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Is the American Dream Still Possible?

- The American Dream is so important to our country and especially for our generation to take seriously. The American Dream is the opportunity to reach the goals one sets for themselves. It is about having your dream job and life you have always fantasized about. The dream is also about having freedom and equality. The American Dream was much easier to attain a few decades ago compared to today. However, it is still possible. The economy was better fifty years ago than it is today. People are in greater debt now and the United States is in higher debt than it was fifty years ago....   [tags: american dream, freedom, equality]

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The Decline of the American Dream

- On a brisk September day in 2011, in the commercial district of Manhattan Island, a minute protest in Liberty Square commenced against the fiscal atrocities committed by economic establishments leading to the financial crisis and subsequent economic recession in 2007 and 2008. Over the course of the month, the movement protesting the miscarriage of justice and democracy following the economic catastrophe and the overall inequitable and unfair wealth distribution diffused to over 100 American cities as well as 1,500 cities worldwide....   [tags: American Dream in Decline]

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The American Revolution

- The American Revolution was a war that was brought on to the British for miss treating the colonists and imposing taxes on them, which led to them revolting against the British. There are also significant events that led to the outbreak of the American Revolution, and each side had reasons for entering the war. The colonists first arrived on the new land in 1607 at first it was about colonizing, exploring, and starting a colony there (Hutchinson Encyclopedia). Then the British started to take an interest in the colonies because they had many resources that could be made there and sent back to Great Britain (History Book)....   [tags: War, British, American History, Independence]

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The United States And The American Revolution

- ... However, as shown by the quote, “But the alliance failed either to repeal or revise the Currency Act for reasons having more to do with the growth of antagonism between Britain and the colonies than with the problems of paper money. Most important, the attack on the Currency Act became en- meshed in the crisis over parliamentary taxation and the continuing search by a succession of postwar ministries for an American revenue” (Ernst) these attempts would fall on deaf ears. The Colonists feel this taxation is unfair and excessive....   [tags: American Revolution, Thirteen Colonies]

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College as the Pathway to the American Dream

- Achieving the American Dream has been the ideal for people living in the United States for decades. People believed that the way to get there was through hard work, also known as the “Protestant work ethic”. The American Dream can vary depending on the person. Some people think that owning a house with a white picket-fence is the American Dream while others think that it is becoming a celebrity with a lot of money. For the purpose of this paper, the American Dream will be defined as the idea that you can achieve financial stability through hard work, which often means going to college....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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The Evolution of the American Dream

- Comparing the perspective of the American dream in the 1920’s to the American Dream in the 1940’s and present day seems to be a repeating cycle. The American dream is always evolving and changing. The American dream for present day is similar to the dream of the 1920’s. An Ideal of the American life is to conform to what our society has determined is success. Money, materialism and status had replaced the teachings of our founding fathers in the 1920’s. A return to family values and hard work found its way back into American’s lives in the 1940’s....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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It's Time For a New American Dream

- The forefathers of our great nation established America with the idea that its citizens would be guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Well, today we have liberty and are free to pursue happiness. However, what about the quality of our lives. Are we striving for greater material wealth and ignoring moral and social responsibility. I believe we are. The modern American Dream must transcend the previously established boundaries set forth by the founding fathers of our country. We must demand greater integrity from our leaders, more equality for all segments of the population, and a system of healthcare and help for the underprivileged....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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An American War

- American involvement in Vietnam was largely in response to Cold War polices and Strategies. Kennedy took a much more laid back approach to Vietnam than Eisenhower did. He only wanted to support the South and not give them direct military aid by getting involved. Kennedy believed that the nations themselves should bear the burden of fighting the war and America would merely give them supplies and political support. However, the administration’s attempt to help the South largely failed because neither the South Vietnamese nor the Americans knew how to deal with guerrilla warfare....   [tags: American Involvement, Vietnam, Cold War]

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The American Citizen

- ... As with what Thomas Hart Benton said in his speech, “They [settlers] will make quite there, in the event of a war with Great Britain for the domination of that country.” (Doc. A) this comment means so much and is in fact so short. Senator Benton refers to the areas the British still holds in the western portions of American, and the plethora of settlers that have begun to move to the Oregon territory by 1844. His thoughts, much like James Polk, who as discussed in class, very much wanted to annex Texas saw the threats of allowing other nations so close to the United States....   [tags: United States, American Civil War]

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The American Revolution and the Formation of Bolivia

