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  • Chinese Immigrater - 1,752 words
    Interrogations of Chinese Immigrants at Angel Island Like Ellis Island in New York Harbor, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay was an entry point for immigrants in the early 20th century. The Angel Island immigration station processed small numbers of immigrants from Japan, Italy, and other parts of the world and was the key place of interrogation and detention for immigrants from China ("Angel Island Over View, CD-ROM). Angel Island in 1910 to enforce the Chinese Exclusion Act passed in 1882 and renewed in 1892 and 1902. Despite Chinese contributions to building the American West before 1880, the U.S. enacted laws prohibiting the migration of Chinese laborers after 1882 and accepting only mer ...
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  • Analysis Of Albert Bierdstats Among The Sierra Nevada Mountains In California - 983 words
    Albert Bierstadts Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California is a scenic canvas oil painting on display at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. Created in 1868, this enormous painting is approximately six by ten feet in size (Honour and Fleming, 2000). The subject matter of this piece is typical of Bierstadt, who is known for his detailed landscapes, especially those of the Rockies and Sierras of the American West. Collectively, Alberts works are manipulated and slightly idealized scenes based on actual places he visited. Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) was born in Germany and at the age of two, he moved with his parents to Massachusetts. In his early twenties, he studied ...
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  • Desperation - 1,894 words
    Mary and Peter Jackson were driving down highway 50 in the middle of Nevada when Collie Entragian, the Desperation police officer, pulled them over for having a missing rear license plate. He told Peter that he could take the front license plate off and put it on the back and they should be ok. Peter went to the trunk of the car to get a tool kit under the spare tire. When he lifted up the tire to get the tools, Entragian and Peter found a bag of marijuana. Entragian started to get violent and he beat up Peter. It wasn't too bad, though. He arrested Peter and Mary and took them to the jail in Desperation. When the got the municipal building, Entragian shot Peter and killed him. He put Mary i ...
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  • Edgar Allan Poe - 1,668 words
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), was an American poet, short-story writer, and literary critic. Poe's stormy personal life and his haunting poems and stories combined to make him one of the most famous figures in American literary history. Poe's influence on literature has been immense. His short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841) is considered the first modern detective story. His reviews of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne mark him as the first significant theorist of the modern short story. His poetry and his stories of terror are among the most influential in modern literature. Writers as diverse as the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsk ...
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  • Immigration - 1,481 words
    ... the examination is completed, the petition filed in court, and all investigations of fitness for citizenship completed.(1,68) Then the petitioner will be notified to appear before the court for the final hearing. (1,68) If the examiner agrees that the applicant should be a citizen, he or she becomes a citizen. (1,68) If the examiner does not agree, he or she will have to come to court with or without an attorney and the judge will hear what the petitioner has to say. (1,68) The judge then has the final call on whether the petitioner becomes a citizen or not. (1,68) You can become a citizen if you meet the following requirements: you have been a legal permanent resident for five years, o ...
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  • Turner Thesis - 370 words
    Fredrick Jackson Turner developed the thesis that the American West created and reinforced the American ideals of: equality, democracy, opportunity, and individualism. I disagree with Turners thesis and feel that the American West created just the opposite. It created a period of inopportunity and inequality especially between the rich and the poor classes of the time period. There are many things to show that Turners thesis was off beam. The Homestead Act was one such thing. This act gave every person who wanted it the opportunity to take free land. However, the government gave more plots of land to important people that they did to ordinary people. Also, land speculators snatched up big po ...
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  • Immigration Of The Eastern Dragons - 1,691 words
    The latter half of the nineteenth century was an important period in Chinese American history. The story of their migration from their homeland to America to seek riches with their combined strength, knowledge and skills changed the face of Hawaii and the American West. Unfortunately, this dynamic period also saw the rise of racism and paranoia over Chinese competition for jobs. Chinese immigration to the United States in the mid-nineteenth century was only a part of a greater exodus from Southeastern China. By this period in China, the Manchu dynasty was on the decline. Corruption and oppression were on the rise. The taxes of land rights increased causing grief and discontent among the popu ...
