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A Look into America's Past

By perezh
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    A group of Separatist pilgrims left England on a ship called the Mayflower to avoid religious persecution and mistreatment. They decided to travel to Holland, where they found they also weren’t happy, so then finally moving again to settle in what is now Massachusetts. With the original intent of settling in Virginia, they believed they did not need to follow the Virginia Company’s laws since they were outside their borders. Forming their own government with “just and equal laws,” the pilgrims
  • Mayflower Compact (part 2 & citations)

    Mayflower Compact (part 2 & citations)
    would not leave the ship onto Massachusetts until the compact was signed. This act highlights the characteristic of social contract from the American Character & Belief System because all of the people on the ship agreed to follow the rules made with the right to govern themselves (textbook 69-70).
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  • Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia Convention

    Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia Convention
    Patrick Henry attended the third Virginia convention to verbalize his disagreement with Great Britain that they were not allowed to carry gunpowder (etc). In result of voicing his opinion, he motivated the Virginia Provincial Convention to continue owning weapons in spite of Britain’s orders. This speech highlights the characteristics of civil disobedience and patriotism because he refused to stop fighting for Virginia’s gunpowder store even when British officials were obviously trying to
  • Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia Convention (part 2 & citations)

    Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia Convention (part 2 & citations)
    deprive them of that right. He would not back down from the British government, showing his defense towards wanting independence.
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  • Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"

    Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"
    “Common Sense” was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine to voice his argument towards the way the British ruled. It was intended to positively affect the citizens living in the Thirteen Colonies to fight for their independence from Great Britain, who ruled the colonies at the time. This pamphlet highlights the characteristics of patriotism and freedom from the American Character & Belief System because it is meant to openly disagree with the British government to receive
  • Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" (part 2 & citations)

    Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" (part 2 & citations)
    rights/independence and live a fair life separate from the British.
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  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is a legal document that summarizes specifically why American colonists were driven to obtain independence when disagreeing with the actions of the British government. The thirteen colonies wanted to separate from the British rule and become their own country. It was written by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, and Thomas Jefferson; it was signed by fifty-six different representatives from our states. This document highlights the
  • Declaration of Independence (part 2 & citations)

    Declaration of Independence (part 2 & citations)
    characteristic of freedom from the American Character & Belief System because that is exactly what they wanted from the British Empire, to break free from their rules and follow their own that gave them their individual rights.
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  • Constitution of the United States of America

    Constitution of the United States of America
    SourceThe Constitution formed America’s government, including necessary laws and promised basic rights for all living there. Each state worked as an independent country at the time and the Constitution fully united them with written laws that promised equal rights like freedom of speech and religion. This document highlights the characteristics of social contract and freedom as it put down laws that the citizens agreed to follow due to the right to freely make choices (ex: religion).
  • Opening of Ellis Island

    Opening of Ellis Island
    SourceEllis Island was a station located in New York to inspect immigrants before allowing them to enter America for the first time. They inspected all medical and legal information, most immigrants entering with success within a range of hours to days or weeks. This location highlights the characteristic of global standing in the American Character & Belief System because it shows how the U.S. acts/trusts other nations and ensures safety for the citizens already living in America.
  • Plessy V. Ferguson

    Plessy V. Ferguson
    Louisiana put down a new law that black and white-skinned people had to ride in separate railway cars. Homer Adolph Plessy, who was considered black even with his light skin tone, was arrested for refusing to get up from a car that was meant only for whites. This situation highlights the characteristics of civil disobedience, Equality & Equity, and freedom from the American Character & Belief System because Homer was refusing to follow rules enforced by the government as he believed it was
  • Plessy v. Ferguson (part 2 & citations)

    Plessy v. Ferguson (part 2 & citations)
    unjust and he was of equal rank as “whites.” He fought towards getting his individual rights by refusing to get up that day as citizens should be able to sit wherever they want.
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  • The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes (Scopes Monkey Trial)

    The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes (Scopes Monkey Trial)
    Our country’s citizens craved their daily routines after World War I and how “normal" their society used to be. Religion as their main source of comfort, they wanted to live in the past and were not comfortable with the theory of evolution, so they tried to ban it in every way possible. Laws were written for evolution never to be taught in schools, but a high school biology teacher was caught doing so, leading to a trial to decide between focusing on evolution or religion. This trial highlights
  • Scopes Monkey Trial (part 2 & citations)