-  Introduction The American Revolution did much more than any of our founding fathers had ever imagined, it started a movement that would threaten the very roots of colonialism across the globe. Setting an example of how a David could overcome a Goliath, the United States inspired regions such as Latin America to fight for their rights and liberties as well. One such region that embraced the message was Upper Peru, which would later be known as Bolivia. With some key tipping points that caused the war, the leaders of the soon to be formed nation rallied its troops and won several major battles, but even they couldn’t prevent the tough times that lay in the early years of the nation....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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The Pursuit of the American Dream

- To do what makes oneself happy. The American Dream is represented in many different ways and every person lives and chases a different version of the American Dream. Chris McCandless lived his American dream by walking alone into the wilderness of Alaska. The song written by Toby Keith, “American Soldier”, shows the price some pay for their dreams and ours to come true. Jay Gatsby died trying to acheive his dream and get the girl he loved, but died happy because he had pursued her until his death....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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Is The American Dream Still Alive?

- "I think the American Dream says that anything can happen if you work hard enough at it and are persistent, and have some ability. The sky is the limit to what you can build, and what can happen to you and your family" expressed Sanford I. Weill. The American Dream is still alive and obtainable. Many people have a definition of what the American Dream that is obtainable in their minds. People all have unique individual lives. One of the reasons that the American Dream is still alive is that there are so many opportunities everyday....   [tags: american dream, opportunities, college]

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The Evolution of America and Simultaneous Evolution of American Literature

- From the times of our Founding Fathers in to the current millennium, literature has evolved alongside the changing times of the authors who define it. Throughout our history, we can witness literary changes simultaneously to various events in our history. We have stories that not only tell a tale of one’s imagination, but also dictate what life was like living in those times, “The pattern of the life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or ‘Mark Twain,’ for seventy-five years was the pattern of America…” (Perkins 134) We feel the pain and insecurities during times of war that helped to shape our country and what we stand for, “In 1945, people born in the first part of the century had lived through...   [tags: American History]

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The American Revolution

- ... The delegates planned to gather again in May of 1775 to ponder on the idea of taking more action against the British parliament. However, by the time the meeting was supposed to take place violence had already arose. On April 19th. Local militiamen collided with British soldiers in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. The shots fired were noted as the first shots fired in the American Revolution. Soon after the second continental congress took place in Philadelphia. There were two new delegates added to the group, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, George Washington]

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How Can You Be An American?

- ... Let’s do homosexual sins; that topic never seems to die. Next, make some posters or whatever. Make sure what the posters say really get under people’s skin. Chant something catchy. Bravo, you’re done. That wasn’t all that difficult was it. People do it all the time in activist groups. Don’t want to walk around carrying a billboard. Well, there is always taking offense to other religions. If atheism is more your speed, you can totally destroy other religions. Look at a Nativity scene, take it to the Supreme Court....   [tags: African American, Racism, Race]

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Causes and Effects of the American Revolution

- Both the British and the American colonists contributed to causing the American Revolution. The war grew out of contempt: England’s contempt for the colonies and colonial contempt for British policies. A series of actions by the British eventually pushed the colonists over the edge and towards independence. The results of the war gave many citizens a new role in society while others, like slaves, felt no change at all. This paper will examine the specific causes and effects of the American Revolution....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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African American Of The Black Population

- ... This research paper will focus on the NAACP, BSU and Greek organizations. All of these organizations have and continues to have major impact on the community. The core of the black culture is focus on community. Each of these organization teaches about leaderships and the importance of giving back to the community as a whole. They also build on networks and connections to various other organization that support the community. The purpose of the NAACP is “to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice” (quote author and page)....   [tags: African American, Black people]

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The American Melting Pot is a Really a Stew

- The United States is a nation of, largely, assimilated immigrants that spans back over 200 years. Or at least it used to be. Today an American is an American that retains their cultural identity to their homeland. America is a nation of multiple cultures and races thrown together haphazardly but still one whole. The term salad bowl would seem fitting would it not. We used to be considered a melting pot, a blend of multiple cultures and races that were American. America is a melting pot because we are Americans, not matter where we came from, we are here now in the United States, and that is our culture....   [tags: American Immigration]

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The American Revolution

- ... A number of other laws such as the navigation acts and the sugar acts were passed (180,181). The navigation acts also imposed many restrictions on any imports coming into England. This helped discourage trading and manufacturing from other nations especially in America. These laws that were imposed angered the colonists and felt that England had no right to tax them (159,160,183). This was considered one of the long term causes of the American Revolution. Another long term cause of the war was the French and Indian war....   [tags: Boston Tea Party, American Revolution]

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The Abolition of Slavery and the American Constitution

