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People, events, movements influencing the history and character of the United States.

3 Disasters Lincoln Faced in the War star
The Northern army faced multiple disasters that embarrassed Lincoln in both theaters of the war. Three main ones stood out and would forever be remembered in history.

A New Look at the British Colonies in America star
It was after the Seven Years War that Britain began to look at the colonies differently. The British government began to look into how they could get the colonies into a ďmore efficient trading system with British colonies in the Caribbean and India.Ē

A North and South Antebellum Comparison star
Everything was a struggle between the North and the South and had been since colonial days.

Abolitionist Movement Versus Others of the Time star
Most reforms took root in social issues as both the religious and the non-religious began campaigns to improve the lives of those who lived in America.

Abolitionists star
The end of slavery was due to the tireless efforts of those called abolitionists. They used various methods to gain their goal of freeing all slaves.

Abolitionists Used the Bible to Support Cause star
Abolitionists turned to the Bible just as quickly as those who defended slavery. The chancellor of Protestant University, William Wilson, stated that slavery was ‚Äúat war with the image of God in which man was created‚ÄĚ.

Alaska - The Steal of the Century star
One of our largest states with a large amount resources was once laughed at for even considering purchasing it. Alaska was bought so cheap that it was almost a steal.

America - A Melting Pot star
America has been described as a Melting Pot, but it wasn't until recently that it began to truly earn that name.

America's Complete Independence from Britain star
The efforts of America to be politically, economically, and culturally independent from Britain was similar to that of a wildebeest born who has to quickly find its footing before the predators swoop down. This was the development of American independence.

America's Use of the Glorious Revolution star
Less than a hundred years later (after the Glorious Revolution), the American colonists also felt dissatisfied with how they were ruled. They wanted new leadership and followed the example of the English Parliament of 1688.

American Colonization Made Way for Revolution star
This hands off version of governing worked well for Britain the beginning; but by letting the English colonies develop their own culture and governing with a lax hand, the British crown set the stage for the American Revolution.

American Revolution Found in Seven Years' War star
The colonies were a way to get money and peace. Yet, when the Seven Years' War occurred, the colonies became much more.

American Revolution Inspired Shays Rebellion star
The farmers involved in Shaysí Rebellion and other similar gatherings throughout Massachusetts found their inspiration in their leaders of the American Revolution.

Andrew Jackson - Indian Hater? star
Andrew Jackson has obtained the reputation as one who despised and treated the native tribes of America horribly. Was that really who the man was or does history have a slanted look?

Andrew Jackson as a Common Man star
The surprise rise of Andrew Jackson as a political favorite was not due to his experience or connections. He was the man Americans felt represented them the best.

Andrew Jackson Made a Name for Himself star
Law was the perfect place for somebody with nothing to find something. It was a developing profession that was considered a new wilderness that was to be shaped. It was a position that did not make friends and was not for the weak of heart. In fact, it could prove deadly if the wrong moves were made

Anti-Slavery Fought Though Literary Works star
While the written word was used for political reasons, economic argument, scientific and religious debate on the slavery topic, it was the work of novels, both fiction and non-fiction works, that stayed within the view of Americans over a hundred and fifty years after the outbreak of the Civil War.

Beginnings of Mormans and the Gold Plates star
It is never easy to sum up a religious sect in a paragraph or a complete series of books. Nothing is black and white when it comes to doing that. The Mormons are no exception to this.

Brandy Station as a Turning Point star
Brandy Station would become a turning point solely due to pride. Sometimes it takes a defeat to get the fires roaring and the ambition to push harder to achieve more. That was the case here.

British Neglect Led to American Revolution star
The colonists wanted to be heard and have a say in how the mother country was suddenly directed them. Taxes were not the issue. It was how the taxes were handled. To the colonists, the Stamp Act was a tax for the entire purpose of raising money.

Carpetbaggers and the New Social South star
The social aspect was also a major change in the South. It would take quite a bit of adjustment for both the blacks and the whites. It was also an aspect that carpetbaggers could take advantage of as well as give a large amount of aid.

Carpetbaggers and the South's Economy star
The change in the economic status of the entire country played a major part in the treatment of the new freed slaves and the role of the carpetbagger. It began with the change in the status of the slaves combined with the effects of war on the land.