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  • Dred Scott - 420 words
    Dred Scott Case, the landmark case of the 1850s in which the Supreme Court of the United States declared that African Americans were not U.S. citizens. The Court also determined that the portion of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 that banned slavery in U.S. territories north and west of the state of Missouri was unconstitutional. Officially titled Scott v. Sandford, the decision intensified ongoing debates over slavery that further polarized the American North and South and eventually gave rise to the American Civil War in 1861. In 1846 Dred Scott, a slave living in St. Louis, Missouri, sued to prove that he, his wife, Harriet, and their two daughters were legally entitled to their freedom. ...
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  • Wild Mustangs - 1,702 words
    Wild mustangs have captured the thoughts and imagination of almost everyone at some point in time. From pictures of wild horses silhouetted against the sunset, to visions of the Wild West and the Cowboys and Indians that rode the wild mustangs and ponies. But how much of these stories are true and what part is pure imagination? My grandfather was a farmer for many years in southern Nevada, and although he was never a "mustanger" he used to tell me some very exciting stories when we would go back to the farm for a visit. I remember as a child looking out across the horizon, and thinking, if I looked hard enough, maybe, just maybe, I would catch a glimpse of the wild horses that ran through th ...
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  • Lewis And Clark - 1,169 words
    By the late 1700's, the young United States began to look westward and dream about the possibilities it presented. They wondered if there was in fact an all water route from the Mississippi to the Pacific, what the whole continent actually looked like, and really, what was out there. There were many individual and groups of people that helped pave an opening for the eventual settlement of the American west. Two of the most recognizable and important groups that opened up the west were the Lewis & Clark expedition and the group of fur traders known as the mountain men, for their chosen lifestyle. The west and all of its treasures were a great mystery to the people of the United States around ...
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  • Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - 412 words
    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Dee browns Bury My Heart at Wounded knee is a fully documented account of the American Indian in the late 1800s ending at the battle of Wounded Knee. Brown brings to Attention the storys of torture not well known americans. The way the american indian was Exterminated was best summed up by Standing Bear of the poncas indians. He said When People want to slaughter cattle they drive them along until they get them to a corral, and Then they slaughter them. So it was with us Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee tries to tell a story of the american west from the perspective of the american indian. That is what makes it such a good book it supports the indian cause. This is ...
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  • If Capitol Walls Could Talk - 2,331 words
    Militarily, the Spanish-American War (1898) was not a monumental war. The war was brief, included few battles, and the US generally had an easy time of it, with the war's outcome never in much doubt. Secretary of State John Hay called it a "splendid little war." Internationally, however, the war had major historical significance. The Spanish-American War signaled the emergence of the US as a great power onto the world stage of international relations and diplomacy. The war did not make the US a great power: the rapid industrialization and economic growth of the previous decades had done that. However, the war did announce to the rest of the world that the US was now a major player. Lifting i ...
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  • Crude Oil Report - 2,189 words
    The Statistics and History of Crude Oil 4 The Statistics and History of Crude Oil A mixture of comparatively volatile liquid hydrocarbons (compounds composed mainly of hydrogen and carbon with some nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen) that occurs in the Earth's crust and is extracted for use as fuel and various petroleum products, what is this? Crude oil. Because crude oil is a mixture of widely varying constituents and proportions, its physical properties also vary widely. Crude oil is first pumped up from the ground in it's simplest form. Later, crude oil is transported by pipeline, train, tanker truck, barge, or ocean tanker to oil refineries where it is later sold to factories, gas stations, an ...
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  • Rewriting History Pearl Harbor And World War Ii - 954 words
    Tora, tora, tora!What if these words were never said? In the history of the United States of America, there have been many situations that have changed, or turned this countrys history around. One of these being World War II and Pearl Harbor. What if Pearl Harbor was never attacked by the Japanese, would we have thrown ourselves into the second World War? If not, would this have changed the political, economic, national, and governmental issues of the United States? The answer, more likely, is yes. On November 8, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States. During this same period, the Nazi party began their move to take over Europe. On March 15, 1939, the Nazis in ...
