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  • Ben Franklin Biographycritique - 1,621 words
    In his many careers as a printer, moralist, essayist, civic leader, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, and philosopher, for later generations of Americans he became both a spokesman and a model for the national character. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on Jan. 17, 1706, into a religious Puritan household. His father, Josiah, was a candlemaker and a skillful mechanic. His mother, Abiah Bens parents raised thirteen children--the survivors of Josiahs seventeen children by two wives (#1). Franklin left school at ten years old when he was pressed into his father's trade. At twelve Ben was apprenticed to his half brother James, a printer of The New England Courant. He generally absorb ...
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  • Dbq Federalist Vs Antifederalist - 1,002 words
    It can be argued that the Federalists were the first political party in the United States. Their goal was simple; to unite the states and form a strong central government. There were various attempts at uniting the states, the first of which was the Articles of Confederation. These articles were not effective due to the fact that they did not have the power to tax the States or the power to enforce a uniform commercial policy. This caused the government to basically go bankrupt, and when this occurred, it was evident that the Federalists had failed in their plan of union. Their next attempt, the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, was successful in uniting the States, but still lacked ...
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  • Mark Twain - 466 words
    Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and grew up in nearby Hannibal, on the Mississippi River. His father died in 1847, leaving the family with little financial support, and Clemens became a printer's apprentice eventually working for his brother Orion. Through all his years in the print shop, Clemens tried his hand at composing humorous pieces, using the heavy-handed techniques of local colorists who were popular at the time. By 1856, he was accomplished enough to receive a commission from the Keokuk Saturday Post for a series of comical letters reporting on his planned travels to South America. But on his way down the Mississippi, Clemens temporarily abandoned his literary ambit ...
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  • Debates Over Slavery - 1,145 words
    In 1787, delegates arrived in Philadelphia to begin work on revising the Articles of Confederation. Most states agreed that the Articles had not provided the country with the type of guidelines that it needed to run smoothly. There were many things missing, and many issues that needed further consideration. One of the most controversial topics at the Constitutional Convention was figuring out the country's policy towards slavery. When all was said and done, slavery was still legal after the Convention because the southern economy depended on it and because most people decided that this was an issue that should be decided by each individual state, rather than the country as a whole. The issue ...
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  • Whiskey Rebellion - 1,649 words
    In 1790 a new nation was on the rise. With the help of the French, the people of the thirteen colonies of America had united together to defeat the greatest empire of the world. This was the shining moment of America. Freedom was theirs, and this is what they have been wanting since the pilgrims arrived almost two centuries before. They were now going to take on an even greater task then fighting the British: establishing a system of government that would be fair and that would be accepted throughout all of America. One thing the founding fathers knew they had to do was establish a document that would unite the states under one system of laws, so they would be a single country. The Articles ...
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  • George Washington Father Of A Nation - 1,561 words
    George Washington: Father of a Nation A desolate wind swept over the American encampment at Valley Forge. Freezing temperatures and blinding snow storms accompanied by heartbreaking defeats had taken their toll on these young freedom fighters. The cry for freedom could no longer be heard over hunger pains and the freezing wind. One lone figure could be seen walking through the camp trying to re-ignite that fire in his dwindling troops who were huddled together for warmth. We can only wonder what words of encouragement George Washington told his men to keep their hopes alive that long hard winter of 1778. Whatever they were, they held an army together and inspired a young nation to go on and ...
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  • National Debate Over Slavery - 1,053 words
    The National Debate over Slavery in 17 -1860 was important. Events from the cotton gin, to the Dred Scott case all played an important roll in slavery and history. Here are a couple more. In June 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. It was a statement of reasons for the separation between Britain. The declaration sited that "all men are created equal." It meant that people shouldnt be judged by the color of their skin nor their religion. Throughout the whole declaration, amendments have been added to make the world more equal. For example, the fifteenth amendment granted African American males the right to vote, and then in 1920 the nineteenth amendment granted women the right to ...
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  • American Revolution - 1,098 words
    The American Revolution was a conflict between 13 British colonies in North America and their parent country, Great Britain. It was made up of two related events: the American War of Independence and the design of the American government. In 1775, the commander of British forces, General Thomas Gage, sent out troops to Concord and Lexington. The mission was to capture leaders of the rebel cause, John Hancock and Sam Adams. The rebel Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott set out to tell Hancock and Adams who were at Lexington. Both Dawes and Revere were captured on the way to concord. Prescott escaped by leaving the road and making his way to Concord by way of the countryside. B ...
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  • The Constitution Virginia And New Jerseys Plans - 1,041 words
    In the late 1780s, prominent political leaders in the United States came to realize that the government created under the Articles of Confederation was ineffective and impractical and could not serve a nation in managing relationships among states nor handle foreign nations. The fear of creating a government that was too powerful was the basis for foundation of the Articles of Confederation. It created a weak national government that allowed for most of the power to be under the control of the state legislatures. Under the Articles, Congress had no means to prevent war or security against foreign invasion. The federal government could not check the quarrels between states or regulate interst ...
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    COLOMBIA Climate The climate, however, varies with the elevation. The low regions along the coast and the deep Pata and Magdalena river valleys are torrid, with mean annual temperatures of 75̊ to 80̊ F. From about 1500 to 7500 ft the climate is subtropical, and from about 7500 to 10,000 ft it is temperate. Above about 10,000 ft is the cold-climate zone, where temperatures range from 0̊ to 55̊ F. The average January and July temperatures in Bogot are 58̊ F and 57̊ F, respectively. The averages for the same months in Barranquilla are 80̊ F and 82̊ F. Throughout the year, three-month periods of rain and dry weather alternate. Along the Pacific coast preci ...
