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Immigrants and the American Dream - Ronald Regan describes America as, “…a place in the divine scheme that was set aside as a promised land” (“Loosing the American Dream”). Do Regan’s words have any truth to them. How can America be a promised land when immigrants are still fighting for the chance to pursue the American Dream and social acceptance. Immigrants have different motives for coming to America some may seek citizenship for political freedoms that they once did not have due to uprising civil wars in their native country. Others may come for social freedoms that they were not awarded in their home country due to sexual orientation....   [tags: American Dream Essays]
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The American Family: Then and Now - What exactly is a family. Some would say it is a father, mother, and possibly children, but is this an outdated definition. With the world adapting and changing at such a high rate, it proves difficult to create definite boundaries for what constitutes a family. As events that are either detrimental or beneficial to society occur, family lives adapt to better suit the current state. The differences in culture, religion and traditions can offer possible explanations for why families are not the same, locally and globally....   [tags: Sociology, American History ]
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Causes of The American Civil War - "War is the unfolding of miscalculations." - Barbara Tuchman Lasting from 1861 to 1865, the Civil War is considered the bloodiest war in American history. However, the Civil War had seemingly been a long time coming. There were many events that took place within the fifteen years leading up to the Civil War that foreshadowed the eventual secession of seven “cotton states” from the Union. The end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852, the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, the Dred Scott Decision of 1857, John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859, and the outcome of the Presidential Election of 1860 all helped contribute to southern secession and the s...   [tags: American Civil War] 2128 words
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The History of American Public Education - After the American Revolutionary war, the people of the United States were responsible for determining the best course of action within the new republic. The Articles of Confederation were replaced by the new Constitution, which provided a general set of principles the government was to be guided by. This new system was a new and improved integration of historical warnings, hoping to prevent tyranny by individual or the masses and injustice. However, it quickly became apparent that a certain education was necessary to perpetuate this union....   [tags: History of American Education]
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Blackness and Gothic depictions in American Literature - American writers have expressed their political and social views through their writing by attempting to establish a voice separate from Britain’s. Their fear of individual and national failure and their thirst for power consumes them and is evident in their writing. Washington Irving and Herman Melville involve the occupation of lawyers and Justices to bring in a patriotic element to influence residents of the young country as a way to share their concerns and inspire ambition. Their usage of metaphors and metonymy subtly convey a message of hope to white residents while, deflating the optimism of the soon to be freed slaves....   [tags: American Literature] 1681 words
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Reasons Europeans Came To The American Colonies - America was a newly discovered land that attracted many European immigrants in the 1600s. A majority of these immigrants came from England. Many reasons contributed to this sudden increase of immigrants to the American colonies. Many Europeans were looking for better social, political, and economic opportunities, and they felt and hoped that America was their dreamland. One of the reasons why people left England was for religious freedom. The King of England had changed England’s religion to Anglican....   [tags: American History] 785 words
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Prejudice Destroyed the American Dream - Years ago, the United States of America was the prime example of prosperity and opportunity. In recent years, in the worst recession since the Great Depression, unemployment and interest rates have skyrocketed. The “American Dream” is an idea that was once a commonly accepted ideology in this country. It has since become only a fallacy. The “American Dream” is no longer an attainable idea, only a fantasy. The “American Dream” is not a true dream that will ever be equally attainable by everyone....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]
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Capital Punishment in the American Colonies - American colonies were introduced to the practice of capital punishment, through European colonization. The offenses punishable by the death penalty in each colony varied from stealing, to denying the existence of God. Ceasre Beccaria’s 1776 essay, titled On Crimes and Punishment acted as the chief catalyst behind the abolition movement against the death penalty. In his essay, Beccaria asserted that the death penalty deprives men of life, true deterrence resulted from imprisoning criminals and using this as an example to show the value of freedom and laws, and that the death penalty be used only in cases of treason....   [tags: Death Penalty, American History] 1039 words
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Realism and Naturalism in American Literature Stories - There are two dominate aspects of Realism (Social Rules & Morality), and two dominate laws of Naturalism (Environment & Determinism), that comes into play in the American Literature stories of Daisy Miller ,Frank James, and Jack London. According to one authoritative source (Britannica), realism in its basic form in Literature is a literary style in which the author describes the reality of persons (people) in detail to resemble their actions, emotions, and environment. The strengths and weaknesses are blended in with the characteristics of their flawed personalities by not being completely good or evil, weak or strong....   [tags: American Literature] 1479 words
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Describe the main features of American federalism. - American federalism is constantly used as a benchmark for democratic societies. Having been successfully implemented along with the constitution, it has shown that it has been able to adapt to the changing environments throughout history. One scholar has claimed, “Federalism – old style – is dead.” However I disagree. In the following paragraphs, I will show how federalism is a part of the United States but how some problems make it seem like it is failing in the modern environment. American federalism is a system of dual-sovereignty between two levels of government....   [tags: American Government]
