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 Evolution of American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Romantic Period

This 5 page paper traces the development of American literature from the religious and puritan themes of colonial sermons to the political writings of the revolutionary years and into the mature use of fiction to reflect reality rather then recreate it in the romantic period. Authors discussed in the paper include John Winthrop, Jonathan Edwards Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

The Changing Face of Freedom in America

A 6 page paper that examines the history of America's association with freedom and the changes that this association has undergone since the nation's birth. Discussed is the meaning of freedom during the birth of the nation, throughout the twentieth century, and at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

English Colonists Perceptions and Beliefs as Applied to Native Americans

A 7 page overview of early colonial interactions with Native Americans. The manner in which European colonists viewed the Native Americans whose lands they invaded varied both according to geography and according to time. The Puritans as a whole would proclaim their belief that all people were equal before God. Puritan proclamation and act, however, were two different things. In practice, race, class, and literacy were salient issues.

The Social Effects of the Glorious Revolution

A 9 page research paper on William III's accession to the throne of England and its affect on the various social classes in England. The writer details religious toleration, the standing army, the Restoration settlement, freedom of thought and speech, and other issues which resulted from the 1688 Revolution. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson

A 3 page paper which compares Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” with Thomas Jefferson’s “The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Toussaint L'ouverture And The San Domingo Revolution

10 pages in length. Rebellion was part of the enslaved people's everyday lives in San Domingo. Not a day went by that they did not plan and scheme and devise ways to gain their freedom, a freedom that was unjustly oppressed by the white population. Yet so vigilantly controlled were the slaves that rebellion became a near-impossibility, that is, until Toussaint L'Ouverture took the responsibility of leading the slaves to inevitable freedom by means of revolt. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Political and Economic Freedom

A 7 page paper presenting some of the views of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry David Thoreau and Benjamin Franklin regarding the interconnection of personal virtue, political freedom and economic freedom. The conclusion from the readings is that political and economic freedom go hand in hand, and that personal virtue provides the necessary degree of accountability. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' 'The Communist Manifesto' / Alexander Hamilton and James Madison's 'The Federalist Papers': The Better Representation Of Freedom

7 pages in length. When comparing and contrasting Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' on the issues of protecting and promoting freedom with those of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, one must also consider the inherent relationship that represents their respective views upon principles, problems and solutions, ultimately surmising which side best reflects or departs from the original principles set forth for this quest. It can be argued that the two sides are quite contrary in their individual perceptions, which each faction believing that its views are of primary integrity. However, the writer discusses that after all the discord settles, Hamilton and Madison better represented the pursuit of freedom by working hard to control oppressive government intervention. No additional sources cited.

Exodus as the Theme of the Civil Rights Movement

This 5 page report discusses the fact that the biblical story of Exodus serves as powerful example and ideal for the struggles of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement in America. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that the use of Exodus as both a metaphor and a source of hope was particularly powerful in terms of its religious connotations, as well as its emotional appeal. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Conflict Between Native Americans and the English Colonists in the Seventeenth Century

An 8 page overview of the conflict which erupted between the English colonists and the Native inhabitants of the Americas. The arrival of the Pilgrims and the Puritans to the Americans would prove the beginning of an insurmountable blow to the Native American peoples who inhabited the continent. This blow would waft across the entire east coast of the Americas in just a few short years. In its sometimes bloody and violent wake would lie a devastated people, the Native Americans. The stories which would unfold, although differing somewhat between the north and the south, would be essentially the same. The English wanted what it was that the Native American had and they were willing to kill to get it. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Hank Morgan in Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”: His Goals and Values in Comparison with Those of Thomas Jefferson

This is a 5 page paper comparing Thomas Jefferson and Hank Morgan’s goals and values. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence and the bill which established religious freedom in the United States. In addition, he believed in the value of education for all and the separation of the Church from the state. Hank Morgan established similar guidelines in his re-creation of American society in 6th century England in Mark Twain’s work “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” published in 1889. In the book, Morgan sets up an education system for all and a freedom of religion which was separate from the education system; ideals consistent with Jefferson’s. Despite their ideals of liberty however, both Jefferson and Morgan also used advanced methods at their disposal to protect their societies. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Lincoln And Sumner: Equality

5 pages in length. Historical documentation has poised Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest civil liberators of America's heritage, a legacy of equality the nation's sixteenth president left his countrymen that ultimately included those with darker skin. William Graham Sumner left a legacy as well in relation to equality after he closely scrutinized the existence of and impact from America's clearly defined separation of class, a reality he argues as being the forthright reason why there has never been - and will never be - the kind of equality that defines fairness. While both men approach the concept of equality with a common denominator of being able to forge one's own path through emancipation from oppressive restraints, each has quite a different perspective on what those restraints represent, where they originate and how they impact the true quest for equality. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Meaning Of Freedom And Liberty

This five-page-paper presents a discussion on the meaning of freedom and liberty as depicted by Gordon Woods, " Radicalism of the American Revolution," and the federalist paper by James Madison. It opens with a description of each paper and the underlying meaning of the authors words when it cam e to the concept of freedom and liberty. It moves into detailed examples of those meanings and closed with a conclusion pulling it all together. Bibliography lists three sources.

What Price Freedom

A 4 page paper which discusses the price of freedom through struggles in American history. The struggles highlight the cost of freedom as it relates to soldiers, slaves, and women. Bibliography lists 6 sources.