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  • Gold Rush Strongly Influenced
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    The gold rush of the 1850 s symbolized Americas quest towards westward movement, challenges of life on the frontier, and the impact it had on California's growth. As a result, the gold rush strongly influenced the shaping of American History. Many people that had heard of the gold rush in the 1850 s moved right out there as fast as they could to get their hands on that gold. Once the people got out there they wouldnt return back to the east. As a result, the gold rush strongly influenced the sha...
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  • Slave Society American History
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    The Plantation Mistress is written by Catherine Clinton. Her purpose of writing is to inform readers the chaotic lives of the white female gender in the slave society before the Civil War. Clinton goes into specific detail describing the situations that southern women endured every day. She collected memoirs and diaries of actual planter wives and daughters. These confessions magnify the reality of trials and tribulations during a dark time in American History. Furthermore, there are many specif...
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  • Institution Of Slavery Race Of People
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    Racism, as defined in our class, is the belief that one race of people is humanly superior to another race of people due to a feeling of superiority that gives them the right to dominate the other group. Throughout the semester, the material we have studied shows the significance of racism in American history, specifically during the time surrounding the Civil War. Also important is the way that racism is presented in American history textbooks, as these textbooks are the primary source by which...
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  • Twenty Five Years War For Independence
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    One must decide the meaning of "progressive historiography. " It can mean either the history written by "progressive historians, " or it can mean history written by historians of the Progressive era of American history and shortly after. The focus that was chosen for this paper is more in keeping with the latter interpretation, if for no other reason than it provides a useful compare-and-contrast "control" literature. The caveat is this: the focus of this report is on the predominant question of...
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  • American History American Civilization
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    Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin (1914 -) holds many honorable positions and has received numerous awards for his notable work. He is one of America's most eminent historians, the author of more than fifteen books and numerous articles on the history of the United States, as well as a creator of a television show. His editor-wife, Ruth Frankel Boorstin, a Wellesley graduate, has been his close collaborator. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Oklahoma, he received his undergraduate degree with highest...
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  • Montgomery Bus Boycott Martin Luther King Jr
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    The 1950 's were quite radical in fact, this is the decade that began rock n' roll, the civil rights movement, better family living, advances in technology, Fashion, medical research, other wonderful things this country was not used to seeing or hearing. The 1950 's were looked at more as a state of mind or a way of living rather than just another decade or time era in American history. Everything was peaceful now, which looking back on the two world wars and the great depression this country wa...
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  • American Civil War Civil Rights Movement
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    Running head: HISTORY MIDTERM ESSAY History Midterm Essay October 13, 2008 History Midterm Essay It is quite difficult to choose the most important events in American history. The history of the United States is rich in events, beginning with the milestone events like the Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Louisiana purchase, and ending with the invention of personal computer, putting a man on the moon, free and widespread public schooling, to mention a few. On t...
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  • Liberty Equality Power Vol 2
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    Liberty, Equality, Power, vol. 2. Almost 500 pages survey a variety of reflections and discussions of different aspects of the political and social history of the United States from the period of Reconstruction up to the present. As the title runs, the focus is very much on comprehension of liberty, equality and power contributed to the U. S. history, although there are some comments on American history in general. The American history is the main field of authors of Liberty, Equality, Power, vo...
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  • York Stock Exchange J P Morgan
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    The first most significant event in new American history is the Great Depression. October, 24, 1929 has entered the history of the USA as black Thursday. At the New York stock exchange the panic, that later resulted in catastrophic falling of share price, has burst. There was unprecedented for all the history of the tenders dump of shares. 12894650 pieces have been sold for one day. In the middle of the day in headquarters J. P. Morgan the five largest American financiers representing National C...
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  • American History Historical Sources
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    A Scattered People A Scattered People is written by Gerald w. McFarland, a professor of American history at UMass. The book is written in an interesting way, as it present the reader a narrative history of American migrants from the viewpoint of his own family. The book is mainly autobiographical, as it follows the lives of five generations who traveled west. The story is based on experience of his ancestors who started their family history from arriving to Massachusetts in 1630, and then moved ...
