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The Evolution of American ExpansionismThe United States that had existed from the landing on Plymouth in 1620 to the Reconstruction period in the late 19th century was a country dependent on expansionism for survival. Among the imperial powerhouses of Western Europe, this blossoming country was forced to practice expansionism merely to keep its head above water. However, as the country neared the beginning of turn of the century, ambitions grew from survival to conquest as the underdog country gained more political,...
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American expansionism and the missionary movement are closely associated. The progressive movement had energized social reformers in America, inspiring social justice, social change and moral responsibility. America was emerging as a proud, patriotic society and felt empowered by their democracy. Americans believed their nation was exceptional and that they had a “moral responsibility” to bring Christianity and democracy to the world. Encouraged by political leaders, this moral responsibility spurred the growth of missionary work around the globe.
Missionaries were a contradiction, one that is not easily sorted. The goals and objectives of the missionary themselves were often purest...
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DepartureExpansionism in the 19th and early 20th century U.S. was not a continuation of past American Expansionism. Throughout American history, prime motives for geographical and political expansion have been in support of U.S. economy. As the country grew, many other issues became important in the shaping of American expansionism. Slavery and investment of capital were major forces behind these issues. All these events involved economic, societal, and political expansion.Colonial expansion was meant to facilitate growth in population and build economic base to support that population. This can be seen in the purpose of the seven years war and war of 1812. Britain and the...
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EXPANSIONISM IN AMERICAN HISTORY The expansion that took place in America in the early twentieth-century in many ways was a departure from the expansion of Jefferson?s Manifest Destiny. U.S. foreign policy has always been based upon expanding westward, protecting U.S. interests, and limiting foreign influence in the Americas. However after the development of a huge industrial economy, the U.S. started to focus on the rest of the world. This happened because it needed worldwide markets for it's agricultural and industrial surpluses, as well as raw materials for manufacturing. Americans extended the idea of Manifest Destiny to the rest of the world to find the needed materials and markets....
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United States expansionism in the late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century is both a continuation and a departure of past United States expansionism. Expansionism in the United States has occurred for many reasons. Power (from land), religion, economics, and the ideas of imperialism and manifest destiny are just a few reasons why the U.S. decided to expand time and again throughout the course of its 231 year history. Expansionism has evolved throughout the years as the inhabitants of the country have progressed both socially (the Second Great Awakening, the women's suffrage movement, the populist party and the early 19th and 20th century social reformers) and economically...
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The phrase 54 40 or fight was the grassroots foundation for the American ideals of Manifest Destiny and Expansionism. Throughout the later years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century, little had changed when it came to Americans seeking to expand their influence; for it was the "white man's burden" to help rid the world of suffering and to convert as many people as possible to follow American ideals. Neither Manifest destiny nor American expansionism had changed by the turn of the 19th century, for the US still sought to influence those and "help" them in as many socioeconomic ways...
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Before World War I an expansionist fever battled its way through the government after the Depression. Tension between idealism and self-interest that had trotted alongside Americas domestic history had also guided its’ foreign policy. When the Europeans came and settled, in what they believed to be India, their motives included greed, glory, and god. Similar to the intentions of the early Europeans, expansionism brought with it reflections of profit, patriotism, piety, and politics. (Nash and Jeffery 604) One of America’s main goals was to create a model society for which others would follow by example. Since the beginning of the 17th century Thomas Jefferson had begun the expansionist...
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Manifest destiny...imperialism...reform...acquisition. These are all terms that represent a period of great expansion and conquest that literally shaped the United States during the mid to late 1800's. Texas and Hawaii were gained, and so was virtually the western half of the US through the Louisiana Purchase and one of the most crucial wars in American history--the Mexican War. Not only did the United States gain much new territory and power during these years, but it also adopted a foreign policy via the Monroe Doctrine and Roosevelt Corollary that is still in use today.The simplest way to describe and encompass the westward movement and conquest is through the public ideology...
