He attended Harvard University and is widely known for his famous thesis that he wrote in 1891. He wrote this essay because he has a PhD from Harvard. It reads “Americans had created distinctive political institutions and values…. That were forged as they opened up their continent …” This is widely known as “Frontier Theory”. This is a very important theory because it changes the perspective of the American influences and history.
Voltaire (1694-1778) was a French writer, historian and prominent philosophical figure whose ideas and writings left a mark on history. During his time, Voltaire’s theories sparked great controversy. In Voltaire’s best-known work Candide, he criticizes philosophical, religious, political, and social systems of the time which today we would unknowingly turn a blind eye to. Knowing the historical context of Candide, the reader’s understanding and interpretation of characters and ideas in it enhance the work by connecting them to the voices of history present in Voltaire’s time. For starters, the reader must be aware of historical events that had occurred and were occurring to understand the historical context of Candide.
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.
The Mysteries of George Washington Edward G. Lengel is an American historian, professor at the University of Virginia and is currently the Editor-in-Chief at the Papers of George Washington. As a professional historian and author of Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder, in Myth and Memory, Lengel’s interest in studying and redefining the misrepresentations of George Washington’s legacy. The audience for this bookseller is for scholars who would be willing to gain a new insight on Washington 's legacy. Nevertheless, this book is an important contribution to our combined historical knowledge. Because of the numerous of tales surrounding Washington 's work and life, this was basically the reasoning on why he wrote this book.
Verdesio entirely argues, that when it comes to studying any colony (focusing in Latin America here), we must find a connection between the past and present, “... to establish a nexus between the “antiquities” we study and the current situation of the descendants of the human contingents who shared the colonial experience, between the colonial situations of the past and the colonial legacies of the present,”(1). He argues that the “colonial legacies” is a determining factor in how
In terms of content, Cloud Atlas is an eclectic reading of history of humanity as the collective history of contemporary audience. It is well summarized in “Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' after” which has a central position in the book and is somehow recommencement of civilization after its glory and end. The historical events of Clouds Atlas happen somewhere else and Mitched calls them to his book to form his reading of history. For example, he has two versions of slavery and abolitionism in Adam’s and Sonmi’s stories. In Adams’s story Autua is the representative of the well-known traditional slavery.
A Voyage Long and Strange Response In A Voyage Long and Strange, Horwitz attempts to rewrite history in a more captivating and personable way, steering away from the dryness of a textbook to better preserve and commemorate the founding of America. Horwitz, with little planning ahead of time, embarks on a journey to learn more about how America came to be what it is today. He indulges in the rich cultures of each place he visits, gaining more perspective on their ways of living and how that was impacted by the discovery of America. His overall goal was to rewrite history in a way that incorporates and finds a balance between both fact and myth. "Myth is more important than history.
When trying to define a word such as Liberalism it seems difficult to find a solid definition. There are different forms of liberalism and different meanings depending on the time period it is being applied to (idea taken from Phil Badger author from philosophynow). To solve this ambiguity, I’ve decided to define liberalism based on the time period in which I will be conducting my research. Liberalism in the 1700s was the belief of freedom and equals rights generally associated with the enlightenment thinkers, John Locke and Montesquieu (as defined by wikipedia.org). Liberalism didn’t start in the 1700s.
(These are some primary sources from popular films/television). Thereupon, I would start to deliver my arguments about why these modern portrayals are inaccurate, by providing secondary sources that administer similar arguments to mine. My secondary sources will include scholarly-peer reviewed articles from the university’s library databases. My first argument will discuss how books over the years characterize pirates, and how Caribbean pirates should truthfully be described in books, based off many historical events. My argument will be supported by a secondary source from a scholar known as Alexandria Philips.
In one of our earliest Honors Colloquium discussions, we were asked to consider the purpose of a Liberal Arts education, as well as the priorities and concerns confounding the millennial mindset, especially in the present sociopolitical climate. In my initial reflection, I merely scratched the surface in what I surmised from the Liberal Arts chronology, and what it carries to the table for us, as students at Saint Michael’s College. Whilst it has its own imperfections, I said, there is no better way for us to attain the wider breadth of knowledge, reserved not simply to our respective fields of study, but allowing for furthered collaboration across the board. From here, the sources we read brought clarity through shedding light on the pivotal balance between the arts and the sciences.
Historians approach history in various ways to catch their reader’s attention and make sure that their books are interesting at the same time. They tend to write histories based on concrete evidence from the past− ethnography, journals, and research. However, John Demos went beyond the normal stereotype. He approached history unconventionally by drawing hypothesis from certain historical evidence and connecting history to his subject rather than just speculating; he made it personal. In Unredeemed Captive, he made it clear that he wrote this historical novel based on research, also, journals and diaries left by the Williams family.
In the 1992, book A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815 Gregory Evans Dowd takes an academic approach to Eastern Native American history. Dowd follows the same study identity and cultural transformations by focusing on two Eastern Native ideologies known as nativist and accommodationists. Elaborating on the outlooks, he argues that the monograph does not tell “history from the Indian point of view” and does not focus on a “single Indian outlook.” Advancing his argument the author states that his monograph provides historians with the many perspectives surrounding the Native American history in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. To support his claims Dowd uses several primary sources like the Springplace
Book Report on Mexicano and Latino Politics and the Quest for Self-Determination: What Needs to be Done Man Luo Ethic study002 8/28/15 Book Report on Mexicano and Latino Politics and the Quest for Self-Determination: What Needs to be Done by Armando Navarro Consideration of the characteristics of the political power of various national minorities within the United States is of particular interest. In this regard, a book called Mexicano and Latino Politics and the Quest for Self-Determination: What Needs to be Done by Armando Navarro is a great opportunity to see the features of Mexicano and Latino politics in the United States. In fact, the author is convinced that they are both decadent forms of political power and government
Eric Foner and his credentials were mentioned in the previous source and will not be expounded upon in great detail for this source. However, his expertise in social change throughout American history is noteworthy because the book focuses on the political climate and how society influenced policy during the time period. Harry Watson received his Ph. D. from Northwestern University and currently teaches at the University of North Carolina. At the University, he is the director of the Center for the Study of the American South while specializing in the Antebellum American South and the Jacksonian America.
Writing Prompt #1 The way we perceive history are through the eyes of those who write it, but we also have no knowledge if they’re being biased or not. In Frances G. Couvares’ work Interpretations of American History, he talks about historiography and how historians write history. This essay will talk about the providential, the rationalist, the nationalist, and the the professional, the four stages that helped shape how we write American history and the importance it has to historiography. Providential is the first stage that when talking about the writing of American history. Written by ministers and magistrates throughout the 17th and 19th centuries, this from of history was to create a closer connection between man and god.