- In 1688 the first American movement was the one to abolish slavery when the German and Quakers decent in Pennsylvania. The Quakers establishment had no immediate action for the Quaker Petition against slavery. The first American abolition society was the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully by the Quakers that had strong religious objections of slavery. In 1756 John Woolman gave up his business to campaign against slavery along with other Quakers. Thomas Paine was the first to write an article about the United States abolition of slavery and it was titled “African Slavery in America”....   [tags: american history, slavery]

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The American Revolution: An Economic Movement

- The American Revolution modeled the path taken by a social and economic movement in many more aspects than that of a political and intellectual movement. Even though political reasons existed for the cause the Revolution, the revolution should be considered an economic movement based on the idea of “no taxation without representation.” The colonists believed that the British rule in the colonies was extremely unfair, but these intellectual causes are greatly outnumbered by economic causes such as taxes and trade....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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Events That Led to The American Revolution

- Many people have the misconception that the American Revolution occurred because British colonists did not want to be British citizens any longer. This may have been the case for a select few, but many British colonists desired to maintain their status as British colonists and citizens. The foremost reason that the colonists began protests, boycotts, and petitions against the British was because they believed their innate rights as British citizens were being violated. The American Revolution occurred due to a chain of events and a complex set of intertwined reasons....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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The Road to the American Civil War

- The majority of speculations regarding the causes of the American Civil War are in some relation to slavery. While slavery was a factor in the disagreements that led to the Civil War, it was not the solitary or primary cause. There were three other, larger causes that contributed more directly to the beginning of the secession of the southern states and, eventually, the start of the war. Those three causes included economic and social divergence amongst the North and South, state versus national rights, and the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dred Scott case....   [tags: American History, CIvil War]

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The American Revolution Was Truly Revolutionary

- Many revolutions have taken place throughout history, ranging from the unremarkable to the truly memorable, such as the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution and the American Revolution. Through an examination of the social, cultural, economic and political causes of the American Revolution, an exploration of key arguments both for and against the American Revolution, and an analysis of the social, cultural, economic and political changes brought about by the American Revolution it can be demonstrated unequivocally that the American Revolution was indeed truly revolutionary....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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The “rightness” of Native American boarding school

- In the 1870s, the U.S. government enacted a policy of assimilation of Native Americans, to Americanize them. Their goal was to turn them into white men. Schools were an important part of facilitating their goal. In 1879, Richard Henry Pratt founded the Carlisle Indian School. It was the first school in which Native American children were culturally exposed to American ideology. The idea for the boarding school first came through treatment of Cheyenne warriors. In the 1860s, Americans were in the midst of a major western migration....   [tags: American History]

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A Brief History of American Imperialism

- The United States saw its territory more than double in the first three decades of the 19th century. Bursting with nationalist fervor, an insatiable desire for more land, and a rapidly increasing population, the western frontiers of the United States would not remain east of the Mississippi. The eventual spread of the American nation beyond the Mississippi into Native and French land, referred to as “Manifest Destiny” by John O’Sullivan, was rationalized as a realization of their God given duty....   [tags: Native American genocide]

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Major Impacts of the American Revolution

- The American Revolution was a war fought between Great Britain and the American colonies over independence from 1775 to 1783 which resulted in a fundamental change in American politics, society, and economics. The American Revolution began as a result of Great Britain taxing the colonies to cover the debts accumulated through the French and Indian War. While the majority of the colonies stayed loyal to their ‘Mother Land’, some of the colonist felt resentment toward England. Some colonist felt that England had no right to tax the colonies, while they had no representation in parliament....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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Impact of Religion on American History to 1877

- Evidence throughout American history confirms religion has significantly contributed to the evolution of our culture. Multiple events have contributed, including politics, people and weather. Politics and people are widely impacted by religion. Religion is the primary cause of most wars in countries across the world. Many historians believe America was formed on the basis of religion. In this research paper, I will illustrate the impact religion had on American History to 1877. Specifically, it will examine: 1) Major events impacting traditional religious beliefs in America, 2) Religious disputes which impacted land development, and 3) The impact religion had on slavery....   [tags: Religion in American]

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The Development of the American Constitution

- The Articles of Confederation were approved by all the early American states in 1781, but by 1787, it was apparent that the Articles were insufficient for the young nation to operate on. A convention was formed with the priority job being to revise the Articles of Confederation; however, they only concluded that an entire new structure was needed to fulfill the demands of the growing country. The Constitution was then born. The Constitution provided the structure of government and power that was needed to achieve a strong union....   [tags: government, American history, 1787, ]

