Essay on History Course Reflection

1094 Words Jun 27th, 2013 5 Pages
Please reflect on what you learned this semester.

This course began with a very interesting revelation for me. I was not aware that humans had inhabited the western hemisphere for over 10,000 years. Most of the history lessons I was taught as a child growing up in Southern California were centered on the arrival of Spanish conquistadors along the California coast. My interest was immediately sparked with Lesson 1 and I was very excited to see how the course would proceed. I learned that the early North and Central American cultures of Paleo-Indians were big game hunters. Following the extinction of mammoths and other big game prey, the native people were able to adapt to environmental and social fluctuations and developed a
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An economic symbiosis was the bond that was at the core of this association. The American South was a significant exporter of first tobacco, then later cotton. The success of both crops was due to a slave-labor agricultural system. By 1808 external slave trade had been outlawed in the United States. Several decades later, the country would begin a civil war that would determine the future of slavery.

When General George Washington was elected as the first president there were no political parties. By the time Federalist John Adams was elected as the second president, a two party system was in operation. Those that supported a centralized national government became known as Federalist, the advocates of states rights and individualism were known as Republicans. This method of identifying with differing political ideologies and philosophies would continue through American history under various names. Americans believed that the superiority of their institutions and white culture bestowed on them a God-given right to spread their civilization across the continent. The term manifest destiny was widely used as the justification for white settlers to take land that they coveted. Thousands of indigenous people had been annihilated due to violence and European diseases. By the 1830, the ones who were fortunate enough to have survived were forcibly removed from the Atlantic coastal regions and herded west to an area known as Indian Territory in present-day

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