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What is The American Dream? - The American Dream can be defined in many different perspectives. A generalization of the american dream can be summed up as, “a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work,” (Wikipedia). This may sound very punctual for an audience that are already of the American background. For foriegners, this definition can also be their dream, just more difficult to obtain....   [tags: American Dream Essays] 891 words
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Puritanism and the 19th Century American Novels - The Puritans were the dissidents from the Anglican Church. The Anglican Church had become corrupt and a need to establish purity was felt by many of its devout members; hence The Puritans. The Puritans were the vanguard of the Republican revolution of the 1640s which was directed at the monarch of England. However, the restoration of monarchy in the middle of the 17th century brought disillusionment with the state of England and the diehard Puritans set sail from Old England to the virgin land of America to establish their New England....   [tags: American Literature ]
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Roosevelt as an American Leader - The Great depression was a time of great need and hardships for American citizens all over the United States. America was in great need of a leader, someone who could make this dreadful process easier, and Franklin Roosevelt rose to the occasion. During Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address in 1933 and his 1944 State of the Union Address, emerged as the great American leader everyone was in desperate need of. He would take the blame off the American people as well as provide them with goals and a very achievable image of America in the close future....   [tags: American Government, Politics] 1158 words
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The Evolution of American Culture - The American culture has changed so much in the last10 years. People’s moral values are below normal standards, and the older generation is outraged and distributed by the way things are being handling in today’s society. In Chapter 1, Wilson defined popular culture as “the culture of everyone in a society, and the customs and practices handed down from generation to generation” (Wilson, 2001). In order to understand American culture, one must have knowledge of the history and the tradition of the country....   [tags: American History, Sociology, Cultural] 438 words
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A Re-enactment of the American Revolution - The game was a re-enactment of the American Revolution, which was certainly an important milestone in the history of mankind because it was a reflection of the powerful ideas that were formulated by Enlightenment thinkers such as John Locke. One of the most important lessons that I learned from this game was the influence of power in decision-making process and the two forms of power, implicit and explicit. The influence of power is still apparent in places such as Egypt, which has shown the negative effects of localization of power to a single ruler....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution] 1765 words
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John Walker Lindh: The American Taliban - John Walker Lindh an American citizen who has been referred to as “The American Taliban”, left the United States to receive military training as an enemy combat. Upon his departure from the United States, he received the necessary discipline that was required in order to be a part of the Afghan Army. These Afghans were in the business for recruiting Muslims to engage in the fight against the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan’s civil war. After training and fighting with an Afghan based Taliban group, the ultimate result ended with John Walker Lindh being captured as an enemy and returned to his homeland....   [tags: The American Taliban] 1253 words
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Causes of the American Revolution - Following the French Revolution of the late 18th century, Goethe, a German writer, declared that a great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government (ThinkExist). However, his statement also mirrored the events that have taken place several decades earlier, on the North American continent, when the British administration have helped to ignite a major social uprising among colonists. The American Revolution (1763-1789) was generated by an amalgam of factors, translated into a dissonance between the British perspective on the colonies and the American colonial reality....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]
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American Revolution and its Aftermath - The American Revolution marked the divorce of the British Empire and its one of the most valued colonies. Behind the independence that America had fought so hard for, there emerged a diverging society that was eager to embrace new doctrines. The ideals in the revolution that motivated the people to fight for freedom continued to influence American society well beyond the colonial period. For example, the ideas borrowed from John Locke about the natural rights of man was extended in an unsuccessful effort to include women and slaves....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution] 1157 words
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How The American Family Has Changed - American families have changed tremendously over the past years. Families did not only face the change in their status or social behavior; but also faced a change in their lifestyle. Now there are different types of families with different types of norms and values. Families are socially, ethnically and very expressively diverse than ever before (Angier). American family has gone through a huge transformation. This transformation is all about changes in lifestyle and how it functions. We have come extremely far where women are contributing in the paid labor force, divorce rates are high, people are not getting married early or having kids when they get married, and most people are getting...   [tags: The American Family]
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The American Way of Life - America is “considered” to be a land of opportunities, promises, independence, hope, and freedom. Anyone can grow up to be the President of the United States, member of Congress, or even become wealthy. This is possible because all it takes hard work. However, this is nearly “just a dream” because equality doesn’t exist among everyone. The poor have little to no chance to get richer, while the rich remain rich. As President Woodrow Wilson once said in his New Freedom campaign, “American enterprise is not free; the man with only a little capital is finding it harder and harder to get into the field, more and more impossible to compete with the big fellow....   [tags: American History, Laissez-faire] 2799 words
