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  • Abraham Lincoln - 1,117 words
    Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, guided his country through the most devastating experience in its national history--the Civil War. He is considered by many historians to have been the greatest American president. Early Life Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809, in a log cabin in Hardin (now Larue) County, Ky. Indians had killed his grandfather, Lincoln wrote, "when he was laboring to open a farm in the forest" in 1786; this tragedy left his father, Thomas Lincoln, "a wandering laboring boy" who "grew up, litterally [sic] without education." Thomas, nevertheless, became a skilled carpenter and purchased three farms in Kentucky before the Lincolns left th ...
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  • Andrew Jackson - 1,886 words
    Andrew Jackson The year was 1824. The election of this year was very unusual because of the number of candidates running for president. One of the candidates was Andrew Jackson, or Old Hickory as they called him, a general that had won the Battle of New Orleans(which was a battle not needed) in the War of 1812. Jackson became a hero after this war, and it would bring him all the way to the presidency. Another one of the candidates was John Quincy Adams. The son of John Adams, the second president of the United States, Adams was a excellent debator from New England. He was the only candidate from the NorthEast. The two other candidates were William Crawford and Henry Clay. Crawford, the secre ...
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  • Causes Of The Mexican War - 1,613 words
    Causes of the Mexican War The Mexican War lasted from 1846-1848 in the area now known as Texas. What began as several small disputes eventually led into an armed conflict between the considerably new nations of Mexico and the United States. The geographical and political disputes are the most likely causes of the war. These causes of this war became significant, when the outcome gave the United States a platform to become one of the most powerful countries in the world. The first sign of problems between the two countries began when the United States bordered Mexico after the Louisiana Purchase. "With these areas now available, American settlers began to move into them, and from there, they ...
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  • Civil War Ap Paper - 940 words
    Civil War (Ap Paper) 02-23-2001 The name Civil War is misleading because the war was not a class struggle, but a sectional combat, having its roots in political, economic, social, and psychological elements. It has been characterized, in the words of William H. Seward, as the irrepressible conflict. In another judgment the Civil War was viewed as criminally stupid, an unnecessary bloodletting brought on by arrogant extremists and blundering politicians. Both views accept the fact that in 1861 there existed a situation that, rightly or wrongly, had come to be regarded as insoluble by peaceful means. In the days of the American Revolution and of the adoption of the Constitution, differences be ...
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  • Civil War In Us - 402 words
    Civil War In US The annexation of Texas to the United States and the gain of new territory by the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo aggravated the hostility between the North and South. The controversial issue of slavery in the new territories arose again along with many other political differences that needed to be resolved. In the midst of fear that the southern states might withdraw from the Union altogether, Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky created a series of five legislative enactments. These enactments, known as the Compromise of 1850, answer the question of whether slavery was to be sanctioned or prohibited in the newly acquired regions. The first two measures included the admission of Cali ...
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  • Daniel Webster - 693 words
    Daniel Webster Daniel Webster contributed a large potion of the Civil War. To begin, he was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire on January 18, 1782. His parents were farmers so many people didn't know what to expect of him. Even though his parents were farmers, he still graduated from Dartmouth College in 1801. After he learned to be a lawyer, Daniel Webster opened a legal practice in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1807. Webster quickly became an experienced and very good lawyer and a Federalist party leader. In 1812, Webster was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives because of his opposition to the War of 1812, which had crippled New England's shipping trade. After two more terms in the H ...
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  • I Am America Hear Me Roar - 1,088 words
    I Am America. Hear Me Roar. Flexing our muscles at Mexico! With the annexation of Texas by the government of the United States of America, war with Mexico seemed to be inevitable. Yet was it really? Historians then and today question Polks motives on declaring war, and whether or not blood had to be shed at all for us to get what we wanted. True, the war was one of aggression and territorial glorification between two relatively new nations who had fought and won their freedom from respective foreign nations and were perhaps equaled in pride and determination. However, I do not believe that the U.S. entered into the ordeal entirely unprovoked, and anything provoked is likewise justifiable. Ri ...
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  • Samuel Houston - 1,085 words
    ... s imprisoned. Houston returned to law and set up his practice in Nacogdoches where he joined the Roman Catholic Church as required by Mexican law. Houston returned east, to Washington, D.C. and then New York City, to meet with his legal client, The Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company. Houston was soon named Commander-in-Chief by the Nacogdoches Committee of Vigilance. The Texas Provisional Government, on the motion of Merriweather W. Smith, named Sam Houston a Major General in the Texas Army. On January 14, 1836, Houston addresses his troops at Goliad and orders Jim Bowie to return to San Antonio and blow up the Alamo. Houston was granted a furlough from the army to travel to an Indian ...
