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A 3 page paper which examines what can be learned about the business of printing and publishing in colonial America by Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

(5 pp) Benjamin Franklin was a successful American of many accomplishments in many different areas. It would be easier to attribute his success to birth right, such as rank and wealth, but Franklin was the youngest of seventeen, and indentured to his brother at an early age as a printer. Did he ...

A 6 page book review on William Penn and the Quaker Legacy by John A. Moretta (Pearson, 2007). While many people can name William Penn (1644-1718) as the Quaker leader who founded Pennsylvania that is where their knowledge stops. In his captivating biography of Penn, Moretta asserts that Penn was arguably one of the most ...

In four pages this paper presents a review of Ellis’ acclaimed 2004 historical biography on the first President of the United States that considers how the author selected his choice of subject, the questions the author seeks to answer, the thesis the author argues, and how successful he is at presenting his case and shaping ...

5 pages in length. Native American culture revolves around spirituality and religion; therefore, it is not surprising to find that their strong religious beliefs had a great influence upon how their social structure was established. Incorporating concepts of holy associations, as well as that of political intervention, Native American social structure was substantially ...

This 6 page paper traces the influence religion had on the evolution of American society. Bibliography lists 1 source

A 15 page paper. Flintknapping is spelled with and withuth the 'k'. This is an important fact as one researches this topic. Flintknapping is the act of making chipped or flaked stone tools. In prehistoric times, the technology was used to make arrow heads, dart points, spears, blades, knives, scrapers, and a host of other ...

A 5 page research paper that examines Donald R. Hickey's unique perspective on the War of 1812 as stated in his book. In this work, Hickey offers a radically different perspective on this conflict then the one traditionally offered in most US history texts. No additional sources cited.

This is a 6 page paper in tutorial language which includes two short historical papers: one on the English Civil War(s) from 1625 to 1649 which were also termed the “Puritan Revolution” because of one aspect of the conflict which referred to divisions within the populations which preferred the Protestant and the Presbyterian religions over ...

This 3 page paper discusses Calvinism, the Coercive Acts, the Stamp Act and Virtual Representation in regard to the degree Bostonians supported the American Revolution. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 18 page paper. Flintknapping is spelled with and without the 'k'. This is an important fact as one researches this topic. Flintknapping is the act of making chipped or flaked stone tools. In prehistoric times, the technology was used to make arrow heads, dart points, spears, blades, knives, scrapers, and a host of ...

This is a 7 page paper discussing the background, main people and developments of the Salem witch trials of 1692. The Salem witch trials of 1692 are known throughout history as one of the most tragic occurrences of religious fanaticism overtaking a community. What appeared to be started by several young girls acting childishly against ...

This 10 page paper discusses the values and attitudes that formed in America as a result of the beliefs and attitudes of those who settled the country. It touches on such epochs as the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, the Westward expansion and the colonies. Bibliography lists 30 sources.

This 5 page paper is a presentation on the history of the US army, made up of 12 PowerPoint slides. The history starts from the First Independent Company of Rangers in 1747 and traces the history up until 2009. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

This 3 page paper examines the history of the colony. Many facts and dates are provided. Bibliography lists 5 pages.

Thanksgiving

  • 12 page paper

This 12 page paper reviews the history of this American holiday. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

7 pages in length. As one of the premier historians on American history, Eric Foner's perspective of the past leaves one with a more significant understanding of how this country ultimately addressed some of its most monumental political and social concerns. The author's cited passage (found within this paper) notes one particular change ...

A 6 page paper which examines early America and opportunity based on Paul Johnson’s “A History of the American People” and Howard Zinn’s “People's History of the United States.” No additional sources cited.

Salem Witch Trials

  • 6 page paper

This 6 page research paper pertains to one of the most infamous incidents in American history occurred in Salem, Massachusetts during the colonial period between 1692 and 1693. This examination of these events begins by presenting a brief history of the trials and then discusses them from a feminist perspective. Bibliography lists 3 sources. ...

This 5 page paper examines the writings of J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur to see what they tell us about his thoughts with regard to the American experience and values such as equality and religious freedom. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page overview of the book by Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker. Emphasizes that history is replete with examples of various forms of forays designed with the idea of economic profit. In the United States one of the most interesting periods in this regard was during the Revolutionary era. In "The ...

16 pages in length. Lincoln's participation in – and the ultimate outcome of - the American Civil War has long been heralded as a watershed in United States history. That slavery was finally looked down upon in the eyes of the law spoke to a social and cultural enlightenment never before known to ...

A 5 page essay that examines The Many-Head Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic by Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker. The writer argues that this text presents an intriguing view of seventeenth and eighteenth century history, featuring the perceptive of the common people, rather than those who controlled the economic purse strings. ...

A 5 page overview of the pre-Columbian history of the people we call Native Americans. Includes possible reasons for their migration to the Americas and describes the complex evolution that resulted in many diverse cultures. Describes the division between the cultural regions separated by the Rio Grande river and differences that existed between ...