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American Revolution: The Siege of Charleston

- The American Revolution: the war for our independence. This revolution opened the door to our liberty, freedom, and basically what America is now. Most Americans have heard the stories of famous battles, important people (George Washington for instance), and everything in between. However, this was only for our side of the American Revolution and a small fraction of people have been told of Britain’s campaign of the revolution. The only thing people have been told was the Britain lost the war. What of Britain’s triumphs, strategies, and everything that happened in the span of a few years....   [tags: Independence, American History, Liberty]

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Rights and Freedom Safeguarded in the American Constitution

- The Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution to help safeguard the rights of the American people. But when it was time for ratification, many Americans leaders did not agree with certain parts of the Constitution. They felt that it did not give the people many rights. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments, was added to the Constitution four years after the American government was organized (Mount, 2001). This essay will reflect on the rights guaranteed to American citizens, and the guaranteed freedom that is most relevant to me personally....   [tags: american history]

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Kane, Gatsby, And The American Dream

- The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Citizen Kane a movie directed by Orson Welles are both monumental stories in American society as they both represent the American dream at it’s most brilliant high. The Great Gatsby is all about time and the American dream; it is essentially what consumes Gatsby. Both Kane and Gatsby are representations of the American dream, and as we read into their stories we see that time and the dream become so intertwined that it is hard to see them apart....   [tags: American Dream, Great Gatsby]

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The New Deal and American Federalism

- Federalism may be described as a system of government that features a separation of powers and functions between the state and national governments. This system has been used since the very founding of the United States. The constitution defines a system of dual federalism, which ensures sovereignty of the state and national governments. This is put in place in order to limit the national government’s power. However, the Great Depression of 1929 greatly weakened the nation’s economic systems. President Roosevelt made many changes in the relationship between the national and state governments, thus revolutionizing our understanding of federalism, through the New Deal....   [tags: american history, government]

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The Contribution of American Women to the Abolitionist Movement

- The Abolitionist Movement changed the course of the nation. In addition to the eventual emancipation of slaves, it transformed the role of women in American History. During the Abolitionist Movement, it was thought that the duties of women were confined within the home (Boylan 363). While most women of the time agreed with this statement, there were many who did not. This change of attitude started during the Great Awakening (Baker 623). Eliza Wilkinson wrote, “I won’t have it thought that because we are the weaker sex as to bodily strength we are capable of nothing more than domestic concerns” (Goldfield, et al....   [tags: American History]

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History of the American Department Stores

- 1.0 - Introduction Over the years, the American department store has developed and evolved as not only a commercial business but also a cultural institution. While it has weathered many storms and changes since its inception and throughout history, its most predominant enemy has been a change in the lifestyle of the American people (Whitaker, 2013). As the customer’s needs and wants have shifted, department stores have struggled to keep up with demands. It has been argued that the decline of the department store has been ongoing for the last 50 years (Whitaker, 2013)....   [tags: commercial business, american market]

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How Revolutionary Was The American Revolution?

- After the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus, European Nations competed in a race against one another to claim pieces of the new land. Before Columbus found this land, the sea separating the New World from Europe seemed endless, and mundane. The Europeans were only interested in the land to the East. But with the New World as a new hat thrown into the ring, the Europeans tossed aside their old toy to go play with a new one. This time period of conquest over the New World was known as the Age of Exploration, and by the 1700s, they kept their pickings....   [tags: American Revolution Essays]

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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]

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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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The American Nightmare: Money's Hidden Curse

- The American dream stands as a symbol for hope, prosperity, and happiness. But F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, examines the American dream from a different perspective, one that sheds light on those who contort these principles to their own selfish fantasies. Fitzgerald renders Jay Gatsby as a man who takes the Dream too far, and becomes unable to distinguish his false life of riches from reality. This 'unique' American novel describes how humanity's insatiable desires for wealth and power subvert the idyllic principles of the American vision....   [tags: American Literature ]

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The American Revolution: The Changing Role of Women

- The Changing Role of Women: Identify the new ways that women were involved in society in the United States. Be sure to include organizations that developed, meetings they held and actions they took, and results of those actions. As the century immediately following the American Revolution, the 19th century experienced a rise in feminism as it harbored the first feminist movement in America. Although some women chose to embrace their “roots” by retaining their domestic sphere of influence, many women began to show discontent with the limited number of rights women held....   [tags: american history]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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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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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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]

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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]

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The American Revolution : The Beginning Of A New Country

