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To Be An American

- To Be An American The United States is a nation full of millions of different types of people. However, each of those people has one major thing in common; they are all Americans. Many people wonder what it takes to be a true American, but the answer is something not so difficult to determine. Essentially, being an American means to show patriotism and pride of the country, to be very fortunate compared to other countries, and unfortunately, to show a lack of appreciation for all the great things America provides....   [tags: American Culture]

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Native American And Asian American

- “Where are you from?” “America” “No, where are you actually from?” These are the two questions that I get asked regularly by non-Asians. I always reply “Well I was born and raised in America but my family comes from Hong Kong.” I grew up constantly being told to take pride in being Chinese, however, I was also consistently told by my family to be proud that I even have the opportunity to grow up in America. There was never a definite answer as to what I was, so I learned to accept both. I am Asian American....   [tags: Asian American, White American, United States]

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African American Of African Americans

- When African Americans were brought to the United States they were taken away from the lives they knew, the culture they knew, and the educational system they knew. African American slaves were not allowed to learn how to read or write, but some secretly learned by using the Bible. After the abolition of slavery there were many slaves who taught other slaves how to read, and freed African Americans who did so as well. In 1837 the first Institute for Colored Youth was created. African American students can now attend whatever schools they desire....   [tags: African American]

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Asian American And Asian Americans

- Since the first influx of Asian immigrants to the United States, Asian Americans were never treated as an integral part of the American population. Accounting for five percent of the US demographic, often times, they are still portrayed by provincial people as outsiders who do not belong in society. Over the years, this negative mentality has transformed into the way Asian Americans are viewed in media. Though there are many attempts of reversing the trend such as diversifying the cast members, stereotypical personalities such as “the human calculator” or “undesirable partner” are still utilized for writers to infuse racial slurs into comedy skits....   [tags: Asian American, White American, Stereotype]

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American Dream or American Scream?

- America the beautiful. With its spacious skies and amber waves of grain. From one shining sea to another lies this relatively adolescent country. An “unestablished” land until very recently, the United States of America was adopted and cultured like one of Brangelina’s children. In crept the “American Dream”, laced with its fierce politics and even fiercer religious perspectives, simultaneously providing its citizens the fire and passion that drives all, if not many cultures. And, with such a rapid development of diversity in such a short amount of time, there arose a particular cohesiveness amongst families that surpassed all its rivals....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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Asian Americans : An Asian American

- As an Asian American, I have several points to discuss in terms of stereotypes. Through a variety of media, Asian Americans are portrayed by socially constructed stereotypes that are either positive or negative to our community. By explaining the definition of a stereotype and listing three specific ones identified, these points reflect our cultural values. These stereotypes include the concept of model minority, the insinuation that Asians are highly skilled at mathematics, and assumptions of our food ways....   [tags: Asian American, United States, White American]

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American Colonists And The American Revolution

- ... American colonists, of course, did not like this act and a mass spread of dissatisfaction scattered across the colonies. The colonists showed their hatred by boycotting several types of British goods such as: pencils, paper, and, last but certainly not the least, British tea. The colonists showed their new found American patriotism by having protests and rallies outside of public buildings. I would make the argument that the Townshend Act hit the colonies so hard due to the British just releasing them from the Sugar Act one year prior....   [tags: American Revolution, Boston Tea Party]

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The American Of American Cancer Society

- Introduction The American Cancer Society’s main concern is assisting people, making profits comes second. The American Cancer Society helps patient’s life by finding cures. “For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer” (American Cancer Society, 2015a). Many people in this world see the importance of the organization and find the interest in donating money or providing anything to help the cause....   [tags: Cancer, Oncology, American Cancer Society]

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American Revolution : The American Revolutionary War

- The American Revolution took place between 1765 and 1783, during this period rebel colonists in the Thirteen American Colonies rejected the British monarchy and aristocracy, overthrew the authority of Great Britain, and founded the United States of America. The revolution eventually led to a civil war that became known as The American Revolutionary war. Some historians have argued that the American revolution was different to others due to the lack of terror etc, ‘does not seem to have the same kind of causes- social wronging’s, the class conflict, the impoverishment, the grossly inequitable distributions of wealth- that presumably lie behind other revolutions.’ It was also stated by then f...   [tags: American Revolution]

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American Dreams : The American Dream

- Since the very first steps taken on American soil people have dreamt of pursuing the American dream. What is the American dream. Many people believe that the American dream shouldn’t be defined in one simple sentence. To some people the American dream means getting a new car and to others a new home, but for many Americans it has a deeper meaning. As we have seen equality has been a struggle from the beginning; but it has led to liberty in other places. The accomplishments that are found today within the United States did not come without struggles....   [tags: United States, White American, Race]

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The American Revolutionary War And American War

