Blog Topic #5

Topic: Consider the issue of civil disobedience.  Review the recurring theme in American history of Americans’ willingness to break the law for a higher good (like the American Revolution). Thinking about Rosa Parks and other activists like her, do you believe it is acceptable to break the law in order to foment change? Why or why not? Must certain conditions exist? **Blog writers should make their … Continue reading Blog Topic #5

The Americans were just as bad as the Germans; Here’s why-

the Japanese in “Internment” Camps, 1945 When The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, the United States went into an uproar. So much so that the president at the time, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, made the Executive Order 9066- allowing the Secretary of State to declare certain areas as military zones, and moving the supposed “threats to National Security,” Japanese Americans, into Concentration Camps … Continue reading The Americans were just as bad as the Germans; Here’s why-

What Freedom Meant To Japanese Americans During WWII

Picture being home with your family as a young child. You don’t understand what’s going on but all you see are your parents frantically gathering whatever they could carry and giving you little things to put in your jean and coat pockets. A short while passes before a banging on the door vibrates throughout the house. You hear your parents promptly answer the door where … Continue reading What Freedom Meant To Japanese Americans During WWII

Japanese American Internment In WWII

Before the attacks on Pearl Harbor, many Japanese were immigrating to America to make a living and survive. This led to a “Gentlemen’s Agreement” between the United States and Japan that was supposed to decrease if not stop the influx of Japanese immigrants. From the very beginning there seemed to be some tension between European Americans and Japanese Americans. It especially became a problem when … Continue reading Japanese American Internment In WWII

How Japanese are treated unfairly because of their ancerstry

  Americans believed that Japanese American farmers on Hawaii plowed arrows in fields to show their pilots the way to military installations, but the Americans had no evidence to prove this was happening. After this accusation, most Japanese were viewed as potential enemies. On February 19th, 1942 an executive order 9066 was enacted. The order permitted the military to declare certain areas off limits to … Continue reading How Japanese are treated unfairly because of their ancerstry

Blog Topic #4

Topic: Discuss the American internment of Japanese Americans including the national justification for internment, living conditions, and the impact on Japanese Americans.  How do you think the internment of Japanese Americans affected their conceptions of citizenship?  How would you feel if you were in the same position: a law-abiding, American citizen who was rounded up and essentially jailed for something beyond your control? **Blog writers should … Continue reading Blog Topic #4

Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918, The Working Class and a glimpse into the Class Struggle in the US

America in the early 1900’s was a land of anger. Workers rose to demand better pay and membership and formation of unions was on the rise. America had joined the Imperialist’s in Europe thanks to Germany interfering with the profitable arms dealing business America had with The UK and the other members of The Entente. Now as it has always been. The poor were asked … Continue reading Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918, The Working Class and a glimpse into the Class Struggle in the US

Life Under the Espionage Act

The Espionage Act of 1917 was a set of amendments that prohibited certain types of free speech. This included speech such as displeasure and disloyal speech toward the United States Government. The Sedition Act of 1918 furthered this agenda by adding more amendments. This was in response to the first Red Scare happening in Russia, and the government was cracking down on potential communists and … Continue reading Life Under the Espionage Act

Civil Rights and the Passing of the Espionage & Sedition Acts

America’s entrance into World War 1 would require widespread national support. Pro-war propaganda telling men to join the army and encouraging citizens to buy war bonds were everywhere. Families pledged to eat less of certain foods in order to feed soldiers and an increase in the production of industrial goods also supported the war effort. While support for the war was encouraged, not supporting it … Continue reading Civil Rights and the Passing of the Espionage & Sedition Acts

Blog Topic #3

Topic: Discuss the issue of civil rights during World War I while paying special attention to the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918 (and their relation to free speech).  Some Americans were deprived of their civil rights due to their ethnicity or attitude towards labor unions. Put yourself in the position of those arrested. Did issues of national security justify an … Continue reading Blog Topic #3

Progress and the Industrial Revolution

Deadly working conditions, child labor, non-existent rights for employees, the huge economic gap between the upper class and the working class, just some of the things Progressives looked to find an end to.  Progressives goals were to use government as an aid to change.  They were mostly well educated people and believed that the solutions to many of America’s problems were found in having a … Continue reading Progress and the Industrial Revolution

Early Innovation of the American Nation

When thinking of the word progressive, the first thing that comes to mind is innovative. Then, when looking into the history of the Progressive Era, it is full of innovative people implementing a new way of life for the American people and setting it into action. (Hence the steamroller political cartoon) This is exactly what the Progressives have done during this time. They changed the … Continue reading Early Innovation of the American Nation

Blog Topic #2

Blog Topic: Thinking about the diverse group of reformers that historians call the “Progressives,” discuss the following questions.  What were the Progressives attempting to accomplish through regulation?  Should the government set hours laws, regulate safety, prohibit child labor, set a minimum wage, and institute other work laws? Explain your answers. **Blog writers should make their posts by February 1. Everyone, including blog writers, should make their comments … Continue reading Blog Topic #2


Industrialism was a rough time for the working-class people. People were forced to work 10-12 hour days with no breaks and received little pay for the job they were doing. There were no regulations like we have now so employers could treat employees however they wanted, if they did not want to work the long hours the employers could easily find someone else looking for … Continue reading Industrialism

Industrialism and workers; a love hate relationship

How did industrialism affect workers? Industrialism affected workers in multiple ways, it made some professions that up to this point in history had been considered skilled trades, such as the cobbler or blacksmith into low or no skill jobs through the use of new machinery and technology. Secondly, Industrialism made it possible for workers to work around the clock through the invention of electricity and … Continue reading Industrialism and workers; a love hate relationship

Industrial America: the Need for Unionization

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, work was provided on farms. Those farms provided for families’ financial and food needs. When the desire for material items increased, Industrialism flourished, and more jobs were offered in different professions. This should’ve been a good thing, however, through the exploitation of workers by their bosses, a worker had no say in anything that he or she did. The employers … Continue reading Industrial America: the Need for Unionization

Industrialism: Safe & Unsafe

Industrialism brought many changes for Americans. The era in which industrialism came to the forefront ushered in new and exciting opportunities. Of course with new opportunities comes new risks. The affect of this new and rapidly expanding industrialism was beneficial and at the same time very demanding. In the beginning all seemed well, but with the passage of time came obstacles that were not foreseen. … Continue reading Industrialism: Safe & Unsafe

Blog Topic #1

Blog Topic: This week we are going to discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution on workers during the Gilded Age (late 1800s).  Employers ruled and the courts and legislatures generally sided with employers. Workers had little to no protection.  How did industrialism affect workers?  Why did employers find unions so objectionable, even dangerous?  What benefits did workers see in unions? **Blog writers should make their … Continue reading Blog Topic #1

U.S. History Blog Posts

In our U.S. history class, different students will blog weekly in response to the material we covered, as well as questions that I (Professor Amy French) posed to them. Everyone in the class is responsible for commenting. Each week, I will post the blog topic for all our readers to see. –Dr. Amy French Continue reading U.S. History Blog Posts