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TIME MACHINE: The Battle of Antietam [Sep. 17th, 2012|07:22 pm]
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Turner Monument Antietam Battlefield


I wrote this small ARTICLE about the Battle of Antietam, which was fought 150 years ago, today.
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Iraq War Documentary [Jul. 30th, 2010|04:31 pm]
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Hey fellow history enthusiasts! I am a graduate student currently, and created this unbiased documentary about soldiers experiences in Iraq during the war. It's my first documentary with the program ULead, and thought it turned out pretty well. Comments and criticisms are always welcome.

Here's where you can watch the documentary.
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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2010|03:48 am]
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Analysis confirms "subjects-citizens" change in Declaration

Would the spirit of the Declaration of Independence have been any different if it referred to Americans as "subjects" instead of "citizens?"

Thomas Jefferson apparently thought so, and recent analysis of a rough draft of the Declaration has confirmed speculation that he considered both before settling on "citizens."

Recent hyperspectral imaging by scientists in the Library of Congress' Preservation Research and Testing Division performed on Jefferson’s rough draft shows he originally wrote the phrase "our fellow subjects." But he apparently changed his mind and heavily scrawled over the word "subjects" was the word "citizens."

"The correction seems to illuminate an important moment for Jefferson and for a nation on the eve of breaking from monarchical rule - a moment when he reconsidered his choice of words and articulated the recognition that the people of the fledgling United States of America were no longer subjects of any nation, but citizens of an emerging democracy," the Library of Congress said.

Hyperspectral imaging is the process of taking digital photos of an object using distinct portions of the visible and non-visible light spectrum, revealing what previously could not be seen by the human eye, according to the Library of Congress.

The correction occurs in the portion of the declaration that deals with U.S. grievances against King George III's incitement of "treasonable insurrections," according to the Library of Congress. The specific sentence is is not in the final draft, but a similar phrase stuck, and the word "citizens" is used elsewhere in the final document.

The word correction has been suspected for some time by scholars, according to the LOC. In "The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 1: 1760-1776," Julian P. Boyd wrote "TJ originally wrote ‘fellow-subjects,’ copying the term from the corresponding passage in the first page of the First Draft of the Virginia Constitution; then, while the ink was still wet on the ‘Rough draught’ he expunged or erased ‘subjects’ and wrote ‘citizens’ over it."
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Historical Fiction [Mar. 13th, 2010|01:37 pm]
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Hiya! I don't know if this community really wants historical fiction stories on here, so if you don't you can feel free to delete this. I recently wrote a story about the death of President Zachary Taylor, and I though maybe people in this community might be interested.

To read about our 12th president's "assassination", click here: http://inbetweendays27.livejournal.com/3083.html
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Check it out - [May. 4th, 2008|03:21 am]
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[Current Location |Home.]
[mood |anxiousanxious]

Hey, American History nerds.

LiveJournal now has an official LEO FRANK/MARY PHAGAN MURDER group, where members can discuss the LF Case and Reconstruction/Progressive Era America. Trouble is - lack of members!

JOIN forsyth_street because - the topic rocks, and..who could ask for more, really?

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American Dream: film fragments [Apr. 10th, 2008|02:10 pm]
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Hi everyone!
I'm not quite sure that it's a right place for my question, please feel free to delete my post, or tell me so.

My name is Maria Zhalnina, I'm an artist, 29, living in Moscow.
(You can get acquainted with some of my works visiting my web page: http://www.zhalnina.com/)

I'm working on a project for the The Burning Man festival.
My theme is "American Dream".
I've got a shadow pavilion (tent), which is quite large, and a few objects inside. And I have an idea to show some fragments of famous American films there, the films that had made a big contribution to the world-wide image of USA and it's popularity, the films that represent the idea of American Dream.

Dear Americans, I need your help!
Which fragments of your favorite American films make you feel so proud of your country? Which of them make your heart ache? Which of them you would never forget?
I certainly have my own list, but it's important for me to hear the native Americans opinion.