- The American Revolutionary War Jordan Luke HST201 – U.S. History I Colorado State University – Global Campus Nick Ceh November 28, 2014   The American Revolutionary War The United States of America would not be anything like it is now if it were not for the American Revolutionary War. The conflict between the American colonists and British military forces fought on for 8 years from 1775-1783. In this essay, I will describe the conditions, the era and a few of the major battles of the conflict that helped shape the war....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American Revolution]

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American Revolution : The American Revolutionary War

- Brandon Dille Hist. 1010 Final Project 11/30/2015 The American Revolution The American Revolution (1775-83) is also known as the American Revolutionary War and the U.S. War of Independence. The conflict arose from growing tensions between residents of Great Britain’s 13 North American colonies and the colonial government, which represented the British crown. The tension that arose because of this was due in simple fact thanks to the crown applying harsh rules and regulations involving taxes. Skirmishes between British troops and colonial militiamen commonly many times called the minutemen thanks to their ability to be into combat at any time in Lexington and Concord in April 1775 kicked off...   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American Revolution]

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The American Of American Indians

- ... However, the Europeans also brought contagious diseases that killed thousands of American Indians like the Iroquois (Jones, 32). In addition, the fur trade had a negative long term consequence like an increase in warfare between tribes in the region and environmental devastation due to killing too much animals. This also created economic dependence and changed the American Indians way of life. After the Europeans gain the knowledge to obtain fur, they didn’t need American Indians anymore. Thus, American Indians interaction with Europeans brought negative changes to their everyday lives....   [tags: United States, Slavery, American Revolution]

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The American Of The British

- Like any other citizen, the colonists were a genuine crowd. They would grumble or address an issue when difficulties were out of control and impacted by whomever had any similarity of initiative characteristics. Regular citizens are effortlessly lead and misdirected, they have basic needs and frequently no considerable desire past their own particular individual cravings. The bottom line is that the colonists, who dwell in the colonies that the British desire to rule, do not impart a common getting a kick out of the chance to the rules that the British has created....   [tags: American Revolution]

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American Dreams And The American Dream

- ... It’s meant to be understood that an african american child can only be in a position of average or below.For example in my highschool as a senior we are able to make our own schedule for the year . Since i finished all of my math requirements so that meant I could choose another math class to take or I could have a free period. I like a challenge so I decided to take AP Statistics. On the first day of school as my teacher is doing an introduction she mentions that we have until end of the week to withdraw from the class....   [tags: Black people, Racism, Colored, White American]

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African American And Indian American

- The two families that I am going to research are African American, and Indian American. The families have many different things that I will be discussing. In order for me to tell which one had more people, and more problem I have to dig deep into their background, and the roots of their family history. I quote The earliest recorded African and Native American became connected with April 1502, when slaves from Africans were taken to Hispaniola, some of the Africans slaves escaped to Santo Domingo (EBONY) http://www.ebony.com/life/5-things-to-know-about-blacks-and-native-americans-119#axzz40WZaU6xB....   [tags: African American, Family, Race, Democratic Party]

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The American Of American Slavery

- ... The first and perhaps most commonly used defense of slavery was its vital importance to the economy of many Southern states. Many argued that the harvesting of cotton, sugar, and other difficult, tedious crop harvests, could not be feasibly done without a massive slave labor force. For example, Virginia, which had the largest economy of all the Southern states at the time, was full of fears that the abolition of slavery would collapse the hard-fought-for prosperity that the state had earned....   [tags: Slavery in the United States, American Civil War]

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American Ethnic Literature And American Literature

- Americans Literature has an immense amount if history with in it. There are many lessons that we have learned from reading and reviewing the history along with Americans Literature. There are many questions asking what is American Ethnic Literature, and this literature centers on the voices that govern out country. These voices work hard be heard, and will continue to struggle to be heard at all. There is much importance that is carried with in the American ethnic literature. There is a legacy that is there in which we can still....   [tags: Asian American, United States, White American]

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The American Revolution And American Civil War

- ... These wars also were set forth in American soil creating a dispute in national identity. One can argue that the circumstances of the Revolutionary war influenced thinkers to consider 1776 and the start of the war as the beginning of the nation’s creation. In addition, the individuals involved with the American Revolutionary War were primarily the Loyalists and the Separatists in the colonies who were fighting each other. Similarly, the Northerners and Southerners in the nation were facing the same internal divide as the Loyalists and Separatists faced because they lived on the same land....   [tags: United States, American Revolution]

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African Americans And American History

- ... To begin with, today the scariest human being is a white male police officer holding a gun. Harm towards African Americans has drastically grown stronger. “Black people are shot at a higher rate relative to their population simply because they have more high-risk encounters with officers” (FiveThirtyEight). It’s no wonder America haven’t overcome racism because white police officers shoot innocent black individuals because they’re known as high risk threats to officers. This causes the officer to shoot that person without any cause....   [tags: White people, Black people, White American]