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  • Mack - 1,763 words
    "Do I look like a sane man?" That's the question Randall Patrick McMurphy asks during his first Group Meeting, and there's no question that for most readers the answer will be a quick and resounding "Yes." McMurphy's sanity takes the ward by storm: none of the patients have met anyone like him, except perhaps the Chief, who sees in this red-headed Irishman a hint of his Indian father's humor and bravery. Where the other patients are timid and quiet, McMurphy is cocky and loud; where they are unable to do more than snicker, his healthy laughter shakes the walls; where they are sexually repressed, he is a self-proclaimed (and, by the evidence, genuine) champion lover. Years of hard living are ...
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  • American Heroes John Wayne Vs Billy The Kid - 547 words
    John Wayne was viewed as the embodiment of Americas spirit. He and the fictitious land he roamed is, says Louis Owens, The greatest dream of all, (La Puerta 109). The man was always trying to correct some wrong, avenge a moral crime, save a damsel in distress, or capture the bad guy. He followed his own path, made his own rules, strove for personal justice, and always came out on top (and usually got the girl). Women wanted him; men wanted to be him. In Americas John Wayne heyday, there was not a little boy who didnt dream of riding the open range as The Duke, on a seemingly divine mission full of passion, honor and courage. Regardless of Owens opinionated view of the incredulity of John Way ...
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  • History Of Colorado River - 1,139 words
    The Colorado River, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, is a river of many different extremes, from the barren deserts of Mexico to the huge mountains of Colorado. This great river is born about 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and flows southwest for 1,470 miles to the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in Mexico. It is the international boundary for 17 miles between Arizona and Mexico. Before the construction of a number of dams along its route, it flowed 80 miles through Mexico to the Gulf of California. The 1,360 miles of its route in the United States makes it the nation's fifth longest river. It drains a large portion of the North American continent covering ...
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  • Immigration Into The Usa - 1,695 words
    My essay is a nation of immigrants in the United States which is about German, Irish, Jewish immigrants in the 1800's or early 1900's. I'm a Asian so I know about Asian immigration. But I didn't know about Europe immigration very well. So I chose it among many topics. I know that I will find about aspect of immigration important and I will fall into interest of this history. A continuing high birthrate accounted for most of the increase in population, but by the 1840's the tides of immigration were adding hundreds of thousands more. Before this decade, immigrants had been flowing in at a rate of 60,000 a year ; but suddenly the influx was tripled in the 1840's and then quadrupled in the 1850 ...
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  • Tecumseh: Defender Of The Native Culture - 1,345 words
    ... they censure the Indians from following it? (Tecumseh). The council ended in an outbreak of anger from Tecumseh, stating that the Indians had been treated unfairly. It seemed a fight was imminent, however Harrison dismissed the council before any real trouble could arise. Tecumseh was now set on war and hoped for British support against the Americans. So he began another journey through the Northwest to recruit more supporters to his cause. He crossed into Canada to obtain support from the British, whom he met with at Fort Malden. However, at the time, the British were in no state to fight a war and so the declined any alliances. Harrison ,now frightened about the growing number of Indi ...
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  • Ginsberg's Howl: A Counterculture Manifesto - 2,069 words
    ... heir intellectual practices are being accused of obscenity. They are in the land where they are labeled as mad, though nobody understands that the whole land is a big flat madhouse. There are different images of Rockland, which share the same theme of The Waste Land. In fact, Howl becomes a scream from a paddy wagon where even a scream has structure. Cynthia Ozick observes, Ginsbergs Howl, the single poem most representative of the break with Eliot, may owe as much, thematically, to The West Land as it does to the bardic Whitman or to the opening of the era of anything goes. Ginsberg belongs to the generation that knew Elliot as sanctified, and, despite every irruption into indiscipline ...
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