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Native American Mascots Are Racist - Teams in every sport, at every level of competition, have a mascot. It is the mascot that represents the competitive spirit and team identity, motivating players and fans alike. Does the symbol chosen have any impact on whether a team wins or loses. Unlikely. But the choice of a Native American mascot continues to ignite debate and controversy among athletes, fans and alumni, as well as those people who might otherwise be disinterested in sports. Utilizing an Indian mascot is nothing more than a veiled attempt at hate speech....   [tags: Native American Mascots Essays]
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The American Puritan Work Ethic - “Ms. GGGG, we are pleased to inform you of your 35% raise to your salary for this year’s pay. As per your hard work and dedication to our project, the business associates here at Google appreciate all you have done for our company.” Ahh. The sweet smell of success. After all of my diligence and stress over this project, I am finally able to be rewarded and it feels better than ever. None of my accomplishments would have been possible without that strict work ethic that had been implemented since the start of my internship....   [tags: sucess, american business, culture]
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Greed Caused the American Civil War - Of the seven deadly sins, the one that has plagued the United States the most throughout its history is greed.. Greed -- i.e., "the excessive desire to possess wealth or goods with the intention of keeping it for oneself." – can be seen in 1614, when Thomas Hunt sailed to Spain from his expedition in America with a ship packed with Patuxet Indians, bound to be sold into slavery. It can also be seen in 1773 as a major factor of the Boston Tea Party, where King George III was yearning for more control over colonial governments and hungry for the revenue from it....   [tags: American History] 2305 words
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Blacks in the American Revolution - The American Revolution resonated with all classes of society, as it stood to divide a nation’s loyalties and recreate the existing fabric of society. During the 1770s to mid 1780s, no group living in the British American colonies was left unaffected. For blacks enslaved in America, the war presented the fleeting possibility of freedom in a nation that was still dependent on an economic structure of oppression and bondage. For those blacks that were free, they chose their alliances wisely in hopes of gaining economic opportunities and improving their status in the American colonies....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution] 1820 words
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Causes of the American Revolution - There was no one event that started the American Revolution. This paper will address the problems that lead to the start to the American Revolution. The colonists believed that they should live democratically. Britain felt that they owned the American colonies and they could use their resources in any way that they wished. The colonists did not want to live being ruled by another country. The major events that led to the American Revolution were the French and Indian War, Stamp Act, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party and Lexington Concord....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]
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Immigrants and The American Dream - The "American dream" is different for every person. To some it means financial success, to others it means freedom of expression, while others dream to practice their religion without fear. The "American dream" is a complex concept providing immigrants with the hope of better life. The U.S. government provides the environment and resources for everyone to pursue their dreams. Each year millions of people around the world apply for the Diversity Visa lottery program provided by the U.S. government, however only a few thousand people are lucky enough to come here....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]
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Anne Bradstreet's Contribution to American Literature - Up until the early 17th century, American literature was chiefly about politics, religion, and recorded events. These writings were very dry and lacked insight into the everyday lives of the authors. To put into writing any individual spiritual reflections that strayed away from the religion of the colony could be dangerous at that time; possibly resulting in banishment from the colony or worse. Likewise, any writing that did not serve at least one of the purposes listed above was considered to be a waste of time that would be better spent praising God....   [tags: American Literature ]
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Causes of The American Revolution - Britain’s tactics to control the Americas had been causing various troubles and irritations to the colonists. The colonists had to deal with taxation without representation, also known as virtual representation such as the Stamp Act or Tea Act and also other unpleasant laws passed by the British such as the Quartering Acts. A significant event that is notable for altering the political, economic and ideological relations between the colonies and Britain is the French and Indian War. This was fundamentally the cause of the American Revolution....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution] 779 words
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Slavery and the American Revolution - ... He alludes to the fact that economies in France, England, and New England always keep famine close because it leaves no room to “retrench”. Where as in the South they have a wasteful mode of living which in result leaves room for retrenchment. George Fitzhugh fails to recognize the fact that the one’s enslaved have been confined and forced into a system of living that they know no better than. They were taken from their homes and forced to work for an owner who couldn’t recognize that they were individuals who would one day realize the true reality of the situation they were forced into....   [tags: economic aspects of American history]
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Native American Folklore As Mythology - Throughout history, and all over the world, mythology has been developed as a way of explaining the unknown and coping with one’s existence. Why does the sun shine. Well, seemingly, to generations past, something is controlling the universe, so there must be a god in charge of the sun and many other natural phenomenon. During the creation of Native American myths, “there was much in the way of free-range food, but hunting wasn't as easy as getting up in the morning, taking a stroll and shooting a few passing bison with your bow” (Godchecker)....   [tags: us history, american history]