A 5 page paper discussing the background of those who sailed over to the 'New World' on the Mayflower. After a discussion of the difference between Separatists (Pilgrims) and Puritans, the paper analyzes Bradford's role in the history of the Plymouth Colony. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

In 5 pages, the author discusses Jacques Marquette and his explorations. For New France, Father Jacques Marquette explored regions from Quebec toward the Gulf of Mexico through Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri along many rivers to include the mighty Mississippi, which have become important areas in the history of this nation as well as significant ...

A 5 page essay that summarizes and analyzes Edmund S. Morgan's book 'American Slavery, American Freedom.' Morgan argues that the simultaneous development of slavery and freedom represents the central paradox of early American history. This text goes far in explaining the paradox. No additional sources cited.

This 5 page paper provides an overview of colonial history as it is presented by Gary Nash in his book, Red, White And Black: The Peoples Of Early North America and argues that his thesis for the book is centered on the idea that early America was a conglomeration of cultures based on geographical origin, race and religious affiliations. ...

This 5 page paper explores colonial history when Europeans settled in America. The disease and its affect on the Native American populations is the focus of this paper. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 9 page report discusses how the conquest of Mexico by Hernan Cortes has been glorified, mythologized, and vilified, even though his actual achievements were significantly more modest than popular history records. This report considers the points of view put forth by both Hernan Cortes himself and Bernal Diaz del Castillo regarding the events that took place in Mexico between 1519 ...

(5pp) As the wife of the second president, and the mother of the sixth, Abigail Adams was in a historic "front-row seat" to record America's early times and political history. She did this through active correspondence, and has provided a valuable and often humorous insight into the times. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page discussion of the racism and hatred experienced by Native Americans since their initial contact with the European peoples who invaded their homelands. Provides several quotes depicting the overall view that Native Americans were subhuman and without rights. Concludes that although much progress has been made in dispelling these views, additional ...

A 5 page essay on the play by Arthur Miller that has examines the circumstances surrounding the Salem witch trials in the later part of the seventeenth century. The writer argues that the play does not revolve around religious issues, as one might expect, but rather hinges on the concept of having absolute obedience to ...

Bartolome de las Casas

  • 6 page paper

A six page paper which looks at the involvement of the Spanish historian and theologian Bartolome de las Casas in the Spanish colonisation of the Americas. The writer described las Casas’ background and the way in which firstly acquiesced in the colonists’ management of the new settlements, but later criticised the Spanish authorities’ rule ...

This 6-page paper discusses various aspects of government, based on the Federalist papers and Jefferson's Notes on Virginia. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This is a 5 page paper that provides an overview of life in Colonial America. Issues such as slavery, Puritanism, and family life are explored. Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 3 page paper discusses two diametrically opposed papers describing the “Boston Massacre” of 1770.

5 pages in length. The writer discusses the viewpoints of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson as they relate to establishing America as the country she is today. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

A twenty five page paper which looks at the strategies involved in the Battle of Saratoga of 1777, and the events which led up to this turning-point in the War of Independence. The paper considers such factors as the difficulties which the British commanders found in implementing their military tactics, the problems which arose as ...

(8pp). We have been told that cultures with more complex ideas, more readily responded to the development of a written language. Not only was writing used for the keeping of records in these early societies, but it was also used for religious purposes and socio-economic functions. We might say where the ...

This is an 8 page paper comparing two different articles by Canadian historians on the Seven Years’ War. Two articles by Canadian historians Peter MacLeod (The University of Ottawa) and Ian Steele (The University of Western Ontario) give two different perspectives on the Seven Years’ War in United States and Canada between the years 1756-1763. ...

This is a 5 page paper discussing the qualities of character found in William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647” and John Winthrop’s “Model of Christian Charity, 1630”. Both men sailed to the New World to set up Christian based communities which were independent of the English Church. Bradford’s journal documents the first thirty years of ...

A letter to Elizabeth Ashbridge from her husband, written in the style of the time and including incidents mentioned in the original text.

This 5 page paper discusses writers such as Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and William Byrd. This paper examines their contributions in terms of writings and how those writings reflect both spiritual and worldy ideals. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This is a 6 page book review discussing Bernard Bailyn’s “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution”. Bernard Bailyn’s “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution” (1967, 1992) shows readers the importance and influence of the “pamphleteers” during the time of the American Revolution. Previous to Bailyn’s publication in 1967, most historical accounts of the ...

Sarah's Journal

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper written in the first person, from the perspective of a young 18th century Quaker woman still living at home with her parents. The paper takes the form of a journal, in which Sarah wonders about the reports received in Meeting about the opposition to the Friends in Massachusetts and Virginia. The community ...

This 5 page paper examines three writings. William Bradford, John Smith and John Winthrop have each compiled observations about their journeys to the New World. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Marks and Cronon

  • 3 page paper

This 3 page paper uses Robert Marks's work to investigate the work of another author, William Cronon, who wrote Changes in the Land. Bibliography lists 2 sources

An 8 page paper which critically reviews this historical text by focusing upon the author’s central question, which is ‘How would Indians have written their own history of colonial America?’ An examination as to why the author considers this question so important and worthy of investigation is then presented and also considered is how he ...

5 pages in length. William Cronon’s “Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England” and Carolyn Merchant’s “Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New England” strive to address similar issues in mostly similar manners; however, one might readily argue that their individual styles of approach are based in part upon significantly ...

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