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American History : American Civil Religion

- ... Bellah utilizes a portion of Kennedy’s Inaugural address: “a theme that lies very deeply in the American tradition, namely the obligation… to carry out God’s will on earth” (Bellah 25). Shining light on how American civil religion is rooted in what God calls people to do. President Lincoln originally conceded to Thanksgiving with the idea that, “Americans ask God to commend to his tender care all those who [suffer] ” and to “heal the wounds of the nation” (History.com Staff). Thanksgiving was created in order to fulfill the purpose of calling out to God as the highest power....   [tags: Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War]

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The American Revolutionary War And African Americans

- A Revolution as defined by Webster’s dictionary is a fundamental change in political power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time when the population rises up in revolt against the current authorities. Although the American Revolution does align with this definition, the change that came for white Americans after the war was not applied to African Americans. Americans fought the British for what they believed were their natural rights, African Americans were not granted their natural rights until many years down the road; therefore the American Revolution was hardly revolutionary for African Americans....   [tags: American Revolutionary War]

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Soldiering in the American War for Independence

- Soldiering in the War for Independence was more than men merely wearing colorful uniforms and marching in open line with bayonets gleaming in the sun. Those armies had to be recruited, equipped, trained and successfully commanded. Since that the Continental Army had its origins in the British Army, there could be found many similarities. That being said, they were also quite different being shaped by their differences in society, economy and longevity. The Continental Army had few professionals or experienced soldiers....   [tags: american revolution, american history]

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African Americans And African American Males

- African American males are looked down upon when it comes to being successful in life. Additionally, some people do not pay attention when African Americans males succeed in college but are only concerned when they failed. People who do not support African American males place all of them in a specific group and look at them as a disgrace. Therefore, some Black males develop habits that result to failing. Demonstrating a lack of motivation, promoting negative stereotypes, and putting all their efforts into athletics are three factors that impede African American males from succeeding at four-year universities....   [tags: African American, Race, University]

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African Americans : African American Hair

- African American Hair “I’m black and I’m cursed. God cursed me with terrible hair!” I personally know that trying to manage African American hair can be very difficult because unlike Caucasians black people have a rougher grade of hair. No one really knows why God gave Caucasians fast growing soft hair and black people slow growing rough hair. As a African American female I can testify that my hair doesn’t grow fast and I am a proud “creamy crack “user so therefore the chemicals from relaxers I use makes my hair straight and bouncy....   [tags: African American, Black people]

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A Reflection On American History

- Reflecting upon the first couple of weeks of my final semester as an undergrad student, I have to say I am excited about what this semester holds. I am glad I did not take the easy way out by only taking simple electives my last semester of college. I feel as if I am challenging myself to become a more enlighten and knowledgeable scholar. This African American History II class is one I look forward to coming. Besides the slow start, because of the snow, I feel as a class we are truly on a roll. From the amazing documentary, Slavery by Another Name, to the readings, and the class discussions, I believe as a class we are really on the move....   [tags: African American, White American]

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The American Renaissance

- In America, the American Renaissance was the period in 1835-1880 in which United States literature came of age as an expression of a national spirit. Literature became one of the most historically significant effects that occurred throughout the time period of the American Renaissance. The American Renaissance is also characterized by renewed national self-confidence new ideas and technologies. Politically and economically, this era coincides with the Gilded Age and the New Imperialism. By the end of the eighteenth century, Enlightenment secularism made profound progress into American thoughts....   [tags: American History]

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Development of the American Constitution

- The Constitution was originally constructed as a document to unify a young nation, ensure rights, and prevent one man from having too much power. In order for the Constitution to be ratified, it evaded addressing divisive issues between the north and south, as to keep both sections of the union in favor of the Constitution. As the nation as well as its dependency on slavery grew, the ambiguity of the Constitution gave way to tension on three major issues between the abolitionist north and the pro-slavery south-what the protocol should be pertaining to runaway slaves, the slave status of newly formed states, and could states legally and peacefully secede from the Union....   [tags: american history, american government]

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The American Revolution

- The term ‘revolutionary’ has been defined as something ‘involving or causing a complete or dramatic change’. The American Revolution did just that, with the colonises demanding economic, social and political change. Never before had all the colonies risen up against the British colonial rule, demanding change. The Revolution was primarily based on economic terms; between 1763 and 1775 the colonies were no longer proud to be under British rule. Instead, the colonies had seen the British Empire as exploitive and unconstitutional, this was primarily due to the taxes passed on America....   [tags: American Revolution]

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American Imperialism And The American Civil War

- ... Reconstruction was the period which occurred immediately after the civil war had concluded. It primary objective would be to oversee and secure the reintegration the former states of the Confederacy. The South would never be same in both its economy and way of life, with many of its former slaves now free it would need find other ways to get its resources(Schaller 574). In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Andrew Johnson’s Reconstruction see the oppression of former slaves and the enactment of many unjust laws against African Americans....   [tags: American Civil War, Southern United States]