Causes of the War of 1812 star
As with any conflict, there is rarely any one action that causes the final blow in declaring war. This can be said about the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States.

Causes of Westward Expansion in America star
Westward expansion was one of the most complicated and deep phases of American history as well as something that was crucial in developing the nation into what it is today. It did not occur for any one particular reason. It was a spider web of reasons that pushed it and gave it such depth.

Changes Thomas Jefferson Brought star
Thomas Jeffersonís election to the office of presidency changed much about the American world.

Complete American Independence star
In the 1790s, America was still floundering, economically, to find its footing after pulling away from Britain. It would take individual determination and political maneuverings to get American economically stable and strong.

Creation of President's Day star
Each February America celebrates President's Day. But do we really know why and some other truths behind it?

Daniel Shays did not Seek to Lead a Revolution star
Daniel Shays was an American Revolutionary war veteran who was suffering with numerous farmers in his community.he failure of the communityís petition to find relief forced Shays along with his fellow farmers to look for more drastic measures. They turned to the only successful examples they knew.

Daniel Webster - The Man with the Silver Tongue star
Daniel Webster was the man who teased the ears of early Americans and played a major part in shaping America today.

Daniel Webster and the Whig Party star
Daniel Webster was a huge figure in American politics as his position as attorney and politician with excellent oratory skills. His influence was huge in American history and too easily forgotten by many.

Debt Helped Lead to Shays Rebellion star
The American Revolution was not a decade behind the nation which meant that a new government was not entirely formed. This in turn meant that a new currency was not fully in circulation to handle the situation the new nation found itself in. No money meant no payment of debt.

Decisions Made by Davis That Led to Failure star
Hind-sight is twenty-twenty. After the fact, one can easily point out where Jefferson Davis made his mistakes and how the Confederacy lost the war. Starting in the West, Davis found himself regretting many of his decisions that would became fateful for the newly created nation.

Expansion of Slavery as a Moral or Political Issue star
If you study history long enough, you quickly discover that nothing is ever black and white. What might seem to be a simple issue is in fact quite complex. The same can be said about slavery when it came to the position of the North.

Failure of Articles of Confederation star
The Articles of Confederation were created out of fear and were a reflection of ďthe wariness by the states of a strong central government.Ē

Fictional Works Revealed Slave Life star
From the real life adventures, many fictional stories were also published which gave fresh views of the slave life. The first novel written by an African American was Clotelle written by William Wells Brown, an escaped slave. It is the story of a fictional daughter of President Thomas Jefferson.

First Continental Congress star
The First Continental Congress was a means of getting England's attention and was the first step toward independence.

Frederick Douglass' Piece Showing the Slave's Life star
One of the most well-known narratives from a former slave was written by Frederick Douglass.

Gettysburg as the Turning Point in the War star
There are typically many turning points in a conflict. The Civil War probably had a number that anyone could argue was ‚Äėthe‚Äô turning point of the war. The most popular one pointed out is the Battle of Gettysburg.

Henry Hudson star
Henry Hudson was a great explorer that discovered many new geographical sites in the Americas. In searching for the Northwest Passage, he ultimately found his death.

History of Slavery Used by Abolitionist star
The power of the written word was embraced by those who opposed slavery. Through the work of abolitionists, anti-slavery material exploded onto the scene and became the most prominent. The old adage of the squeakiest wheel gets the grease applied here.

History of the Foster Care System star
Fostering a child is not something new. It has been around since the Middle Ages and beyond. During that time, the term Ďfosteringí had a different meaning.

Impact of Grand Banks on Europe and America star
The Grand Banks was a natural wonder for the fish it produced. It did so much to impact Europe that most do not even realize.

Importance of Native and Colonial Relations star
The Indians were the ones who called the New World home. To the Europeans that arrived on the new shores, the land was completely unknown to them. They did not know what crops would grow, how the weather would influence them, or what was behind the next hill.

Inaugural Addresses as Pulse of Nation star
To get the full feel of how the leaders of the United States of America viewed the role of President and where the country stood, the inaugural addresses are a great place to start. It is from the presidential inaugural addresses that one can understand better the various administrations and the dec

Indentured Servants star
Much of American colonization was from the large population of indentured servants.

