American History Homework Four Answers - Student Four

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Katie B

1. The Revolution of 1800 was the complete transition of power from one political party to the opposition. This was very significant because it was the first time in history that a total change in power by an election had ever been carried out peacefully.

Excellent.

2. I would have. The Louisiana Purchase was not only a very good deal in price, but it also endowed us with very valuable land, something everyone wanted in that day and age. Also, if we had not purchased that land someone else would have, and, judging by all the violent disputes in Europe over the centuries, being extensively bordered by nations with completely opposite government as your own can lead to problems. Perhaps if we had not purchased that land we wouldn’t have expanded as we have, so we would have even less land then if we just discount what was included in Louisiana.

Superb.

3. One cause was that British sailors would forcefully board and search American ships, with no authority to do so, and harass American sailors. This, obviously, was not something the Americans took kindly too. However, the war itself was more of a snowball effect of various unsettled arguments remaining after the Revolutionary War.

Right.

4. What I liked most about the Monroe Administration is the relatively uneventful terms. Unlike some of his predecessors and quite a few of his successors, Monroe didn’t cripple the nation in almost unimaginable ways. Growing up in an America that is practically falling apart at the seams, the most inviting thing about his presidency would be the stable economy. An America with a flourishing economy is almost too good to be true.

Excellent

5. Jacksonian Democracy refers to the lower and middle class voters influence on the outcome of elections, not just the more privileged citizens. It more specifically refers to the landslide victory of Jackson in 1828 with most of his support coming from the lower and middle classes.

Excellent. Very well put!

6. The Marshall Court is known for the outrageous expansion of federal power. Almost every one of Chief Justice Marshall’s noteworthy decisions expanded the power of the federal government with no ‘check and balance’ exercised until the end of his thirty-five year service.

Superb - will use as a model answer.

7. In the cartoon John Bull represents England, Mr. Bruin represents Russia, or perhaps more accurately the Czar at that time and Columbia represents America, illustrated by the fact that she’s holding an American Flag. An approximate date for this would be around 1813 since it was obviously drawn in response to the Treaty of Ghent. The cartoonist, William Charles, quite obviously though America was entirely in the right and that England had to beg us for mercy since Bull looks like a bumbling idiot. This is an example of bias in the media.

Superb explanation, could add a bit more about the intent of the cartoonist.

H3. I don’t believe it’s wrong for politicians to make deals with one another. That’s one of the arts of politics and doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with corrupt people in our government. If a person strongly opposes a candidate of piece of legislation that much, a deal probably won’t change their mind so completely as to have them vote for instead of against. This would only work for people who were leaning in that direction anyway or were on the fence.

Good.

H4. The North liked tariffs because it was mainly businesses and high tariffs meant less competition with their products from imports. The South disliked the tariffs because it was made up of farms and plantations and tariffs meant that they had to pay more money for materials and equipment and didn’t make it any easier for them to sell cotton.

Excellent - will use as a model answer.

H5. Slavery affected freedom of speech because when people did speak their mind and express dislike they risked having to face undue consequences from people who didn’t want to hear it. This is like homosexuality today, because if Christians speak out against it they can be sued for hate speech even though all they were doing was exercising a constitutional right. It’s an unspoken rule that you can’t voice disagreement with anyone considered a ‘minority’ or they will lash back at you in any way possible with surprising strength considering their ‘small numbers’.

Superb.
Perfect paper! Score: 100/100.--Aschlafly 19:36, 9 October 2008 (EDT)