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`` The American Dream ``

- "The American Dream” can be considered to mean the American way of life but it isn’t easy to obtain. The American Dream always has something to do with a person’s individualism, which is the habit of being independent and self-reliant. To obtain the “American Dream" all Americans have to work hard and together. "The American Dream" is supposed to be for Americans, regardless of social groups. So many people have stopped putting their trust into “the American Dream” because they work so hard and did not reach what they had worked so hard for....   [tags: Clint Eastwood, Family, American way, Unforgiven]

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American African And African American History

- In Kevin Gaines’ book, American Africans in Ghana, Gaines combines both African and African American history together unlike others have done in the past. Gaines’ book gives his audience insight on the relationship that many prominent African Americans in the Mid-nineteenth century had with Africa. Gaines tackles many issues that were prevalent during this time period, for instance, he tackles race, class, citizenship, independence and freedom. Gaines does this to change the narrative that existed about Africa....   [tags: Black people, African American, African diaspora]

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Asian Americans : Asian American Population

- ... From the beginning of immigration into America, Asians have found there home in the major west coast cities of the Bay Area . During the late 1800s when the Gold rush was in full affect, Asian Americans left their families and lives in Asian in order to create a better life in America. Amid the cities filled with Victorian house and scenic hills , The Bay Area has been home to oriental culture. Furthermore , a typical day in the Bay Area might include Asian students leaving grammar school , the latest video games from Asia being displayed from shops windows, Korean or Japanese fashions in local malls, and sidewalk farmers markets filled with jackfruits, ginger , dim sum, and much more....   [tags: Asian American, United States, California]

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The French Revolution And The American Revolution

- A revolution is a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system. In 1775, America was ready for dramatic change, freedom, and a disconnection with Great Britain. Taxes, trade regulations, and overarchingly, power, made all colonists, aside from the loyalists, more than ready to detach from Great Britain 's rule. The American Revolution portrays many similarities and qualities of the French revolution, due to the inspiration of one to another. The similarities and qualities lie within their down spiraling economies, selfish, money wealth-thirsty leaders, ideologies, and provocation....   [tags: American Revolution]

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The Revolution Of The American Revolution

- The American Revolution British monarchy and aristocracy were both rejected by the Thirteenth colony, which stared the American Revolution. The American Revolution lasted between 1765-1783. In the first years of the Revolution the members of American colonial society rejected the rule of The British Parliament to tax them without representatives in the government. The Boston Tea Party was one event that led to the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party was a political protest done on December 16, 1773 by the Sons of Liberty....   [tags: American Revolution]

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The Deep Origins Of The American Revolution

- The deep origins of the American Revolution come from the early 1600’s to the late 1700’s when the British went back and forth between applying strict regulations and loosely enforcing laws upon the colonists. Once the colonists felt freedom like they did starting in 1606 and 1713, it was very difficult for them to let go of it. Also, many policies such as the Navigation Acts and the Molasses Act of 1733 that Britain forced upon the colonists caused tensions that eventually led to the American rebellion....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American Revolution]

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The Influence of History on American Literature

- “A Tale Intended to be After the Fact…” is how Stephan Crane introduced his harrowing story, “The Open Boat,” but this statement also shows that history influences American Literature. Throughout history, there has been a connection among literary works from different periods. The connection is that History, current events, and social events have influenced American Literature. Authors, their literary works, and the specific writing styles; are affected and influenced by the world around them. Authors have long used experiences they have lived through and/or taken out of history to help shape and express in their works....   [tags: American Literature ]

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The Decay of the American Culture

- Anxiety and affluence are terms that are often applied to the post war decades in an attempt to define them. The newfound wealth that Americans enjoyed after World War II wrought changes on the American social landscape that many may not have been able to predict. The push for heavy consumerism that accompanied the sudden upswing of the U.S. economy gave way to concerns about the decay of moral character in the American home. Increasingly filled with anxieties over the ever-present threat of Communism, which most Americans were aware was an issue they themselves could do little about, the population instead turned towards new distractions, such as television, to attempt to reclaim some sense...   [tags: American Culture]

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The Struggle Of African American Students

- ... Faculty involvement As African American enrollment has increased in the past four decades, more of these students are prone to enroll in PWIs than HBCUs (Gregory et al. 2008; Flores and Park 2013). Surveys used in many of these studies argue the reason why most African American students apply to PWIs because they are usually cheaper and the degree will hold more prestige when they graduate. Studies show, while recent evidence suggests that perseverance and fulfilment rates at four year colleges and universities are on the rise, a closer look at the data show a constant pattern in disparities despite increasing enrollment rates for African American students at PWIs, building relationship...   [tags: African American]

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African American Women : African Americans