Jackson was the Answer for the Americans in 1828 star
he election for president in 1828 was a new venture into the unknown for most of the political world. Jackson and his supports took politics from the hands of the elite and made it accessible to everyone of voting age and requirements.

Jackson's Surprise Run for the White House star
The change of politics could be heard loud and clear in 1824 as support for Andrew Jackson stretched far and wide across the nation. His support was the reason Calhounís Republication nomination never went through.

Jacksonian America a Glimpse Toward the Civil War star
It was the nullification crisis that gave fuel to the ďaffronted southern-rights extremistsĒ that could be found in South Carolina and beyond. Since the birth of America, many decisions came down to a North versus South mentality as each section had its own special interests.

John Cabot - Another Successful Failure star
John Cabot was an explorer who set out to find one thing but discovered so much more.

Manifest Destiny and It's Role in US LIfe star
Manifest Destiny in essence was the destiny and calling of America to extend its borders and take up as much of the North American continent that it could.

Misinformed about Benedict Arnold? star
What do we know about Benedict Arnold? He betrayed his country. He gave America up to the British. Is that the whole truth and nothing about the truth? Letís see.

Mormonism and the Second Great Awakening star
As the number of those attending church more than doubled due to the Great Awakening, the spiritual focus of people also increased.

Myths Surrounding the Battle of Trenton star
History is full of amazing adventures, battles, and events. What most of us do not realize is how much of what we know as ďhistoryĒ is actually legend and myth. The Battle of Trenton during the American Revolutionary War is no exception this.

Narrowing Down the Case of the Civil War star
Narrowing down the cause of the Civil War is impossible as there is no one reason aside from the arrogance of each side for wanting control and power. Yet the nullification of the Compromise of 1850 was the catalyst that set the players into motion moving the nation to the bloody conflict.

Native Response to European Settlement star
The Indians gave a variety of responses to the English colonization. It ranged from tolerance and allies to all out war. The manner of colonization and the impact felt by the Indians determined most of the responses that were received.

Origins of the Carpetbagger star
It originated during the Reconstruction period of American history. After the civil war, the term was created to describe a ‚Äúperson from the northern United States who went to the South after the American Civil War to make money.‚ÄĚ From there it developed a negative connotation.

Our Flag's Coming Out - The Story of Our Flag star
An account of the different views on when America's flag was first used.

Politians Stance Against Slavery star
Politicians were just as loud on the anti-slavery side as they were on the pro-slavery line. It was not just individual politicians but entire parties who used the written word to promote their thoughts on slavery.

Political Changes from Jackson's Presidency star
As Andrew Jackson entered the presidential political arena, American politics were slowly changing. The playing field was changing. Politics would no longer be the way it had been in the first few elections of the new country.

Politics Voice For Slavery star
Even political speeches were printed and passed around to support the institution of slavery.

Problem with Complete Victory in Civil War Battles star
For all the ferocity and blood-letting of Civil War battles, the fact is that few were ever decisive. Why were victorious troops unable to achieve complete, total victories at famous battles like Shiloh, Chancellorsville, and Chattanooga? Bad luck and bad decisions played a major part.

Role of Newspapers in American 1790s star
There was no CNN or Internet to promote political opinions in the 1790s or any time during the American development stage.

Samples of Confederate Losses star
1862 proved to be crucial for the Confederacy in decision making and loses on the battlefield. In losing Nashville, New Orleans, and Memphis, the South lost strategic points in their military planning. Each one would prove to hurt the Confederacy long-term.

Samuel Adams as The Father of Liberty star
A roaring fire needs more than heat. It needs gentle, persuasive air to fan the embers and bring forth the roaring fire that spreads fast and furious. Samuel Adams was the one to fan the flames and bring about the American Revolution.

Science Support of Slavery star
Even science chimed in on the topic in various publications including that of Dr. John H. Van Evrie. In ‚ÄúNegroes and Negro ‚ÄėSlavery‚Äô‚ÄĚ, he examined the ‚Äúspecific character of the Negro‚ÄĚ by ‚Äústripping off the skin of the negro‚ÄĚ and proving him to be a ‚Äúdifferent and inferior species

Slavery Fought Through the Written Word star
Slavery was a hot topic long before the Civil War broke out. Individuals from both sides voiced their opinions through laws, political speeches, and even the written word.

