Eric Foner’s A Short History of Reconstruction, is an abridged version of the multiple award-winning Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution (1988), offers a summary of some of the most influential pieces of history with his arguments regarding themes, such as the way South was changed amid and after this time, the development of racial mentalities and designs and the part of African Americans in bringing change within the Reconstruction. Additionally, another subject that Foner states in the book, is the development of a national state through the Civil War and Reconstruction that confined another arrangement of purposes with level rights to all Americans paying little to their race and the way changes in the North’s economy after
In three of his chapters, entitled “Homeland,” “Exception?”, and “Dollarama,” Lipschutz explains why and how the US has been building its imperium since 9/11, and opens up the topic to further discussion. Overall, I believe that Lipschutz does a thorough job of introducing challenging opinions and theories on the US’ actions since WWII, however, he raises many questions that have no correct answer, making his book a debatable and thought provoking read. In this essay I will reflect on the strengths and weaknesses in Lipschutz’s arguments about protecting the homeland, justifying the Global War on Terror, and the US’ overall efforts to build
Out of the three David Brooks articles that I evaluated, “Making Modern Toughness” was most effective in presenting its claim in a thought provoking manner. While “The Avalanche of Distrust” also provides a thorough and thought provoking take on American societal trends, the OP-ED piece “Identity Politics Run Amok” is somewhat less effective at convincing readers of the validity and applicability of its central claim. “Making Modern Toughness” begins by creating common ground with readers by discussing the storyline of increasing emotional fragility among younger people. Over the past few months, this storyline been discussed in popular culture with increasing frequency. Brooks quickly pivots away from current events towards his analysis of
Since the American Revolution, the events which took place during this era have been heavily studied and analyzed by historians. Some are of the opinion that the revolution was a struggle over rule, while others believe it is more accurately labelled as a social movement. One historian, Edward Countryman, wrote The American Revolution in 1985 in order to summarize the ideas that contemporary historians had. In 2003, however, he took it upon himself to revise his account of the revolution in order to emphasize its complexities. Hence, he has decided to revise his book in order to reflect how he now feels about the events that transpired during America 's struggle for independence.
Throughout the course of history, important events litter the ground as such common knowledge that the true power of such events becomes masked. So many years deemed crucial to the development of mankind have been written about to the point of deterioration of the stature of the events contained within said years. The unsung heroes, however, are brushed aside as a moot point in the history of the world. 1949 carries one such tune, with events that not only altered history at that point in time, but continue to impact the world today. Harry Truman and the policies he introduced in 1949 continue to shape our social and political worlds.
It provides detail on how the Vietnam War over shadowed the Civil Rights movement in the second half of the 60’s until its conclusion in 1975 which created a great jumping off point for further research into specific details and the reaction of Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights community. A limitation of this book though was that it provided very little information on Martin Luther King’s reactions to events in the War and reasons as to why he may have had certain opinions which was the focus of this
In The Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J Ellis, the founders of America-Washington, The Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, and Burr-are discussed and examined from top to bottom. He goes back in time and goes over the events that took place then, explaining to the reader how the decisions the leaders made created the ripple effect that it had on the current time period. Periods in the timeline such as Washington retiring from The Presidency, The arguing between the North and South side over African slave trade, and the issue of the countries national debt are examples of what he discusses. As the book progresses, the reader is given a chance to view the timeline of events from a modern perspective, and
Through research of this Amendment, one of the lessons of this history is that decisions that seem so simple and easy to make now, took long to make hundreds of years ago. This Amendment made and makes ancestors and future relatives down the line a citizen of the country they live in (U.S.A). In today's current events, people are torn about immigration, and illegal immigration, and whether those people should be citizens of the U.S.A or not. Another side to this conflict is whether America should deport them back to the country they originally came from. Just like how the decision of the 14th Amendment was an evolving conflict in the 1800’s, immigration is an evolving conflict today.
HBased on college pressures by William Zinsser, the four pressures that college students experienced in the 70s includes economic, parental, peer and self induced pressure. These pressures still remain in this day and age, but also the pressure to compete with their peers on paper has become a burden. It was once much easier to receive an overall liberal education, and has now become a one tracked focus on what career can make the most money. Students are left limited to the majors that are generally needed rather than follow their dreams. Economic pressure is one of the top pressures that college students face.
In America, 2.3 million people are in prison. American has the highest prison population in the world. This is due to “tough on crime laws” that have been enforced since the 1960’s. Although these laws do help keep crime off the street, they have done more harm than good for our country. Mass incarceration is a major issues in America, it leads to poverty, broken families, money wasted, and many other problems.
In the beginning, our nation- as any new nation would start- got off shaky. With tensions high in Britain, casually spreading to other European countries, trade was difficult. Not only was trade difficult, but preventing rebellion from having to form a new government no one knew how to use was also a struggle. Though we had these problems, our nation’s people persevered through the hard times. Our nation obviously overcame the new problems we faced to become one of the strongest nations in the world.
Prologue The book Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, contains specific days and events that have not been actually considered a “big deal”, but has significantly contributed to the present situation in America. It explores themes such as; National Identity, American Democracy, American Creed, and Democratic Revolution. It also sheds light on the ideology of being born equal, or being made equal. It places emphasizes on the fact that history is often a result of a great impersonal forces and that change can be extremely slow. Massacre at Mystic The massacre at mystic took place on May 26, 1637.
Swells from "The day after Thanksgiving" influenced the U.S. economy for quite a long while and scourged whatever remains of Ulysses S. Award 's residency as president. By the by, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk figured out how to get away from the catastrophe none the worn out. In spite of numerous claims of wrongdoing and an official examination by Congress, the two utilized their political associations and utilized a unit of lawyers to abstain from spending a solitary night in prison. Fisk even ducked out on his enormous misfortunes, asserting outsider intermediaries had made the exchanges without his insight. Gould might have demonstrated much luckier.
Americans have always had a history of coming together to help each other, and this was evidenced by the programs that were put into place during this time period. One of the quotes from the book that will always be in my mind is “the most significant fact about the Depression era may well be that it was the only time in the twentieth century during which there was a major break in the modern trends towards social disintegration and egoism.” This era made a lot of people including the rich and middle class realize just was being poor felt like. This quote shows that the Great Depression did not discriminate against a specific
America has gone through their fair share of political changes, but the reconstruction era was one of the more difficult of these changes. The Civil War was over and the U.S. had to somehow reintegrate the country and inforce new laws, while figuring out how to deal with the four million newly freed slaves. The reconstruction era was the time when the United States was trying to put itself back together as a stronger more united nation. While eventually many politicians gave up and moved on to other problems, the era did see many achievements as well as