The Complicated Legacy of General & President Ulysses S. Grant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km4K8S5RlxM When I was a high school student, the consensus on President Ulysses S. Grant (1869-77) seemed to be that he was a good general in the civil war but an incompetent president, an alcoholic who presided over a corrupt administration, particularly Reconstruction. Northern abolitionists were disappointed with Reconstruction, and White Southerners hated it because … Continue reading The Complicated Legacy of General & President Ulysses S. Grant

Negative Stereotypes About General and President Ulysses S. Grant Do Not Stand Test of Time

Historian and journalist Ron Chernow, who is best known for a biography of Alexander Hamilton that was made into a widely successful Broadway musical, followed up in 2017 with a widely-acclaimed biography of Civil War General and President Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1977). The book challenged conventional wisdom about Grant and the Civil War, that he … Continue reading Negative Stereotypes About General and President Ulysses S. Grant Do Not Stand Test of Time

The 6 or 7 Phases of U.S. Political Party Alignments

America’s political parties have undergone at least six phases or realignments in the nation’s history. Political scientists suggest the nation is overdue for another realignment as demographics and voting patterns change. The First Political Party System — consisting of the Federalists, created by Alexander Hamilton of New York, and the Democratic-Republican Party, created by Thomas Jefferson and … Continue reading The 6 or 7 Phases of U.S. Political Party Alignments

The Road to World War I in Europe

Crash Course European History: "Much has been written about what exactly caused World War I. As befits a true global war, the reality is that there isn't a single cause. There aren't even three causes. There are a vast array of causes. Today we'll get into just a few of those causes, including the complex … Continue reading The Road to World War I in Europe

Why Germans Migrated to America, Becoming the Nation’s Largest Ethnic Group

Untold story of German America: Masaman: "Today we're going to discuss the forgotten history of German America, and how the Germans became the largest group in the United States of America, dominating huge chunks of one of the most influential countries on Earth?" Sources: https://www.census.gov/prod/cen1990/c... http://www.germanheritage.com/postal/... https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/n... Year of German-American Friendship focus: Simone Eick from … Continue reading Why Germans Migrated to America, Becoming the Nation’s Largest Ethnic Group

Sad and Remarkable Tales of European Migration, 1840-1914, That Shaped America, Australia, Other Nations

"Between 1840 and 1914, an estimated 40 million people left Europe. This is one of the most significant migrations in human history. So, who was leaving Europe? And why?" -- Crash Course European History on Youtube.com. Transcript.

In 1800s, European Nations Expanded Worldwide, and Encountered Resistance

Crash Course European History: "In 19th century Europe, with nation building well under way, thoughts turned outward, toward empire. This week, we're looking at how Europeans expanded into Africa, Asia, and Oceania during the 1800s. You'll learn about China and the Opium War, British India, and the Scramble for Africa." Transcript. SOURCES Hunt, Lynn. Making … Continue reading In 1800s, European Nations Expanded Worldwide, and Encountered Resistance

How Modern Italy and Germany Were Formed in the 19th Century

This Crash Course European History video focuses on the second half of the 19th century, specifically developments in Italy and Germany. "You'll learn about Guisseppe Garibaldi, Victor Emmanuelle, Otto von Bismarck, Wilhelm I, and a whole heck of a lot about the development of modern politics." Transcript. Sources Hunt, Lynn. The Making of the West: … Continue reading How Modern Italy and Germany Were Formed in the 19th Century

‘Send Her Back’ Chants Should Spark Discussion and Historical Debate

At a political rally in Greenville in July, 2019, some North Carolinians chanted "send her back" to Africa, regarding an American citizen Ilhan Omar, who was born in Somalia, because they disagree with her politically. This kind of thinking has a long history in America, and in NC, as The Charlotte Observer editorialized. President Trump … Continue reading ‘Send Her Back’ Chants Should Spark Discussion and Historical Debate