Slavery in America star
Slavery in America was not a new institution. It was though a very brutal one that brought slave treatment into the world's view and helped bring down its reign.

Slavery Justified Through History star
Slavery was a perfect source of that as labor only cost a little extra for those who owned them and they were easy to obtain. As the civilizations grew, so did their conflicts.

Slavery Justified Through the Bible star
Supporters of slavery even turned to the Christian Bible for arguments. From the sacred texts, it was argued how slavery was not only acceptable but almost needed to keep society moving forward.

Slavery Justified Through the Life of the Slave star
Every culture had levels of society that worked menial tasks. There was always someone needed to wash clothes, clean houses, drive others around, and keep food on the table. Those that supported slavery saw it as the role of Africans and the support needed that slavery was the answer for those tasks

Slavery Supported in Fiction Writings star
The writings of the pro-slavery faction did not just stop at political speeches or scientific dissertations. It spread into the world of fiction writing where authors rose up to counter the writings of the abolitionist and former slave who wrote of the hard life many slaves endured.

Slaves in the Western American Territories star
As the west began to expand with more and more Americans, many of them were bringing their slaves with them to continue the way of life they were familiar with. It was not strange or out of the ordinary but it have huge impacts for the future of the country.

Stablizing the American Economy After Revolution star
In the 1790s, America was still floundering, economically, to find its footing after pulling away from Britain. It would take individual determination and political maneuverings to get American economically stable and strong.

Stars and Stripes star
Each group has a symbol that reflects their heart. The American flag, Stars and Stripes, tells a story in the colors and shine and the shapes that lay on it. Learn why the flag looks the way it does and the story behind it.

Support for Shays Rebellion in Declaration star
The early administration of the federal government under the U.S. Constitution would look back on Shaysí Rebellion as a ďhealthy and essentially harmless expression of popular discontent by American farmersĒ which ďprompted an excessive and unnecessary military response.Ē

Territorial Expansion in the 1800s star
It was obvious that America would move west as the land appeared to go on forever and the population of the East coast was increasing by leaps and bounds. Expansion was unavoidable. Expansion was the only way for the nation to grow and to settle many of the countryís issues in the process.

The Abyss of Politics Today is Childís Play star
Iíve said it myself. The politics of today are getting out of hand. They are reaching an all-time low. Others have said it. The truth is that it is not that low yet. The abyss of the politics of today is childís play in comparison to the politics found in the annals of history.

The Acts that Started the American Revolution star
This was a shock to the colonists who had had freedom for such a long time. Britain wanted the colonies to pay with higher taxes. The colonists did not exactly protest the fact that taxes might be needed. They were protesting the method and the unreasonableness of the taxes.

The Adoption of the Flag - The Story of Our Flag star
Congress was not so quick to adopt the Stars and Strips. It took time and political movements to get the flag approved and it flying all over the thirteen colonies. This piece of a 1898 book describes how it all took place.

The American System star
One method the American government used to facilitate economic growth in the early to mid-1800s was providing jobs for the citizens.

The Camp at Cambridge star
Not many people are aware of the Continental Army's camp at Cambridge, but this gathering was crucial in the American Revolutionary War.

The Charter Oak star
One tree became a symbol to the colonists. It stood for freedom. It helped inspire a revolution.

The Design of Washington, D.C. star
Washington, D.C. has thousands of visitors a year. The beauty of it reflects the spirit of the country. But who has thought of how the city was developed and who was the genius behind it? Join me as we take a fresh look at the capital city.

The Development of the American Postal System star
Benjamin Franklin might have made a huge impact on the United States postal system, but he was not the founder. The postal system actually began thousands of years earlier.

The Founding of Jamestown star
The first successful English settlement in the New World taught the newcomers some harsh lessons. Only with these lessons would a new country emerge.

The Good Intentions of the Carpetbaggers star
Yet many carpetbaggers looked to improve positions in the South. One of the greatest needs was education of the black community.

