North America consists of 23 sovereign states including Canada, the United States, Mexico and other small, tropical countries.
As you can imagine, North America has a hugely diverse and varied history. In this BrainMass subject, Pre-Columbian era to present day is explored. There was limited contact between North American people and the outside world before 1492, marking the end of the Pre-Columbian era. The earliest physical evidence of contact comes to us from the Norse VIkings. Captain Leif Eriksson is believed to have reached the Island of Newfoundland in modern day Canada circa 1000 CE.
Europeans remained ignorant of the existence of the Americas until 1492, when Columbus reached the Bahamas in 1492 with funding from Isabella I and Ferdinand II of Spain. This was the first time a European had ever touched North American land.
European activity consisted of mostly exploration and trade during the Age of Discovery before they began to establish settlements. The three main powers involved in settlement and colonization are Spain, England and France. The first successful English settlements were Jamestown, Bermuda and Plymouth. The first French settlements were Port Royal and Quebec City.
(1) North America on the globe
From colonial life to the the different conflicts North America has been involved in to the modern era, the continent has grown to become one of the most powerful, influential parts of the world.
BrainMass has detailed sections on African American History, Discovery and Settlement, Colonization, Constitutional History, Government and the different wars America has participated in
Categories within North American History:
African-Americans have been influential since they first arrived in the Jamestown colony in shaping modern day America.
Before the Compromise of 1877, North America had a diverse history including the Revolutionary War, creation of the Constitution and the Civil War.
Since 1877, North America has grown into one of the most influential and powerful continents on Earth.
The United States Constitution is the foundation of America's politics, society, culture and government.
What problems did the new nation experience under the Articles of Confederation? Why did these problems develop?
Assess both Patriot and British strengths and weaknesses when the Revolution began. How did the United States win the War against such a powerful adversary?
In this posting, students will learn more about the first President of the United States, George Washington.
In this posting, students will learn how wars in Europe spread to the American colonies. The role of Native Americans in the conflict between Britain and France will be explained. The Albany plan of Union will also be explained.
In this posting, students will identify the elements of the Declaration of Independence. They will also explain why it was drafted.
In this posting, students will describe the accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton.
In the posting, students will explain the effects of the Proclamation of 1763 on English colonies.
In this posting, students will learn how Britain's attempt to maintain control over the colonies led to conflict and massacre.
What were the real causes of the Korean was? Please provide a review of the causes of the Korean wars in a detailed historical non-biased format.
Who were the muckrakers, and what contributions did they make? Overall, what impact did these contributions have on the Progressive movement at large?
Review the ideas of John Dewey concerning education, as mentioned in the textbook. How do you think Dewey would have felt about standardized testing and American public educational system as a whole today? Do you feel America has an effective public education system? Why, or why not. If so, what do you believe makes it successfu
Discuss the role of women in the Knights of Labor. What activities did the organization undertake on behalf of women?
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were unprecedented. What gave rise to the attacks? How has the nation responded?
In the late 20th Century, economic globalization transformed the United States. Explain what globalization is and describe how it affected the US economy and population in the 1990s
When Ronald Reagan died in 2004, he was widely hailed as one of the greatest American presidents and credited with ending (and winning) the Cold War. Evaluate Ronald Reagan's legacy in the United States and in international affairs. What were his administration's most significant domestic and international achievements? Failure
The Reagan Revolution (and the ending of the Cold War) brought about and witnessed great changes here in America and around the world. Both ends of the American political spectrum changed significantly in the 1970s and 1980s. Describe these changes, and discuss how they shaped contemporary American politics.
During the 1960s, African Americans made substantial gains in asserting their freedoms and rights. how did the civil rights movement produce significant social change not only for African Americans, but also for Native Americans, Latinos and women?
US involvement in Vietnam and how this helped divide Americans. Discuss the range of American responses to the war. How did they change over time? How did domestic political concerns shape the country's response to the war? How did the war shape domestic politics in the 1960s and early 1970s? Cite Sources
Choose three major battles of the Civil War. Identify each and thoroughly explain their impact on the war. APA format
How did '50s consumerism (and the '50s economy) differ from that of the '20s How did consumerism reflect the US public's bigger aspirations? Cite Sources
Identify and describe (2) examples of the U.S. federal government expansion of authority between the beginning of the U.S. Civil War and the end of the Civil rights era?
Both Grant and Sherman pursued a new type of warfare. Explain the change in strategy these men employed. Note a battle or campaign in which each man used this new strategy. Finally, was this strategy effective? Why or why not?
Compare and contrast the political attitudes toward slavery of Stephen A. Douglas with those of Abraham Lincoln. What were the results of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates?
During the Civil War, the tragic character Robert E. Lee came to the forefront with his impact upon the war. If you were in Lee's position, what would you have done in relation to either supporting the Union or supporting your state? Please respond to this question with the following two factors in mind: think of the feeling and
Why did American consumption expand so dramatically in the 1950s, and what aspects of society and culture did it influence?
Vietnam played such a large role in the history of America, particularly in the 1960's and 1970's, that it is easy to forget that we were involved in that country the decade previous. Beginning in the 1950s, maintaining a non-Communist South Vietnam became crucial in American efforts to contain communism. What was the nati
I have been able to answer 6 questions but this one I'm having a bit of an issue. How would you assess the Soviets' global ambitions after World War II, particularly in the newly-independent "Third World" (the less developed former European colonies in Africa and Asia)?
Explain who benefited from the Indian Removal Act. What were the benefits? What were the problems with the Act? I understand the benefits were expansion of White settlement and the increase in cotton production in the southern states. I also understand the act was intended to be voluntary, but turned into a forced removal. Ho
The end of World War II brought about for many Americans an intense desire to return to normal life. It also brought about the confrontation with the Soviet Union and the beginning of the "Cold" war How did containment shape American actions abroad for almost half a century? Where and how did we practice the policy of cont
How did the United States "gear up" their production and output so much for WWII? I ask that you explain this by using the Production Possibilities Curve, addressing in particular the changes in output and in labor force participation (including the new women workers).
Capitalist countries led by the United States grew alarmed at communist calls for world revolution, particularly since many of the Soviet leaders were authoritarians with deplorable records on human rights. This ideological struggle between the Unit... READ MORE »
America After WWII
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