

A Testament of Hope - Martin Luther King Essay submitted by Gina "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is a clearly written essay that explains the reasons behind, and the methods of nonviolent civil disobedience, and gently expresses King's disappointment with those who are generally supportive of equal rights for African-Americans. Martin Luther King, more than any other figure, shaped American life from the mid-'50s to the late '60s. This was a time when

American Attack on Omaha and Utah Beaches during D Day Essay submitted by Joe G. It was 1944, and the United States had now been an active participant in the war against Nazi Germany for almost three and a half years, nearly six years for the British. During that period occurred a string of engagements fought with ferocious determination and intensity on both sides. There is however, one day which stands out in the minds

Baseball and American Popular Culture Essay submitted by Unknown Baseball is an integral part of American pop culture. Many Americans grow up with baseball, playing it before they can even count all the bases. It is glorified, taught, and fed to us. When we play baseball, we find a respect for the game. The respect we gain from playing it has turned the game into a tradition of American culture. It has formed itself into the business of professional ba

Columbus the Villain Essay submitted by Maggie In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. And, when he reached his destination he killed, raped and enslaved innocent natives. Was Columbus a villain? The answer to that question, in my opinion, would be yes. Christopher Columbus was a cruel, self-centered, delusional man who does not deserve to be praised for the discovery of America. First, Columbus was a cruel man who enslaved, raped, and murdered the