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How History Textbooks can be Biased Drowsy students around the country have finally discovered a sense of belonging with the publication of James W. Loewen’s novel, Lies My Teacher Told Me. The objective novel addresses the faults of modern-day society’s portrayal of our historical past, reawakening the instinct to question—something a history class so often has come to dull. The educating of history has been tainted and reinterpreted to best promote patriotism by embellishing...
Were the American Colonies Ready for Independence? To decide whether or not the colonies were ready for independence at that stage of American history is very strange. The colonies of that time were very different in a lot of ways. Many of those ways were so big that if they would have waited a few more years, the problems would have never arose and a lot of the differences would have been solved rather easy. But instead the colonies wanted to become united in such a way that the differences...
History, The Inferno: The Hindenburg The arrival of the Hindenburg, thirteen hours behind schedule, at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on the evening of May 6, 1937, promised to be routine. The ship had an unblemished safety record on eighteen previous Atlantic crossings. In fact, no passenger had ever lost his life on any commercial airship. Still, because this was the beginning of the most ambitious season yet for airship voyages, reporters, photographers and news reel cameramen had their eyes and...
The Discovery of Australia In June of 1769, aboard the Endevour, Captain James Cook completed his scientific assignment to observe a transit of the planet Venus across the face of the sun from Tahiti in the South Pacific. Afterwards, Cook and his crew headed westward; their secret mission was to find the undiscovered southern land, Terra Australias Incognita. Many geographers believed it had to exist to counterbalance the northern continents. They were ordered to travel as far south as the...
The Major Causes of the French Revolution The French revolution overthrew the country’s ancient monarchy, proclaimed Liberty, Equality and Fraternity and fought off a hostile Europe. It ushered in a new age, but at a terrible price in blood and human suffering. There were many causes of the Revolution. The French Revolution appears to have been the outcome of both long term and short term factors, which arose from the social and political conditions and conflicts of the ancien regime....
*This got a 40/40 in my AP World History class last year, my teacher was the hardest teacher and would practically look for ways to mark you down. The only notes she wrote were "Where exactly" about closing of trade routes, but I'm not sure, it's been so long. Enjoy!* After World War two, there was an emergence of two superpowers that had once been allies, but ended up enemies due to very different ideology. This clash of concepts between the Soviet Union and the United States led to a...
THE POLITICS OF MY WAY Unlike the United States, with its generalissimo politics-Washington, Jackson, Grant, Eisehower- the martial arts have been conspicuously absent from Canadian politics. But there in one exception: in 1968 Pierre Elliot Trudeau became the first Canadian leader to bring the gunslinger-Lone Ranger ethos to Canadian politics. Trudeau introduced to Canada the refined art of single combat; it was the politics of "Doing It My Way"-the politics of going my way or being left...
Reasons for and Results from the Panama Canal After the war with Spain at Cuba, the United Stats realized that a faster route was necessary in order to deploy its warships from Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean. It was because the warships in Pacific Ocean had to take a detour around Cape Horn, which is located at the extreme South end of South America, in order to go to the sea area of Cuba. The total distance amounted to 224,000 kilometers, and this great distance caused great amount of wasted...
Columbus’s Voyage Christopher Columbus was a Spanish explorer born in Genoa Italy, between August and October, in 1451. He was the oldest son of Domenico Colombo and Susanna Fontanarossa with four brothers and one sister. He did not receive much formal education though he did learn to read and write in Spanish and read Latin while he was at sea because most maps were written in Latin. Also he could write in Castilian. Columbus’s father was a wool weaver and was lower middle class....
The Great Depression was the worst economic slump ever in U.S. history, and one which spread to virtually all of the industrialized world. The depression began in late 1929 and lasted for about a decade. Many factors played a role in bringing about the depression; however, the main cause for the Great Depression was the combination of the greatly unequal distribution of wealth throughout the 1920's, and the extensive stock market speculation that took place during the latter part that same...