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American History Landing Page

This has highlights of the history of the United States of America. Passages from the works of some of the greatest historians about the most important events are presented.

Some of the writers selected are Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, are Theodore Roosevelt.

Some of the events selected are Pilgrims Settle Plymouth, Declaration of Independence Signed, and Early Days of Baseball.

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Right-Wing Versus Left-Wing History Problems

Its that during different periods in the past the two sides have had different positions on the issues. For example, in 1960 left wing politicians such as Rockefeller (R) and JFK (D) favored greater defense spending while more right-wing pols such as Nixon (R) did not. One can cite many more examples.

Here’s the core of the problem.

As American civilization has grown, American government has not grown at the same pace. The gaps between the size of government and the need for government has caused the problem. During the 19th. Century government was smaller than was needed while in recent decades the government has been larger than needed.

When did the government tax too much, regulate too much, and spend too much? - And when did it do those things too little? Different times, different answers.

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Intellectual Origins of the Republican Party

The Republican Party was never a minor (third) party. In 1854 it simply replaced the Whig Party as the major party opposing the Democrats. The immediate cause of this was the Democrats’ Kansas-Nebraska Bill of that year which largely negated the Compromise of 1850. But this event alone could not have explained a sudden transformation of American politics of this magnitude.

So, what did cause all of this? The best contemporary explanation can be found in Abraham Lincoln’s first speech in his famous debate with the Kansas-Nebraska Acts chief author, Stephen Douglas.

“Under the Dred Scott decision “squatter sovereignty” squatted out of existence, tumbled down like temporary scaffolding.”

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The Gunpowder Plot

In 1605 Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators planned the greatest act of terrorism of all time. They waited months until England’s Parliament met. When the King, the Lords, the Cabinet, the High Clergy, and well, everybody else was in one place, they planned to set the fuse. They placed enough barrels of explosives under Parliament to blow the whole shebang sky high. Fortunately, one of the plotters sent a letter to a friend warning him to stay away. That friend turned the letter in and that’s how the authorities discovered the plot.

Imagine the scene when the government officials first discovered the barrels of gunpowder and Guy Fawkes guarding them. Talk about being caught red-handed!

Today History Moments begins a series on this:

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Historians Need to Produce More History

And less politics. It seems that all of the history sites are talking about Trump instead of historical topics. Take History News Network produced by George Washington University, for example.

Its mission is to cover the history field but hit the link above to see what it has become. Virtually every article is about him. Him. That guy.

Authors are supposed to submit resumes together with their articles to ensure that they are authorities on the topics they submit. What does that matter anymore when all of the articles resemble a newspaper op-ed?

Yes, I know that not all of the history sites are doing this. And I admit that I produce political content from time to time, though pieces such as that Nancy Pelsosi Fact File is for education purposes only. My Fact File pieces only list biographical information that is essential. These and all current history posts by myself constitute only a tiny part of History Moments output.

My complaint isn’t that history sites produce some politics; my complaint is when the politics crowd the history content right out.

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Nancy Pelosi Fact-File

Essential biographical information on the House Minority Leader. Fact-Files is a series in History Moments that gives historical information on people in the news. Non-partisan, non-sectarian, just the facts.

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I Will Teach Big History Class

From the Big Bang to the Final Blackout. Looking forward to prehistory topics like dinosaurs. Then early civilizations, Europe’s outsized influence on world civilization, and the Industrial Revolution. People good and bad like Caesar, Napoleon, and Trump.

Then today’s major powers face the future. Last future history – a contradiction in words?

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Comenius Modernizes Education

John Amos Comenius (1592-1671) is now generally recognized as the founder of modern education.

The chief work of Comenius, the <i>Didactica Magna</i>, was probably finished about 1638, and was shown in manuscript to many persons at that time. Its ideas as to education were widely accepted, and its influence and that of its author spread rapidly over much of Europe.

It is in the department of method, however, that we recognize the chief contribution of Comenius to education. The mere attempt to systematize was a great advance. In seeking, however, for foundations on which to erect a coherent system, he had had to content himself with first principles which were vague and unscientific.

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My Favorite Social Media History

These are my go-to places. What are yours?

Google Communities – History
Google Collections – History Moments *
Linked In Groups – History Enthusiasts and Practical History
Facebook Groups – History Group * and World History
Pininterest Boards - History
Tumblr Blogs – Ancient History Encyclopedia
Twitter - @jacklemoine *
Plurk - *

* I moderate this.
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