We’ve had a lot of reading about slavery in this class that have explained how people tried to justify enslaving people. It’s always shocking to learn about this but this weeks reading was just unbelievable. To say that enslaved people wanting to be free and run away, is a disease is ridiculous. It’s always amusing to hear the ways that people would try and make slavery seem okay. You can’t just come up with a “disease” to describe a behavior that you don’t support. Part of me wants to believe that this was just lack of education on their part and truly not understanding how actual diseases and mental illnesses work, but in reality it is probably just ignorance and racism.
I found this weeks readings to be very interesting about women abolitionists in America and how they had set the foundation for womens rights later on down the line. The way that we live in today’s society, I think we sometimes forget to look back at how women were treated throughout history and realize that they are the reason we are treated equally now. Everything that we are able to do today is because these women were brave enough to stand up for themselves and all women to eventually be able to do all the things that were once only for men.
So since it was Columbus day yesterday, there are a lot of history articles floating around about Christopher Columbus. This one I found was explaining how the legend of Columbus “proving” the earth was round and not flat is just not true. Historians say that there was no way that around that time, people thought the earth was flat. It had been known for years that the earth was round. I just thought it was funny that even that far back in history, people still made up false legends that still come up in today’s current situations.
The transcontinental railroad was a big step in the industrial revolution. This railroad also known as the Pacific Railroad is what first connected the east United States to the west. Before the railroad was built, people had to travel either by wagon or even by boat to travel across the United States. The railroad provided a safe way for traveling. This also played a big role in expanding the US and allowing for settling in the West. It’s interesting to look back at history and see how something that we see as easy nowadays (traveling), first begin.
In this reading I was very interested in how Alexis de Tocqueville saw the character of the American people. It seemed that he liked that people acted as individuals but saw that as a little bit of an issue when it came to trying to reconcile excellence and consent within the government. Overall he seemed to admire people of America even though they did embrace slavery and mistreated Native Americans.
Lately we’ve been discussing education and how important it was to people when it was first being established. I found an article that was describing education in the beginning stages and was a little surprised. In the article I read, they were explaining how they actually had children help teach the lessons. They didn’t always have enough teachers so they would pick a group of children that they deemed as more responsible and had higher exam scores to help instruct. They would pull them aside, go over the lesson with them, and then have them teach this lesson to the other children. I don’t think this lasted for too long since the parents of the children teaching thought that they were losing out on a proper education. I definitely think the education system has come a long way since the 1840’s.
A fugitive slavery advertisement is something that I never knew had existed. I found it pretty shocking to learn that these advertisements were made. Slavery on its own is awful enough, but these advertisements are similar, in my opinion, to what people now make for their lost pets… minus the abuse. So these people were looked at as less than animals. As we learn about slavery, I am still amazed that this type of behavior toward another person was completely acceptable at one point in time. It’s very interesting to see how society, for the most part, has positively evolved over time.
Out of this weeks readings, I found the article by Lambert about The Great Awakening to be most interesting. As I said in my introduction post, I’ve never been too interested in history, so The Great Awakening is something I have heard about but never really learned about so this was a good opportunity for me. I found it interesting because I had no idea that religion was something that was “advertised” as much as George Whitefield had made it. I also thought it was a little strange that so many people listened and agreed with what he was preaching when he traveled to the colonies. He seemed to create quite the following. I’m not a person that usually discusses religion or takes an interest to religion topics but I did find it interesting that this revival for these groups led them to being able to stand up for themselves when it came to their government. I think it helped give them a sense of power and confidence that maybe they didn’t have before.
I’ll start with a little bit of information on myself. I am an athletic training major and I plan to go to physical therapy school after I graduate. I’ll be honest, history has not always been a strong point for me, so I’ll definitely be learning a lot in this class. I do think history is important in many aspects, not just US History, but any type of history. Everyone has a different career path and it’s important to know the history behind what we plan to do in the future. It gives us a better understanding of why we do what we do, or even why we don’t do certain things. US History tells us a lot about where we come from and how beliefs and traditions have changed over time.
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