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The major American aspiration during the 1790s through the 1860s was westward expansion. Americans looked to the western lands as an opportunity for large amounts of free land, for growth of industry, and manifest destiny. This hunger for more wealth and property, led Americans conquer lands that were rightfully someone else's. Manifest destiny and westward expansion brought many problematic issues to the Unites States verses the Indians that took the Americans to the Civil War.
The first issue that arose for the Americans, was where to put the existing Indians while they conquered their land. The United States felt that the Indians needed to be secluded from all other races so that they...
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The United States of America has never been content with stagnation. The landmass of the Thirteen Colonies was enough to rival that of the Mother country from which they separated. The forefathers believed that it was the manifest destiny of this nation to eventually claim the expansion from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. By 1890, nearly a hundred years following the original claim of Manifest Destiny, the land that was once open, was now under American control. But no sooner was the Great American Frontier closed, than was the door to East Asian expansion opened with the great gold key of American diplomacy. In a world where imperialism was contagious, and cartographers had to work...
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The late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century United States expansionism was a continuation of past United States expansionism.The Louisiana Purchase and the Mississippi River proved to be important trade routes for the United States along with the New Orleans's harbors for resources and raw materials in early expansion years. Along with California being annexed, the trade with Asia opened along with the Pacific. The United States during early expansion was...
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Was the foreign policy of the United States primarily isolationist or expansionist through 1865-1914?
At the turn of the century, and after gaining our independence, the United States land mass more than doubled through the use of purchasing, annexing, and war. However, the foreign policy of our government took a predominately isolationist stand. This was a national policy of abstaining from political or economic relations with other countries. General Washington shaped these values by upholding and encouraging the use of these principles by warning to avoid alliances in his farewell speech. The reasoning behind these actions was that the Republic was a new...
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In 1945, most of the countries around the world are devastated further to World War II which had stroke the globe for six years. Only the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, also called USSR, seem to be in a stable economic situation despite weighty losses. Both states are considered to be the great winners of the war and this is the beginning of a confrontation between two superpowers but also the confrontation between two distinct ideologies: communism and capitalism.
With the shock of two destructive world wars and then the creation of the United Nations, whose aim is to preserve peace, it is unconceivable for these two nations to fight directly in order...
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Fredrick Jackson Turner and Reginald Horsman present us with two very different views of American History. Turner views the American period of expansionism across the North American continent as if this were a natural phenomenon. In contrast, Horsman begs us to consider such a perception—very seriously. Where Turner sees something like a sprit of freedom and independence driving the course of American history into the western frontier—and (coincidentally) over the peoples already living there—Horsman reveals how such a view of the American people’s ‘nature’ is constructed, ultimately to justify such expansion.
Where Turner limits their view of American history to simply what the...
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A) The 33rd president of the United States of American created the Truman Doctrine. The Truman Doctrine's policy was first put into action in 1947; their objective was to send U.S. aid to anti-Communist forces in Greece and Turkey. However, this policy expanded and the United States applied this policy to any countries that were threatened by Communism. Truman also developed the Marshall plan, it was plan to recover and stabilize Western Europe after the effect of World War II. The spread of Communist by the Soviet regime throughout Europe and Asia brought conflict between the USSR and the United States and...
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Lee MolitorisWhen the Constitution was first written during the Revolutionary war, the founding fathers did not know that different people would have different views on interpreting the Constitution. The founding fathers, such as Washington and Adams, were afraid of a central federalized power because of Great Britain. So they were for states rights. Washington did not know that other Presidents such as Jefferson, or Polk would nearly double the size of the United States, because the Constitution says that the President can do whatever he wants to, as long as it's necessary and proper, or going to war over it. There were three distinct eras in which the
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Question 4: “NSC 68 was written by Paul Nitze in the spring of 1950 and implemented over the course of the year. How does the definition of the containment policy in NSC 68 compare to George Kennan’s original ideas? How does NSC 68 show continuity with the earlier policy and what about is new?
