2_Roots and Reconstruction

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Unformatted text preview: 9/1/2010 1 Previously on American History . . . Modern Americas story can be picked up anywhere, but its history didnt begin out of the blue. People, places, events, and nations have roots. Why did the United States need reconstructing? Who lived here in 1865? What did the US look like? Was it always like that? How can we know the next century will bring sweeping changes if we have nothing to which to compare it? Five Principles have shaped American history so far, and will continue to do so after 1865 Relationship between the people and the governmentan ongoing debate about what We, the People means A penchant for reform , improvement, and second chances belief there is always a better way and always a chance to pursue it pursue it Mobility Americans have been mobile and restless since before they were Americans Quest for independence and liberty not just political freedoms, but economic self sufficiency, freedom of movement, right of self determination, freedom from government interference, etc. Collective optimism the cynicism we see today is a relatively recent addition to the American psyche 9/1/2010 2 French/Indian guerrilla attack on British/colonists resentment and superiority reigned for both the British and the colonists after the SYW Proclamation of 1763 limited English settlement to east of the Appalachians 9/1/2010 3 The Treaty of Paris formally created the United States of America in 1783 Publius (AKA Publius (AKA Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay) wrote 85 essays, The Federalist Papers, urging ratification of the Constitution 39 delegates signed the Constitution on Sept 17, 1787 9/1/2010 4 This simple tally of electoral votes marks the finale of the Revolution of 1800 The War of 1812 was a second battle for national identityit even inspired a national anthem With $15 million (3 /acre), Jefferson doubled the size of the United States 9/1/2010 5 As in Andrew Jacksons Europe on America: To be the architect of your own fortune is desirable case, Americans valued self-determination, self- worth, and self-made success Vote for the Democratic Federalist National Republican Whigs! (HUH?) Nat'l Republicans/Whigs Democrats Activist fed gov Small fed gov Activist fed govt Small fed govt Promote economy Laissez-faire NE, Mid-Atlantic, KY frontier and South Henry Clay Andrew Jackson American system Equal opportunity What man has done, man may undo: Antebellum Reform The Missouri Compromise was the first of many compromises to settle the ongoing debate over slaverys expansion 9/1/2010...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course AMH 2020 taught by Professor minor during the Fall '11 term at Santa Fe College.

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