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  • The Mexican War By Otis A Singletary
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    The Mexican War by Otis A. Singletary Otis A. Singletary wrote The Mexican War. The book is full with various events that took place in American history during the time of war. Singletary's book is a complete description of historic events. According to Singletary, Mexican War was actually the most successful offensive war in the American military history. The Mexican War closely examines the situations in Mexico and in the United States. Singletary has been remarkably successful, despite the br...
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  • Nat Turner Southern Society
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    Degler, Carl N. The Other South: Southern Dissenters in the 19 th century. Harper &# 038; Row. 1974 Carl Degler brings out an different side of the southern part of the United States in his book The Other South. Degler argues that if one is to understand the south as it really was it is important to dis regard the terribly common misconception that all southerners supported slavery or were indifferent to the suffering induced upon the blacks by slavery. Where common American history eludes to th...
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  • Liberal Society Social Revolution
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    Consensus Historians The Consensus Historians Historiography Consensus Historians The consensus view of History emerged in the United States in 1950 until its eventual dismiss in 1965. Consensus historians emerged in a time period when there were not many consensuses in the United States (Novick pg. 333). The historians of the era knew of the turmoil and felt that they needed to focus their attention on what united America and not what brought the country down. At this time there were three infl...
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  • Compton Mentally Ill
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    Born Dorothea Dix Dorothea Dix Born in 1802, Dorothea Dix played an important role in changing the ways people thought about patients who were mentally-ill and handicapped, originally cast-off as? being punished by God, ? as well as the way facilities handled and treated them. She believed that that people of such standing would do better by being treated with love and caring rather than being put aside. As a social reformer, philanthropist, teacher, writer, writer, nurse, and humanitarian, Doro...
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  • Black Panther Party Martin Luther King
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    During the late 1960 s and early 70 s posters of the Black Panther Partys co-founder, Huey P. Newton were plastered on walls of college dorm rooms across the country. Wearing a black beret and a leather jacket, sitting on a wicker chair, a spear in one hand and a rifle in the other, the poster depicted Huey Newton as a symbol of his generations anger and courage in the face of racism and imperialism (Albert and Hoffman 4, 45). His intellectual capacity and community leadership abilities helped t...
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  • Maya Angelou Caged Bird
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    A poet, an author, a play-write, an actress, a mother, a civil-rights activists, historian and most important a survivor. Perhaps Maya Angelou, award winning author of many books is one of the most influential African Americans in American history. I believe that she rates at the top of the list of American authors, with Hemingway, Hawthorne, and Voight. I believe through my research and reading of Maya Angelou that she should be among the members of The American Authors Hall of Fame. Maya was b...
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  • Manifest Destiny Anglo Saxon
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    This paper Manifest Destiny Introduction This paper takes a philosophical view of the Manifest Destiny phenomenon and attempts to provide logical evidence that Manifest Destiny can be argued as the sole reason for why America itself has a history. Few Americans had ever assumed that the boundaries of the United States would stand forever unchanged. Manifest Destiny was the driving force responsible for changing the face of American history. It was the philosophy that created a nation. Manifest D...
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  • Spanish American War Vietnam Conflict
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    The American media, through its choice of news content and manner of presentation, has changed and shaped the course of American history and American policy. The media? s powerful influence can be seen through its portrayal of major events like the Vietnam War, the Spanish-American War, the Tweed Ring, Watergate and several other minor events. Through the years the role of media in public affairs has changed as its influence has grown. When the media began, it had a political agenda. It was an o...
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  • James K Polk Manifest Destiny
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    The Mexican War On May 9, 1846, President James K. Polk informed his cabinet that he intended to ask Congress to declare war upon Mexico. Congress agreed, and soon, the United States of America was at war with its neighbor Mexico. These actions by our country will forever remain as a blemish upon her history. Clearly, this war was not justifiable, both rather a conquest based upon greed, anger, and the arrogance of men, such as James K. Polk. Although unimpressive in figure, Polk was extremely p...
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  • Space Exploration Space Race
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    Space exploration is a big part of American history and has been shrouded with controversy for years and years. Space exploration is defined as the investigation of physical conditions in space and on stars, planets, and their moons through the use of artificial satellites, space probes, and spacecraft with human crews (Whitehouse). From the space race with Russia to unmanned lunar probes, space exploration inspires and enlightens every person that comes in contact with it. One example of an ins...
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