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  • Benfranklin - 1,298 words
    ... pon. But before the Declaration of Independence could even be considered, many events transpired and a few lives were even lost before the colonists realized that immediate action was necessary because war was imminent. The first of these was the series of acts that preceded the first shots being fired. They were the first sign of serious conflict. As the Revolutionary movement began, the intensity multiplied with the passing of several acts. These acts, developed by the British Parliament, were intended to tax the colonists in order to pay for the war being waged with France; they claimed however, that it was to pay for the protection of the colonists through resident soldiers in the co ...
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  • Robert Smalls - 943 words
    ... hese events, the captain of record was dismissed, and Smalls was promoted to the position of Captain. Smalls' heroic wartime record, his ability to speak the Gullah dialect of Sea Islanders and the solidly Republican electorate around Beaufort opened the way for a post-war career in politics. As early as October 1862, Smalls traveled to New York to gain support for the Port Royal Experiment for settling freed slaves, and he joined a delegation of free blacks sent to the Republican convention in June 1864. Following the Civil War, he was elected a delegate to the 1868 state constitutional convention and, in April, 1868, was elected to the state house of representatives, serving until 1870 ...
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  • Diversity In Workplace - 1,034 words
    iversity in the Workplace How Different Cultures Helped Shape Our Nation Diversity in the Workplace How Different Cultures Helped Shape Our Nation Today the United States of America is regarded as a global economic leader. The standard of living in the U.S. is higher than that of most other nations. Our nation is considered an economic super-power. Economic needs have often caused Americans to seek immigrants as workers, and economic opportunities have attracted foreigners. The United States is a nation of immigrants. Our nation has been shaped by successive waves of immigrants who have played major roles in our changing economy. The overwhelming majority of immigrants who enter the United ...
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  • Jackson - 1,808 words
    A national hero out of the West, a natural leader, and a nationalistic symbol, Andrew Jackson had most certainly proved himself to be the first peoples president. Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States, and was the first to gain office by a direct appeal to the mass of voters. Focusing on both the highs and the lows of his two terms in office, from 1829-1837, the issues that are of main concern are states' rights, nullification, the tariff, and Indian removal and banking policies; these all are controversies that brought forth strong rivalry over his years of presidency. He was known for his iron will and fiery personality, and his strong use of the powers of his offic ...
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  • Texas Annexation - 934 words
    Narrative History of Texas Annexation, Secession, and Readmission to the Union Texans voted in favor of annexation to the United States in the first election following independence in 1836. However, throughout the Republic period (1836-1845) no treaty of annexation negotiated between the Republic and the United States was ratified by both nations. When all attempts to arrive at a formal annexation treaty failed, the United States Congress passed--after much debate and only a simple majority--a Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States. Under these terms, Texas would keep both its public lands and its public debt, it would have the power to divide into four additional states "o ...
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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 young Americans will learn their history. The book, Lies My Teacher Taught Me by James Loewen, addresses the issue of oppression and white racism and the ways in which these topics are virtually igno ...
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  • Alexander Hamilton And The Constitution - 1,063 words
    What role Alexander Hamilton played in the Consitutional Convention? The economy of the young nation in the years following the Revolution was in bad shape. The United States had accrued millions of dollars in war debt; competitive tariffs between states hampered economic growth while sowing political discord; American shipping struggled to recover from the war; and the Continental Congress was unable to impose taxes in order to drive the country forward out of its financial doldrums. Against this background, the legislature of Virginia in 1786 called for a meeting of the states in Annapolis, Maryland, to deliberate adjustments to the nation's commercial regulations -- a relatively modest am ...
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  • Ap Bio - 1,426 words
    George Washington was quite possibly the greatest president of the United States. Through his earlier life experiences on his fathers tobacco farm and in the military, George Washington developed many skills and traits which helped him to govern the United States. His excellent personal values and dedication to make our country great, helped him to win the respect and support of many United States citizens. George Washingtons integrity set a pattern for all other presidents to follow. Born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family, George Washington learned the morals, manners, and body of knowledge requisite for an 18th century Virginia gentleman. He pursued two intertwined interests: military ...
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  • Common Sense - 2,266 words
    ... led by laws or by decrees, by and for the network users themselves or by and for the network technocrats? The choice is ours. Volumes have been written about the unexpected emergence of the Internet as a medium for interactions among "anyone, anywhere, anytime." As an unplanned cultural phenomenon, the Internet's astounding unpredictability is half the fun and magic behind the miraculous growth of the new medium. Yet ambiguity presents difficulties. Without one shared vision of where we're going on the Internet, what can we do to manage the social upheaval being produced by Internet popularity? Someday, everyone alive could want a website, so we will need a lot of addresses. The power to ...
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  • How The United States Government Does Not Truly Reflect A Federalist System - 1,438 words
    I believe that the United States Constitution does not truly reflect a federalist system. In fact, I believe that the federalist system, in which states have considerable power to exercise, was all but abolished by the United States Constitution. In answering this question, American Government, by Peter Wolf, gives a few examples of what Federalism meant back in the late 1700s, and why, during the framing of the Constitution, there was a big debate between federalists and anti-federalists. That Federalism furnishes the means of uniting commonwealths into one nation under one national government without extinguishing their separate administrations, legislatures, and local patriotisms (Wolf, 6 ...
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