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Term Papers on The American Frontier

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Legacy of Conquest/The American West »

An 8 page book review on Patricia Limerick's history analysis, The Legacy of Conquest. In this book, Limerick presents a persuasive argument that disagrees with the popular conceptualization of the history of the American West. First of all, Limerick disagrees with the idea that 1890 constitutes a clear demarcation line ...
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Americanism's Essence Through Advancement, Adaptability, and Adventure »

A 5 page paper that presents an interpretation of the definition of Americanism by examining the distinct characteristics and tendencies of Americans and the origins of these traits. Discussed are the definitions of Americanism as presented in Frederick Jackson Turner's 1893 essay "The Frontier in American History" and Alexis ...
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American Revolutioin from Different Perspectives »

This 5 page paper looks at the American Revolution from two points of view. Bailyn's The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution and Jameson's American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement are compared and contrasted. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Frontier Influence on Presidents George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln »

(5 pp) When we are sitting in front of our computer screen or driving to work or school we loose sight of the term "frontier." Think about out presidents of choice for this reading, for them the frontier was still changing. We will look at their ...
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US Frontier Myth »

A 6 page examination of the frontier myth in United States history. Identifies greed and the never-ending drive for territorial expansion and control of resources, both natural and human, as the driving force for white Anglo Saxon males in the United States from the colonial period up until the ...
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'Revolutionary' Citizenship and the American Experience »

In four pages, this paper compares and contrasts the American and French revolutions, and considers how the American experience as shaped the contemporary notion of citizenship. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.
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Native Americans in Spain as Beings or an Obstacle? »

Native Americans in Colonial Latin America: Fellow Human A 5 page discussion of the Spanish view of Native Americans in the Caribbean and Latin America. Describes Native Americans as being only an obstacle to Spanish goals. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Liberty Men And Great Proprietor The Revolutionary Settlement On The Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 by Alan Taylor »

6 pages in length. Alan Taylor's Liberty Men and Great Proprietors : The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 is an expansive book that studies the life and times of Maine's backcountry settlers during the period after the American Revolution. The initial and subsequent chapters delve deeply ...
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A Review of Frontier Regulars The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891 »

A 5 page paper which examines the thesis and main points of Robert M. Utley's book, "Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891." No additional sources cited.
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Gordon Wood and Bernard Bailyn on the Revolutionary War »

A 6 page paper discussing and comparing views of the American Revolution as portrayed by Bernard Bailyn in 'The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution' and Gordon Wood in 'The Radicalism of the American Revolution.' No additional sources cited.
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Life and Controversy of Nathan Bedford Forrest »

This 5 page paper examines the life and works of Nathan Bedford Forrest, and the controversy which surrounded him in life as it does in death. From his poor roots as a frontier farmer and then slave trader to his rise as an army general the reasons for his success ...
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Mid Nineteenth Century U.S. Construction Work »

The 19th century presented itself as a time of extensive growth and change for the United States. With the frontier constantly expanding, construction was on the rise. This 4 page report looks at the job and lifestyle of mid-19th century construction workers. The writer is particularly concerned with techniques, challenges, ...
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High Noon in Lincoln by Robert Utley »

A 5 page summation and analysis of Robert Utley's fascinating tale of violence on the frontier. The writer examines Utley's book about the Lincoln County War of 1878, "High Noon in Lincoln," as a means of discussing the perspective of Western ranchers relative to place and space. No additional ...
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Comparative Analysis of Chinese American, Black American, and Native American Experiences »

In 5 pages the author compares the historical experiences of Native Americans, Black Americans, and Chinese Americans. A historical narrative of Native Americans, Black Americans, and Chinese Americans is necessary to determine the specific historical factors, social structure factors, and ideological factors that seem to have contributed to the differences ...
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Five Reasons for Traditional Native American Resistance to Acculturation »

A 3 page delineation of five reasons that traditional Native Americans do not acculturate well into mainstream America. No sources are listed
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120 Years of American History »

This 6 page paper discusses five specific issues and how they've changed American society since 1885.
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Property Rights of Native Americans »

A 7 page discussion of Native American property rights. Provides a brief historical review of the move to the reservation system and tribally owned lands and then the pressures to dissolve that tribal ownership. Ties the concept of property rights into the issue of sovereignty and concludes ...
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The Man and The President Abraham Lincoln »

