"What is history?
The lie that everyone agrees on. . ."
- Voltaire



Reagan's Presidential Karaoke Party Playlist:


https://open.spotify.com/user/caitlynn.yanz/playlist/2sORtF6gVgTG5pwn5Q2VKP

1. Intro
2. Thomas Jefferson
3. James Monroe
4. Andrew Jackson
5. William Henry Harrison
6. James K. Polk
7. Abraham Lincoln
8. Ulysses S. Grant
9. William McKinley
10. Theodore Roosevelt
11. Woodrow Wilson
12. Warren G. Harding
13. Calvin Coolidge
14. Franklin D. Roosevelt
15. Harry S. Truman
16. Dwight D. Eisenhower
17. John F. Kennedy
18. Lyndon B. Johnson
19. Richard Nixon
20. Jimmy Carter
21. Ronald Reagan
22. George Washington

At the end of Reagan's presidency, Reagan decided to host the greatest White House Karaoke Party in history to commemorate American history through the popular hits of the time. He invited former presidents to come and sing songs that represented the highlight of their presidencies, and that expressed the mood of the country as well. Thomas Jefferson kicked the party off with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," a duet he sung with the Pacific, expressing his feelings regarding expansion, and why he decided to abandon "strict interpretation" of the Constitution to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon. Abraham Lincoln comes in a little later with "I Want You Back," which illustrates how desperate he was to bring the Confederate States back into the Union. Grant follows, coming in with his cabinet entourage, and singing "We Are Family," highlighting the use of patronage in the government, which explains a lot of the corruption that occurred during the Reconstruction era. This continues throughout American history featuring presidents from America's best and worst moments. Even though the songs don't match 100% concerning the lyrics, the overall themes express the biggest highlights of American history, giving the listeners a fun way to learn about presidential terms as well as basic run down of United States history in the top hits of 70s and 80s.


Unit 8 Interesting Topic:


Historian Points: 10/10

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The Cuban Revolution:

In 1959, the United States was shaken as the Cold War was brought into their hemisphere by Fidel Castro’s revolution in nearby Cuba. Castro’s intent was to overthrow Fulgencio Batista’s regime, which was corrupt and inefficient, and only alive due to the support of the US gov. He was joined in his endeavor by a variety of elements, ranging from Communists to dignitaries of the Catholic Church. Prior to the revolution, the United States had supplied the Cuban government with $10 million in military assistance, then in March 1958, the arms shipments were suspended.

With many problems, such as the US assistance in the military and other economic factors, Castro turned to the Soviet Union. The USSR was hesitant at first, but finally agreed when they realized that they could alter the strategic balance between the two superpowers. The relationship was established in July 1960, Moscow set up an intelligence center for the monitoring of US missile activities, and by the end of 1960, the Soviet Union invested $50 million into the island nation.

American diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in January 1961, and in December of the same year, Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist. Many Cubans left the island from 1959-1962, and a core group of 1,400 invaders who fought against Castro were employed by the US government and sent in April 1961, to invade the Bay of Pigs in Cuba (Castro’s favorite fishing spot). This operation was planned by President Eisenhower during his final months, and actually carried out by President Kennedy.

Castro’s army and militia stopped the entire invasion within three days, due to the local support in favor of the Cuban revolution instead of the Americans as was hoped. Reaction to the invasion was marked by the spread of anti-American demonstrations across Latin America, and the stoning of US embassies in Tokyo, Cairo, and New Delhi. The USSR however was successful during this time with the first manned orbital space flight around Earth and its new territory in Cuba. Soon the knowledge that there was no longer a missile gap between the two superpowers became public, and the Soviets began sending missiles and personnel into Cuba.


(Also, is it just me, or do Fidel Castro and Liam Neeson look like the same person....?)

Unit 7 Interesting Topic:


Historian Points: 10/10
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The Jazz Age:

It was during the 1920s and 1930s, that the jazz popularity rose in the United States to a nationwide status. Originating in New Orleans, jazz, a fusion of African and European cultural music, spread like wildfire, energizing clubs, and get getting the people to dance their worries away. Though the styles range from the liveliest swings to the down to earth blues, jazz was the music of the Roaring Twenties, and has had a tremendous effect on the American culture since. 1920s youth were the biggest fans, and used the influence of jazz to rebel against the traditional norms of society, creating new lines of fashion, flappers, scandalous behaviors, drinking and smoking, and new radio concerts. Traditionalists found this behavior to be morally wrong, and gave jazz the nickname "devil's music."