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Thomas Paine, an American Philosopher - An American born philosopher, Thomas Paine, was a strong adherent for independence and was agnostic in the government. Born on January 29, 1737, Paine lived what we would now call a tough life (http://www.britannica.com). At a young age, Paine had to withdraw from school to help his father with work. He attempted many jobs such as a hunting smuggler and a collector of tobacco and liquor taxes (http://www.britannica.com). Paine failed at those other jobs he tried and in 1774, moved to Philadelphia where he got a job as a writer for the Pennsylvania magazine (http://www.britannica.com)....   [tags: independence, american revolution]
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American Masculinity: Defined By War - War has been a mainstay of human civilization since its inception thousands of years ago, and throughout this long and colorful history, warriors have almost exclusively been male. By repeatedly taking on the fundamentally aggressive and violent role of soldier, Man has slowly come to define Himself through these violent experiences. Although modern American society regulates the experiences associated with engaging in warfare to a select group of individuals, leaving the majority of the American public emotionally and personally distant from war, mainstream American masculinity still draws heavily upon the characteristically male experience of going to war....   [tags: War and American Masculinity]
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The American with Disabilities Act - As stated by the founding fathers of America “All men are created equal.” Black, white, brown, short, tall, smart, and dumb, all are created equally. Therefore every person deserves fair judgement. Unfortunately, it is a profound fact that not everyone is born normal and capable of task typical for a common person, who is free from disability. In my opinion, the quote “All men are created equal” serves to promote a friendly environment that helps encourage equality among people and aids to recognize the similarities rather than the differences that separates men....   [tags: American Government, ADA Act] 2274 words
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The Pursuit of the American Dream by African Americans, Native Americans, and the Working Class - America, for many, has long been a country where it was believed that you control your own destiny and prosperity. With hard work, persistence and struggle, success found in the “American Dream” can and will be achieved regardless of past social statuses and financial shortcomings. It is something that has rang true for most Americans, but certainly not without struggle. The late nineteenth century brought a great amount of obstacles to many groups of people living in America as they pursued comfort in social and economic aspects....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream ] 1486 words
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The History of the American Dream - The American Dream The American Dream summarizes a belief in opportunity for success in America and much of it was reached in the 1950s. It was the belief that everybody was equal, and everybody had an equal opportunity to have a career, raise a family, and live successful and comfortable lives. It was a dream of equality and free enterprise above all else. The American Dream originated in 1931, during the early days of American settlement, with mostly poor immigrants searching for opportunities....   [tags: US History, Culture, American Society]
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The History of the American Civil War - The American Civil war, also know as the War Between the States, was a bloody war to end slavery. It all started with eleven states seceding from the Union to form their own nation to be able to enslave the African American. The eleven states formed the Confederate States of America, also known as Confederacy, under their president Jefferson Davis. The Civil war came about in 1861 as the North wanted stop the eleven southern states from seceding and forming their own nation just so they can uphold slavery....   [tags: American, Civil war, USA, history, ] 1154 words
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The American Diet - "We have the best raw materials in the world, both quantitatively and qualitatively, but most of them are ruined in the process of preparing them for the table." stated H.L. Mencken in reference to America and our usage of food (Mitzewich). Food is a necessity for life and survival, however, with the structure of the American diet, the food we eat is assisting us into our [early] graves. Americans are highly unaware of what they are stuffing down their throats and even less unaware of the generational effects....   [tags: American Diet, Processed Food, Fast Food Indusrty]
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American Jewish History - The study of history and historical writings is called historiography; American Jewish history is one form to study about the past of the American Jews. Jacob Rader Marcus and Hasia R. Diner are two historians who broke down American Jewish historiography according to their point of views. In “The Periodization of American Jewish History,” Marcus focuses on four periods of American Jewish history. On the other hand, in “The Study of American Jewish History: in the Academy, in the Community,” Diner discusses many dates celebrate and urge the study of American Jewish history....   [tags: American History] 838 words
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The Impossible American Dream - The American Dream is known to be a hope for a better, richer, happier life for all citizens of every class. For almost all Americans, this entails earning a college degree, gaining a good job, buying a house, and starting a family. Although this seems wonderful, a large amount of the American population believes that the Dream has changed immensely because of increased prices in today’s society, the price of tuition being highly unaffordable, as well as the unemployment rate skyrocketing and weaker job growth....   [tags: American Dream Essays]
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Teaching American Literature in a Time Constrained Condition - Education is changing in the fast paced world we live in. As educators and course developers we must change with the times as well. The idea of long, drawn out coursework has come to an end. The direction education is taking us is to teach a curriculum of only 2 works by American authors per class. We, as educators, must choose the most relevant and time honored courses as possible to accomplish this. The works I have chosen are “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving and “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain....   [tags: american literature, american authors]
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Edward Albee's American Dream - Daddy, in “The Ameican Dream,” is muted by a wife who only views him as a source of financial and emotional validation. Mommy claims, “I have the right to live off you because I married you, and because I used to let you get on top of me and bump your uglies; and I have the right to all your money when you die” (Albee 67). Here Albee illuminates how the commitment of marriage is reduced to a sexual-financial transaction. Daddy is less a man than a commodified husband. Daddy, during the course of the play, scarcely utters an original thought, rather he just acts as an echo of what would otherwise be Mommy’s shallow monologue....   [tags: Edward Albee's American Dream] 1925 words
