Monday, March 20, 2017

Democracy in the Progressive Era

  I have been asked to put together a blog about democracy during the progressive era. Before the seventeenth amendment, america did not directly vote for their senators. Democracy plays a large part in american history because it had allowed its people to thrive and flourish in the first country in the world to use democracy for electing leaders. During the early 1900's, problems rose involving senators. The problem as stated in this article here, "Several state legislatures deadlocked over the election if senators, which led to senate vacancies lasting months and even years. In other cases, political machines gained control over state legislatures, and the Senators elected with their support were dismissed as puppets." People responded to this with a direct election of senators. On April 8, 1913, the Seventeenth amendment was ratified to allow the direct election of senators. This is one of many examples of democracy in the United States, as our country was founded upon the idea of democracy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rise of Education after the Civil War

           In history class, I have been asked to talk about the American Dream during and after the civil war era. Education has a key play in the American Dream because having an education lays the foundation for reaching the American Dream. Education before reconstruction wasn't very obtainable by many because school might not have been nearby or education was too expensive and not affordable. After the war, republican governments realized how important education was to social progress.Here, Gordon Harvey talk about the rise of public schools, colleges, and how better education came to a rise. Harvey talks about Alabama having established more schools; and by enabling a property tax, the state was able to better fund their education system. Alabama had tens of thousands of blacks and whites attending schools in the state. Because of this new system many people now could obtain an education and had more economic opportunities and could strive for better standard of learning.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Conspicuous Consumption During the Founding

     In history I was asked to talk about the American Dream during the Early Republic. A lot of the colonial society was influenced by English imports and goods. An article by Matthew Schroder talks about how "English goods helped shape the American identity." A lot of people during the Early Republic wanted to show off their wealth by the British clothes they wore and the Tea they drank. Conspicuous Consumption ties in with this as they used British goods to enhance their prestige. This also brought the colonies together by the products that were purchased.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Colonial Dream of Cash Gain off Cash Crops

    My history teacher has introduced Colonial themes in class and wanted everyone to talk about a theme. I chose the American Dream because many people sought economic opportunity and better lives. The Colonial times were harsh, and people from Europe who wanted wealth. The American Dream for most back then was to go to the Americas and get rich. The American Dream was to work hard, and make big off of what you earned. I agree that many people at the time saw it as the land of opportunity because so many were making cash off the cash crops that people were willing to go into debt to cross the Atlantic. John Rolfe was the first to grow Tobacco, one of the largest money makers at the time. "The reaction to that first modest shipment was huge. By 1617, tobacco exports from Virginia to England totaled 20,000 pounds. Colonists sent 50,000 pounds back home in 1620, and production exploded 30-fold to 1.5 million pounds by the end of that decade."

    I think that wealth has a part in the American Dream. Tobacco was the biggest money maker at the time and so many wanted to grow it. "There was this temptation to only grow what is going to make you money. Everyone wanted to grow Tobacco."  Colonist made so much off these cash crops that they didn't want to grow anything else because  they knew they were living the Dream. They were willing to starve in order to make money for themselves, or for their families. "In 1619, the colonial government again passed a law requiring every farmer to contribute an amount of corn, based on the size of his household, to the storehouse." It became so bad that farmers were requested to grow a certain amount of corn as well. In cases like this, the American Dream can have a negative impact on individuals and families if they aren't careful enough.

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/05/americas-first-cash-crop-tobacco/

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The American Dream


    Hello my history teacher has asked me to keep a blog for class. I chose the American dream for the topic of my blog. The American dream exists today and always will because everyone has a dream of becoming successful in America. I read this link, over at Fox Business Channel. Steve Tobak said that a recent poll of people ages 18 to 29 said that the American Dream is Dead. Steve states that its saddening data but he states they are wrong, and that the American Dream still exists. The American Dream term became popular during the 30's from a book called The Epic of America By James Truslow Adams. Steve then stated from the book that people think the American Dream is a promise, but truly its an American ideal. Steve closes his statement by saying the American Dream is achievable by anyone, except the people who think that its impossible and choose not to chase it.