Profile

Cover photo
Jeffrey Sparks
Works at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Attended Northern Arizona University
Lives in Prescott, AZ
19 followers|148,965 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube

Stream

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
The last good Democrat president
The Kennedy brothers are among the most fascinating people in American history. When I say this, I'm not talking about Ted Kennedy (the Democratic Senator), or eldest brother Joe Kennedy, Jr. (who was killed in World War II);...
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
Lessons from the Great Depression
We've all heard stories about how bad things were during the Great Depression, with extensive poverty and massive unemployment - perhaps the only economic crisis worse than our current one. But the history classes don't often...
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
What business classes are – and aren't – good for (by a business major)
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
“Have you ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates?” “Yes.” “Morons.” (Or were they?)
"Have you ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates?" "Yes." "Morons." (I don't think any of these guys were morons, but I thought this movie quote was a fun way to start off this post.) I felt inspired to write this piece a...
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
If you asked your average person what historical individual they find most interesting, you might hear an answer like Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, or another Founding Father. These would be excellent choices. But the person I find the most interesting would not make most people's list. Although he was voted President of the United States, he is not remembered as a statesman, but as a soldier. He may have been the finest general in American history, but he is mostly forgotten today – even on a day like today, which is his birthday.
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
The British history movie starring Obi-Wan and Dumbledore
The British historian Simon Schama once said that the American Declaration of Independence was "like a chapter from a British history book." He compared the American Revolution to the English Civil War of a century before, ev...
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
19 people
Jared Collett's profile photo
Peter Kahasha's profile photo
Jeremy Moore's profile photo
Merritt Moore's profile photo
Travis Moore's profile photo
John Pearson's profile photo
Eric Sparks's profile photo
Tyler Collett's profile photo
Mark C.'s profile photo

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
I should make clear that the following language is not one I’m learning, but merely one that I’m blogging about.
If asked this question, many people would answer Italian, because of the city of Rome being in modern Italy. The answer is close to the correct one, because Italian is a descendant of their ancient language; but then, so are ...
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Lewis and Clark expedition. On this day in 1804, a group of 33 people (mostly U.S. Army men) set out to explore the new American territory that had just been bought from France in the Louisiana Purchase. The explorers returned as heroes over two years later.
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
Today is the anniversary of the Golden Spike. On this day in 1869, the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed, with a driving in of the last spike (today called the “Golden Spike”) in Promontory Summit, Utah. This ended the massive project to create a railroad connecting East and West.

Begun in 1863 during Abraham Lincoln's administration, and completed six years later during the post-Civil-War Reconstruction period; the Golden Spike was a truly epic event in the history of the United States.
It allowed a continent to be crossed in just a week, where before it had taken six months or more. It enabled fast transport for trade goods of all kinds, connecting the economies of the continent's East and West coasts. And ...
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
That time the BBC made a history of Britain
I should preface this review, for my international readers, by saying that I am an American; but an American of mostly British descent, whose ancestors come mainly from England and Scotland. (England and Scotland today are bo...
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
The movie that depicted Ulysses S. Grant (when no one else did)
I had heard the name "Ulysses S. Grant" as a child, and knew he was important; but did not know much about him. I had heard much criticism of Grant's generalship, with the old claim that he was a butcher - an unfavorable char...
1
Add a comment...

Jeffrey Sparks

Shared publicly  - 
 
Is a valid argument the same thing as a sound one? (Perhaps not, if you're a philosophy major)
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
19 people
Jared Collett's profile photo
Peter Kahasha's profile photo
Jeremy Moore's profile photo
Merritt Moore's profile photo
Travis Moore's profile photo
John Pearson's profile photo
Eric Sparks's profile photo
Tyler Collett's profile photo
Mark C.'s profile photo
Work
Occupation
Tutor
Skills
English, Spanish, French, Ancient Greek
Employment
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Mission Leader, 2014 - present
  • Yavapai College
    Tutor, 2012 - present
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Assistant Clerk, 2010 - present
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Prescott, AZ
Story
Tagline
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
Introduction
I am a college graduate from Arizona who aspires to know a little about everything. I got a degree in business and certificate in economics, I'm tutoring math at Yavapai College, and I spend a lot of time trying to learn languages (including Ancient Greek). I maintain a blog that is "part history, part politics, and part random other stuff." Thus, I have a degree in one subject, a certificate in another, I tutor another, I'm learning still another, and writing about still others besides. So I'm the proverbial jack of all trades, and master of none.

I guess you could say I haven't made up my mind what I want to specialize in, so I do a little of everything. My blog's categories show the diversity of topics that I try to cover. I have no regular schedule for posting, but I usually publish a blog post about once a week.
Bragging rights
I have read the Book of Mormon in Spanish and French. I can also play piano by ear.
Education
  • Northern Arizona University
    Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing, 2010
    Certificate in Business Economics
Basic Information
Gender
Male