US Politics Essays & Term Papers

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The Abolishment of Slavery The idea of slaves being on equal ground as white people began with the Quakers in the 1680's. The Quakers comdemmed slavery because they thought that it was unjust and it was against their morals. For this the Quakers were descriminated against. Later, Patrick Henery and Thomas Jefferson spoke out about slavery, but not until about 27 years later in the late 1700's. There was an organization that was dedicated to the abolishment of slavery. It was called t

The shortest distance between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans is the tiny Isthmus of Panama which joins Central and South America. The dreams of building a canal through this land dates back to the 1500's. The Isthmus was a key player in the California gold rush for prospectors. The French originally tried to build a canal but failed and the United States took over. [2 McCullough 24-26] There were many setbacks, the greatest of which was disease and Roosevelt sent William Gorgas to ha

John Caldwell Calhoun, statesman and political philosopher, was vice- president, a congressman, secretary of war, senator, secretary of state, and a leading champion of Southern rights. [Netscape 1] Throughout his life, Calhoun kept advocating for the South and pushing for the growth of the South. Threw his career as the vice-president, he kept pushing Jackson to help out his fellow Southerners and keep the South alive. [Bartlett 26] He was born on a farm near Abbeville, S.C., on Mar.

CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH GOLD IS DISCOVERED AT SUTTERS MILL. Gold is a precious metal that people sometimes will go crazy over. When there is a case in which there is a great amount of gold even the most responsible people might just leave their homes, and business.They will run and crawl just to put their fingertips in the all mighty rock. In 1839 John Augustus Sutter migrated from Switzerland into California. While in California, Sutter met a Spanish Governor who

"The Nations hoop is broken and scattered." -Black Elk, Oglala Lakota holy man, late 1800's The incident that occurred in Wounded Knee Creek attracted international attention and introduced the American Indian Movement (AIM)*, and their cause to the world. On February 28, 1973, members of AIM, angered due conflicts with Pine Ridge Reservation chairman Richard Wilson, seized and occupied the village of Wounded Knee Creek in the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The same si

ROBERT FRANCIS KENNEDY The mystery of Robert F. Kennedy's life and tragic death, may never be solved. However, it can be said that Kennedy always tried to help the poor, and the prejudged. He helped to boost the morale of the inner city poor, and the African Americans, who had to fight just to keep their basic rights. His efforts were not just kept within American boundaries. Kennedy also helped fight for South Africans, ruled by British Apartheid. Un

William Marcy Tweed was born in New York City, NewYork, on April 3rd 1823. He was raised by his mother and father. He received some elementary schooling before becoming an apprentice chair maker. Although he didn't make lots of money he used his job to gain experience. Tweed than attended schools in New York City and in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Tweed soon after became a book keeper, and after that helped his father in his fathers brush factory. Tweed wa

After World War II the United States took on a role of world rebuilding, taking the shattered fragments of countries and governments and turning them into working democratic nations. The U.S., fearful of spreading communism in Eastern Europe, adopted George Kennan's policy of containment to keep communism confined to its current regions and ensuring nations remain democratic. In Vietnam, communists were taking more and more control of the government and France not being able to hold them off,

The Great Society is a term coined and conceptualized by one man, the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson. It was an idea that would focus on many major social changes. President Johnson started a war on poverty, and wanted more support for civil rights. Free education for the youth of America was another focal point. President Johnson also took some of the first steps toward making America more environmentally conscious. After taking over for assassinated President J

International borders have always been centers of conflict, and the U.S.-Mexican border is no exception. With Europe colonizing the New World, it was a matter of time before the powers collided. The Spanish settled what is today Mexico, while the English settled what is today the United States. When the two colonial powers did meet, it was not England and Spain, it was the United States and Mexico. By now both Counties had succeeded from their mother countries. The conflict that erupted bet

Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville gives what appears as an unbiased opinion of what the new America looks like through his eyes and travels around the country. He begins with reflections of the American landscape describing the oceans, mountains and even the fertility of the soil. He states that the one dominate feature about the social condition of the Anglo-Americans dominates all others, that being democracy. He gives me the impression, that though he is impressed with our p

James Earl Carter Jr. (1924- ) James Earl Carter Jr., the 39th President of the United States, was the first President from the Deep South since Andrew Jackson, and the first President to officially use his nickname, Jimmy, is office. Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924. In 1927 his family moved to the tiny settlement of Archery, just outside Plains, where he lived until he was 17 years old. As a boy he mopped cotton, which means to take the seeds out of

