Risks, Benefits And Possible Necessity Of Democratic Action

8 pages in length. The writer discusses the various notions and applications of democracy as they have existed throughout history, including references to Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Lauren Berlant and Frederick Douglass. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Two Visions of War/Voltaire and Malouf

A 5 page essay that contrasts and compares Voltaire's Candide and David Malouf's Fly Away Peter. The writer argues that these two anti-war novels approach their subject from very different perspectives, yet there is common ground also. No additional sources cited.

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: A ‘Simple’ Hypothesis Reveals a Real Conspiracy

A 16 page paper which considers the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, proving it qualifies as a ‘real conspiracy,’ supported by a hypothesis that proves a simple conspiracy that began with a kidnapping plot but ended in murder featured John Wilkes Booth at the top of the hierarchy, with subordinates including the Surratts (John and Mary), Lewis T. Powell, Michael O’Laughlin, Samuel Arnold, David Herold, George Atzerodt, Dr. Samuel Mudd, and Edman Spangler. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Peyote & The Sacred Pipe / Their Use in Native American Religions

A 5 page overview of two items of extreme importance to some Native American cultures, the Sacred Pipe and peyote. Describes the use of each and stresses that these are items of religion which deserve the same respect shown for any other religious object such as a crucifix or Star of David. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Thoreau & Jefferson / Inches or Miles Apart in Ideology

A 5 page paper discussing and comparing theories of Henry David Thoreau and Thomas Jefferson as they relate to government's importance to the individual citizen. No additional sources cited.

Race Relations in American Society

A 5 page paper discussing two books in relationship to prejudices. The books are, 'Natives and Strangers: A Multicultural History of Americas,' by Leonard Dinnerstein, Roger L. Nichols, and David M. Reimers, and 'Lies My Teacher told Me: Everything Your American History textbook Gone Wrong,' by James W. Loewen. The different levels of prejudice are discussed as well as definitions of racism and stereotypes. Two models of racism are presented and detailed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

African Slave Trade / 3 Views

A 5 page analysis of three articles on the origins of slavery. Eric Williams, Winthrop D. Jordan and David Brion Davis offer three contrasting views on the origins of slavery and how slavery interacted with the development of racism. While each view is logical and based on historical fact, the three perspectives differ considerably in their basic premise. The writer discusses each while analyzing their similarities and differences. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Paul Revere's Ride

A review of David Hackett Fischer's work, Paul Revere's Ride, which looks at the famous midnight ride in the context of Revere's wider involvement with the revolutionary movement, and relates the ride to the military strategies of the revolutionary forces. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Fischer/Washington’s Crossing

A 3 page book review of David Hackett Fischer’s Washington’s Crossing. This text describes the pivotal events in the American Revolution that led up to Washington crossing the Delaware and giving the Americans their first victories of the Revolution. Fischer describes these engagements and their significance and meaning in a highly detailed, and highly readable, narrative. No additional sources cited.

Four Speakers from American History

A 7 page exercise in selecting speakers for a fictional graduation. The author selects four key speakers from three different historical periods. The theme of the proposed graduation is individualism and spirit of community, the balance between the spiritual and material worlds, and race and ethnicity in American history. Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Amy Tan are used to illustrate these themes. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Great Convergence Model of History

This 3 page paper examines David Northrup’s article, and supports his idea of history as a divergence/convergence model. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

David Blight: Race and Reunion

This 4 page paper is a review of and reaction to David Blight’s book on the Civil War, “Race and Reunion.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Thoreau on Slavery

A 7 page research paper that discusses the stance of Henry David Thoreau on slavery and how this stance coincides with this transcendental idealism. The writer argues that examination of this issue in Thoreau's life shows a slow evolution from passive resistance to open admiration for the action taken by violent abolitionists, such as Brown, and within the context of this evolution, Thoreau's stance on slavery was in perfect keeping with his transcendentalism. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

David Lowenthal's "The Heritage Crusade And The Spoils Of History"

5 pages in length. David Lowenthal's primary objective in "The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History" is to illustrate the inherent separation, as well as the inextricable cohesion, of heritage, history and contemporary society. The author strives to enlighten his readers to the inadequacies of conventional thought pertaining to heritage, noting that while heritage is, indeed, interwoven with history, it is also reinvented throughout modern-day society by way of new icons, such as Disney World and other pertinent symbols of the twentieth century. No additional sources cited.

Civil Rights Leaders and Civil Disobedience

This 5 page paper takes a look at civil rights and the use of civil disobedience. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and David Thoreau are discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.