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Japanese American Internment Camps - Was the internment of Japanese Americans a compulsory act of justice or was it an unwarranted, redundant act of tyranny which breached upon the rights of Japanese Americans. During World War II thousands of Japanese Americans were told by government officials that they had twenty-four hours to pack their things, get rid of any belongings of theirs, and to sell their businesses away for less than retail value. Although many people thought the Japanese American internment was needed to ensure U.S....   [tags: japanese american rights]
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The Impossible American Dream - The Impossible American Dream in Anzia Yezierska's “America and I,” Uncle and Jayanti from Chitra Divakaruni's “Silver Pavements, Golden Roofs,” and Leon from Fae Myenne Ng's Bone. America has always been characterized as the land of dreams and opportunities. Immigrants entering America took these characterizations to heart. The dreams and aspirations of stable, wealthy, and happy lives in America became known as the “American Dream”. However, the “American Dream” hardly ever turns out like any individuals have anticipated....   [tags: American Dream Essays]
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From English to American - The development of an American language is a long and interesting account of preservation as well as change and development of a living language, and it is the purpose of this essay to examine to some extent several items related to the factors that brought English to America and the features of American English that developed thereafter, with several sections focusing on the history of the arrival of the English language in America, definitions of what British English (BrE) and American English (AmE) are, and finally three specific areas of discussion i.e....   [tags: American Language, English Language]
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The Life and Achievements of American President, Calvin Coolidge - Calvin Coolidge was a president who wasn’t really known for as much as what he did, as what he didn’t do. So why was Calvin Coolidge known as the “do-nothing” president. The road to presidency was not a hard road for Coolidge to come by. He was born on the 4th of July in the summer of 1872 at Vermont. His father was a jack -of- all- trades, but was later known to be an exceptional politician. Coolidge was brought up in a very idealistic family. His religious affiliation was vague, since the majority of America was Protestant at that time; it is believed that his family religion was Protestant as well....   [tags: American History, American Presidents] 1341 words
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American’s Pride in Skyscrapers - America is known for its many great achievements. Among them are sending Neil Armstrong to the moon in 1969 and creating the economic engine that won World War II. But when you land a plane in the United States, you cannot see these accomplishments because they aren’t tangible. You cannot stand anywhere on American soil and say “this was the country that went to the moon.” G.K. Chesterton once said “Architecture is the alphabet of giants; it is the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men....   [tags: Architecture, American Symbol]
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Individualism in American History - ... The colonies were a way for people to break away from England or other European countries. These people started new lifestyles where they could freely practice their own religions. They made a living for themselves with limited interference from the country of origination. During this time in England, the Church of England was being led by Calvinists. The group known as the Puritans were “continuing to press for reforms of the Church of England along Calvinist lines” (Wilson). The tension between the two groups led a group known as the Separatists, who disagreed with the Church of England, to leave England and find a better life for themselves and their family....   [tags: american revolution, privacy, communities] 1461 words
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Causes of the American Civil War - Causes of the American Civil War From the time America was formed until 1860, America was a nation divided. They fought in the American Revolution in order to become a free country from Britain’s control and you would think that this war would soon bring the new country together in an unprecedented fashion. In fact, it may have divided them more than the Revolution had brought them together. This division was a result of location and personal disagreements on what to do with the newly acquired land from previous wars and what to do with the slaves in the south....   [tags: mexican-american war, hidalgo, lincoln]
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Martin Luther King Jr.: An American Hero - Thomas Jefferson once said, “All men are created equal.” These famous words soon became the basis of American ideology, and they outlined the new concept of democracy and American government. They represented what America stood for, nevertheless, these words were untrue. Although all men were created equal, they were not treated equally. Blacks were simply thought to be born inferior to Whites. This inequality was due to the excessive racism engraved in American society, which was rooted from the times of slavery in the American South....   [tags: american history, african americans]
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The Quiet American - 50 years ago this week, freshly-inaugurated John F. Kennedy was forced to make his first major foreign policy decision: whether or not to send 150,000 United States troops to Laos. <div style="text-align: center;"> *</div> On January 19, 1961, Kennedy was given a transition-briefing by outgoing President Dwight Eisenhower. (Two days before, Eisenhower had given his famous "military-industrial complex" warning speech.) Kennedy asked Ike an unexpected question, regarding Laos: "Which option would you prefer?" Kennedy asked: "A coalition government including the Communist Pathet Lao, or intervening militarily through the cover of SEATO?" Eisenhower was stunned by the naive gall of the question...   [tags: John F Kennedy, American Troops. Laos] 965 words
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The American Recovery Movement - The American Recovery Movement was a time period of focusing on and trying to resolve the issue of alcoholism and addiction. There were many different views as to how this should be handled whether it be by sending people that fit this description to mental hospitals, jails, or recovery houses to name just a few. However, to start explaining what I know to be called as the American Recovery Movement without first explaining the earlier time periods would be like talking about the Abolitionist Movement without providing background information into slavery....   [tags: alcoholism, addiction, american revolution]