Many traits are associated with Thomas Jonathan Jackson and his leadership in the confederacy. He is known for stark determination, military genius beyond all others, and the ability to turn any army into a fighting machine. Jackson became legendary when a South Carolina general, seeking to rally his own men at Bull Run, pointed to Jackson and shouted, "Look, there is Jackson and his men standing like a stone wall against the enemy." Thus he forever became "Stonewall" Jackson. Jackson'

All's Farrakhan In Love And War. Louis Farrakhan, the nation of Islam leader, has once again decided it's time to piss everybody off. Sweet Lou has hired Muhammad Aziz, one of the convicted killers of Malcolm X, to run the Harlem mosque where the slain civil rights leader once preached. Farrakhan said he was surprised by all the commotion surrounding his choice of Aziz, considering this is the second time he's hired him. Observers say appointing Muhammad Aziz to lead Malc

The Delaware Colony The Delaware Colony was first settled by the Dutch, but their settlement didn't last a year. The Indians massacred the settlers and burned their forts. In 1638, the first permanent settlement was founded. Swedish leader Peter Minuit founded the colony of New Sweden. New Sweden was captured by Stuyvesant in 1655, and remained under Dutch rule for nine years. In 1664, the Delaware region was captured with New Netherland. The Delaware colony was formed to ex

The 16th president of the United States of America was Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac, and Isaac, that's the wrong story. This ought to be the story of the tall bearded man from Illinois who led our great nation to freedom and unity. But his term was not all hunky-dory for the glory-boy. When He was elected in 1860, not only did the south want to secede from the union of the United States, but Mrs. Mary-Todd Lincoln wanted to redecorate the White House. Mrs. Lincoln was a very odd (s

History Blk. 6 February 12, 1998 Progressivism Who were the Progressives and how did they propose to reform America? Can we speak of a single "Progressive Movement"? The "Progressive Movement" was very complex and had many different areas of reform including, social, economical, and political. The Progressive Movement was a combination of reforms and cannot be restricted to one transition. The Progressives were made up of middle and upper class idealists who were concerned about the

I was born June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut. I'm the seventh child of Lyman Beecher. He was a famous Protestant preacher. My mother, Roxana Foote Beecher, died 1816 of Tuberculosis when I was only five years old. I began writing at a very young age. I won a prize for a composition I wrote in school at age 13. In 1832, I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to become president of Lane Theological Seminary. It was a school where I met Calvin Stowe. We fell in love and go married in 1836. Calvin had

Haiti: A Historical Overview Section One: History The island of Hispaniola, which is now divided into the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, was the first place Christopher Columbus landed in 1492. Columbus colonized a small village on the north coast near present day Cap-Haitien, where his ship, the Santa-Maria, wrecked on the coral reef. He named this settlement Navidad. The natives of area, Taino Indians, seemed quite friendly, and helpful to these newcomers, but the

Benjamin Banneker was born about 10 miles from Baltimore, Maryland along Patapsco River on November 9, 1731. His mother and father were former slaves, by purchasing their freedom. Benjamin spent most of his young life living on a farm and going to a Quaker school. He had an eight-grade education by the time he was fifteen. When he was 21 years old in 1752, he borrowed a pocket watch from a wealthy neighbor, took it apart, made a drawing of what each component looked like, the

Honors English 9 Mrs. Kish June 9, 1995 Camelot in America Once upon a time, there was a young and wise king who ruled over all the land, with his beautiful wife. He was a very great man with a vision that would make his country a better place to live in for all. He tried his hardest to make this dream of his come true, with the help of many others. His wife was a strong

The Case ____It was not until 1954 that the doctrine of "seperate but equal" was challenged. _In attempt to gain equal education opportunities for their children that were not provided for under the Plessy v. Fergusen decision, African-American community leaders took action against the segregation in America's schools. _Aided by the local chapter of the NAACP, a group of thirteen parents filed a class action suit against the Board of Education of Topeka Schools. Go

The Philosophes The Age of Enlightenment was the result of the actions that had taken place by intellectuals who gave new thought to the ideas of politics, economics, religion, and the "science of man". These intellectuals are known as the "philosophes," which is translated to philosophers from French. They believed their ideas were superior to current thought in the eighteenth century. They disagreed with the authority, strove for ideas such as peace, a perfect government, a perfe

The Agricultural And Industrial Revolution The agricultural and industrial revolutions greatly changed daily life in Europe. The agricultural revolution created a widespread social misery of its own when small fields were converted into large farms. The industrial revolution brought people to work in the factories to manufacture goods in increased numbers. With these two factors, the lives of Europeans in the eighteenth century were changed forever. The agricultural revolution enabl

Contributions of the Philosophes In the 18tenth century, European society saw the rise of a group of people called philosophes. They brought new ideas and trends which made changes in the excising monarchy. These new ideas of the philosophes caused many changes in economics, politics, religion and "The science of man." With their journalism and phiolisphy, they change how some people were viewed in society. They brought new light into a old system that in time changed, and brought us

