North American History

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.


North America on the globe. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

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-American History

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African-Americans have been influential since they first arrived in the Jamestown colony in shaping modern day America.

Manifest Destiny & Abolition

1) Define and discuss the phrase Manifest Destiny. Explain how this belief came to divide the nation. 2) Abolition was arguably the most important reform of the era. It would become an explosive issue that tore the nation apart. Discuss the objectives of the movement and describe the methods the leaders employed. What reactio

Whiskey Rebellion

What was the Whiskey Rebellion and why was it put down so quickly? What do you believe was the outcome and the long-range impact of this rebellion on the fledgling country?

Jacksonian Democracy and Immigration

1) Andre Jackson's presidency was termed the "Age of the Common Man." However, a famous political cartoon of the terms Jackson, "King Andre the First." Jackson's presidency has been viewed by some as the "Age of the Common Man," while others argue that his style of government was decidedly undemocratic and certainly not in favor

The Division of the Missouri Compromise

What compromises over slavery did members of Congress make to settle the Missouri crisis? Who do you believe benefitted most from the agreement? Did this agreement make things better or worse in the end?

Social Stability Through Agricultural Development

As farming became fundamental to ancient societies in Central America, it had a drastic impact on the population of these societies. Identify what you believe to be the three most important effects of farming, and explain your choices thoroughly.

Marbury v. Madison

Outline the events that led to Marbury v. Madison. What lasting consequences did this decision hold? Was it a win for Federalists or Democratic-Republicans and why?

Proclamation of 1763, Purpose and Effects

Explain the purpose of the Proclamation of 1763. Was the proclamation effective? Why or why not? How did colonials, natives, and the British react to both the Proclamation and its effects?

Slavery Effects in Africa

The African slave trade held economic benefits for both the countries of Europe and the colonies of the Americas. However, the effects of the trade on Africa were far from beneficial. What effects did the trade have on Africa, and how did these effects weaken the economic, social, and political structure of that continent?

Slaves and Indentured Servants

Both indentured servants and African slaves were used as sources of labor in the Americas. Compare and contrast the lives of each in the colonies. Also, explain why the colonies moved increasingly from indentured servants to slaves.

Liberalism vs. Conservatism

A. Explain the differences between Liberalism and Conservatism? B. Does ideology really make a difference in the United States today? Support your reasoning with examples. C. How does this impact American culture, government and politics in your opinion? Before submitting please, did your respond to question (A, B, C)

Internet Censorship

The Internet has become the greatest library ever. With the good comes the bad, however. In particular, some concerned citizens are worried that children too easily can access websites containing inappropriate material such as pornography or racial propaganda. Several solutions to this perceived problem have emerged. One is indi

Transportation Revolution

Discuss the innovations that marked the Transportation Revolution between 1800 and 1840. How did the Transportation Revolution affect America?

The American System

What was the American System? After defining it, identify and thoroughly describe its three main elements.

Pick two events/trends from Reconstruction

Hello, I need at least two paragraphs to answer the following: Pick two events/trends from Reconstruction and, while describing them, explain why you hold them to be important in viewing that era of American history. Also please answer the the following: What is the leading reason you think Reconstruction failed?

African American ministers' views on the union

Please answer the following question, at least one paragraph of 10 lines is needed. What views do the African American ministers, led by Garrison Frazier, have about the Union and their status during their discussion with General William T. Sherman and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton? How do their answers compare/contrast w

Secession in the winter of 1860-61

Please respond the following questions: Describe why the South moved towards secession in the winter of 1860-61. Why is the resulting Civil War called the "first modern war"?

Lincoln-Douglas Debates and Lincoln's Address at Sanitary Fair

Hello, Please read the following: -Pages 261 to 265, The Lincoln- Douglas Debates (1858) at the following link: -Abraham Lincoln, Address at Sanitary Fair Baltimore (1864) at:

He was the first.

In this posting, students will learn more about the first President of the United States, George Washington.

The Conflict between Britain and France

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.

Alexander Hamilton

In this posting, students will describe the accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton.

It began in Boston.

In this posting, students will learn how Britain's attempt to maintain control over the colonies led to conflict and massacre.

Frederick Douglass and Angelina Grimke

Hello, During the nineteenth century reformers took on a number of issues. How does Frederick Douglass condemn slavery within his Fourth of July speech? In what ways does Angelina Grimke move from abolition to women's rights in her thinking? Here are the readings provided to answer this question: Frederick Douglass on t