US Politics

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The shortest distance between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans is the tiny Isthmus of Panama which joins Central and South America. The dreams of building a canal through this land dates back to the 1500's. The Isthmus was a key player in the California gold rush for prospectors. The French originally tried to build a canal but failed and the United States took over. [2 McCullough 24-26] There were many setbacks, the greatest of which was disease and Roosevelt sent William Gorgas to ha

John Caldwell Calhoun, statesman and political philosopher, was vice- president, a congressman, secretary of war, senator, secretary of state, and a leading champion of Southern rights. [Netscape 1] Throughout his life, Calhoun kept advocating for the South and pushing for the growth of the South. Threw his career as the vice-president, he kept pushing Jackson to help out his fellow Southerners and keep the South alive. [Bartlett 26] He was born on a farm near Abbeville, S.C., on Mar.

CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH GOLD IS DISCOVERED AT SUTTERS MILL. Gold is a precious metal that people sometimes will go crazy over. When there is a case in which there is a great amount of gold even the most responsible people might just leave their homes, and business.They will run and crawl just to put their fingertips in the all mighty rock. In 1839 John Augustus Sutter migrated from Switzerland into California. While in California, Sutter met a Spanish Governor who

"The Nations hoop is broken and scattered." -Black Elk, Oglala Lakota holy man, late 1800's The incident that occurred in Wounded Knee Creek attracted international attention and introduced the American Indian Movement (AIM)*, and their cause to the world. On February 28, 1973, members of AIM, angered due conflicts with Pine Ridge Reservation chairman Richard Wilson, seized and occupied the village of Wounded Knee Creek in the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The same si

ROBERT FRANCIS KENNEDY The mystery of Robert F. Kennedy's life and tragic death, may never be solved. However, it can be said that Kennedy always tried to help the poor, and the prejudged. He helped to boost the morale of the inner city poor, and the African Americans, who had to fight just to keep their basic rights. His efforts were not just kept within American boundaries. Kennedy also helped fight for South Africans, ruled by British Apartheid. Un

William Marcy Tweed was born in New York City, NewYork, on April 3rd 1823. He was raised by his mother and father. He received some elementary schooling before becoming an apprentice chair maker. Although he didn't make lots of money he used his job to gain experience. Tweed than attended schools in New York City and in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Tweed soon after became a book keeper, and after that helped his father in his fathers brush factory. Tweed wa

After World War II the United States took on a role of world rebuilding, taking the shattered fragments of countries and governments and turning them into working democratic nations. The U.S., fearful of spreading communism in Eastern Europe, adopted George Kennan's policy of containment to keep communism confined to its current regions and ensuring nations remain democratic. In Vietnam, communists were taking more and more control of the government and France not being able to hold them off,

The Great Society is a term coined and conceptualized by one man, the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson. It was an idea that would focus on many major social changes. President Johnson started a war on poverty, and wanted more support for civil rights. Free education for the youth of America was another focal point. President Johnson also took some of the first steps toward making America more environmentally conscious. After taking over for assassinated President J

International borders have always been centers of conflict, and the U.S.-Mexican border is no exception. With Europe colonizing the New World, it was a matter of time before the powers collided. The Spanish settled what is today Mexico, while the English settled what is today the United States. When the two colonial powers did meet, it was not England and Spain, it was the United States and Mexico. By now both Counties had succeeded from their mother countries. The conflict that erupted bet

Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville gives what appears as an unbiased opinion of what the new America looks like through his eyes and travels around the country. He begins with reflections of the American landscape describing the oceans, mountains and even the fertility of the soil. He states that the one dominate feature about the social condition of the Anglo-Americans dominates all others, that being democracy. He gives me the impression, that though he is impressed with our p