American Slavery/American Freedom - An Analysis

A 6 page analysis of Edmund S. Morgan's book American Slavery/American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia. In this book Morgan examines the economic and demographic development of early Virginia. The fact that a love for liberty and equality in the American colonies developed simultaneously with a reliance on the institution of slavery is the central dichotomy in the study of early American history. Morgan examines this relation and postulates that the experience of Virginia is indicative and applicable to the rest of the colonies regarding the issue of slavery. No additional sources cited.

Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia

In 9 pages, the author discusses Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia. Notes on the State of Virginia is an extensive work undertook by Thomas Jefferson. In this tome, Jefferson discussed his state of Virginia proudly and in great detail. The book was written in the twenty-three chapters or responses to queries from a Frenchman concerning the state of Virginia. From his writing, it is clear that Thomas Jefferson was first and foremost a Virginian. His words were a factual display of what the state, its people, and its landscape meant to him. No additional sources are cited.


This 7-page paper examines Sydnor's American Revolutionaries in the Making: Political Practices in Washington’s Virginia, examines the theories behind democracy and aristoracy, and discusses if Virginia's political systems from the 18th and 19th centuries would work in today's political system.

Slavery in Eighteenth Century Virginia

This 7 page paper takes a look at the slave trade in Virginia during the 1700s. Attention is paid to the geography of Virginia and its ambivalence due to its proximity between North and South. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Perspectives on Slavery

A 5 page analysis of two books on slavery-Suzanne Everett's “History of Slavery” and Donald K. Wright's “African-Americans in the Colonial Era.” The writer argues that Wright's book tends to emphasize the economics behind slavery and its place in the structure of overall colonial society, taking a scholarly approach. Everett's book, on the other hand, brings home the pain, the anguish, and the intense suffering that was an intrinsic part of slavery via numerous full-color and black-and-white illustrations. No additional sources cited.

Bali/Colonial & Post-Colonial History

An 8 page essay that draws heavily on J. Stephen Lansing's anthropological study of Bali entitled "The Balinese" and outlines the history of this island culture during its colonial and post-colonial eras. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Michael Crowder's West Africa: An Introduction to it's History

Michael Crowder's Introduction to West African history is an eye opening experience. With the background provided by Crowder of the colonial period, the escalation of Nationalism is understood within both the historical context and the social dynamics. This 5 page paper addresses the nature of British and French colonial rule and the political and cultural impact it had on West Africans. No additional sources are listed.

Variations in European and Native American Interactions

A 3 page review of the interactions that occurred during colonial times between Native Americans and the Europeans that invaded their lands. The author observes differences in colonial administration and goals Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Tennyson, Owen: Two Views on War

This 3 page essay discusses "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" as poems that take opposite perspectives on war. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Exploring 17th Century Puritan Colonization And 19th Century Reconstruction

9 pages in length. Exploring the relationship between 17th century Puritan colonization and 19th century Reconstruction as they relate to colonial America finds a common denominator between the two time periods connected by the very foundation of how the term 'colonialism' is defined: "control by one power over a dependent area or people" (Merriam-Webster, 1998, p. PG). Indeed, the struggle for racial equity has been an ongoing quest for centuries, making it one of the most important representations of colonial America next to the Puritans, with European colonization and the Black Codes two of the most critical components in the pursuit of emancipation. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

The History, Culture, and Governments of Africa: Timeline 1945 to Present

This is a 5 page paper and timeline discussing the history of Africa from 1945 to present day. A timeline from 1945 to present day Africa shows a great deal of change which has occurred within the last fifty years throughout the continent. Since 1945, African countries have gained independence from their colonial countries, established democracies and are heavily involved in international trade and commerce. However throughout this time period, Africa has also been fraught with civil wars, drought, famine, poverty and increasingly poor health. Culturally, although the African countries gained their independence from their colonial countries, the influence of the French, British, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish and Italian cultures are still felt across Africa and acknowledged. Today, African leaders are working with international agencies and corporations to increase their trade and economic status, establish new health and debt relief plans and improve international relations in addition to addressing the national and international exploitation of their people and natural resources. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Colonial Racism

A 5 page paper which discusses the origins of racism in colonial times. The majority of the power that lies behind issues of racism in the colonial times stems from issues of labor and capitalism, if nothing else. The more powerful Europeans needed labor for all their endeavors and the dark skinned individuals were easier to control, both religiously and physically, in the areas of rationalizing and identifying. It was natural for the colonialists to see people they owned as inferior and the fact that they were dark skinned made them easier to identify as inferior and thereby creating issues of racism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Virginia: as seen by Thomas Jefferson

5 pages. Jefferson’s Virginia demonstrates the differences of political sentiment among the different political parties. The people resolve themselves naturally into two components; that of the authoritarian, which favors government that controls the people, and that of the democratic that favors government controlled by the people. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Slavery and Cash Crops in Virginia’s History

A 13 page paper which examines and discusses slavery and cash crops in the history of Virginia, with emphasis on the 18th century. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Slavery: Cuba And The United States

This 15 page paper attempts to explain the differences in the way that Cuban slaves were treated as compared to those in the state of Virginia. Bibliography lists 18 sources.