The American Revolution began for many reasons, some are; long-term social, economic, and political changes in the British colonies, prior to 1750 provided the basis for and started a course to America becoming an independent nation under it's own control with its own government. Not a tyrant king thousands of miles away. A huge factor in the start of the revolution was the French and Indian War during the years of 1754 through 1763; this changed the age-old bond between the colonies and Britain, its mother. To top it off, a decade of conflicts between the British rule and the colonists, starting with the Stamp Act in 1765 that eventually led to the eruption of war in 1775, along with the drafting of The Declaration of Independence in 1776. Originally the fighting between Britain and France began in 1754 with a quarrel in North America.
Each chapter of the book tackles a various point in American history between 1920 and1939 and events are used to comment on American life at the time. While Kyvig does not exactly have a “thesis” per se, his main point is to examine American life under a microscope, seeing how people either reacted, or were forced to react due to a wide range of specific events or developments in history, be it Prohibition, the KKK, or women’s suffrage. David E. Kyvig is a Presidential Research Professor and Professor of History at Northern Illinois University (Kyvig, 272). His purpose in writing the book, as Kyvig states in his preface, was to, “… to examine what daily life was like for ordinary people in the 1920s and 1930s. It acknowledges that these people were not all alike and that their experiences varied considerably.
David Roediger, helps us understand “self-emancipation as both deeply rooted and glorious in its maturation” (p.9). The book juxtaposes stories usually not told together but David Roediger finds important connections and uses it to explain how to improve our better selves. Recent documentary or films about slavery show the extent to which slavery impacted the war but no so much about the ideas and actions of ex slaves that gave birth to a revolution. David Roediger methods of research are different from most history books, in that he gathers different information from historic writers like Douglas Bayton who seeked to place disability in the history of the civil war (p.9). By involving disability in civil war history it brings to light the people who cared for them in those times and the controversies between the injured veterans and the African-Americans in
Many white Southerners were not in favor of the 13th Amendment so many Southern states enforced Black Codes, which basically returned blacks to slavery without calling it slavery. In the Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson, the decision was made to legally allow whites to have a separate life away from the blacks. Because of this decision, whites were expected to act superior to blacks. They continued to control the blacks even though blacks were considered free. Whites were also given special benefits called “white privileges” that blacks did .not receive.
In order to fully understand why revising history to suit the victor’s one must look at the accounts of those defeated (if they happen to survive the revision). In looking at the issues surrounding slavery we can compare a few accounts from escaped and free slaves to that of a couple prominent southern whites who attempted to justify and support slavery. The accounts of the slaves are graphic and at times disturbing but help to paint a clearer picture of the historic events at the time. Unfortunately written accounts of the ordeals that the slaves have gone through are rather rare. Many slaves after all were prevented from learning how to read and write.
In respect to this, in the documentary film “Extreme History with Roger Daltrey” by History Channel the American war strategies during the battle on Lake Erie are illustrated in detail. This film displays the style of life and obstacles of American naval officers aboard of the American ships and the victory of General Oliver Hazard Perry in order to intensify the relevance of this victory in the history of the U.S. Both the book and the film create a heroic image of General Perry.
During the 19th century, we are able to see that American changed from a small developing country into something bigger. One event that brings me back to the 19th century was the war of 1812. This war was fought between the United States and Great Britain. When the war began it was being fought by the Americans to address their grievances toward the British. During the time of the war it had four major impacts; which were trades issues, territorial expansion, the Embargo act, and war Hawks.
The American Revolution simulation focused on slavery and freedom, whereas the Red Clay simulation emphasized the Cherokee Nation’s fight for sovereignty. Both simulations were dominated by the white elite who controlled minorities. In history and in the simulations, a simple vote or treaty could easily determine if someone could “become American”. Some people believed that “becoming American” meant that citizens needed to participate in the government. Because slaves were not allowed to be involved in the government, they were not American.
During this time period, slaves took up approximately 13% of the American population and for the most part worked on large plantations. Since very few people were plantation owners, or owned slaves for personal use, most of the American public did not have a great understanding of the hardships that an average slave had to go through. Through her writing, Harriet Stowe managed to illustrate perfectly what the American people had been unable to see. Stowe’s novel inspired people to push for the end of slavery in a way that debates and speeches could not have. The response from the novel was so incredible that it has been considered by many to have caused or at least influenced the American Civil War.