Cold War The cold war was something that grew out from the breakdown of the western-soviet coalition against Hitler's Germany and the countries allies during World War 2. The cold war was a nonmilitary conflict between the group of nations led by the USSR and the other side led by the United States. The Soviet Union calling for political self-determination proceeded to impose communist regimes on the nations of Eastern Europe. The major parts of the situation lasted from the end of W

LIBERATE KUWAIT CASE On August 2, 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, the United States had to decide how to handle the situation. Should they use offensive force or will sanctions be effective in driving Iraq out of Kuwait? This was the main question that President Bush and his advisors had to answer. Unfortunately, not everyone had the same opinion on how to solve the situation. Shortly after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait President Bush made a statement in which he stated that " Iraq

Yukon Settlement The Yukon area of Northwestern Canada and Alaska was settled in the early 1900's . The gold rush of 1896 through 1900 was a major contributor to this settlement. Though the terrain is rugged and cold, many of the prospectors who came in search of the illusive yellow metal found riches beyond their wildest dreams. Others found homes and places of business in a country they truly loved. Some flourished and others barely scraped by, but they all served as a necessary star

The United States government committed one of the most heinous incidents of its history by passing the Removal Act of 1830 that led to the Trail of Tears which was the relocation and demoralization of the American Indians. The Indians were forced to move west in a mass exodus so that the American settlers could continue to grow and prosper in their newly adopted country. The most notable of those forced from their homeland by the U.S. government were the Five Civilized Tribes of the Choctaw, Chi

Child Labor YOUNG FACTORY WORKERS IN THE 1930's The young factory workers did not earn high wages, the average pay was about $3.25 a week. But in the 1930's a whole chicken would only cost about 15 cents. The hours worked in the factories were long. The girls worked 11to13 hours a day, six days a week. In those days girls were used to getting up early and working from morning till nine o'clock at night. Factory owners believed that machines would bring progress as well as profit. Owners inc

"Few interests have exerted a more marked influence upon the history of the United States than that of fisheries" (Starbuck, 1). This simple statement was written in an official report to Congress in 1876. The impact that whaling made in the early years of the United States was just this important. Whaling was an integral part of the development of the young nation. Whaling was king in New England, and New England was king of whaling. From cities such as Nantucket, Cape Cod, Long Island

The Ripples of Watergate On August eighth, nineteen hundred seventy four, all of America watched as Richard Nixon gave his speech of resignation. This act was prompted by Watergate, a criminal scandal lead by President Nixon and other high ranking government officials. The Watergate scandal had a profound impact on American politics. It effected everything from voter turnout to campaign finance. Watergate left America feeling let down by government. They became very untrusting of

INTRODUCTION Cuba, largest island of the West Indies, south of Florida of the United States and east of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It forms, with various adjacent islands, the republic of Cuba. Cuba commands the two entrances to the Gulf of Mexico -- the Straits of Florida and the Yucatan Channel. On the east, Cuba is separated from the island of Hispaniola by the Windward Passage, a shipping route between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The United States maintains a na

Many social changes that were addressed in the 1960s are still the issues being confronted today. The '60s were a decade of social and political upheaval. In spite of all the turmoil, there were some positive results: the civil rights revolution, John F. Kennedy's bold vision of a new frontier, and the breathtaking advances in space, helped bring about progress and prosperity. However, much was negative: student and anti war-protest movements, political assassinations, and ghetto riots excited

Captain James Cook ********************************** Captain James Cook was born in Marton-in-Cleveland, near Yorkshire, England. He was born on October 27, 1728. In 1759, after the fall of Quebec, Cook became master of the flagship "Northumberland." He had had previous experience in this as an apprentice at a shipowners called The Walker Brothers. He attracted the attention of the Royal Society by calculating the longitude of Newfoundland. He also observed solar eclipses to discover

Booming Economy Ordinarily, the outbreak results in a time of depression, panic, and gradual recovery, especially a war of this great magnitude. Oddly enough, only a short while after the outbreak of the Korean War the United States' economy was flourishing. Let us investigate into the causes of this bizarre phenomenon. American leaders turned the war around and used it as a stepping stone in the process of revitalizing the "depression-plagued economy." The war effort itself caused

The Computer and Its History Introduction Only once in a lifetime will an invention come about to touch every aspect of our lives. Such a device that changes the way we work, live, and play is a very special one, indeed. "A machine that has done all this and more now exists in nearly every business in America and one out of every two households." (Hall, 156) The computer is this machine. The electronic computer has been around for several decades; however; its ancestors have been working

