To most Americans, it is unsettling to watch historical statues toppled and the names of our forefathers besmirched. We used to hold these people in reverential awe, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Andrew Jackson. We certainly knew they weren't perfect, but their accomplishments in the birth of our nation greatly overshadowed their flaws. Even the southern soldiers during the Civil War were held in high regard afterwards by both sides for the bloody lesson the country had to learn the hard way. Time eventually healed the nation.
A very popular debate among historians and Americans alike comes the discussion on who are the best and the worst of US presidents. American presidents have proved that with much power demands courage.
In Paraguay, a poor landlocked nation in South America, just north of the capital city of Asuncion, is a town called Villa Hayes (or Hayesville). It is the capital of the Department (state) of Presidente Hayes. Though Paraguay has a long and fascinating history, they have never had a president named Hayes. The town, department, professional soccer team, elementary school, and various statues, are all dedicated to US President Rutherford B. Hayes.
TheNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was written by himself during a time in America when slavery was still legal in many parts of the country, particularly the south. This book outlines the hardships that he endured while in the bonds of slavery. Douglass describes his many masters and his struggle to learn how to read as a child. While a slave he witnessed many atrocities. He saw his aunt, brother, and countless others brutally beaten.
In the US, you have political perspectives — you're either a Republican or a Democrat. And if you’re a Democrat, you should know exactly why you’re part of the party. Not only do you believe that citizens of the country have the right to say and suggest actions that the country should do, but believe that everyone is born equal — meaning no one is looked down upon for being themselves. Everyone who’s living in this country is seen to have the same opportunities as the person next to them.
If you didn't know by now, religion is really big in America — almost the entire country follows a certain religion. The freedom to follow any religion is under our First Amendment — having the freedom to follow any religion, exercise it, as well as respect other people's choices in religion, too. Many people use religion as a method of safety and sanctuary — they feel safe when practicing their preferred religion. Which is one of the main reasons why religion is in politics.
From the ashes of the Whig Party came the Republicans. United with the desire to abolish slavery, the founders of the party met in a small schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin. The Republican party has taken major strides since then.
May 31st, 2017 marked the 96th anniversary of the destruction of one most affluent black neighborhoods in America. Greenwood was a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also known as Black Wall Street. Black Wall Street is often omitted, and forgotten from some history books because it was the biggest riot in American history displaying the inhumane injustices that happened to African-Americans.
Anyone who thinks that American politics only recently became dramatic hasn't been paying attention to history books when they were in high school and college. There have always been struggles — albeit, not always as violent as the ones that we're seeing happen now.
Just southwest of the White House, a massive statue of Abraham Lincoln upon a throne sits in a building designed to resemble an ancient Greek temple. Like a god, Lincoln looms over those who stand before him indifferently. The message is clear: We are all equal, and beneath him.
With the rise of social media we have been slammed with many extraordinary and highly unpopular claims or theories all over the internet, forcing us to question mainstream narratives that we assumed were true or false.