Themes in American History: Capitalism, Slavery, Democracy

Blog Post 4

       In the reading “Reflation and Relief ” what really had me analyzing was

how Franklin Delano Roosevelt inherited a fundamentally broken economy.

Well banks, farms, factories, and trade had all failed. Over the next few

years, “Reflation and Relie”’ tracked  the new President’s decisive, and

constitutionally problematic actions. In some way Roosevelt tried to fix the

finance, agriculture, andmanufacturing. But then again he would give less

attention to other stuff like “overseas economic affairs”. Roosevelt offered

the “new deal” which consisted of a fresh start but it stated “it was nothing

specific”. Roosevelt really affected people but in a bad way. In addition,

Roosevelt controversial Emergency Banking Act, which ended the gold

standard just days after he took office, his radio broadcast fireside chats to

reassure and communicate with the people, his formation of the Civilian

Conservation Corps to create jobs, and the massive sums he approved for 

relief and public works are just a few examples. The new deal which

Roosevelt was making people actually liked it because  a 1939 institute of

public opinion poll found that 28 percent of Americans picked “Relief and

the WPA,” making it the most popular New Deal measure.  (WPA) was a

program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to boost

employment and the purchasing power of cash-strapped Americans.

Despite the controversy surrounding them, these measures were successful

in reviving the economy, government, and people of the United States.



Blog post #3

Before the Civil War, Eric Foner explains, the Republicans celebration was once upon a time of increasing federal authority over states. During the conflict and then the reconstruction, a robust central authority was seen as essential to outlining the phrases by which the defeated southern states should return to the union and to implement those conditions. Eric Foner shows how the growth of federal authority at the time was radical thinking and the wing of the Republican Party that recommended it at times at odds with average and conservative party members. For example, in an article by Eric Foner, he shows that reconstruction radicalism was primarily a bourgeois ideology based on the definition of American citizenship. There was an independent or uniform radical position on the economic issues of the time (Eric Foner 106). This quote illustrates that the idea that reconstruction radicalism is the main idea of ​​American citizenship. Also about the radicalism of rebuilding American citizenship. Radical Republicanism, for example, had a social and economic vision, but one that derived from the ideology of free labor rather than a range of business interests (Eric Foner 106). The section on the fourteenth amendment has enhanced my knowledge of the various clauses in the amendment. The first clause does not allow states to curtail anyone’s equality. The second allows all men to vote, so the southern states benefit from greater representation. The male part of the clause did not help the feminist and felt betrayed.

Blog Post 2

In the Gordon Wood article you can see the errors many people made through history and their errors. Like in the 1619 Project and makes claims that there isn’t any evidence in some of the statements said in the project.  In the long run the Project will lose its credibility, standing, and persuasiveness with the nation as a whole. This caught my attention because he already  knew the project was not going to go well. In addition it states, fear that it will eventually hurt the cause rather than help it. We all want justice, but not at the expense of truth”.  He knew all these things were going to happen at one point. So what i thought was before doing this why didn’t he think of what would happen after the years. The errors people made through this history was when he said “how could slavery be worth preserving for someone like John Adams, who hated slavery and owned no slaves?” “If anyone in the Continental Congress was responsible for the Declaration of Independence, it was Adams. And much of our countrymen now know that from seeing the film of the musical “1776.”Like they said they ignored his people for independence can only undermine the credibility of your project with the general public. Furthermore he stated I have spent my career studying the American Revolution and cannot accept the view that “one of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.” In my opinion I think he just ended because slaves were going to die in the war. So they thought who would do the work after.  Also he probably didn’t have enough power to defeat the other side.