- ... Women of African American decent are widely known for having large buttocks as well as “nappy” hair. Throughout history, along with being raped and being slaves, black women were also considered as some sort of sideshow for white people because of their unique characteristics that white people did not possess. White people weren’t known for having large buttocks like Black African Americans. For example, there was a slave from South Africa who went by the name of Saartjie Baartman. Volcy 3 Baartman was born in the year of 1789....   [tags: Black people, African American, Race]

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African Americans And African American Slaves

- Question 2 Introduction After two hundred years of slavery, black people were now free from the chains of slavery. In the years following Appomattox, black people had several goals. Ultimately their final goal was to become full citizens of the United States. First and foremost, black people sought to reunite their families that were dispersed throughout the institution of slavery. Also, black people desired to obtain their own land to farm for their family. Lastly, African Americans deeply aspired to have an education, giving them the ability to read and write, and wanting the right to vote along with their newly gained knowledge....   [tags: Black people, American Civil War]

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Black Men And The American Dream

- ... White privilege is a term used to describe the ease at which white Americans have while integrating into society. Being part of the majority takes away the challenges of fitting in and does not require acknowledging what it means to be white, but rather, it acknowledges that being white is the norm. Living each day with a sense of normality and without the constant reminders for concern of the color of your skin allows for the benefit of being able to focus on personal aspirations without the fear of being hindered by society for being a racial minority....   [tags: African American, Racism, White American]

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Wars and Conflicts in American History

- War is defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as “1.a. as a state of usually open and declared hostile conflict between states or nations; a period of such armed conflict; 2.a. a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism; b. a struggle or competition between opposing forces.” War has been a part of this great nation since the beginning. The Seven Years’ War, The Revolutionary War, and The Civil War were some of the bloodiest battles ever fought over the years in the United States. Let’s take a walk through history and look at why these wars were fought, the courses they each took, and the impact they had on the United States today....   [tags: American History]

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The War Of The American Army

- Compared to that of the British Army, the American Army had a significant amount of disadvantages throughout the duration of the American Revolution. However, despite their many disadvantages, the American Armed forces still defeated the British. Simply put, the Americans had more to fight for then the British did. The Americans fought for their rights, their independence, as well as their liberty. The Americans had very few advantages throughout the duration of the war. In addition to their grand cause to fight, they as well had help from other countries....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American Revolution]

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Problems With American Democracy

- More than two-hundred years ago, thirteen young nations defeated a tyrant thousands of miles away. The prize for such a victory was self-government. For the first time in human history, a nation had handed over supreme executive power to the masses. Exercising this power has become a hallmark of being an American. Even today it is thought of as one of the most patriotic acts one can undertake. The thought of a nation run by popular vote is a comfortable enough idea, but in the case of the United States, a self-governed population threatens to destroy itself and possibly the world through wasteful spending, unregulated pursuit of profits, and a blotted military budget....   [tags: american government, american politics]

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Influence of the Enlightenment on American History

- It was during and after the American Revolution that many of the main ideas of the Enlightenment were used as the guidelines to help influence things such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The United States was founded on key figures such as Thomas Jefferson, who was greatly influenced by the Enlightenment ideas, which helped shaped the country as well. Great Britian had its own Enlightenment before America, whih was developed by thinkers like John Locke, and many others....   [tags: American History]

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What It Means To Be An American

- Throughout the life span of the United States, from its infancy after the Revolution to the present, people have asked, “What is an American?” This question goes far beyond asking who is a citizen or who resides in this land. No, it asks what the identity of an American is. Through popular, art, film, and literature, the American image is defined as being based on embracing our individual identities. Movies are a perfect way to express the image of America. Movies are the mixture of art, music, and literature, containing words like a book, sounds like music, and images like art....   [tags: American Culture]

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American History : The Revolutionary War

- As an American observes the life around him, noting the many advancements made in merely the last century, he must wonder how America climbed to such a level. The 21st century technology, the military and political power, education and ethics, all came from such meager beginnings, solidified by the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary War proved to be a significant turning point in the history of our country, but what caused America to win. What were some of the most significant factors in the victory of these American patriots....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American Revolution]

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The War Of The American Revolution

- ... The Coercive Act was an act that contained many different small acts that were put together such as, taxation on tea, or the citizens having to allow British soldiers into their homes. All of these acts that were passed by Great Britain was the start of the American Revolutionary War. Even though Great Britain was still passing on acts after acts, many of the citizens started to fight back against the British troops in America. An example for that will be the Boston Tea Party, during this time the citizens started to pour the tea leaves into the Boston harbour because they were angry about the Tea Act that Great Britain has passed....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American Revolution]

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The Transformation of the American Colonies

