During the late 1880s, as farmers experienced their hardest years financially, several political struggles unfolded that challenged Redeemer hegemony in southern states. Through the years, farmer and labor organizations—the Virginia Readjusters, the Greenback Party, the Knights of Labor—had tried to foment change but without lasting success. Beginning in the 1860s, farmers turned to fraternal organizations, one of which was the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, or the Grange.
In teaching the “unknown wars” that straddle the 19th and 20th centuries, one encounters numerous problems. First, many Americans nowadays have as much difficulty finding the Philippines on a map as they did in 1898. Especially people living in inland states have difficulty understanding the isolated island culture.
In response to the Boston Tea Party, Parliament attempted to punish Boston and isolate the colonies. But response to the Intolerable Acts began to unify the colonies instead.
In 1789, Congress created the Department of the Treasury, including the cabinet post of secretary of the Treasury, and required the secretary to report directly to Congress. President George Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton as the first secretary of the Treasury.
by the Independence Hall Association The KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT OF 1854 may have been the single most significant event leading to the Civil War. By the early 1850s, settlers and entrepreneurs wanted to move into the area now known as Nebraska.…
The Electoral College – An Evolutionary Process
Glenn R. Swift, award-winning journalist and historian, will be holding a lecture open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Palm Beach State’s Eissey Campus on PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens from 7pm to 8:15pm in the college’s prestigious Meldon Lecture Hall (BB Bldg.). Entitled “The Electoral College: an Evolutionary Process,” Swift will explore the philosophical reasons behind the unique institution’s creation and illustrate just how the body’s functionality has evolved from what was originally intended by the nation’s Constitutional framers. Swift’s presentation will also explain how the electoral vote system has impacted presidential elections in the past and how it will influence the outcome in 2016. The lecture is free to the public.
With the rise of organized crime during the Great Depression, the Department of Justice began an exhaustive search for a location to construct an escape-proof maximum security prison. With a ready-made facility surrounded by the bone-chilling, swift currents of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was quickly chosen as the ideal site.
Venerably moored at 1089 E. 9th St. in Cleveland, Ohio, on the banks of historic Lake Erie, the USS Cod Memorial brings an up close, hands-on feel of our nation’s proud history and serves as a living tribute to those who bravely answered the call of duty when an unprovoked enemy attacked us without warning three generations ago.
It’s the Fourth of July weekend! For most of us, that means a cookout, fireworks and another day or two that we don’t have to go to work. Sadly, we have forgotten what this day was really all about.