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Cause of the American Civil War - The cause of the American Civil War has been a politicized subject for the past 152 years. There are many different theories for what the main cause is, however the best answer is an all of the above approach. The cause of the war that divided the nation cannot be narrowly defined into a single issue but each cause is affected and tied together. The main causes that resulted in the Civil War were the issue of nullification, tariffs, but most importantly just an overall difference in their ways of life....   [tags: nullification, tariffs, slavery, American history]
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Hispanic American Culture Dance - Hispanic American community are rooted from their origins in Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Spanish speaking countries that have come together and form a culture in the United State of America. The culture is built in different categories; for instance, religion, social custom, health practices their privacy, and birth. They come from a comprehensive familiar culture that has been called the second in America. Because of their pride and affection they feel unsafe to give up their past. Their notoriety in the United State has been their resistance to assimilate; their guarded image of Hispanic-American culture has been the tongue of flame....   [tags: Hispanic, American, Culture, Dancing, ] 925 words
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American Jihad: Homegrown Terrorists - Living in America, we are given the freedom to practice the faith of our choice, but at the same time it does not give us the right to violate our laws or to organize, finance or develop a group whose motives are to attack and destroy the country they claim to be a citizen of, while practicing that faith or religion. We are now in the midst of a movement where homegrown American jihad will be the destruction of the United States. In the United States, we have Americans that are waiting and wanting to destroy anything that has to do with our country and our western way of life, all in the name of “jihad” or holy war....   [tags: American Jihadist Terrorism]
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African American Male Feminist - The theory of an African American male feminist is a relatively new concept that is rapidly growing. Alexander Crummell, who was an advocate of black feminism stated, “For, humble and benighted as she is, the black woman of the South is one of the queens of womanhood. If there is any other woman on this earth who in native aboriginal qualities is her superior, I know not where she is to be found.” Before I discuss the importance, relevance and substance of what it is to be not only a successful male feminist but a universally accepted male feminist, I will first lay the foundation of what a feminist is from the ground up....   [tags: African American Literature]
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The American Constitution: The Thirteenth Amendment - The Thirteenth Amendment A constitution is the identity of any country that makes it distinctive from other countries, and it protects its peoples’ rights. The American Constitution, which contains laws and roles, was established and written in 1787. It has twenty-seven approved amendments, and the first ten of them were named: the Bill of Rights. Each one of these twenty-seven amendments was issued for a reason or due to specific situations. Mark Grossman, a professional writer specializing in American and world history, constitutional law, and the environment, said: “Constitutional Amendments is not to be a dry history – it is a comprehensive work that includes how the amendments to...   [tags: american history, people´s right]
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Elitism in American Politics - Elitism is the belief or philosophy that a particular group of persons with exceptional abilities, specialized training or experience, wealth, or other unique characteristics, are the people whose interpretations on different matters are to be taken most seriously. More simply, some believe these people are best fit to administer or whose understandings or actions are mostly likely to be beneficial and profitable. Otherwise, the term elitism could be used to pronounce a condition in which power is in fact focused in the hands of an elite, whether rightly or wrong....   [tags: American Politics, Pluralism, Diversity]
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Native American Cruelty - For many years Native American removal has caused a lot of pain and suffering for many Indians in America. How we have treated Native Americans in the past is an embarrassment to our history. Removing Native Americans from their land when we first settled here was wrong because we caused them a lot of hardships, took something from them that wasn’t ours to take, and in the end we all the pain and suffering we caused them was really for nothing. People still believe today that taking away their land was the right thing to do because they think that we were technically the first people to settle here so it was rightfully ours to take....   [tags: Native American] 1164 words
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Japanese American Incarceration - The Incarceration of Japanese Americans is widely regarded as one of the biggest breaches of civil rights in American History. Incarceration evolved from deep-seated anti-Japanese sentiment in the West Coast of the United States. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, pressure from the military leadership, politicians, media and nativist groups in the West Coast eventually convinced the President Franklin Roosevelt that action had to be taken to deal with the national security “threat” that Japanese Americans posed....   [tags: American History] 1893 words
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The American Civil War - In 1861, the United States faced the Civil War which was one of the most costly in history. Hundreds of thousands American lost their lives. Decades before the war, the North and South developed in different directions, and several events took place that led up to bloody war of the nation. It originated from deep divides in economy, society, and politics. The central issue was slavery like the French politician Alexis de Tocqueville had observed, “…almost all the differences which may be noticed between the character of the Americans in the Southern and Northern states have originated in slavery” (Rourk et al, 2009, p....   [tags: American History, Economy]
