Academic Papers on U.S. History

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A 6 page paper on the Cuban and Haitian boat people. The writer focuses on the plight of the Marielitos -- Cuban refugees who braved the treacherous waters of the Gulf in an attempt to reach America, where, they hope, they will be able to seek asylum from the oppression of their native land. Detailing ...

This 8 page paper analyzes causes of the Spanish-American War as it affected the U.S. acquisition of the Philippines. The U.S. interest in the region, and in Spanish politics, is discussed. Public and political forces that shaped the country in 1898 are dissected. The interest in this subject as the Philippines celebrated 100 years of ...

A 4 page paper that speculates how the issue of slavery might have been different had the Puritan influence been over the plantations of the south. Included is a comparison of the type of people who colonized Jamestown and the type who colonized New England. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

5 pages in length. Like so many other groups who sought a better life, the Puritans created a new existence in America different from what they had known in England. The year was 1620 when the Puritans, an assembly of religious Pilgrims who were persecuted for their beliefs, made their way to the United ...

A 3 page paper that discusses not only the genocide of indigenous peoples instigated by Columbus on his voyages, but also that it engendered the same policy in Euro-American societies. The paper presents the viewpoint presented in a 1996 position paper on Columbus and the fallacy of idolizing him as a 'hero,' including statistics ...

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 ...

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 ...

A 6 page discussion of the book by Robert Berkhofer, Jr. Emphasizes the extreme diversity of Native America and illuminates the numerous misconceptions held by 'mainstream White America' regarding Native Americans. No additional sources are listed.

A 5 page essay on how causes behind the Salem Witch Trials can be traced to Puritanism and the Protestant Reformation. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 10 page research paper that examines how Protestantism radically altered English society and gave the world a new paradigm by which to judge spiritual matters. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

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 4 page overview of the different approaches to colonization of Spain and Portugal verses England, France, and Holland in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Describes differences in their interactions with Native Americans. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 4 page paper on this book by Alden T. Vaughn in which the writer provide a brief analytical overview and then comments on the author's viewpoint. The stories of John Smith, Jamestown, and the early plight of the Native Indians are covered.

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 8 pages the author makes a comparison and a contrast of the colonies of Plymouth and Jamestown. Plymouth Colony and Jamestown Colony were two European colonies in the new world. Plymouth Colony was a New England colony, while Jamestown colony was a Southern Colony. The Pilgrims that came to Plymouth Colony did ...

A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting William Bradford's 1650 work with John Steinbeck's 1945 one. The writer concludes that what pulled the Pilgrim community through its evil times, even more than their God, was the strength they derived from each other and the faith they shared. In embracing capitalism, Steinbeck's protagonist turns his back ...

An 8 page paper discussing the premise that the outbreak of witchcraft in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, was actually an attempt to create political order. The writer also briefly outlines the means by which the witch trials served to preserve the psychological order of Salem Village. Bibliography lists seven sources.

Christopher Columbus

  • 4 page paper

4 page analytical review of "Admiral of the Ocean Sea," a book by Samuel Eliot Morrison that goes into great detail about Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the "New World." No Bibliography.

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 ...

5 pages in length. For contemporary society, it seems a bit difficult to believe some of what transpired in centuries gone by. One such memorable flicker on America's timeline is that of the witch hunts of colonial New England. Men, women and even children, who were branded worshippers of Satan and witchcraft, ...

This 6 page research paper examines the origins of the witch hunts which took place in the Puritan New England colony in the late-seventeenth century. Specifically considered are the background of the Puritan religion, the underlying causes of the young girls' 'bewitching behavior,' and the role prejudice played during the witch hunts. Bibliography ...

A 3 page essay on Herbert Klein's 'Slavery in the Americas : A Comparative Study of Cuba and Virginia' in which the writer examines some of the differences that existed between slavery in two different nearby sections of the globe : Virginia (U.S.A.) and Cuba. Among the many points made, Cuban slaves were generally treated ...

In 8 pages, the writer provides an historical overview of military training in Colonial America. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Lenape Indians

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page report on the Lenni-Lenape Indians and their place in the Northeastern United State's colonial history. Issues concerning geography and territorial disputes are touched upon. No Bibliography.

A 5 page evaluation of the current state of history as a science. The writer addresses our tendency to change reality to make it more tasteful. We are essentially left with the question of what becomes of truth when we rewrite history through destructionist fury. Bibliography lists 1 source.

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