“The Sources of Soviet Conduct” Foreign Affairs, 1947, explains the difficulty of summarizing Soviet ideology. For more than 50 years, the Soviet concept held the Russian nations hypnotized, discontented, unhappy, and despondent confined to a very limited Czarist political order. Hence, the rebel support of a bloody Revolution, as a means to “social betterment” (Kennan, 567). Bolshevism...
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The three authors that describe Manifest destiny have very different beliefs but all use one person with vastly different views on Manifest Destiny and his beliefs on the term. The person that first used the term in any form of writing was John O’ Sullivan and is accredited with coining the phrase but much of this time had this strong belief in expanding the territory and states of the United States. Their views on this term were different because some believed that the United States should expand from the Pacific to the Atlantic or the whole North American continent or the whole hemisphere. The common thing that they all believed in was the annexation of Texas into the Union and was the...
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The Age of Andrew Jackson was an exciting time to be living in. America was still carving out its way among the various nations of the world. Many people say that it is the man who makes the times. This was quite the case with Andrew Jackson. During the Jacksonian era, Nationalism, expansionism and securing American well-being in the world were focused on. Some thought Andrew Jackson was one of the best presidents the country ever had. It seemed that his character (with both good...
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The United States vs. Mexico
After an eleven-year war to free itself from Spanish colonial control, Mexico had won but in a sense lost greatly. In 1821, she had to begin the long struggle to rebuild an economic, social, and political stability for the huge mass it now controlled. This area included present day Mexico and what is now known as Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California and part of Colorado.
“The new republic became submerged in a “system of institutionalized disorder”
that propelled it “from crisis to crisis.” Consequently; the process of state-
building in nineteenth-century Mexico remained incomplete when the United
States confronted the young republic...
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Manifest destiny is belief held by many Americans in the 1840s that the United States was destined to expand across the continent, by force, as used against Native Americans, if necessary. The controversy over slavery further fueled expansionism, as the North and South each wanted the nation to admit new states that supported its section's economic, political, and slave policies. By the end of the 19th century, this belief was used to support expansion in the Caribbean and the Pacific. In the following paragraphs I will explain in detail the manifest destiny and express my opinion about it.Manifest...
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During the 1890’s the United States saw a surge in its interests abroad. Before this decade, the U.S. government never asserted their influence over foreign nations as strongly and rapidly. It was a turning point in the history of U.S. foreign policy and two scholars, Fareed Zakaria and Peter Trubowitz, provide very different explanations as to why the United States adapted a new foreign policy and acquired territory abroad in the 1890’s. These dissimilar theories use unique units of analysis to examine this period in American history that provide interesting explanations as to why this decade saw such a heightened level of U.S. influence throughout the world. Zakaria’s hypothesis,...
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The term containment describes the foreign policy strategy pursued by the United States after the Second World War. The term was introduced into the public debate by George F. Kennan, a diplomat and U.S. State Department adviser on Soviet affairs. In his famous anonymous X-article Kennan suggested a "long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies." The Strategy of Containment found its first application in the Truman Doctrine of 1947, which guaranteed immediate economic and military aid to Greece and Turkey. John Lewis Gaddis has argued that all post-1945 U.S. foreign...
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In the late 19th century, with the squelching of the revolutions of 1848, many Europeans still desired reforms. In this desire, the longing for unification began to gain ground. As the probability of unification in places, such as, Germany and Italy began to intensify, Europeans with liberal views quickly began to entertain a nationalistic way of thinking. Many leaders of this school of thought were supporters of, British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli. Disraeli gave a famous speech at the Crystal Palace in London, in 1872. In his speech he challenged Europeans to choose their paths. The two paths were to either advance global Imperial expansion or embrace insignificance in world affairs...
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The Cold War became a principal influence on many features of American society for much of the second half of the 20th century. It rose owing to antagonist values amid the United States, demonstrating democracy and capitalism, and the Soviet Union, signifying communism and totalitarianism. Being the two principal world powers after WWII, controversy amid the Americans and Soviets became a worldwide conflict. The Cold War varied from most wars because it was as a great deal of a propaganda war than a war with military involvements. The Korean and Vietnam conflicts are significant instances of military intrusion by the Americans for the sake of impeding communist expansionism. Conversely,...