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George Wallace: American Independent - Voting for president of the United States is a very big concern. Americans vote for their president elect on several different categories, campaign platform, personal beliefs, Democrat or Republican Party, and in the earlier years, whether they were from the North or the South. One such person was George C. Wallace. Wallace campaigned in favor of segregation, but was he really for segregation, or did he just believe that the government was stepping on state’s rights. Wallace attended the University of Alabama in 1942, and graduated with his law degree....   [tags: Politics, American History]
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The American Civil War was Unavoidable - If one thing is clear from studying early American history, it is that the Civil War was an unavoidable tragedy. Often, hindsight allows us to recognize those points at which history could have taken a different direction, if only some person or thing were different in some way. This is not the case with the American Civil War. Four factors support the notion of inevitability. This paper will explore the way that economics, previous compromises, changing social mores and values, and the nature of politics laid a foundation for the continued regional conflict which eventually resulted in the Civil War....   [tags: American history, economy, slavery, politics]
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Assimilation of Native American Education - Assimilation of Native American Education During my research in the assimilation of Native American Education, it was both interesting and alarming to learn of how the Americans assimilated the Native Americans into their White society. The focus of my paper is on how the assimilation of Native Americans was carried out in relation to their education and culture change. As well as, listing and describing certain types of schools created by the government to attain this. It is necessary to include how a typical day in the life of a Native American was spent; therefore, I have included a brief description of a day....   [tags: inclusion in the American public education system]
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The American Civil War - The Civil War has been viewed as the unavoidable eruption of a conflict that had been simmering for decades between the industrial North and the agricultural South. Roark et al. (p. 507) speak of the two regions’ respective “labor systems,” which in the eyes of both contemporaries were the most salient evidence of two irreconcilable worldviews. Yet the economies of the two regions were complementary to some extent, in terms of the exchange of goods and capital; the Civil War did not arise because of economic competition between the North and South over markets, for instance....   [tags: North, South, American History]
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American Women’s Beginnings - What is a new world if can not expand it. It is nothing. According to the Records of Virginia Company of London, early Virginia lacked one essential element of English society and that was a stable family life1. For the English society to have stable family life, they need women to form these families to have stable family lifes. In early US history, men played a major role in developing the colonies in America, but the women also played a major role in America. They expanded the colonies by giving birth to the future Americans....   [tags: American History] 1032 words
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The American Civil War - As we take a look back on how American has become the nation we both love and hate, we cannot help but think of the Civil War. This war divided a nation and the outcome set the stage for how our nation still operates to this day. The issues between the North and the South, or as they become known back in 1861, The Union and The Confederate States of America, were not something that could have been negotiated. The war lasted four years and ended with victory for the North. I would have to say that I agree with Historians that believe the Civil War was inevitable....   [tags: American History, Agriculture]
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The First American President - As our new Republic began various leaders came forward with different opinions in how to govern this new infant nation. It seems that the right leadership came forward at the right time to advance this country into a stronger republic. I will cite how Washington, Hamilton, and Jefferson each possessed unique qualities when their power came into play produced a stronger more vibrant nation. There were many opportunities forward but the cool head of Washington, the ability to raise a militia and pay off the states debts all contributed to a stronger nation as well as someone who could articulate the states’ rights provied crucial in developing a democratic society....   [tags: American History, Government, Washington] 1012 words
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American Indians - American Indians form one of the minorities groups in America. Yet their native soil has the leading population in the world. America was inclined by their viewpoint before the first settler. Many of the Indians came to America as early as the turn of the century, in which they were deprived of residency until a congressional act was approved in 1946(Lee 106). Most Indians have supplied abundant assistance to the culture and flawless being of US; majorities of these donations regulate to the science field....   [tags: Native Americans, American History] 895 words
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Early American Colonies - The Massachusetts colony, otherwise known as the ‘Massachusetts Bay colony’ was originally settled by Puritans in 1630. They were plagued by the religious persecutions of King Charles I and the Church of England. Weary from this dogged torment, they left England under the leadership of John Winthrop. These original colonists quickly established many small towns in the name of high religious ideals and strict societal rules. They also planted churches, spread Puritanism and religiously educated the masses, as these were some of their goals....   [tags: American History]
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist's American Dream - “Time only moves in one direction. Remember that. Things always change” (Hamid 96). In the book The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid portrays a young international student from Pakistan named Changez. Changez comes to the United States to fulfill the American dream, but America is about to let Changez down. He starts with every immigrant’s interpretation of the American dream: get rich and be able to provide for their family. Later, he changes his perspective briefly to America being a possible escape from Pakistan, and lastly shifts his perspective of the American dream to the pursuit of love....   [tags: american dream, mohsin hamid, cheangez]