In 5 pages, the writer discusses Abraham Lincoln. "Abraham Lincoln was able to shape the history of the African American. He is the very emblem against racial injustice and inequality. Most historical documents present him as the champion of the African Americans. His views in equality were ...
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American Warfare »

A 4 page paper that considers the progression of American warfare from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War. This paper provides the major points of transition that created the changes in the American way of fighting. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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More Than One History in the American Revolution »

A 5 page essay that compares and contrasts two accounts of the American Revolution-- The American People: Crating a Nation and a Society edited by Gary Nash and Julie Roy Jeffrey and A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. The writer discusses how both of these accounts ...
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The Radicalization of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood »

An 8 page paper looking at Gordon S. Wood's nonfiction book The Radicalization of the American Revolution in terms of its key issues. The paper illustrates Wood's belief that the American Revolution differed from other wars in that it not only replaced one ruler or ruling class with another, but ...
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Why American Products Should be Purchased by Americans »

In 5 pages the author discusses that Americans should buy American products. Americans should support their economy. Buying American products helps to keep the quality of their products high. The more Americans buy their products, the more they show and encourage patriotism. Bibliography lists 5 sources. ...
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American Concert Dance Periods »

6 pages in length. American Concert Dance has long been a much appreciated art form, in that it allows a person to express a collage of innermost feelings. It has thrived throughout the decades, entertaining the likes of presidents and rulers, peasants and the general populace. Therefore, ...
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Contrasting and Comparing Russian Serfs and American Slaves »

In 9 pages, the author compares and contrasts American slaves and Russian serfs. In comparing American slaves and Russian serfs, one must realize the dramatic differences between the two. Yes, both were slaves, but American slaves had no rights. Russian serfs actually were able to submit lawsuits in ...
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The American Revolution and Women »

An 8 page research paper that examines the role that American women played in fighting and winning the American Revolutionary War. The typical history text on the American Revolution gives more copy to Paul Revere's horse then it does to the role that American women played on obtaining that victory. ...
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The Business World from a Literary Viewpoint »

A 5 page essay that examines three books that deal with the American business world-- Upton Sinclair's The Jungle; Lewis Sinclair's Babbitt; and William Heffernan's The Dinosaur Club. These books offer three views of the American business world, and also the way in which Americans would like to see themselves ...
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Psychological Research Issues »

This 6 page paper evaluates The Hamilton Depression Inventory in terms of its value as an evaluation tool for a dependent variable in researching depression and also evaluates the websites for the American Psychological Association, the American Sociological Association and the American Psychiatric Association in terms of their value as a resource for research. Bibliography ...
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Experiences of Immigrants »

A 5 page overview of the similarities and contrasts between the original immigrants to this country, the native Americans who were already here, the African Americans, and the Mexican Americans. Stresses that although the European mainstream viewed these other cultures as inferior the cultures recognized themselves as valuable and equal human ...
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An American Genocide »

A 4 page essay that refers to a TV documentary. An episode of a TV documentary series narrated by Jack Perkins, Savagery and the American Indian, which aired in 1991, relates the saga of 300 years of hostilities and atrocities perpetuated against Native Americans, first by European settlers and then ...
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Contrasting and Comparing Native Americans and Buddhists »

A 6 page overview of the similarities and differences in Buddhist culture and Native American culture. Emphasizes the diversity of Native American cultures and stresses that one must be specific regarding time period to make applicable comparisons. Compares primarily contemporary Buddhism and traditional but contemporary Native American religions. ...
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American Minorities and Culture »

This 3 page paper examines several minority groups in the United States and looks at their original cultures. How the groups have assimilated in the United States are discussed. A variety of groups are noted inclusive of Puerto Rican Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans. Different characteristics of ...
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Cultural Diversity Among Native American Women »

A 5 page discussion of one Native American woman's quest to understand cultural diversity, especially diversity in her law enforcement workplace. Relates the difficulties she encounters as a woman and how she helps to acquaint the rest of the workplace with Native American culture. Describes some of the ...
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Native American Culture Decline »

A 5 page overview of the factors which have affected Native American culture. Defines Native American culture as being composed of a number of distinctive components. Relates the concern that while the number of Native Americans may be increasing, the cultures of many groups are being lost as they associate ...
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The Radical Nature of the American Revolution »

