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I decided to follow the theme of War with American Involvement, everything from the French and Indian war to the Vietnam. For the French and Indian War I choose the "British Grenadiers", this song as well as the next for the revolution ("Yankee Doodle"), didn't have much meaning in the way of lyrics, at this time music was used to instill a march feel rather then emotion. However, the war of 1812 was not the same. The song "Decatur and the Navy" was written in 1813 (sung by modern artists), it discusses the troubles of war, but encourages American perseverance. The next song, "The Mexican-American War" is a modern song that describes the situations surrounding the war and why it was fought. The next two songs, "The Road to Appomatox" and "Grey and Blue" describe the horrors of the civil war, "grey and Blue" specifically describes how families were fractured by the war. "the Spanish-American War" is another modern song that discusses the circumstances and causes of the 'war'. The next two songs are from WWI and feature for the first time a negativity toward the war ("I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier"), however many Americans were still pro war as seen by this retaliation song ("It's time for every boy to be a soldier"). The "Airborne Chant" and "This Land is Your Land" are from WWII. This was the first war that The Air Force saw action (thus the chant) and this war instilled a feeling of national pride in Americans (therefore your land). "The Korean War Memorial is a song that describes the war and respects the lives lost. The last three songs, "War", "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", and "Fortunate Son" are from Vietnam, and portray American discontent of the War, showing for the first time a complete American negativity toward a war.

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Jamestown: The People and Their Gold

Watch this video about Jamestown to get a good review on Jamestown:
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As John Green states in the video, the people of Jamestown were on the hunt for gold. They expected to just show up to the colony and find gold easy, like the Spanish and the Aztecs. As we know, no gold was ever found, but according to, there was a pretty good reason why people thought they'd find gold. Most people (not the servants) had relatives who had found gold in the other English colonies, i.e. India, Africa, etc. They had heard stories of finding gold just laying around. So when people heard about a new colony, all the people (Privateers, pirates, and jewelers, not hard workers) could think about is how they could find gold and get rich.

KH: It is very interesting to think about how the founding of Jamestown influenced the future of the colonies and America. Right from the very start, the southern colonies followed an economic model. They couldn't find gold, but they found out that tobacco grew very well there. This eventually led to them using slavery to run their plantations and strengthened their bond with England, who was trading with them for tobacco. This in turn widened the divide between the south and the rest of the colonies, which led to a lack of support during the Revolution and eventually a Civil War.

Unit 2: The First Shot of the French and Indian War

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Surprisingly the French and Indian war (in North America) was started by our very own George Washington. He was a 21-year-old Lieutenant Colonel, sent by the Virginia governor to tell the French to vacate the Ohio Valley. The French refused and George Washington left and returned a year later with a force of hundreds of men and ambushed the French. This was the first military action of Washington’s life and it resulted in the deaths of 13 enemy soldiers. Washington was forced to surrender his makeshift garrison, Fort Necessity, and the following year he was part of British General Edward Braddock’s expedition to southwestern Pennsylvania. Two decades after fighting to extend the dominion of King George III over the North American frontier, Washington would later lead the armed rebellion against the kings forces.
MM: It is strange to think of George Washington as a General, when we always think of him as the first President of the United States. Do you think that he thought that the 13 casualties was a success?


Klein, Christopher. “10 Things You May Not Know About the French and Indian War.”, A&E Television Networks, 28 May


Unit 6: Big Oil and Big Business

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Young men like Rockefeller began to move across America in search of oil. With the creation of Ford's first car and gas lamps, the demand for oil skyrocketed, finding just a small well could make a man rich. Oil wells like the one seen above could be found all over america. Oil became one of the most important materials in the world and America had a lot of it, suddenly the world wanted america's oil. The American economy boomed during this time, and a lot of that was because of the big oil business stretching across America. However as Big Oil got more powerful and more consolidated, it became more corrupt, destroying small business, bribing the government, and controlling and modifying the economy. This continued until the government finally stepped in and restricted business control.

Wildcatting? Who? Where? How? What else could you discuss here? -SW