Women played one of the most important roles in jazz history. With the passing of the 19th Amendment that granted women's suffrage, the free-spirited flappers emerged, changing the social lives and entertainment possibilities of women forever. Now taking part in the workforce, women played an even more important role in the American society and culture. Ideologies concerning equality and free sexuality became very popular during this time, and women capitalized on it all. Famous jazz musicians like Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Lovie Austin, and Lil Hardin Armstrong were super popular and influential in the realm of jazz.



Unit 6 Interesting Topic:


Historian Points: 10/10
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Lizzie Borden:

Lizzie Andrew Borden, born into a wealthy family in Fall River, Massachusetts, is well known for being tried and acquitted in 1892 for the ax murders of her father and stepmother. Lots of speculation surrounds the actual occurrences of that August, Thursday morning, since no one was convicted for the murders. Family rumors acknowledge that Lizzie wasn't as innocent as the court thought she was, even being bold enough to suggest that she had a reason for committing the murders, at least in killing her stepmother. Apparently, Abby Borden was abusive towards Lizzie, and one day her stepdaughter cracked and got the justice she deserved. Whether this rumor is true or just speculation, it has been passed down through my family from generation to generation. That's right, I am related to the infamous Lizzie Borden; she is my cousin six times removed on my mother's side.

Its kinda cool to have a famous relative, especially one that has had ballets, musicals, operas, films, stories, etc, based off of her life. Though the most interesting one is a folk rhyme that was popular for rope-skipping:

"Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one"

(In reality, Abby Borden suffered 18-19 blows to the head, and Andrew Borden suffered 11).


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Unit 3 Interesting Topic:


Historian Points: 10/10

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The Compromise of 1790:

On June 20, 1790, Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, hosted a dinner party with Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, and James Madison in attendance.









Unit 2 Interesting Topic:


Historian Points: 10/10

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The Legacy of the Battle of Bunker Hill:

On June 17, 1775,











Unit 1 Interesting Topic:


Historian Points: 10/10

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The Glorious Revolution and Its Affects of Colonial America:

The Glorious Revolution, also known as the Revolution of 1688, occurred after William III, Prince of Orange, invaded England in November of 1688 to pressure King James II into abdicating the throne to Mary II, heir to the throne. The invasion was successful and William and Mary took the throne in February of 1689 after the Declaration of Right, leading to the Bill of Rights 1689. The reason for revolution lies in the fact that after King James II took the throne and married a Catholic princess from Italy, he converted to Catholicism, created religious tolerance policies in 1685 that faced extreme opposition, and attempted to form an alliance with King Louis XIV, the Catholic ruler of France. The revolution ended any chance of Catholicism becoming re-established in England, permanently, and inspired the American colonies into their own revolts and rebellions.

The Boston Revolt of 1689 was one of the revolts that occurred in response to the Glorious Revolution. King James II established the Dominion of New England, which brought the New England colonies together under the rule of a royally-appointed government, during his reign and after he abdicated the throne the colonies were free to rid themselves of the government they despised and reinstate their puritan-based governments. When the news reached the Massachusetts Bay Colony in March of 1689, talk of an uprising began to quickly spread throughout Boston. Finally on April 18, 1689, a mob rose up and overthrow the governor of the Dominion, Sir Edmund Andros.

News of the Boston Revolt reached Dominion officials in New York on April 26, 1689, but was kept from the public in attempts to prevent a similar uprising. Though their efforts were all for not because word eventually got out, and thus Leisler's Rebellion began. New York was made part of the Dominion of New England in 1688, and was just as despised here as in the northern colonies. The rebellion began on May 31, 1689, when protestant merchant Jacob Leisler seized of the colony's south and ruled until March 21, 1691, when royal officials regained power and executed him.

The Protestant Revolution in Maryland was also inspired by the Glorious Revolution, though it didn't take place until the summer 1689. Maryland's government was slowly taken over by Roman Catholics decades prior to the revolution, and the government council that they were apart of controlled the courts, militia, and land. When news reached Maryland, colonist got upset with the current government and began to arm themselves. The rebelling colonists called themselves the Protestant Associators, and they were led by Colonel John Coode against Colonel Darnall, who was in charge of the militia in that time. 700 colonists rose up and defeated an army led by Darnall. Afterwards, Coode and his puritan allies established a new government in Maryland that outlawed Catholicism.