This 8 page paper provides an overview of the ideas to come from the American Revolution as well as ideas which preceded it, such as those which sprang from the Enlightenment. Also discussed is the period shortly after the revolution and more briefly, contemporary American society. The radical nature of ...
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Critical Analysis of American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan »

A 5 page essay that summarizes and analyzes Edmund S. Morgan's book 'American Slavery, American Freedom.' Morgan argues that the simultaneous development of slavery and freedom represents the central paradox of early American history. This text goes far in explaining the paradox. No additional sources cited.
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Hispanic Cultures in the United States »

A 6 page paper which examines various Hispanic groups within the United States. Those groups are Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Central and South Americans. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Edmund S. Morgan/American Slavery, American Freedom »

A 4 page book review of Morgan's award-winning treatise on the evolution of racism in the American colonies. In this text, which is one of the most "celebrated books in recent American historiography," Morgan explores the connections between "slavery, freedom, persistent inequality and American egalitarianism." Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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'The Mutilation' Known as the Mexican American War »

A 5 page paper discussing the Mexican-American war. The war that Americans refer to as the Mexican-American war is referred to even today in Mexico as "the Mutilation." It played a significant role in leading the United States into civil war, and also gave new US commanders real ...
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US Economy and the War Against Terrorism »

A 12 page overview of the impact of our current world fight against terrorism as it applies to world economy. This paper reviews the impacts this fight has had on American economy in comparison with other regions of the world. The contention is presented that despite the criticism our current ...
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Article Analysis: American Indian Societies »

This 3 page paper analyzes selections about Native Americans in the section, "Transformation, Endurance, and Rejuvenation of American Indian Societies, 1870-1995" from the Gregory Gordon text. The various selections presented include modern day accounts as well as historical works, including letters from soldiers and Native Americans. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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U.S. Colonies and Slavery »

(7 pp). Although, the number of African American slaves grew slowly at first, by the 1680s they were essential to the economy of Virginia. During the 17th and 18th centuries, African American slaves lived in all of England's North American colonies. Before Great Britain prohibited its subjects from ...
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American Colonies and Slavery Origins »

(7 pp). Although, the number of African American slaves grew slowly at first, by the 1680s they were essential to the economy of Virginia. During the 17th and 18th centuries, African American slaves lived in all of England's North American colonies. Before Great Britain prohibited its subjects from participating ...
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Cultural Considerations of Native American Reservations' Casino Gambling »

A 14 page discussion of the introduction of casino gambling to Native American reservations. Provides an overview of the issues and presents the thesis that casino gambling on Native American reservations supports the uniqueness of Native American culture rather than detracts from it. Presents examples to support that ...
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Europeans, Native Americans, and Greed »

A 5 page consideration of the motivations that characterized the early interactions between Native Americans and the Europeans that invaded their shores. European peoples not only took advantage of Native Americans but committed one atrocity after another in their attempts to prosper from them. The Native Americans, though ...
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The Evolution of Laws Protecting Archaeological Resources and Native American Graves »

A 6 page overview of the laws that have been implemented to protect Native American antiquities and human remains. The author traces the legislative effort from the 1906 Antiquities Act through the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, and the ...
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Eleanor Roosevelt A Personal and Public Life by J. William T. Youngs »

A 5 page paper which provides an overview and interpretation of a historical biography, and includes the author’s purpose, the specifics covered, presented view of American history, consideration of controversy, evaluates whether or not the book departs from typical textbook insights, ideas and concepts introduced, opinion of the book ...
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The Course of African Americans Through the History of the United States »

7 pages in length. Examines major contributions made by African Americans, leaders and heroes in the African American community and the immigration treatments received by the African Americans including how they came to the United States, their treatment and major events experienced by this group. Bibliography lists ...
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Native American Literature »

This 6 page paper deals with the changing perception of the Native American in American literature. The Novels of Treuer, Erdrich, and Alexie are used to explore such issues as loss, love, stereotypes, and other universal themes. Supported arguements are made which show that Native American literature is not always ...
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Native Americans and Africans Compared »

This is an 8 page paper discussing discrimination and assimilation of African and Native Americans. African Americans and Native Americans in the United States have experienced generations of discrimination and assimilation but from somewhat different perspectives. Native Americans were the most profoundly affected by colonization and were forced into minority ...
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Native American Spirituality and Lame Deer »

A 1 page brief description of Native American spirituality. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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