The Grand Union Flag star
Most of us would say that a version of the current flag sewed by Betsy Ross was the first flag of the colonies. Would you be surprised to learn that it was not? There was one other flag that united the colonies first - The Grand Union Flag.

The Importance of Fur Trading in the New World star
The expansion of America was not solely due to alliances and creating of colonies. It was spurned by the fur trappers that led to the settlement of the New World.

The Influence of Quakers on American History star
The Quakers are known for their peaceful stances, but what most do not realize is that they have done so much more for America. They have influenced the political, educational, social, and economic areas of the entire country.

The Influence of the Seven Years' War star
One of the most wide-spread influential colonial wars was the Seven Years War which touched every colony and set the stage for the American Revolution. Known as the French and Indian War in the colonies where it spilled over, it created many of the colonial leaders.

The Intent of the Carpetbagger star
The world had changed for the South. Overall life as it had been was over. A new world awaited Southerners whether they liked it or not with the main areas being politics, economics, and social aspects. Carpetbaggers arriving showed how dramatically life in the south was going to change.

The Kansas-Nebraska Act as Cause of Civil War star
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was a huge catalyst in sending the nation to the Civil War. This act reversed the Missouri Compromise and allowed slavery in the remainder of the original areas of the Louisiana Purchase.

The Lowell Experiment star
In a nutshell, the Lowell Experiment was a step in creating jobs and product while also taking care of employee welfare.

The Order of the Skull and Bones star
The attention of many people is on secret societies. They have been around throughout history. What gets attention drawn to them? Two things: secrets and men of power being a part of them. The Order of the Skull and Bones is one of Americaís favorite secret societies.

The Proposal of the Anaconda Plan star
The first Union general to implement the ‚ÄėAnaconda Plan‚Äô was Winfield Scott. He was one of many working with President Abraham Lincoln attempting to come up with an idea to end the war quickly and with little bloodshed. He believed the plan was the right way to go.

The Purpose of European Colonization of America star
Each of the European countries had their reasons and agendas for getting involved in the New World. It ranged from money to power to a place to discard the unwanted. Their reasoning fluctuated as situations rose up and new leaders stepped into play.

The Revolutionary Spirit of Shays Rebellion star
The roots of what became known as Shaysí Rebellion can be traced to the revolutionary spirit epitomized in the American Revolution where the voice of the people were heard with extreme clarity.

The Success of the Chesapeake Tobacco Colonies star
The success of the British trade is easily attributed to the success of the Chesapeake colonies and the tobacco they furnished.

The Success of the English Colonies star
The English colonies succeeded because they found what would bring them success in each of the colonial areas. The Chesapeake colonists found that tobacco would give them the edge. Through this product, they were able to supply Europe with their smoking supplies.

The Truth at the OK Corral star
The famous fight at the OK Corral has gone down into history as the ultimate fight of good and evil. But what is reality and what is myth?

The Turkey as Americaís National Bird? star
Historical rumor has it that the turkey almost was our national bird. The truth is generally not quite what we learn throughout our years.

The Whigs and Their Party star
In a sense, the Whigs were Jacksonís ďmyriad antagonists, some old, some new, some champions of the American System and others its erstwhile enemiesĒ. Politics can make strange bedfellows.

Truth versus Myth at the Alamo star
Legend is always inspiring and the Alamo is not an exception. But what really is the truth of that famous fight?

Uncle Tom's Cabin and Writings Against Slavery star
The most famous work known today written to reveal the evils of slavery was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Union Options Into the South star
The very size of the Confederate states allowed many avenues for the Union army to penetrate and defeat the seceding states.

Was Lincoln Duplicitous about Slavery star
Not long before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he issued the statement, "If I could save the Union and free no slaves, I would do it!" Was Lincoln duplicitous about his intentions in freeing the slaves? Did he say one thing but really feel something differently?

Was Reconstruction a Nobel Experiment? star
Reconstruction, Northern, South, Civil War, Lincoln, Booth, President, Johnson

Washington - First Commander in Chief star
The first Commander in Chief was George Washington. Did the early colonist realize the magnitude of that title and what it was prophesying?

Wyatt Earp - The Shaping of a Legend star
Wyatt Earp is an American legend. His fame has led to truth and fiction mixed. What we do know is he was a lawman with slight criminal tendencies.

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