It wouldn't take a long for you, if you just write down the first scene that comes into your mind...

Thank you so much in advance!
Looking forward to hearing from you.

All best, Maria.
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(no subject) [Mar. 18th, 2008|08:16 pm]
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i made this comm. foundinfathers where you can choose a  founder and portray him =)
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(no subject) [Feb. 13th, 2008|11:57 pm]
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So I have this class on the Civil War/Reconstruction

Ok all you fellow History students I need some help on this one!Collapse )
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Burr and Hamilton [May. 3rd, 2007|07:05 pm]
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Hey I found this video on YouTube and I thought it was pretty funny- almost completely accurate account of the 1804 duel between Hamilton and Burr.

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(no subject) [Mar. 13th, 2007|05:14 pm]
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[mood |bouncybouncy]

Got this as a forward and thought it was pretty interesting . . . my apologies for the weird formatting ;)


I'm sure that George Washington was your best guess. After all, no one else comes to mind.

But think back to your history books. The United States declared its
independence in 1776, yet Washington did not take office until April 30,
1789. So who was running the country during these initial years of this
young country?

It was the first eight U. S. Presidents. In fact, the first President
of the United States was one John Hanson. I can hear you now - John
John Hanson, the first President of the United States.

Don't go checking the encyclopedia for this name. He is one of those
great men that are lost to history. If you're extremely lucky, you may
actually find a brief mention of his name, but that's about it.

The new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 with the
adoption of The Articles of Confederation.

This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776, but not agreed
upon by Congress until November 15, 1777.

Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York
ceded their western lands (Maryland was afraid that these states would
gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of
land). Once the signing took place in 1781, a President was needed to
run the country.

John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George
Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run
against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an
extremely influential member of Congress.

As the first President, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill. No one
had ever been President and the role was poorly defined. His actions in
office would set precedent for all future Presidents.

He took office just as the Revolutionary War ended. Almost
immediately, the troops demanded to be paid. As would be expected after
any long war, there were no funds to meet the salaries. As a result the
soldiers threatened to overthrow the new government and put Washington
on the throne as a monarch.

All the members of Congress ran for their lives, leaving Hanson as
the only man left running the government. He somehow managed to calm the
troops down and hold the country together. If he had failed, the
government would have fallen almost immediately and everyone would have
been bowing to King Washington.

Hanson, as President, ordered all foreign troops off American soil,
as well as the removal of all foreign flags . This was quite the feat,
considering the fact that so many European countries had a stake in the
United States since the days following Columbus.

Hanson established the Great Seal of the United States, which all
Presidents have since been required to use on all official documents.

President Hanson also established the first Treasury Department, the
first Secretary of War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department.

Lastly, he declared that the fourth Thursday of every November was to
be Thanksgiving Day, which is still true today.

The Articles of Confederation only allowed a President to serve a one
year term during any three year period, so Hanson actually accomplished
quite a bit in such little time.

Seven other presidents were elected after him - Elias Boudinot
(1782-83), Thomas Mifflin (1783-84), Richard Henry Lee (1784-85),
John Hancock ( 1785-86), Nathan Gorman (1786-87), Arthur St. Clair
(1787-88), and Cyrus Griffin (1788-89) , all prior to Washington
taking office. So what happened? Why don't we hear about the first
eight presidents?

It's quite simple - The Articles of Confederation didn't work well.
The individual states had too much power and nothing could be agreed
upon. A new doctrine needed to be written - something we know today as
the Constitution.

And that leads us to the end of our story. George Washington was not
the first President of the United States. He was the first President of
the United States under the Constitution we follow today. And the first
eight Presidents of this country are forgotten in history.

years for us to establish a successful government.

So why do we expect Iraq to succeed in one year!? I enjoyed and
learned from this interesting piece of history, hope you did too.
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