- From 1763 to 1789 the American Colonies underwent a radical transformation becoming an independent self-governing nation. The British debt accumulated from the French and Indian War brought colonists into conflict with the mother country over a variety of social, political and economic issues. This turmoil pushed the colonials to fight for their independence and develop a government that would counter these problems. With the introduction of the constitution, the American Revolution initiated a radical departure from the America prior to 1763 when it developed unto a revolutionary society....   [tags: American History ]

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The American Of Colonial America

- As colonial America expanded in land and population, so did the ideals and expectations of the public. Britain also had its own definitive idea of how the American colonies should exist; to take part in all the prosperity and hardship of the mother country. Immigration to America was backed by the idea of new opportunity and freedom from the tyranny of British rule. Britain struggled to maintain order and control of the colonies throughout the history of colonial America. It comes to no surprise that when Britain placed limitations on its colonies that they were met with defiance....   [tags: American Revolution, Boston Tea Party]

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Thomas Paine And The American Revolution

- Thomas Paine lived in a time period in America where there was much talk about independence from Britain. Although there was still debate on whether independence should be put forward or whether better representation could satisfy the wants of the people, Thomas Paine wrote his pamphlet, Common Sense in order to bring common people closer to the side of independence. In his pamphlet Paine broke up his argument into four sections including Of the origin and design of government in general, Of monarchy and hereditary succession, Thoughts on the present state of American affairs, and Of the present ability of America....   [tags: American Revolution]

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An Icon of American Expansionism

- As a nation born out of the desire to reject despotic rule and reinvent a new, non-Eurocentric model of the nation state, Americans during the nation’s nascent decades subscribed to a notion of anti-imperialism and relied upon a closed door approach to national foreign policy. Yet simultaneously, the United States engaged in acts of global expansion throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, and by the arrival of the 20th century, the nation had reached an ideological crossroad. Following a series of foreign conflicts which left America as an active participant in global expansion and a growing world power, by the conclusion of the 19th century, the nation was forced to determine whether or no...   [tags: American History]

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African American Of The United States

- ... Until 1861, when the civil war, slavery was abolished in legal. But that 's just the pursuit of black equal rights is the first step. Until the 19th century draws to a close, the Supreme Court of the United States can only decided that segregation is a sign "effectively implementing legislative power", will also be "separate but equal" as the principles of the constitution. Under this new system, black white hope actively aware of the existence of black is inferior to that of white, not to sit, not confronting, more can 't intermarry....   [tags: African American, American Civil War]

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The American Revolution

- The American Revolution was a very important part in American History, because it is when the colonies of America gained independence and became the United States of America. Enlightenment thoughts had been floating around, giving people many new ideas - one of them being independence of Britain. Colonists were ready for independence, they had a population consisting of 2.1 million people by 1770, and compared to Britain, there were many more opportunities for people to take advantage of in America because the English class system was absent....   [tags: American History, Britain, America, Colonies]

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The War Of The American Revolution

- The American Revolution was a series of events that helped to establish the United States as an entity separate from the British Crown. Several events took place to help mold the United States into what it is known as today; the most important of these events would be the war. Conflict began to rise after the French and Indian war when Britain had spent well over the amount intended and put themselves in debt. To compensate for the debt that had accrued Britain decided to increase taxes in the American colonies....   [tags: American Revolution, American Revolutionary War]

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Freedom: To the African American Slave

- What is freedom. This question is easy enough to answer today. To many, the concept of freedom we have now is a quality of life free from the constraints of a person or a government. In America today, the thought of living a life in which one was “owned” by another person, seems incomprehensible. Until 1865 however, freedom was a concept that many African Americans only dreamed of. Throughout early American Literature freedom and the desire to be free has been written and spoken about by many....   [tags: African-Americans, slavery, American literature]

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The American Revolution Of America

- The American people turned to Republicanism because they believed in a political system run by the people, not by a supreme authority. It became clearer to them over the course of the American Revolution, and even before, that they had wanted equality and the liberty to run their own governemt. King George III parliament had imposed policies to weaken colonial power and assert authority, raised their taxes, and required them to house the British soldiers that enforced such policies. The colonies were prohibited from trading with other countries, being limited to only Britain....   [tags: American Revolution, Boston Tea Party]

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American Civil War and Religion

- One of the important subjects during the civil war was Religion even though it received minor attention until recent years. Historians have considered civil war an important story of war; however, religion rose as an important factor with many publications. For example “Religion and the American Civil War” is a collection of essays and poems by various writers (Harry S. Stout, George Reagan Wilson, etc.1) A survey of the civil war history from around 1970 to the present provides a very extensive context in terms of historical attention to the civil war and religion....   [tags: American History]

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The American Dream

- This study will define the problem of racism in the falsity of the American Dream as defined in the writings of Alger, Dalton, Jen, Baldwin, and Cisneros. The notion of equality and fairness in the American Dream has often been defined through the false presumption that hard work will allow the individual the reward of fame and fortune. However, racism against minorities, such as Chinese immigrants, is defined in the Chang family’s struggle to join a local white country club in “In the American Society” by Gish Jen....   [tags: Racism, White American, Race, African American]