John D. Rockefeller is one of the most famous names in American business, finance, and philanthropy. Rockefeller is known for making his fortune in the oil business. He was actually the world's richest man at one time. This paper will discuss his background, how he accumulated his wealth and his generosity to society. Rockefeller was born in Richford, New York in 1839, the son of a peddler. At the age of 14, Rockefeller's parents moved to Ohio. While living in Cleveland, Rockefeller went

John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and was largely responsible for developing the power of the Supreme Court. He accomplished this through presiding over many important court cases. These included Marbury versus Madison, Dartmouth College versus Woodward, McCulloch versus Maryland, and Gibbons versus Ogden. John Marshall was born in Germantown, Virginia on September 24, 1755. Marshall served as a Captain during the American Revolution. He received his only for

Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-63), 35th president of the United States (1961-63). Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917, the second son of financier Joseph P. Kennedy, who served as ambassador to Great Britain during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He graduated from Harvard University in 1940, winning note with the publication of Why England Slept, an expansion of his senior thesis on Britain's lack of preparedness for World War II. His own part in the war

The Beat Generation The Twentieth Century has witnessed several moments which have helped to shape the face of American culture. Each movement has in some way altered the way we, as Americans, think and act. One of the most influential literary movements of this century has been that of the Beat movement. The Beats were initially a small group of individuals situated in New York. The Beat writers were a small group of friends at first, and a movement later. The Beat Ge

Albany in the 1750's By the beginning of the 1750's many English colonies were well established along the northeastern seaboard. These colonies forts were under constant attack by the impeding French forces that sought power in the Americas. In retaliation to this ongoing threat the Lords of Trade and Governor Clinton called upon the governors of the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and the Iroquois natives to send delegates to Albany. In

The Eisenhower Administration In 1952, General Dwight D. Eisenhower became president of the United States of America. With Richard Nixon as his Vice President, Eisenhower had won 57 percent of the popular vote and 442 to 89 of the electoral vote. Moderation of Eisenhower's policies and the influence of Democratic supporters led Eisenhower to coin, "Modern Republicanism" as his maxim for the day. Being conservative with money and liberal with people was a policy meant to sway as many supporte

Apollo 11: 1969 On July 20, 1969, the human race accomplished its single greatest technological achievement of all time when a man first set foot on the moon. We entered a new era, no longer bound by the circles of the earth that had held us so jealously so close to its surface for so long. "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." With those words, on July 20, 1969, United States astronaut Neil A. Armstrong stepped from the lunar landing vehicle "Eagle" onto the surface of

Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706. His father Josiah Franklin was a soap maker and wanted little Ben to follow in his footsteps by the time he was of age. Abiah Franklin his mother stayed home and took care of Ben's 9 other siblings. Ben as a young child never had any formal education except for to years of school, he taught himself whatever he could find. His first invention was at the age of ten, he loved to swim and figured maybe he could swim faster with some paddles, so he made

In 1864 the radical republicans controlling congress passed the Wade-Davis Bill. The bill provided for the appointment of provisional military governors in the seceded states, and require each state to abolish slavery, renounce secession, and disqualify Confederate officials from voting or holding office. The Wade-Davis Bill also said that any amnesties granted to the south would originate with congress, not the president. Lincoln, favoring a more liberal resolution, vetoed this bill setting

The Scopes Monkey Trial Frequently, new ideas have required considerable time to gain public approval. For example, six hundred years ago the geocentric theory of Ptolemy placed earth and its human inhabitants at the center of the universe. As a result, the sun, as if showing devotion to man, rotated around the earth. Even after Galileo proposed his heliocentric theory citing that the earth revolved around the sun, the Catholic Church, among others, refused to reject the geocentric theory. B

Land of the Free The United States was founded on the principles of freedom and democracy. But the failure of our founding fathers to expel the racist nature of our society. This nature led to the American Civil War, and the Black American Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. Oppressed nation wide, African-Americans needed leaders for their struggle for true equality. These leaders were Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Though both were sons of Southern Baptist preachers, their

Smith Election of 1908 In the election of 1908 there were tree main candidates. His powerful voice, and this great influence on the people was why the Democrats picked William Jennings Bryan to run for President. The Republican Party picked William Howard Taft because he was thought highly of by Theodore Roosevelt. The Third Party candidate was Eugene Debs, who was picked by the Socialist Party. He was the only candidate to run for presidency of the United State

John Marshall: Father of the Modern Judiciary If George Washington is the father of our country, and James Madison the father of the Constitution, then few will deny that John Marshall is the father of our modern federal court system. It is surprising, then, that there are so few serious studies of the Chief Justice's life. Every year there are a gross of biographies on Thomas Jefferson and his peers, but, until just recently, the last formal analysis of Marshall was in 1916. But the lack o