    Scopes Monkey Trial (part 2 & citations)
    the characteristics of separation of church and state and freedom because the trial determined whether to allow religion interfere with all citizens/students of America or separate people’s beliefs from any public environment like school. It also fought with the right for people to make their own decisions, whether they wanted to digest the theory of evolution or focus on what they believed in regards to religion.
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  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" Speech

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" Speech
    Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” Speech was written about the multiple rights and freedoms a human being should obtain with the objective of peace in America. The four freedoms he envisioned for a better future were freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. This speech highlights the characteristic of freedom from the American Character & Belief System because it gives the citizens individual rights to live a life where they can make their own decisions.
  • President Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” Speech (part 2 & citations)

    President Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” Speech (part 2 & citations)
    rights to live a life where they can make their own decisions.
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  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Japanese pilots unexpectedly bombed American military weaponry on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, destroying almost half of the Hawaiian island’s 400 various aircraft and ships including 20 naval ships, 8 battleships, and 200 airplanes. This attack killed 2,400 American soldiers/sailors and wounded 1,000, all unprepared since the attack came as a surprise. This attack highlights the characteristic of global standing from the American Character & Belief System because it shows how the U.S. acted
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor (part 2 & citations)

    Attack on Pearl Harbor (part 2 & citations)
    with another nation by reciprocating war. (pg 811 in textbook)
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  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    Brown v. Board of Education ended legal segregation in public schools due to five cases being brought up to court with the issue of having separate schools dividing black and white-skinned people with the argument that it was simply unequal. It was concluded that racial segregation was unconstitutional and violated the 14th amendment, making separation illegal. This situation highlights the characteristic of Equality & Equity because it stood for dark-skinned people to have the same rights as
  • Brown v. Board of Education (part 2)

    Brown v. Board of Education (part 2)
    it stood for dark-skinned people to have the same rights as white-skinned, allowing them to attend the same schools (etc) and not be separated from whites as if they weren’t human as well.
  • Brown v. Board of Education (citations)

    Brown v. Board of Education (citations)
  • Little Rock Nine

    Little Rock Nine
    Nine African-American teenagers, known as Little Rock Nine, fought to attend high school at Little Rock Central High in hopes of full desegregation. They had to live with acts of violent discrimination in the year they tried finishing school, including verbal abuse, threats, and hazing just because they were of darker color. This situation highlights the characteristic of Equality & Equity from the American Character & Belief System because black students were attempting at being of the same
  • Little Rock Nine (part 2 & citations)

    Little Rock Nine (part 2 & citations)
    rank and proving to be at the same ability as white peers by finishing school at a place where mixed color was forced to be acceptable. In a way, they won this fight by completing their school year and not listening to the people who were opposed.
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  • Patriot Day or 9/11

    Patriot Day or 9/11
    19 members of an Islamic terrorist group hijacked four commercial flights that were flown into the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon just outside of Washington D.C., and crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. In result of the crashes into the Twin Towers, what was left of the buildings in the World Trade Center burned down/collapsed or were so badly damaged they were eventually torn down/demolished. Over 3,000 people were killed due to the attack, including 400 police officers and
  • Patriot Day or 9/11 (part 2 & citations)

    Patriot Day or 9/11 (part 2 & citations)
    firefighters who were trying to save lives. This tragedy highlights the characteristics of global standing and patriotism from the American Character & Belief System because it shows how another nation disagreed with our ways so they decided it would change things in America if they used destruction and death to get through to us. Instead, it only united our nation and spread a national support towards the attack’s victims.
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  • President Obama's First Inaugural Address

    President Obama's First Inaugural Address
    Obama’s First Inaugural Address made the beginning of his term as President official, declaring what he planned to do in leading a nation. He talks about the challenges our country faces and the problems that are bestowed upon us, and how he will work on solving those issues as President. This speech highlights the characteristics of patriotism and the American dream from the American Character & Belief System because he showed the country he will lead his loyalty, devotion, and support by
  • President Obama's First Inaugural Address (part 2 & citations)

    President Obama's First Inaugural Address (part 2 & citations)
    by promising to face its problems head on, that those problems have the possibility to be fixed in America.
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