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Values In Early American Literature

- Values in Early American Literature "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," says the Declaration of Independence. This phrase encompasses three major values shown throughout early American literature. The strong belief in religion, freedom, and a strong will for a better life. Each piece had one or more of these themes within them....   [tags: American Literature]

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New Phase in American History

- Following the Revolutionary War that lasted from 1776 to 1783, Britain’s thirteen North American colonies entered a period of great uncertainty. Finally free from the constraints of the Old World, the Founding Fathers of the United States were facing the predicament of a small population with limited resources and an unstable frontier. Though it was unclear as to how the colonies would create a New World order, most of the Founding Fathers had agreed upon a single point – that they would avoid the “balance of power” politics that had long reigned in Europe....   [tags: American History]

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Walt Whitman: The American Poet

- Walt Whitman was arguable one of the most influential poets during the Civil War era. Though never directly involved in war, Whitman was able to talk about the war in a more insightful way than many poets at the time could. Whitman was most active in writing during the times before and after the war, choosing to dedicate himself to helping wounded soldiers during the war instead. Walt Whitman’s poetry reflects the progression of his philosophy of America: his initial view of America was uplifting, represented in his Pre-Civil war poems and while the Civil War poetry presents the degradation of American society, Whitman’s final poetry returns to a realistic, optimistic view for America....   [tags: American Literature ]

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American Attitudes Towards The British

- Liberty. Episode 2: "Blows Must Decide" - It begins with a huge shift in American attitudes towards the British. - The vast majority of the people in America were extremely reluctant to make the final break with their mother country back in 1774. - However, more and more folks (especially in Massachusetts) were calling for war. - Spring 1774, news of the Boston Tea Party has outraged Parliament. The dumping of British tea in the Boston Harbor is seen as an unforgivable provocation. - In an angry mood, Parliament passed a series of Acts designed to restore Royal Authority in Boston....   [tags: American Revolution]

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Native American And Native Americans

- ... For example, while the Hopi and Zuni people of the southwest built intricate planned towns and irrigation systems, groups in the Great Plains lived mostly nomadic lives, following the herds of buffalo they hunted. While the distinct tribes of the Pacific coast lived off of fish and wild plants, natives on the East coast focused on farming squash, corn, and beans (Foner, 6-7). Indeed, far from being a uniform people, North American tribes were often at war with each other over goods or personal conflicts....   [tags: Indigenous peoples of the Americas, North America]

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The, American, And American Culture

- ... However, there are certain aspects that do bother me. For example, here we rarely know our neighbors’ names, their families, or stories. We don’t get together informally as a community as often as we did back home. We don’t speak to our neighbors as much, and consequently, we cannot rely on them as much. Back in Colombia you will frequently have hour long conversations with your neighbors, ask them for a grocery when yours run out, or ask them to take care of your house when you’re gone. Certainly there are exceptions to this trend, but I speak in a general sense....   [tags: United States, Latin America, Americas]

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The American War Of Independence

- The American Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence; was a war between Britain and the thirteen colonies who wanted independence from Great Britain. This war was a result of many events, some of those including the Sugar Act, Stamp Act, and the Coercive Act. Britain kept harassing the colonists with these Acts, which caused the colonies to slowly grow closer together until the point in which they decided they had, had enough and wanted independence from Great Britain. Joseph P....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American Revolution]

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The American Dream: Equality and Opportunity for EVERY American

- Unkept promises diminish day by day. What once may have given people ambition and zeal has transformed into a superficial and consumerist ideal. In the nation’s youth, the American Dream was a promise to the people which has failed to impart its values to future generations. This promise traces back to the foundation that “all men are created equal” and Dictionary.com’s first definition defines the American Dream as “the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American.” This is closest to the originally intended meaning of the American Dream which perhaps only a minority of the population still recognizes....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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How the American Revolution Changed American Society

- At the opening of the American Revolution, in 1775, the American society was tainted with high taxes and a tyrannical king. Politically, the creation of a new constitution, led to the establishment of a new centralized democratic government. Socially, more individuals and groups fought to secure rights for themselves, especially women, slaves, and religious groups. Economically, a method for fixing the national debt, along with a strong agrarian base, would help a slow, but steady improvement to American society....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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How the American Revolution Changed American Society

- The American Revolution changed the political and social aspects of the United States. After the war ended many things changed in the states. From the political stand point women still had power but gained a few rights after the war and since the states where now free from British rule they could now create their own form of central government and elected a leader. On the social and economical side the belief of egalitarianism was widely being accepted, and mercantilism ended so the colonies were no longer forced from imported and export goods to England....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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African Americans And African American Students

