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How America became the most powerful country on Earth, in 11 maps. By Max Fisher on May 20, 2015 We take it for granted that the United States is the most powerful country on Earth today, and perhaps in human history.

How America became the most powerful country on Earth, in 11 maps

The story of how that came to be is long, fascinating, complex — and often misunderstood. Here, excerpted in part from "70 maps that explain America," are maps that help show some of the key moments and forces that contributed to the US's rise as sole global superpower. Because of a war that left North America vulnerable to British conquest — and thus ready for the US's expansion So much of America's power comes from its size: it is one the largest countries on Earth by population and area, and is rich in natural resources and human capital. There was no reason that North America's borders had to become what they are.

Image credit: University of Maine By stealing Native Americans' land for an entire century This map begins by showing Native Americans' land in 1794, demarcated by tribe and marked in green. Image credit: Sam B. Scopes Trial - Day 7 - UMKC School of Law. "Read Your Bible" banner removed from courthouse Darrow--Your honor, before you send for the jury, I think it my duty to make this motion.

Scopes Trial - Day 7 - UMKC School of Law

Off to the left of where the jury sits a little bit and about ten feet in front of them is a large sign about ten feet long reading. "Read Your Bible," and a hand pointing to it. The word "Bible" is in large letters, perhaps, a foot and a half long, and the printing-- The Court--Hardly that long I think, general. Darrow--What is that? Beyond the Bubble. Founders' Constitution. Gerrymandering Explained. The Progressive Presidents - AP U.S. History Topic Outlines. Roosevelt’s Square Deal At the dawn of the twentieth century, America was at a crossroads.

The Progressive Presidents - AP U.S. History Topic Outlines

Presented with abundant opportunity, but also hindered by significant internal and external problems, the country was seeking leaders who could provide a new direction. Makers: Women Who Make America. Apr 25, 2014 Updated: 5:30 PM Get free updates |About WGBH Forgot password News Food & Wine Home & Travel Classical Music Arts Kids Science History Makers: Women Who Make America.

Makers: Women Who Make America

United States Elections Project. Last Updated: 3/25/2013 Please see the FAQ for information on the construction of these statistics.

United States Elections Project

The demoninator data reflect the July 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011 voting-age population estimates extrapolated to Nov. 2012, non-citizen estimates from the 2011 American Community Survey , the year-end 2010 DOJ prison report and the year-end 2010 DOJ probation and parole report . Capitalism A Love Story 1. Election maps. Email: Thanks to everyone who wrote in about the maps.

Election maps

I've received so much email that I may not be able to reply to everyone, but I much appreciate all your comments and suggestions. Timeline: The Long History of Voter Suppression. Primary Source Documents. Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History An invaluable collection of historical works which contributed to the formation of American politics, culture, and ideals.

American Revolution: Boston Tea Party - Eyewitness Account. Coming of the American Revolution: First Continental Congress. News of the Coercive Acts arrives in the colonies in the spring of 1774.

Coming of the American Revolution: First Continental Congress

In response to the punitive measures outlined in the Boston Port Bill, Bostonians propose to cease all trade with Britain, as set forth in the Solemn League and Covenant. Haunted by the failure of earlier commercial resistance initiatives, the other twelve colonies (as well as most towns in Massachusetts) are wary of yielding to Boston's leadership.

A colony-wide congress to discuss a united course of resistance emerges as a logical alternative. By July 1774, each of the American colonies (except Georgia, where elections are thwarted by the royal governor) has elected delegates to a "Grand Continental Congress. " Massachusetts delegates John Adams, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Cushing begin their journey to Philadelphia on 10 August, surveying the political landscape and meeting fellow delegates along their route. Slave Code of South Carolina. Editorial Introduction: Viewed through the looking glass of contemporary law as reflected in free and democratic societies, the 1740 Slave Code of South Carolina is most certainly an abomination.

Slave Code of South Carolina

It is a stain upon British and American legal history - South Carolina was a subject Province (aka colony) of "Her Majesty" in 1740. But then, few if any countries have perfect historical records regards to slavery. This law reflected the reality that pursuant to property law as then in vogue, negro slaves were the chattel of their owners to do with as they liked; really, except for speech, no different from a pig or a horse. History - Colonial Authority. Black slaves were prohibited from carrying firearms by a 1639 Virginia law, which prescribed 20 lashes for violations of the statute.

History - Colonial Authority

There was one exception: with his master’s permission, a slave could bear firearms to defend against Indian raids. Massachusetts became the first colony to legalize slavery in 1641. In 1650, Connecticut legalized slavery. The Barbados slave code was set up by the English in order to provide a legal base for slavery in the Caribbean island. Under its provisions, slave owners were required to provide clothing for their slaves; but the slaves were denied even the basic rights guaranteed by English common law.

History News Network. Mr. Stern is now completing his doctorate in the department of history, Princeton University; his dissertation is tentatively entitled, "The Overflowings of Liberty": Practical Politics, Political Ideas and the Townshend Crisis in Massachusetts, 1766-1770. America’s never-ending war against the world — 1900-1985. All the Previous Declarations of War - Garance Franke-Ruta. Congress has formally declared war only 11 times in U.S. history, and authorized the use of military force 11 times.

All the Previous Declarations of War - Garance Franke-Ruta

As we head into a period of vigorous congressional debate over whether to authorize the use of force against Syria, it's instructive to look back at America's history of congressional war declarations. The Congressional Research Service put together a great mini-history in 2011, "Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications," by Jennifer Elsea and Richard Grimmett, which is worth a read at this juncture. Industrial Revolution. The History Lab: US History Essential Questions.

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Jacksonian America. Civil War. Imperialism. WWI. WWII. Robber Barons. Great Depression. Cold War. Civil Rights Mvmnt. 9/11 Resources. History Lab Links Page. HLab Links Home >>US History American Rhetoric ---- An up-to-date collection of speeches in US history maintained by U Texas @ Tyler Professor, Michael E. Eidenmuller. Includes both text and audio (when available). Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy, 1898-1914.

Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy "Instances of Use of United States Forces Abroad, 1798 - 1993," by Ellen C. Collier, Specialist in U.S. Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division, Washington DC: Congressional Research Service -- Library of Congress -- October 7, 1993. Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy.

Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy Prior to 1898. Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy Pre-1898 Pre-1776 The Mayflower Compact, 1620 John Winthrop, "City on a Hill," 1630. AAEC - Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Tooning into history. AP US History. The Power of Oratory in the US. Bryan's "Cross of Gold" Speech: Mesmerizing the Masses.

War Speeches. Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Women's History. For millennia, women have left their mark on the world, at times changing the course of history and at other times influencing small but significant spheres of life. Only in the past century, however, have concerted efforts been made to represent women's contributions more fully in history books. Child Labor in America: Investigative Photos of Lewis Hine.

About these Photos. How The USA Expanded (In One Mesmerizing Animated GIF) The Last 18 Years in Rap 1993-2011. Flocabulary. Similarities Between the Assassinations of Kennedy and Lincoln - Succeed...