Historian Points
APUSH Ultimate Playlist


Artist Statement

I put together this playlist in order to show the constant negative attitude citizens held against authority. This playlist chronologically sorts the expressions of what authorities were missing ranging from satirical to vulgar confrontation. For example, Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" was created following the Great Depression and expressed his concerns regarding the government control over land. This song is also used in grade school music classes showing how subtle his anti-government message was. On the other hand, Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name of" was a rebellion against institutional racism and police brutality while using quite explicit statements bound to make anyone reconsider their authoritative loyalty. No matter the time period or the way of which messages are expressed, all these songs represent the constant issues present within our society and how manners are taken into one's hands to rebel.

Unit 8 Interesting Topic

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Yellow Journalism

News reporters seeked ways to gain attention by utilizing events occurring at the time with a twist. These type of reports emphasized sensationalism over facts. This affected US history by engaging public reactions in consideration of foreign events such as war with Spain in Cuba and the Philippines. Since many of these exaggerated cartoons and headlines had been so well spread throughout America, general support for the war had increased.

The "yellow kid" cartoon by William Randolph Hearst was among the midst of all this by creating competition between news reporters. Following the production of such a successful cartoon, the sensationalism attitude about news stories was only fortified by competition for spaces in newspaper. Stories were constantly dramatized and filled with half-truths in order to gain as much attention as possible.

Since then, our media continues to be filled with yellow journalism by money-hungry writers. Often times it is referred to as "fake news" as it carries complete lies for the reader simply for the benefit of the author. One example would be magazine covers or article headlines regarding the personal lives of celebrities. Stating comments such as "Bush on cocaine" and "Abraham Lincoln was a woman" are only few of the outrageous topics associated with this dramatic writing. All beginning from the need of support fro war.

Unit 7 Interesting Topic
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The Bonus Army Conflict

Following the conclusion of World War I, veterans were offered a bonus in their pay for the time they served in the war. However, the money would not be paid out until 1945. Not too soon after this promise was made, the Great Depression struck across the country and left many without money. The idea was brought up by Walter Waters to go to Washington and lobby for early payment.

Many of these protesters set up small shantytowns or Hoovervilles, yet decided to establish laws in order to not be associated with bums that lied in the streets of large cities. Some of these rules included no alcohol, no fighting, no panhandling, and lastly, no communists. Due to their ways of protesting, the veterans gained much support of Washingtonians in the immediate area. Even locals came to the scene to buy cigarettes, talk to the veterans, and enjoy local music. Finally, on June 15, the House of Representatives passed a bill that gave veterans their bonus checks.

Hoover was in office at the time and began to panic upon the realization that many of the veterans were still not going to leave regardless of the money. This led to an order for the army to attack the civilians. Everything seemed to be set on fire and gas was released into the crowd that resulted in the death of children in the area. In the end, the veterans were finally granted their bonuses four years later and the GI bill which facilitated the transition back to civilian life after serving in the war.

Unit 6 Interesting Topic
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During the early 20th century, an artistic movement formed the Ashcan school where students portrayed New York daily life. This was seen as a political rebellion during the period due to the capturing of poorer neighborhoods. Some of the artists that emerged from this school included Stephan Crane, Theodore Dreiser, and Frank Norris. These artists leaned towards looking at the darker sides of society to expose the lack of attention given to the slums.

During the time, "Boss" Tweed was in charge which contributed to the scenes people viewed. Tweed used his group of allies known as his Tweed Ring to secure his position in the city and gain wealth with his political machine. Furthermore, this thought process of Tweed would later resemble the reason why the era of time was known as the Gilded Age. Although Tweed founded glorious structures and exhibited tremendous wealth, the politics were corrupt and the artists of the Ashcan school looked to expose this.
Good connection to Tweed. He was arrested in 1871 so a little earlier than this school of art. But, a nice connection to urban issues nevertheless. -SW

Unit 2 Interesting Topic

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The Boston Massacre was an incident of British soldiers shooting and killing colonists while the mob of colonists also attacked them. Although this event was unfortunate, it was also heavily publicized and exaggerated. Even the name "Boston Massacre" wasnt created until 1773; three years later than the actual event.

When looking at the painting above, it is shown that the British were open firing on the colonists who seemed to be defenseless. Again, this depiction of the event and the character of the British is laid out in a way to advertise reasons for revolts. During this time many acts were angering colonists which provides background as to why these people decided that the British were to blame besides the fact that they too were attacking the other side.
Unit 1 Interesting Topic
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The first English settlement on the island of Roanoke became a mystery after their leader, John White, returned from a trip back to England. Upon arriving on the island, John found no people and only the word "CROATOAN" carved into a tree.

Prior to this discovery, John White led a colony of settlers into the New World. Within the group of 115 people traveling was John White's wife and daughter who later gave birth to the first English baby born in America. In search of supplies, John White returned to England in 1587 expecting to come back shortly and continuing leading his colonists. Unfortunately, the war with Spain delayed his reappearance and he landed in Roanoke in 1590 with no one left.

Due to the map makings of John White, historians have been digging within areas marked on the maps finding many trading goods. Through this search, historians uncovered artifacts leading to a possible theory of the disappearance of the original colonists but it is very hard to prove. In a letter written by John White, he described the abandoned colony by stating that no bones were left behind and the houses seemed to be taken down rather than burned or destroyed. Using this primary source as well as the trading goods found throughout the island, it is quite possible that the colonists assembled with the natives in the area due to their close and friendly relationships. Historians have claimed that it was likely that the colonists began to move inland to expand which triggered working with the natives for success.

On the other hand, other beliefs of the whereabouts of the Roanoke colonists resemble the idea that the colony was struggling with their lack of supplies as well as concerning issues with the natives. Since John was not able to return in time for the people, it is likely that attempts to sail to England were made to get materials themselves. During this voyage, the colonists would have either gotten lost at sea or encountered some not-so-friendly Spanish colonists.

Either way of looking at the mystery of Roanoke still has its flaws. No evidence can be sure about the events happening during the three years John White was gone but historians will continue looking for answers.

The mystery of Roanoke is one of those events that really grabs historians' attentions because they only have so much to work with and to find any new evidence, they have to continuously get down and dirty. Personally I have become fascinated in mysteries and myths like the Roanoke disappearance because I love finding evidence and clues that might answer the question, there has to be an answer out there somewhere. Not being there to witness the disappearance and having no evidence from those who actually witnessed it poses the real problem, and the only way is to take a step into the past and think like those during that time. Truthfully we can't ever truly solve or begin to understand history's biggest mysteries and events because there will always be something else in the millions of factors that lead an event. Applying this reasoning to all of history will help us dive deeper into our world's history in hopes to find an answer today's problems.
- CY