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The United States and The D.R
The United States of America has always done good even without gaining anything in return.Imperialism at the time was a word that was common among not only politicians but also in the possession of American citizens, this proves that the influence was a major plus to America’s global imperialism and expansionism. The Dominican Republic during the 20th century suffered from being in the temptation of Communism. The U.S was able to occupy the Dominican Republic and because of this their actions were viewed as imperialistic to Americas inhabitants and foreign nations as well. Although some believe that the United...
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Differences between Canadian and American History of Relations with Aboriginal PeoplesWhile treaties, the presence of the North West Mounted Police and British law differentiated Canadian treatment of First Nations from the Americans, the idea that Canadians were humane and just was largely a myth. Because Americans waged a war of extermination against their Indians population, Canadians believed they were just in their dealing with the Canadian Natives. Legal recognition of native people led to a difference in the treatment of native groups in Canada in contrast to the Americans. Some of the differences were due to political, ideological, and economic factors.19th century...
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After the assassination of President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt inherited a growing empire when he took office in 1901. The U.S. had annexed Hawaii in 1898 and Spanish-American War granted the U.S. control of the Philippines. It also led the U.S. to establish a protectorate over Cuba and grant territorial status for Puerto Rico. By taking on the Philippine Islands as an American colony after the Spanish-American War he had ended the U.S.'s isolation from international politics. Theodore Roosevelt believed that nations should pursue a strenuous life and do their part to maintain peace and order. It was also a belief that civilized nations had the duty of modernizing the barbarous ones....
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Economic expansion in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century was driven by economic expansion and sole beliefs. In the past the United States was an agricultural nation and based there economy on farming. Since the United States based there economy on farming they need to expand was necessary for the country to grow. However as time went on the slow transition between farming to big business changed the motives for America’s expansion. In both era’s however the United States was able to justify its expansion through national belief.
Before the nineteenth century America had an agriculturally based economy and wanted to expand its nation for this use. The United States...
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Imperialism is, by definition, the extension of rule or influence by one government, nation or society over another; manifest destiny is the belief held by many Americans in the 1840s that the United States was "destined" to expand across the continent. This belief of "destined expansion" was nothing new to America's leaders for their vision of the United States when they first established it was that of a nation that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The American people themselves had underlying reasons for their imperialistic actions as well, mostly economic and political. During the conquest of manifest destiny the US acquired Texas, Oregon and California. Americans tooled...
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Many historians are locked in debate on, who was responsible in starting the Cold War and which side has the true expansionist policies? One thing, although, that is readily agreed upon is that the Cold War officially began with the defeat of Germany and the consequence of a power vacuum in Central Europe.In February, 1945, the Yalta Conference took place and the participants were Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. By this early stage of the Cold War, there had already been signs of ideological clashes and suspicion between both the U.S.S.R and the West. This conference was held in order to assure a...
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The outbreak of World War II on September 3rd 1939 occurred due to numerous factors. These causes include the harshness of the Treaty of Versailles, the failure of the League of Nations linked to the isolation of the US, appeasement introduced by the British Prime Minister in the year 1937 and the Nazi-Soviet Pact signed between Hitler and Stalin on the 28th of August 1938 . Hitlers foreign policy had a huge impact on the outbreak of World War II because of its...
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Did the European monarchies of Britain, Russia, and Germany help to lead theworld into the first world war of 1914? I've investigated this question through the use of a variety of texts and resources available to me: I have examined the actual documents, statements, and treaties released by these leaders during, and leading up to, this time of crisis. I have examined the actions of the monarchs before them, and how these choices would affect their own decisions. I have read exposes and in-depth examinations of the war itself, and I have drawn from these documents the information I need to prove that these monarchs, through attempts to further their own personal desires or beliefs,...
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Russia and the United States began their relationship as allies when Russia disregarded the non aggression pact they signed with Germany in 1939, effectively sealing Germany’s fate in World War II.
