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Women and Native Americans for the Period from 1492 1867 in America
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Lack of Freedoms and Limited Opportunities of Women and Native Americans for the Period from 1492-1867 in America
The year 1492 counts as the starts of colonization in America. This is when Columbus sailed into the new-found land with three of his ships i.e. Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta. Native Americans impressed him with their kindness but he resulted to abusing them instead of showing the same kindness (Snyder, 2017). The king and queen Ferinand and Isabella were not impressed with the manner in which Columbia was treating the Native Americans (Marilley, 2014). The King and Queen force Columbus to go back to Spain. After this, in the year 1583, another group went into a small Island known as Roanoke with an objective of colonizing it. Roanoke Island one of the Americas Islands. This group was not successful in their colonization mission. Another group was sent in 1587 to…

Buhle, M., Murphy, T., & Gerhard, J. (2009). Women and the making of America. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Camp, S. (2004). Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South (Gender and American culture) (pp. 63-64). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
Clow, R., & Wunder, J. (1997). Native Americans and the Law: Contemporary and Historical Perpectives on American Indian Rights, Freedoms, and Sovereignty. The Western Historical Quarterly, 28(4), 561. doi: 10.2307/969891
Geisler, C. (2013). Disowned by the Ownership Society: How Native Americans Lost Their Land. Rural Sociology, 79(1), 56-78. doi: 10.1111/ruso.12028
Marilley, S. U. (2014). Woman Suffrage and the Origins of Liberal Feminism in the United States, 1820-1920. S.l.: Harvard University Press.
McDonagh, E. (2018). Counting Women\\\\'s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal. Journal Of American History, 104(4), 1043-1043. doi: 10.1093/jahist/jax493
Meltzer, D. J. (2010). First peoples in a new world: Colonizing ice age America. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Salinas, M. (1992). Christianity, Colonialism and Women in Latin America in the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries. Social Compass, 39(4), 525-542.

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).
One of…


Frail. T. (2017). The injustice of Japanese-American internment camps resonates strongly to this day. Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved October 15, 2017 from (2017) Japanese-American relocation Retrieved October 15, 2017 from 

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…

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

Chicano and Latino Contributions
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Chicano History: An Overview of Chicano Historiography
The past shapes the present, and to understand the present, we must understand the past. Particularly given the rise in racism and anti-immigrant sentiment directed towards Latinos today, it is vital to understand the long struggle for equality in our nation. Touching base with past history is particularly important given the fluidity of fact and fiction in the modern Internet age. As noted by Chávez (2013), there has been a deep hunger among Chicano and Chicana historians to recover the lost past and work against the attempt to erase the impact Chicanos have had upon American history for hundreds of years. “In the 1990s the field sought to present a dynamic and multifaceted community that moved beyond the bounds of the Southwest and the mid-nineteenth century” (Chávez, 2013, p.512).
One of the founding events cumulating in the Chicana/o Civil Rights Movement was that…

Chávez, E. (2013). Chicano/a History: Its origins, purpose, and future. Pacific Historical Review, 82. 4, pp. 505-519. Retrieved from:
The Lemon Grove Incident. (2013). You Tube. Retrieved from: 
The Longoria Affair. (2010). PBS. Retrieved from: 

World War I
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The Great War
The forces of nationalism, imperialism and militarism all played a role in the events that led to the Great War. As Gilbert (1994) notes, the Germans had industrialized and were now a threat to the British Empire in terms of becoming an economic and military powerhouse. Germany had, after all, just won the Franco-Prussian War and reclaimed the all-important Alsace and Lorraine regions. The Germans had also allied themselves with the Ottomans, which meant that Germany now oversaw the Bosporous Straights—and that meant Germany was a threat to Russia as well. Thus, France, the UK and Russia all had a reason to ally with one another against Germany, and Germany did not help itself by backing Austria-Hungary against the Serbs and Pan-Slavic movement in Eastern Europe. Germany’s fear was that if it did not back Austria-Hungary, the Pan-Slavic movement could lead to Germany’s borders being threatened in…

Balfour Declaration. (1917). Knesset. Retrieved from
Bradberry, B. (2012). The Myth of German Villainy. IN: AuthorHouse.
Gilbert, M. (1994). The First World War. NY: Henry Holt and Company.
Weir, A. (2014). Against Our Better Judgment. IN: CreateSpace.
Wilson, W. (1914). Message on neutrality. Retrieved from
Wilson, W. (1917). A world league for peace. Retrieved from