I would feel safe in assuming that we are all aware that the United States is governed by the United States Constitution. But, do you know the process in how we acquired this document? Or when? It wasn't immediately following the Revolution...and it wasn't our first choice. On November 15, 1777, The Continental Congress adopted … Continue reading The Federalist Papers: An Argument for Democracy
Today marks the anniversary of a particularly dark day in American history. It is also of a specific interest to me as it is a focal point of my Undergraduate thesis. On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted in an overwhelming fashion to pass the the first Article of Impeachment. On July 29 … Continue reading Nixon’s Watergate: An American Story
July 26, 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act. Not only would it stand as one of the most important pieces of Cold War policy, but it exists today as one of the most important pieces of legislation in our history. What did the National Security Act do? In essence, it entirely re-structed … Continue reading The National Security Act and the Military-Industrial Complex.
In Article 1, Section 3, Clause 4 of the United States Constitution, it says: "The Vice President of the United States shall be the President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided." This meaning that one of the few expressed powers of the Vice President is to break a … Continue reading Article 1, Section 3, Clause 4.
The Cold War has stood as one of the most interesting 'battles' in world history. It was a war that spanned generations. From Truman to Eisenhower through Kennedy to Regan this war spanned nearly 40 years. The Cold War was responsible for multiple events and for the creation of many world leaders. It introduced us … Continue reading Communism Vs. Capitalism: The Kitchen Debate.
Today in Lincoln, Nebraska, there was a March for Public Education. This seems a little silly doesn't it? Not that our community is coming together to protect the jobs of public servants...but that the march was necessary in the first place. This ranks right up there with the USPS running ads on television. So, I … Continue reading The Fight For Public Education.
I believe that most of the time history should be used for serious and in-depth analysis of our past. But, sometimes we get to explore some fun and interesting side stories that we wouldn't otherwise think about. I figured since today is Friday -- it would be good time to take a break from the … Continue reading A Current History of Currency.
On July 20, 1969, at 10:56 PM (EDT) American astronaut Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Nearly 240,000 miles from Earth he shared these famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." And, as he stepped off the lunar module Eagle, he would become the first human to walk on … Continue reading “The Eagle Has Landed.”
Have you ever wondered why the Democratic Party is represented by a Donkey? Or why the Republican Party is represented by an elephant? Or have you ever wondered why our mainstream political parties even have mascots? There is actual historical reasoning for all of this. Albeit not necessarily good reasoning...but something that shouldn't be surprising … Continue reading Donkeys V. Elephants: The Story of Party Mascots
At a moment in time when the President of the United States has a current approval rating of only 38% (FiveThirtyEight) after only 6 months...it's rather hard to believe the story of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On this day, in 1940, President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented third term. Roosevelt was originally elected in … Continue reading FDR. A Third Term and Beyond.