Korea, like Germany, had been occupied by Soviet and United States forces at the end of World War II. Korea was split in half via the 38th parallel after the Japanese Empire fell near the end of the conflict. The soviets occupied the north side of the line and the Americans occupied the south. “By the end of the decade, two new states had formed on the peninsula. In the south, the anti- communist dictator Syngman Rhee (1875-1965)...
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Imperialism, defined by Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, is "the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisition or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas"(Merriam-Webster). During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the United States pursued an aggressive policy of expansionism, extending its political and economic influence around the globe. The United States has become an empire. Although the United States has less power – in the sense of control over other countries’ internal behavior – than Britain did when it ruled a quarter of the globe, the United...
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At the end of the 1920s there seemed to have been a positive step forward in peaceful relations between Germany and Britain after the antagonistic peace brought about by the Versailles peace treaty. The Locarno "honeymoon" had created a feeling of goodwill among the general population at least in Britain. Yet behind the closed doors of the negotiating table leaders/diplomats must have been aware of the limitations of the existing peace and friendly 'spirit'.There was disagreement between France, America and Britain in diplomatic attitude to Germany: France believing Versailles was the end...
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After WWII, the world witnessed another international conflict. This one looked as a long term conflict between the two biggest world superpowers born after the end of WWII: the United States of America and the Soviet Union (URSS).
The most powerful nations fought an undeclared war against each other transforming all political boundaries in almost all countries in all continents. Also the political ideology and the political systems were transformed by such a conflict better known as the Cold War.
In 1962, the Cold War reached its peak bringing the world to an almost imminent nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the United States of America.
The beginning of WWIII pended by an...
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The complexities of race effected the Jacksonian era through the shrewdness of the white man’s desires for economic expansion. Democracy, during its infancy in early nineteenth century America, considered all ‘people’ as equals. However, this designation of ‘people’ excluded African and Native Americans. The institution of slavery was a return investment venture for southern planters in their greed for the production of more staple crops. Many white Americans led extravagant lifestyles from the large incomes they received from the labors of their property. Also, the controversy over removing the Native American’s from their lands portrayed the voracity in which the European Americans...
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The United States' Outlook on Foreign Policy Affairs
The United States outlook on foreign policy affairs after World War II was influenced by the fear of communist expansionism rather than establishing foreign relations with each country. The U.S. found itself with a conflict between its profound belief in the constitution and democracy and a need for domestic and national security. In 1947, the National Security Act authorized the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency. Its role was to protect domestic security and oversee national relations. Following World War II the Cold War intensified and the anti communist sentiment consumed our country. The actions of the CIA conflicted...
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Opposing the Vietnam War
The War in Vietnam is one of the most controversial arguments in history. The
main reason That it is so controversial, is because we lost. Both democrats and republicans argue
that the way the war was handled should have been differently. Some ask why bother, the war
is over and done with; that there is nothing anyone can do to change it. The amazing thing about
history though is that we can learn from our mistakes, and make sure that nothing like this ever
happens again. Then again, if the Vietnam never happened we would have better relations with
foreign countries. America would not be in such a large dept if the war had never...
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The Contrast of French and Spanish Missionaries"Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit." (Felix Adler (1851-1933), American educator)Since the beginning of colonial expansion, the missionaries believed in the divine right to evangelize the natives in the new world. By converting the natives the missionaries believed that they will reach eternal salvation. However, the missionaries' methods were split into two different prospective. The Spaniards believed in the concept of control by force and the French believed in conversion through...
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Truman’s Policy of Containment: As related to the Individual and Society
Containment in foreign policy is known as the strategy suggested by George Kennan to prevent Soviet expansionism by exerting counter pressure along Soviet borders. The Truman Doctrine was the name given to a speech President Truman delivered to a joint session of Congress on March 12, 1947, in which he proclaimed a new policy and role for the United States in global affairs. Specifically, the president sought $400 million in economic and military assistance for Greece and Turkey, two strategic Mediterranean countries threatened by subversive forces supported by the Soviet Union, after the British said a...