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  • The Concept Of Whiteness: Was It Selfish Racism - 1,688 words
    The Concept Of Whiteness: Was It Selfish Racism? The Concept of Whiteness: Was It Selfish Racism? By Brandon Brooks (452-73-4368) The University of Texas at El Paso United States History To 1865 Professor E. Chavo Part One: The Concept of Whiteness: Was It Selfish Racism? When one examines the past events that have shaped the United States of America into what it is today, he can determine that the English settlers who migrated to this New World slowly pushed further west into the new lands as their need for land, wealth, and natural resources became a necessity. After America had defeated the British in 1776 and declared their independence, they began to realize that they were powerful enou ...
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  • The Life Of William Rufus King - 1,736 words
    The Life Of William Rufus King Hampton University Hampton, VA 23668 The Life and Times of William Rufus de Vane King Presented To Mr. Gene Moore In Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements Of POL 399-01 By Sharri D. Mapp 8142 on April 18, 2001 William Rufus de Vane King was a distinguished politician who concluded his remarkable political career by being elected the Vice-President under Franklin Pierces pro-slavery ticket. However, he is the only person to be elected to that office that never actually served as vice-president. Without doing this, King is known through history as a popular and pre-eminent politician from Alabama. Besides being the only vice-president elected to not serve his ...
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  • The Mexican War - 835 words
    The Mexican War The Mexican War The United States in 1846 was not justified in going to war with Mexico. The United States did not have proper justification to respond with violence against the Mexican government. The war with Mexico was also a product of the United States' belief of manifest destiny. Polk's over ambition to seize new territory from the Mexicans and disappointment over their refusal to sell him California also possibly played a factor in his willingness to wage war against Mexico. The United States under the leadership of president Polk clearly provoked Mexico into attacking US troops. All these reasons show that the US had no business starting a war with Mexico for territor ...
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  • The Play Must Go West - 1,867 words
    The Play Must Go West Soon after the American Revolution, Americans began their expansion to the west. It was our Manifest Destiny to tame the wilds of the west and expand our nation from coast to coast. Families from all over would load up their belongings and travel to the newly purchased lands. People from New York, Philadelphia, Boston and all parts of the new nation brought with them their language, culture and belief systems. Along with this they also brought the theater. It was not long after people would begin to live in an area that the theater would take root. The progress of the theater in the United States can be traced along the same routes as the settlement of the west. Beginni ...
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  • Western Expansion Of The Us - 1,612 words
    Western Expansion Of The U.S. International borders have always been centers of conflict, and the U.S.-Mexican border is no exception. With the European colonizing the New World, it was a matter of time before the powers collided. The Spanish settled what is today Mexico, while the English settled what is to day the United States. When the two colonial powers did meet what is today the United States Southwest, it was not England and Spain. Rather the two powers were the United States and Mexico. Both Counties had broken off from their mother countries. The conflict that erupted between the two countries where a direct result of different nation policies. The United States had a policy of wes ...
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  • Westward Expansion - 1,236 words
    ... er groups to move West with the American Dream held strong in the hearts of many. The animosity with the Mexicans finally came to rise in the Mexican-American wars which spanned from 1846-1848. The reasons for the eruption of the hostilities included the annexation of Texas in 1845, claims of property damage by US citizens against the Mexican government and the desire of the United States to acquire California into their boundaries (manifest destiny). After failed negotiations in 1845 regarding land, the movement of an American army was considered as act of aggression and Mexican troops were sent to protect their land, in turn America declared war on 13th May 1846. The Mexicans lacked re ...
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  • Westward Expansion - 2,010 words
    ... years. The building of a transcontinental railroad with the financial assistance of the government was debated upon. Also the question of slavery in the newly acquired territories was a more troubling issue and this decided the fate of the United States for the next few years. Manifest Destiny F. Merk in his book Manifest Destiny says "a sense of mission to redeem the old world by high example was generated in pioneers of idealistic spirit on their arrival in the new world." It was generated by the immense potential in the virgin land of the American continents. Successive generations also gave this sense of mission life in various ways from the struggle of religious liberty in Plymouth ...
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  • Why We Should Not Fight The Mexicans - 651 words
    Why We Should Not Fight The Mexicans War with Mexico will destroy us yet. Fighting with them will set a burden on us as well as on them. We are fighting with them for the say reason; England was fighting with us. England fought us because we would not follow the laws that they passed, and we want to fight the Mexicans because they don't want to give us the land that we want. In some way you could call this being hypocritical. Annexing Texas was the dumbest mistake we ever made; it will upset our balance of beliefs. Even though Mexico is our adversary, so was England, what if one day we want to trade with Mexico. Do you think that they would want to trade with us? No, we will become the count ...
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