Slavery in America: United States’ Black Mark

Slavery in America: United States' Black Mark 1

Though slavery in America has long since been illegal in the United States, the ramifications of the African slave trade that almost broke the new nation are still felt throughout American society, politics, and culture today. While the rest of the world had long engaged in the forced servitude of people throughout history, America was …

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The Louisiana Purchase: America’s Big Expansion

The Louisiana Purchase: America's Big Expansion 2

With the ink of the Revolutionary War Treaty of Paris documents barely dried, the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 took the fledgling American nation from being 13 colonies that stretched to the Mississippi, to a country that encompassed everything from the Atlantic to the Rockies. Not only did the land acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase doubled …

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Westward Expansion: Definition, Timeline, and Map

Westward Expansion: Definition, Timeline, and Map 3

The very word “West” in American history has all sorts of different connotations; from cowboys and Indians to dust bowls and Davy Crockett, the American West is as diverse as it is expansive. The drive that led the Founding Fathers, and particular Thomas Jefferson, to seek agreements that would allow American soil to stretch from …

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Boil, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble: The Salem Witch Trials

Boil, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble: The Salem Witch Trials 4

In a world popularly obsessed with the occult (the phenoms of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings come to mind), it seems hardly plausible that the past murders of American “witches” were not only accepted but encouraged in history. For those unfamiliar with the Salem Witch Trials—the killing of 14 women and six men …

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