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As many of you know, I am the public school battleline correspondent. I hold this title because my job is to manifest one of the main goals of this site--to expose the liberal indoctrination in public schools. I scoured the internet looking for David Horowitz-- America's most outspoken academic freedom crusader. To my dismay, his only focus is on colleges. Even then, he was still of help, as reading his site reminded me to finish reading "The Shadow University", by the founders of "FIRE", "Alan Kor"s and "Harvey Silvergate."As I delved into the book's wealth of information, I came upon an interesting chapter discussing political correctness. It was busting the myth that "political...
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In the study of Business Management the study of financial institutions is inevitable. However, there are some institutions that standout among the rest. Wells Fargo & Company (currently Wells Fargo) holds significant value within its industry dating back to 1852. Founded in San Francisco, California where it is headquartered today, Henry Wells, and William G. Fargo where the first to provide both communications, and banking. In meeting the needs of the Express Company (communications) Wells Fargo catered to the needs of the local resident communications by stagecoach. Wells Fargo logo of the stagecoach drawn by six galloping horses became synonymous for fast, long distance communication,...
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Many people see history as a set of facts, or as a collection of stories. The reality, however, is that history is a fluid timeline. Each act of an individual or a group has an effect on others. Each moment in history is a building block that, good or bad, contributes to the stability of the next. This can be seen clearly in American history, as there have been several developments since the 1800’s that have played major roles on the growth of the nation.
The mid 19th century was an age of growth like no other. The term “Industrial Revolution” refers to the time period where production changed from homemade goods, to those produced by machines and factories. As industrial growth...
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The Territorial Sxpansion of the United States in the 1840’s
Throughout 1815 to 1860, the USA changed faster than in the previous
200 years. It was seen as the land of opportunities and masses of
Europeans migrated to the USA. Population figures doubled every 25
years. The number of states rised from 18 in 1815, to 30 by 1860. The
agrarian society was soon replaced by a growing capitalist and
commercial economy and there were advancements in transport and
communication. Cities grew and the country was divided into three main
sectors- agrarian west: mass immigration and industrial revolution in
the Northeast and the slaveholding south. People moved...
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The war against slavery in the United States brought about many conflicting moral arguments between peoples of different locations in the country. Northern opinion believed that slavery was in fact wrong, but unity between the North and South was a much deeper concern. The South stood strong in favor of slavery. Until slavery was abolished in 1865, the most important political actions in the United States were based on the topic of slavery.In 1817, the Missouri territorial assembly applied for statehood and since slaves were already present in the territory, Congress would be required to take special action in order to admit Missouri as a free state. In February of 1819, an...
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Containment Policy 1945-1953
America used a variety of methods to contain Soviet influence between
1945-1953. Methods such as Propaganda and flexing of muscle became
essential as America justified its policies and actions as part of the
struggle to save Capitalist Ideology from the Communist oppressors.
Ideology was the main source of conflict between the USA and USSR.
This difference in ideology led inevitably to distrust between the two
superpowers. The USSR believed in a state controlled economy which
discouraged free enterprise, antithesis of America's economic system;
the encouragement of free enterprise and the privatization of
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The Causes of the Cold War
The major world powers named the international confrontation that took
place between 1941 and 1991 as the Cold War. The Cold War was so named
as there was no military conflict that caused an actual engagement.
The United States having military victory at the end of the Second
World War ensured that they would lead the European and other States.
Giving them foremost position in a world context and leaving the
Soviet Union with the remaining sphere of influence in the global
power vacuum caused by the Second World War.
The Cold War was different and unlike any other hostile international
confrontation that had occurred...
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The Various Religions in Africa and Religions African-Americans Preach
My assignment is to write about the various religions that are situated in Africa and religions African-Americans preach. There are many different religions in Africa because there are various regions and countries in Africa. Also Africa and its inhabitants have been around for many, many years. One reason that there are so many different religions.
The first and most widespread religion I am going to talk about is Christianity. Christianity was introduced into Northern Africa in the first century. It later spread to the regions of Ethiopia and Sudan around the fourth century. Christianity was able to survive in...