- Introduction of Theory Throughout American history, African Americans have been tantamount to freedom and equality in American education. In recent years, educators and policymakers have become more aware of the problems of African American students in some of the critical areas of academic excellence and engagement, but have barely scratched the surface in explaining the origin of the reasons why the problems persist (Bush & Bush, 2013). Policies have now been created to enable more African American students in becoming comfortable in their learning environment....   [tags: African American, Black people, High school, Race]

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Filipino American Culture : Filipino Americans

- Popular culture has given people the opportunity for people to have a chance to shine, and many have had their lives changed. For example, when American Idol had launched in 2002, the winner, Kelly Clarkson, had her chance to shine for the entire time she was competing and eventually won the competition. Her success provided her with the ability perform not only nationwide, but also worldwide. But how exactly does popular culture enable Filipino Americans to have a chance at success. In order to answer that question, one must look for the means which drive them to popular culture....   [tags: Filipino American, Philippines, Hip hop music]

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Native American Voices Know the Definition of Native American

- Many school children celebrate a cliché Thanksgiving tradition in class where they play Indians and Pilgrims, and some children engage in the play of Cowboys vs. Indians. It is known that some died when colonization occurred, that some fought the United States government, and that they can be boiled down to just another school mascot. This is what many people understand of the original inhabitants of America. Historical knowledge of these people has been shallow and stereotyped. The past 150 years has given birth to a literate people now able to record their past, present, and future....   [tags: American History, Oral Tradition]

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How the American Revolution Changed American Society

- From 1763 to 1789 the American Colonies underwent a radical transformation into an independent self governing nation. British debt accumulated from the French and Indian War brought colonists into conflict with the mother country over a variety of social, political and economic issues. However, the outcome of the American Revolution was not a radical departure from America had been prior to 1763 but later, with the introduction of the constitution, developed unto a revolutionary society. At the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1789, the colonies were free from British rule and a new nation was born....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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Attempts to Unite the American Colonies before the American Revolution

- Since the founding of the Thirteen Colonies, the colonists enjoyed a degree of autonomy and self sufficiency from the mother country, England. The colonies had colonial assemblies, which were more democratic than England’s and were independent governments. British mercantilist laws were not strictly enforced due to the policy commonly referred to as salutary neglect. However, as the British increasingly ignore the problems the colonies faced, the colonies began to look for a common government to lead them....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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African Americans And African American Colonization

- During the time known in America as the period of Jim Crow, after decades of slavery, free African Americans were still tormented with inequality and discrimination. African American people were held under laws and restrictions, unlike privileged white Americans. Jim Crow Laws enabled prejudice to proliferate, which made it difficult for African Americans to prosper. Through this perilous era, there were many campaigns and strategies formed to progress the Freedom Movement, such as the African American Colonization Society, who helped African Americans immigrate to Africa....   [tags: African American, W. E. B. Du Bois]

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Cultural Differences Between Native Americans and the American Colonists

- When the colonists came to America, they classified the Native Americans as complete brutal savages. But was that a correct assumption. The Native Americans lived a life that was a complete opposite from the way that the Europeans were accustomed to. The Native Americans believed that the land was shared by everyone and not one person could own it. The Native Americans also had a polytheistic religion which completely went against the beliefs of the colonists. The colonists viewed the Native Americans as savages and barbarians because their ways of living were different....   [tags: american history, American Indians, Colonial Ameri]

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Role of Blacks in the American Revolutionary War

- “And I hereby further declare all indented servants, Negroes, or others (appertaining to Rebels) free, that are able and willing to bear arms, the joining of His Majesty's Troops, as soon as may be, for the more speedily reducing the Colony to a proper sense of their duty, to this Majesty's crown and dignity.” -- Lord Dunmore's Proclamation The quote above is from the British governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore who proclaimed freedom for African American slaves who fought for the British, after George Washington announced there would be no additional recruitment of Blacks in the Continental army in 1776....   [tags: African Americans, American Revolution]

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The American Renaissance

- The American Renaissance period, circa 1876-1917, heralded a new sense of nationalism with a pride linking to a spirit akin to Greek democracy, the rule of Roman law, and a cultural and educational reform movement often referred to as Renaissance humanism. This American nationalism focused on the expression of modernism, technology, and academic classicism. Renaissance technological advancements include wire cables supporting the Brooklyn Bridge in the State of New York, along with cultural advancements found in the Prairie School houses, Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in architecture and sculpture....   [tags: American Renaissance Literary Masterpieces]

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The American Revolution

- On the eve of the American Revolution, colonists have signified and ensured their newly discovered identity by coming together to rid the American colonies of the British monarchical influence. Throught means of newly developed legislatures, both passive and aggressive protests, and formation of propaganda were the American colonists able to engrave their identity on the future of America forever. The British Empire has had a long lasting and strong influence on the American colonies for over three centuries....   [tags: American Revolution, British Empire]

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