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I chose to make my playlist under the theme of American Presidents. Our Commander and Chief is an important symbol in American society. Presidents can be seen as a figure representing power, wisdom strength, and good old fashioned American values. They can also be seen as a figure representing corruption, tyranny and all that is wrong with our country. Either way people like to put their opinions and emotions surrounding our president into music. I chose to include songs from both sides of scale. Some songs are songs of remorse for favorite presidents after their deaths, such as Mr. Garfield, The Crucifixion, or Abraham Lincoln. These songs often have folksy, somber tunes that exhibit nationalism as well as sadness. The majority are songs that show disappointment in the state that America is in, thus putting blame on the president, such as We would like to Thank Herbert Hoover, Eisenhower Blues, Lyndon B Johnson told the Nation, and Bonzo goes to Bitburg. These songs range from emotionally charged punk rock, to show tunes, to country songs. Most of them are sarcastic while others outwardly detest the president. The variety of songs talking to or about presidents represents the range of views on our president.
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Unit 1 Interesting Topic:
I chose to research Anne Hutchinson, an English Woman who made waves in the New World due to her unorthodox religious beliefs. Hutchinson was born in England, and in 1634 she followed the puritan preacher, John Cotton, over to the New World for religious freedom and to spread puritan beliefs. She came over with her husband and 12 children. Before coming to America she was educated in theology by her clergyman father. The education she received was far better than most females at the time. This is what made her a strong leader and religious figure when she came to America. In America, Hutchinson lived the colony of Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, the legal preachers of the time believed in the idea that the harder you work, the more God will bless you. Cotton and Hutchinson came over believing that the covenant of works was not the way to please God. She began to lead groups of women, teaching them in a covenant of grace, directly contradicting what was being preached at the time. This lead to a conflict called the Antinomian Controversy, between Hutchinson & Cotton, and the religious leaders. In 1637 Hutchinson was put of trail and found guilty for spreading unorthodox ideas in the colony, thus sentencing her to banishment. She left with her 14 children to Rhode Island and later died in an Indian Massacre. Hutchinson's trial is an example of how the New England colonies were not religiously tolerant to anyone opposing their beliefs, even though colonists came to America expecting religious freedom. This also shows how society at the time was very patriarchal. Hutchinson was not only preaching new ideas, but she was preaching as a women. John Cotton was preaching the same ideas but was not expelled from the colony.
A woman standing before a table behind which are seated several men, with several other men occupying seats against the walls of the room
A woman standing before a table behind which are seated several men, with several other men occupying seats against the walls of the room


Unit 2 Interesting topic:
I chose Republican Motherhood for my unit 2 interesting topic. Republican Motherhood is the term for the roles for women during and after the American Revolution. Before the Revolution women were expected to stay inside the boundaries of staying at home and watching their children. However once the Revolution began, women were left alone at home to be the head of the household. This created the first generation of strong independent women. These women were teaching their children about patriotism and what it means to be American. Once America won the battle and left the Monarchy, these women became responsible for teaching the children about republicanism. Republicanism refers to governing as a republic. Citizens have sovereignty or power and are not subject to the rule of a monarchy. Republican Motherhood defines the time when the womens role was to teach and demonstrate being a Republican, giving them a new and more important role in society. This era really began a change for womens roles in America.
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Before Republican Motherhood was established women were isolated from any activity outside the home

Unit 3 Interesting Topic:
In Unit 3 we learned a lot about the individual, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was a founding father in America, a political revolutionist, a Federalist, and our first Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington. Hamilton lead a very interesting and impactful life in America so I was very surprised the hear briefly about his untimely death in class. So I decided to research it further, that is why I chose it for my Unit 3 interesting topic. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, another political figure, however a Democratic Republican, were long time political rivals. Both came from very different backgrounds- Hamilton a poor immigrant and Burr a wealthy American citizen- and both spent their careers tormenting each other. Hamilton actively persuaded people not to vote for Burr in every election he ran for, and he succeeded in some too. First Burr ran for vice president in 1796, and Hamilton launched a series of attacks against him and he was not elected. In 1800, Burr ran again with Thomas Jefferson and he released information against Hamilton and the federalist, gaining him and Jefferson a win. In 1804 Burr was not brought back on with Jefferson so he went to New York and ran for governor, which Hamilton protested again, resulting in another defeat for Burr. Finally the two gentlemen decided to settle their bickering and commenced for a duel. Burr and Hamilton drew their guns on June 11 1804 and Hamilton was shot dead by Burr. Since Burr was technically still vice president he was immune from murder charges. Burr hoped to regain his political status and reputation with the duel, but people were outraged and the murder, and he actions that were meant to improve his career and life, seemingly ended them.

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Unit 6 Interesting topic:
Due to the fact that I am a girl, my eyes are generally drawn to the women who are named in the vocab section of our study guide. For unit six, I found myself staring at the name Mary E Lease quite often so I decided to write about her for my wikispace for this unit. Unit six focused on America as "A Modern Country". We covered topics such as the Gilded age, big business, capitalism, industrialization etc. So how does Lease fit in to all that? Well actually she was on the opposing side of these advancements being made in corporate America. Lease was a member of the Populist party- An agrarian political party that was against big business and fought for more rights for farmers and the lower class. She got her start with the populists because of her affiliation with the Union Labor party. Lease was a supporter of temperance, women's suffrage, and believed that big business was making Americans into wage slaves. She found her way to the lead of the populist party by being a remarkable orator and for her help in the revolt of Kansas farmers against high mortgage interest and railroad rates. Lease drifted away from the populist party and eventually left it all together, which some historians say was part of the reason that the whole party fell apart later on.

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A picture? web content? "Raise less corn, and more Hell!" That was her famous quote. -SW


Unit 8 Interesting topic: