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Author: George H. Slappey
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Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (July 25, 2007)
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The South and the Nation: A History of American Democracy by George H. Slappey



The American History Museum is home to a critical relic of the farewell address. According to family tradition, Rubenstein says, Washington worked on his farewell address by the light of this candle stand. During the pre-electric era, candle stands with reflectors were often used to increase the light output of a candle at night, and were used on desks in a manner similar to a reading lamp. But even from the nation’s infancy, it pays to remember, the high-minded standards of the Constitution haven’t always been universally achieved. Our democracy has always been a messy experiment. Nevertheless, the ideas in Washington’s farewell still help to guide lawmakers and ordinary citizens alike. At its core, I think that we still desire many of the aspirations that Washington professed in this document, says Rubenstain. Ultimately, we want people to think of the good of the nation.

In her long-awaited book, Mary Dudziak brilliantly demonstrates the interconnections between race relations and the American response to the early Cold Wa. .Dudziak sets a new standard for literature on race and Cold War foreign policy. Her work deserves a wide audience. -Laura Belmonte, Journal of Cold War Studies. As recent events remind us so well, much appears to be tied loosely with the destiny of democracy in the United States and the way that the country is seen by a diverse and divided world. In understanding this process, the issues at stake, the roles that individuals play, and the implications for human rights, Cold War Civil Rights will provide enormous assistance. -Paul Gordon Lauren, Human Rights Quarterly.

From VOA Learning English, welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION – American history in Special English. Today, we continue our story of the United States Constitution. In recent weeks, we told the story of how the Constitution was written. At the end of May, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify. Just one more state and the new Constitution would become the law of the land. All eyes turned to Virginia. Virginia was the biggest of the 13 states. One-fifth of all the people in America lived in Virginia. For the first time ever in the history of the planet, an entire continent got to vote on how they and their posterity would be governed. And there were lots of exclusions from our perspective, but we wouldn’t exist as a democratic country, as a democratic world, but for that. The Continental Congress declared that the Constitution would become effective the first Wednesday in March, 1789.

Its history often begins with Leif Ericson, who is believed to have travelled to this land in the year 1000. Then by Christopher Columbus in 1492, the pilgrims in the 16th century, later followed by other European nations such as Spain, Portugal, and Britain. As we fast-forward through the years, the role of this young nation is evident in every part of the world. Between the Revolution against Britain and the American Civil War in 1861, the young nation went through a myriad of storms, politically and socially, in addition to the significant progress it went through. In 1794, the Jay Treaty was reached in which the United States, represented by George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, restored civil relations with the British.

American Democracy Introduction When Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech in Gettysburg, he gave, probably, the brightest and the most famous definition of democracy in American history. He defined democracy as government of the People, by the People, for the People (Lincoln . These words imply the base of democratic state that can be applied in relation to any nation that strives to create democratic society. Democracy is, probably, the most arguable and difficult form of governments. It is full of internal conflicts and discrepancies.

This prominent New York journalist blanketed the nation with fairy tales of corrupt, incompetent, lazy Black Republican politicians. Reconstruction’s enfranchising policies were a tragedy, Pike wrote, nothing but the slave rioting in the halls of his master. An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy, by Gunnar Myrdal (1944). As Americans fought against Nazism overseas, this Swedish economist served up an encyclopedic revelation of racial discrimination in their backyards.

The problem is that most American history books focus on just a few topics, such as the American Revolution and the Civil War, while ignoring other topics that also helped shaped American culture. I’ve compiled a list of books on American history that I feel are must-reads for every history lover. The book aims to fix these mistakes and covers everything from Columbus’s journey to the Americas and the First Thanksgiving, to 9/11 and the Iraq war and explains how teachers should teach history by skipping history textbooks and diving deeper into specific topics. James W. Loewen is an author who has written many books about American history such as Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong and Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About History.

For a secular saint is what George Washington has become. History records him as the man who led American forces to victory in the War of Independence, and as the first President of the infant United States, who did more than anyone to ensure the success of an untried and unprecedented experiment in democracy. But in Washington's case, objective history more often than not takes a back seat to myth. North and South will stay together if they have you to hang on," Jefferson wrote to him. But in 1797, Washington left power for good, and his two-term precedent endured, with the sole exception of Franklin Roosevelt (after whose death the two-term limit was finally written into the constitution). His death two years later plunged the young nation into grief, and the funeral ceremonies and commemorations of his life continued for months afterwards.

The history of the United States from 1980 until 1991 includes the last year of the Jimmy Carter presidency, eight years of the Ronald Reagan administration, and the first three years of the George H. W. Bush presidency, up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Plagued by the Iran hostage crisis, runaway inflation, and mounting domestic opposition, Carter lost the 1980 presidential election to Republican Reagan.

THE MAKING OF A NATION explores the good and the bad in American history. For example, how could slavery exist in a nation whose people declared that "all men are created equal" and with a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Many programs tell about the ideas and issues that have shaped the United States. But most importantly, they tell about the people. For example, George Washington was a farmer before he became a military commander. He became president because the citizens of the new country wanted him as their first leader

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