Touted as the founder of America, Christopher Columbus has been heralded in the US and Spain for over five hundred years. As children, we were taught that Columbus was a dreamer. He had far-fetched ideas about the world being round, instead of flat as it was once thought to be. And when someone finally gave him the opportunity to prove his theory, he discovered America and named its inhabitants “Indians”. Just as shocking as finding out that the Tooth Fairy is one of your parents, this version of Columbus couldn’t be further from the truth.
In stark contrast is the controversy that was ignited over the 500 year anniversary of Columbus' voyages. In the very recent past how Columbus is presented has begun to change. Up until the late 1980's Columbus was portrayed as a great discover. "Even when the Spanish were seen as cruel and greedy, Columbus was pictured as clean-handed and fine minded" (Yolen, 1992). The voyages of Columbus were represented as the "heroic" beginning of an overseas expansion of European peoples that brought "civilization" to an uncivilized part of the world (Nash, 1992).
George Washington’s achievements includes the rebellion against the greatest empire in the current time era and the development of one of the most powerful empires ever created in history. His failures include many losses in battle and the rebellion against Great Britain. Although Julius Caesar may be known for his great ruling ability, he came no where close to the power an... ... middle of paper ... ....d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. "Julius Caesar."
George Washington’s achievements includes the rebellion against the greatest empire in the current time era and the development of one of the most powerful empires ever created in history. His failures include many losses in battle and the rebellion against Great Britain. Although Julius Caesar may be known for his great ruling ability, he came no where close to the power an... ... middle of paper ... ...d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. "Julius Caesar."
I decided to write on my essay on Eugene O’ Neill because he has contributed so much to the field of theatre. Eugene O'Neill's greatest plays, was presented by the National Theatre in 2003 celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the playwright's death. A reworking of the “Oresteia” trilogy by Aeschylus and the Electra tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides, O’Neill’s epic American tragedy of hatred, passion, jealousy and greed is set in New England after the Civil War. Using Freud’s theories, as O’Neill had done earlier in “Strange Interlude,” he now views classical drama (as had Freud) as a rich field for exploration of character motivation. Eugene did so much for theatre; he also was the first American dramatist to regard the stage as a literary medium and the first U.S. playwright to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
John Adams, who became the second president of the United States, has been accused by some historians of being the closest thing America ever had to a dictator or monarch (Onuf, 1993). Such strong accusations should be examined in the context of the era in which Mr. Adams lived and served. A closer examination of the historical events occurring during his vice presidency and his term as president, strongly suggests that Adams was not, in fact, a dictator. Indeed, except for his lack of charisma and political charm, Adams had a very successful political career before joining the new national government. He was, moreover, highly sought after as a public servant during the early formation of the new federal power (Ferling, 1992).
Alexander wrote the final fifty-one. Once all of the eighty five essays were completely published, the Constitution was soon ratified among the states. George Washington was then chosen to be the first leader of the new nation. Washington soon later appointed Alexander as his Secretary of the Treasury. “In all probability, Alexander Hamilton is the foremost political figure in American history who never attained the presidency, yet he probably had a much deeper and more lasting impact than many who did.” (Chernow, Pg.
About Admiral Lord Nelson Admiral Lord NelsonEvery year on October 21, England commemorates Trafalgar Day. One cannot use the term "celebrates," for although this holiday does commemorate one of the greatest victories at sea, it also memorializes the death of England's most beloved admiral. In the years that have passed since the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 his reputation has not been surpassed, but rather has grown as the admirals of other navies have looked to his life for inspiration and tactical instruction. Although many admirals have been compared to him, none has ever been set above him. Even Raymond Ames Spruance, who won an overwhelming victory over a superior Japanese force at Midway and went on to win many other great battles of World War II in the Pacific, can never take better than second place to this extraordinary man.
In time for the observation of Columbus Day in 2004, the final volume of a compendium of Columbus-era documents was published by the University of California, Los Angeles 's Medieval and Renaissance Center. Geoffrey Symcox, the general editor of the project, asserted: "While giving the brilliant mariner his due, the collection portrays Columbus as an unrelenting social climber and self-promoter who stopped at nothing— not even exploitation, slavery, or twisting Biblical scripture— to advance his ambitions… Many of the unflattering documents have been known for the last century or more, but nobody paid much attention to them until recently… The fact that Columbus brought slavery, enormous exploitation or devastating diseases to the Americas used to be seen as a minor detail – if it was recognized at all – in light of his role as the great bringer of white man 's civilization to the benighted idolatrous American continent. But to historians today this information is very important. It changes our whole view of the
Our history has always been about doing this differently. It has been our desire since the infancy of our nation to create the most uniquely successful geographical brotherhood that had ever been witnessed. This began with the “city on a hill”, was fueled by the American Revolution, but was culminated by the United States Constitution. Years in the making, the product of a successful war but a failure known as the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution has been the pride and joy of our nation since its creation. However, America has changed much in 235 years.