American Civil Disobedience

How it all Began   During the 1960’s the African American Community in the United States was crusading toward equality following the teachings of Gandhi and other leaders, who fought non-violent battles on their turf. While they fought in a non-violent manner most of the time, there were many occasions where it escalated into getting people arrested, jailed or even killed. While these actions during the … Continue reading American Civil Disobedience

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 Injustice of the U.S. Internment Camps.

WWII and the involvement of Japan. On September 1, 1939 Hitler and his German army known as Nazis invaded Poland, declaring war on France and Britain, and had officially began world war II. Later on, two other country’s joined Germany and their assault on the world, Italy, and Japan Forming a anti Allies group known as the Axis. Focusing on Japan, after their attack on … Continue reading The Injustice of the U.S. Internment Camps.

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

The Great War Against Free Speech

The Beginning The Great War was like no war before it. The war brought massive armies at arms killing millions of people. Whole industries were re purposed for the sole interest of warfare. The United States of America declared war on Germany on April 6th, 1917. This ended America’s stance for neutrality. The country now needed to form, train, and supply a massive army to … Continue reading The Great War Against Free Speech

Land of the “Free”

At the time of World War I, the world had never seen a conflict of this size scale. How wars were being fought were changing, as well as the culture towards them back in the United States. In 1917, civil liberties came under siege when the Espionage Act was passed. This act criminalized sabotaging military recruitment, spreading information to hinder the military’s war effort, and … Continue reading Land of the “Free”

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

Progressivism and The Effects on The Industrial Age.

Progressivism began as a movement in the 1890s, but people began believing this way before this time period. The belief that Social Darwinism is not the only factor to a person’s place in society, and that there were many rights that people deserved that they weren’t getting. Just like any other movement or belief, their were two main groups. The Rationalists and the Radiacals. The … Continue reading Progressivism and The Effects on The Industrial Age.

Progressives Change Todays Lifestyle

Who were the Progressives? When I think of the word progressives I think of lower class people, looking at pictures online made me to believe that, but that’s not it at all. The Progressives were middle to upper class men and WOMEN. That’s right I said women, women actually played a big role during this period. The Progressives were quite diverse as well, some even … Continue reading Progressives Change Todays Lifestyle

Who Were “the Progressives?”

     During the turn of the 19th century, various reforms were occurring throughout the blossoming United States. Behind the green curtain of change was a group of trailblazers labeled “the Progressives.” Without the laws and regulations put in place by the progressive movement, the world in which we live today would be very different. Perhaps the best known progressive leader would be Theodore Roosevelt … Continue reading Who Were “the Progressives?”

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 and workers and unions, oh my!

  The American industrial revolution was something that paved the way we think, act and work. Before this our time was focused on the war. Now that that’s done and over with what do we do? Work work work. The start of the revolution created many jobs and started a whole new way of life. There were new jobs, ideas, inventions and more. With all … Continue reading Industrialism and workers and unions, oh my!

Industrial Revolution: A Hard Day’s Work

The Transformation of the World While it’s difficult to imagine a world without the machines and technology as we know it today, the blue-collar workers of the time worked in unspeakable working conditions for little wages. The Industrial Revolution is marketed as the transformation of the world. In a time where travelling, communicating and means of living were scarce, the general populous began to transition … Continue reading Industrial Revolution: A Hard Day’s Work

The Industrial Revolution

How did the American Revolution get its start? “The transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy took more than a century in the United States, but that long development entered its first phase from the 1790s through the 1830s.” (Economic Growth and the Early Industrial Revolution) Britain’s Industrial Revolution started in the mid-18th century but we fell behind. This is due to the abundance … Continue reading The Industrial Revolution

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