American History

Discussion in 'Historian's House' started by Kakashi, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. Kakashi

    Kakashi Call me Deacon Blues

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    Because I really want to put my APUSH knowledge to some amount of use.

    So, I guess I could start it off with a simple question: what was your favorite period of American History?
     
  2. Lady_of_Shalott

    Lady_of_Shalott Weaving the Magic Web

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    Wow, I'm gone for a while again, and I come back and find a Historian's House? Amazing...

    Anyway, I've always been fascinated by the late colonial and revolutionary era. But I'm currently studying federal Indian policy in the 19th century, which is VERY interesting.
     
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    darkfox New Member

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    I like the war of 1812 because it illuminated America's desire to be independant and Brittain's desire to make them pay for it in blood. Not to mention the original White House was burned to the ground in the process and even with their capital in enemy hands, the Americans didn't back down. A trait that needs to be remembered in current times.
     
  4. jake1964

    jake1964 Old enough to be your dad

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    The Civil War and Reconstruction.
     
  5. Jorick

    Jorick Well-Known Member

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    Mine is the colonial period. Reading about all the crazy hardships the early settlers had to face is amazing... That any of them lived and we now have a whole civilization going on here is a marvel of human ingenuity and technology.

    The revolutionary period is a close second, though.
     
  6. warrior_squirrel21

    warrior_squirrel21 the poor mans old breed

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    HOLY GOD IS THIS FOR REALS!? I heart history. I will be in this house like crazy!

    WW2. Showed what a train wreck we could be, and yet help play a deciding role in the biggest war in history.
     
  7. Lady_of_Shalott

    Lady_of_Shalott Weaving the Magic Web

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    I've always sort of thought that myself. It's hard to fathom dealing with some of the things that people did in the past, just everyday sorts of things that we take completely for granted. I guess that's why the past seems so foreign sometimes.
     
  8. warrior_squirrel21

    warrior_squirrel21 the poor mans old breed

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    Another period I've always enjoyed was the time between the revolution and civil war. The indian wars and colonization of parts, and just life in the wilderness.
     
  9. Raff the Sweetling

    Raff the Sweetling Threadkiller

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    Civil War period. And before.....and after......lets just say the 1800's for me.
     
  10. KazeWarrior

    KazeWarrior Whoa what

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    The Revolution.
    My friend says all the wars in the US mainly occurred becasue of beavers and land. O.O
     
  11. warrior_squirrel21

    warrior_squirrel21 the poor mans old breed

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    Thats kinda true in some wars........ few indian wars way back. Like the French/Indian War I think fur had a part.
     
  12. jake1964

    jake1964 Old enough to be your dad

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    I think he meant all the barroom fights. :p
     
  13. Raff the Sweetling

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    Yes, beavers are the main cause of all conflict, strife and misery in human history.
     
  14. warrior_squirrel21

    warrior_squirrel21 the poor mans old breed

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    Yes thats a good explination.
     
  15. Kakashi

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    To be honest, there weren't that many wars fought over the fur trade. That was more in Canada, and we left them alone most of the time.

    The Manifest Destiny is definitely the main reason.
     
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    rough666 Head of the Dept. of Evil

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    Leave my nation's national animal out of your war-mongering history, you...war...monger...er. Eagles caused your wars, for sure.

    Seriously though, I like American Civil War History.
     
  17. Lady_of_Shalott

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    Wait, are you saying that the concept of manifest destiny was the main reason for the colonial Indian wars? Because I would argue vigorously with that.
     
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    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    Err... how is ignoring Canada part of Manifest Destiny?

    I mean, I am not an expert, but isn't Manifest Destiny perpendicular to leaving Canada be?
     
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    Well, it depends on whose definition of Manifest Destiny you're working with. Some only said that the US was destined to spread across the continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific (which we've done, and then some). Then there are some who expand it to say all of North America is rightfully the property of the US.

    So, by the second definition, ignoring Canada would indeed be at odds with Manifest Destiny.
     
  20. warrior_squirrel21

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    The east to west Manifest destiny didnt involve getting into ANOTHER war with Britain. Thats how I explain it in my mind.