- ... Later to be known as the Boston Massacre, the soldiers open fire, killing five colonialist out of fear for their own lives. With the killings the British is pressured to withdraw their troops from Boston. The soldiers involved in the shooting are arrested and set for trial and are represented by John Adams a local Patriot. Although he is a Patriot he sees that they are given a fair trial, with seven executed and two sentenced to life in prison. Over the next three years parliament attempts to place more taxes upon the colonies with all of them refused by the colonialist....   [tags: American Revolution, American Revolutionary War]

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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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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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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]

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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]

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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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The American Civil Rights Movement

- ... By singing this song, they were showing their voice and fighting to end the segregation. In the reading “Singing Civil Rights The Freedom Song Tradition” by Reed it shows some political music strategies and in this song they were using some of these strategies. First, they were all singing together so that they can feel the change as it was described in the reading “When you get together at a mass meeting you sing the songs which symbolize transformation, which make that revolution of courage inside you” said Bernice Johnson Reagon....   [tags: African American, Racial segregation]

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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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The American Civil Rights Movement

- ... This involved testing the 1946 U.S Supreme court 's decision in Morgan v. Virgina, that ruled segregated bus seating was unconstitutional. The freedom riders experienced a great deal of violence and arrests. This action garnered national and international attention, and drew hundreds of new freedom riders to the case. Underweight from the Kennedy organization, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued regulations restricting segregation in interstate travel terminals. The outcome of the US Freedom Rides compared to that of the Australian Ride, were specially similar in ways....   [tags: African American, United States]

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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]

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The American Civil Rights Era

- The Civil Rights Era was one of the most important period of the social history of the United States. By the 1950’s, Unyielding segregation was the rule throughout the country, not just in the south. For decades, suburban neighborhoods in Seattle, Washington was majority whites, while the majority of the black population settled in the central parts of the city by force. Further, more than half of the black population lived in poverty, could not apply for many jobs or dealt with unfair employment practices and limited opportunities for getting an education, and their children forced to attend segregated schools....   [tags: Racial segregation, African American]

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The War Of The American Civil War

- ... Grant was a hard drinking West Point graduate who was commonly stationed at remote frontier posts. Grant was a graduate from the United Sate Military Academy at WestPoint, and fought against the Mexican’s during the Mexican-American war. During this war Grant studied the tactics and strategies of Major General Winfred Scott, Grant’s mentor, often second guessing their moves beforehand. Early in the Civil War Grant gained the reputation as a strategic, but a very aggressive commander, who persisted on pressing forward unto the Confederate lines prior to a victory....   [tags: American Civil War, Confederate States of America]

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African American Civil Rights Movement

- “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Martin Luther King Jr.; this quote speaks volumes about the African-American Civil Rights movement. The Civil Rights Movement itself occupied time from approximately early 1850 to mid-1960s (Davis). During those there were numerous failures, but countless triumphs. The primary goal of the entire Civil Rights Movement was to restore the rights that were already granted to African-American citizens from the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendment....   [tags: African American, American Civil War]

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Cause Of The American Civil War

- ... Though there were some deliberation “to wait and see what Lincoln did, were silenced by ominous warnings of a diabolical plot among the Black Republicans to ignite a race war on the model of the bloody revolt in Saint-Domingue (Haiti) during the French Revolution” (Doyle 2014, 31). And thus the creation of the Confederate States of America was proclaimed, at a meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 4, 1861, a month before Abraham Lincoln was sworn into office. The Confederacy, mimicked the United States model and thus they had “the essential trappings of modern nationhood: a constitution, a president and vice president, a cabinet, money, a flag, even a motto — Deo Vindice (God Wil...   [tags: American Civil War, Confederate States of America]

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America 's Influence On American Culture

- ... These sports are major in the lives of most Americans and they have really changed the culture and atmosphere of the American Spirit. Without organized sports, the United States and it’s people would not be the way that they are today. As Hispanic cultures are more well-known for their love of fútbol, they have passions for other sports as well. Sports such as soccer, baseball, and basketball are popular sports amongst Hispanics as well as Americans. In 1925, spain was developing tremendously in the world of early athletics....   [tags: United States, American football, Mexico]

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The African American Experience On African Americans And Their Outlook On Marriage

- Introduction The African American experience is not just something we study but as an African American, I live it. When looking up topics, I was trying to find something that would resonate with me. When I came across an article about how African American men felt about marriage so many things ran threw my mind. Due to social media, personal experiences and overall assumptions I had some preconceived notions of my own. When scanning the article one of the first things mentioned was that the percentage of African American marriages has dropped from 61% to 32% (Perry 182-183)....   [tags: African American, Black people, Marriage]

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