Close up of the Capitol Building dome with US flag in the front.
American History

US Government: The Federal Framework

February 6, 2021

The sovereign powers are divided between the national and state governments in the United States. This federal framework was adopted by the framers of the US Constitution for the benefits they saw in the system. […]

US Capitol Building
American History

US Federalism: Definition and Background

February 6, 2021

The United States has a federal government. There is the national government made up of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, and there are 50 sub-national governments, one in each state. […]

Portrait of Andrew Jackson.
American History

Andrew Jackson: The Popular Military Chieftain

February 1, 2021

Andrew Jackson had little experience as a statesman in comparison to his competitors, John Quincy Adams, William H. Crawford, and Henry Clay. Yet, he swept the popular and electoral vote of the 1824 election. […]

John Quincy Adams.
American History

The Presidential Election of 1824: The Republican Contenders

February 1, 2021

The presidential election of 1824 was significant because it marked the beginning of the end of the caucus system and the development of a new two-party system in America. The collapse of the Federalists resulted in all the contenders being Republicans. […]

The picture of the map by Martin Waldseemüller has the name of America mentioned in it.
American History

Columbian Exchange: An Era of Mutual Discovery and Transformation

January 31, 2021

We would do well to keep in mind that much of what we imagine as new might have been thought of as next by Indigenous contemporaries. After all, Native communities were already practiced in the arts of dealing with people unlike themselves, the exchange of material and nonmaterial things across vast trade networks, and the making of innovations to their ways of life. […]

A collage by Joseph Sohm, which has Columbus, a ship, and an American flag in it.
American History

The Old World-New World Debate and the Columbian Exchange

January 31, 2021

The Old World/New World binary is the stepping off point for America’s master narrative, and through it all, it’s the Old World that transforms the new one. However, Native people are the ones being defeated in this narrative. They are the ones in retreat. They are being changed forever. […]

Freed slaves at a contraband camp during the Civil War.
American History

The Freedom of Slaves and Contraband Camps

January 20, 2021

Black people across the South got freedom from their bondage during the Civil War. However, they had to face many more difficulties, and many of them succumbed to illness in contraband camps. […]

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