American History Essays (Examples)

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The Internment of Japanese Americans

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Japanese Internment
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and subsequent declaration of war by the US against Japan set in motion a chain of events that would lead to the internment of Japanese-origin people living in the United States. President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote Executive Order 9066, ordering all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast two months after the bombing. The result was that 120,000 people were interned in 10 camps across the country (, 2017). The order was driven by the widespread belief that Japanese-Americans and immigrants were plotting to aid Japan in the conflict. There was no evidence of such a plot, or of any sentiment to sabotage the war effort. The relocation and internment was not applied to people of Japanese origin living in Hawai'I, nor to people of German or Italian origin, nations that the US was also fighting in the conflict (, 2017).
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Mary Todd Lincoln and Varina Davis

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As first ladies take a back seat to their husbands, historians usually depict figures like Mary Todd Lincoln and Varina Davis gingerly. A considerable amount has been written on Mary Todd Lincoln, less so about Varina Davis. Both women have been often vilified, portrayed as overbearing, interfering, and problematic. However, both women exemplified the ways white women in positions of power negotiated their subordinate status and gender norms.

While neither leveraged their husband’s power in overt ways, both Lincoln and Davis did capitalize on their role as first lady and their status in their respective communities. As wives, mothers, and de facto leaders, Lincoln and Davis also juggled numerous roles and dealt with role conflict too. Lincoln and Davis were both relatively outspoken and socially assertive women whose inability to directly participate in the political process did not undermine their willingness to subvert patriarchal norms to influence not just their…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Cashin, Joan E. “Varina Howell Davis.” Essential Civil War Curriculum. Retrieved online:

Davis, Varina. “How the Davis family spent the Christmas of 1864.” The Texan Dispatch. Retrieved online:

Ellison, Betsy Boles. The True Mary Todd Lincoln. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2014.

Pederson, William D. “Mary Todd Lincoln.” In A Companion to First Ladies. John Wiley, 2016.

Ross, Ishbel. The First Lady of the South: The Life of Mrs. Jefferson Davis. Ebook: Pickle Partners, 2016.

Spencer, Evan R. “Varina Davis, Beauvoir, and the fight for Confederate memory.” Middle Tennessee State University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2015. 1605600