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The Seeds of American Independence - Historically, the importance and success of colonization was greatly reliant on the degree and speed at which the colonies became independent. The policy of salutary neglect that was in effect during the period between 1690 and 1763, used as a strategy to enhance colonization, was a potential example of how when left to their own devices, American colonies could positively contribute to the mother country’s welfare. Britain’s use of this “hands off” policy demonstrated their hope that Britain could maintain control of their American colonies while tending to their needs as a greater country....   [tags: Colonization, Salutary Neglect, American Revolutio] 1138 words
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The Inevitable American Civil War - The American civil war was completely inevitable. Though efforts had been made by the Republicans to stop the war, southerners were the major contributors to the war. Actions of the southerners were intended at starting a war. Though northerners did not intend to start the war, they could not void retaliating after attacks were launched by the confederates. The American civil war is one of the historic dark moments that are in the memory of the country was lasted for 4 years, between the years 1961-1965....   [tags: confederate, American history, slavery, republican]
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Music in the American Revolution - In the American Revolution, music played an important part of American culture no matter what sector of society. The music of the era served as a social commentary on the political concerns of the period aside from entertainment. The music was expressed through many forms, songs, hymns and varied instrumental musical traditions that reflected the social conditions which created it. Church music was an important source of spiritual inspiration and expression of the patriotic sentiment. The music in the Revolutionary period in the thirteen colonies varied according to region and the region’s prevalent religious views, it was used for revolutionary propaganda and expressed the tensions and sent...   [tags: American culture, politics, religion, church]
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Reflections on Hampton Sides' Americana - Hampton Sides examines the many and varied subcultures that make up our great nation. In his book Americana he has collected the essays that reveal glimpses into the American psyche we keep hidden from the rest of the world. Through these revelations we meet the true American behind the veil. Our persona as interpreted by the rest of the world fails to show just how eclectic our society really is. By writing these essays, Hampton shows our real selves in a well-written and vivid fashion. His passion for the written word is evident in his approach to the subject of what truly it truly means to be an American....   [tags: Literary Review American Culture]
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The American Dream: A False Sense of Hope - In an average day, an American is exposed to over 3000 advertisements, (Kilbourne). Whether they want to admit it or not, they are drawn toward them. A common scheme of the advertisers is to allow the consumer to “picture the new them.” Whether this be a wealthier them, a skinner them, or a prettier them, they gear there product towards every person and want everyone be able to connect with the advertisement and picture the “new them.” American Idol, Nutrisystem, and The Biggest Loser, the lottery, and many other “products” promote that anyone has the chance to be famous, fit, or fortunate....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]
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American and British Strengths and Weaknesses Upon Entering the American Revolutionary War - In every war, there are advantages and disadvantages on both sides. Entering the American Revolutionary War the two opposing sides held a variety of assets and hindrances. These factors ranged from superior leaders to mere populations sizes, but in the big picture, all the miscellaneous dynamics for both Britain and the American colonies would be the ultimate decider of victory. At the beginning of the war, there were many mixed opinions about who would win because of the extent of diversity in both sides’ advantages and disadvantages....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]
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The American Dream: It's Not All About Money - As individuals, we have our own ideas of what the American Dream consists of. To some it may be the realm of possibilities, while to others it may be fame and fortune. America is the only country in which the idea of a national dream has been continually upheld, and we have been a model for other nations to follow. Foreigners have come here to live the dream, and all the while Americans are still struggling to find it. As we continue to search high and low for how to find or how we can buy the dream and make it a reality, Americans have promiscuously thrown their money around in hopes of obtaining the dream and consequently are broke and more miserable than ever....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]
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A Revolutionary Debate: Causes of the American Revolution - Let us travel back before the Revolutionary War, to the start of the French and Indian War. This is the only way to understand the future of the American Colonies, and ultimately the causes of the American Revolution. After the war, Britain had emerged as the world’s leading power, however, Britain’s national debt tripled. In order to relieve the heavy burden, the British decided to tax the American Colonies. This taxation caused massive rebellion by the Americans, and ultimately warfare. Professor Breen, a historian well familiar with the revolution, claims that the American colonists were motived by a new form of protest called boycotting....   [tags: war of independence, American colonies] 1156 words
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The American Dream is Built on Family Bonds - The American Dream is a concept that is essentially older than the United States, dating back to the seventeenth century. It was then when people began to come up with hopes and aspirations for the newly discovered, unexplored continent. The “American Dream” is in essence the idea in that puts forward the notion that all people can succeed through hard work, that all people have the right to the pursuit of happiness, and be successful. The definition of the American Dream has been expanded upon and redefined over time....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]
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American Symbolism and Mythology - Many myths surround some of the founding fathers and important presidents. Some well-known myths are about George Washington, the father of America. Even in elementary schools children are told of the cherry tree, and how Washington admitted saying “Father, I Can Not Tell a Lie; I Cut the Tree."(23) In the story George is a young boy who has a hatchet and starts using it in the garden, eventually cutting down a small cherry tree; and when his father asks about it he admits what he has done wrong instead of lying about it....   [tags: george washington, lincoln, american dream]
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