Illustration of North American Indian chief.
American History

The Natives of Great Lakes Region and the French Newcomers

March 30, 2021

What was it that held this nonstate world of the villages in Ohio Country together? Well, for one thing, they shared a common space, many of them due to the shared experience of being forced from their own homelands into a new area. And because of that, many of them also frequently shared a common enemy—the Iroquois. […]

Profile silhouettes of a Wampanoag character and a pilgrim.
American History

The Iroquois Confederacy and the Lenape in the 1700s

March 29, 2021

One has to readjust our vision if we are to understand the late 17th and early 18th centuries from Native perspectives. There was this multifaceted process of incorporation between the European newcomers and the Natives of Iroquois Confederacy and the Lenape people. […]

Image of the US Capitol Building.
American History

Functioning of the US Congress

March 29, 2021

The US Congress is so designed that the individual members of Congress have an incentive to serve their constituents, but they also have incentives to work with one another. They use various strategies to pass legislations that benefit them and their parties. […]

Image of the Statue of Democracy in Washington D.C.
American History

The US Congress: Challenges in Its Institutional Design

March 28, 2021

The members of the Congress have to balance between serving the needs of their constituents and working for the common good. This dilemma leads to constituents supporting their representatives but not liking the Congress in general. […]

Image of Thomas Jefferson working on the Declaration of Independence along with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.
American History

Thomas Jefferson: The Political Life

March 25, 2021

Thomas Jefferson, though not interested in politics and commerce, did become active in American politics. However, he betrayed the Enlightenment principles he respected. […]

Image shows an open book kept on the American flag.
American History

Enlightenment Thinkers and Thomas Jefferson

March 24, 2021

Young Thomas Jefferson was heavily influenced by the writings of the Enlightenment thinkers. These writings continued to be part of his favorite reading lists even in the later days of his life. […]

An illustration of a Sioux native American scout.
American History

The Northeast Natives of Wendat and Iroquois, and the French Newcomers

March 16, 2021

Given the intensifying hostilities with the Iroquois and a desire for trade goods, Wendat civil leaders forged political and military alliances with the French. And the French continued to meet Native expectations for diplomatic protocol—from patterns of speech to the giving of gifts. […]

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