Tuesday March 11, 2014
The term muckraker was coined by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Investigative reporting had truly started in 1902, and many of the books and articles written by the so-called muckrakers resulted in key reforms. However, when they began to look into political corruption, Roosevelt gave a speech which basically stated that they had gone too far. Who Were the Muckrakers takes a look at the major muckrakers of the Progressive era, their works, and the effects of their writings.
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Between the years 1726 and 1750, the English colonies in America were steadily growing. The thirteenth colony, Georgia, was founded during these years. Benjamin Franklin was a vibrant Philadelphian making a name for himself. This was also the time of the Great Awakening. While England made some rules to try and protect its own economic interests like the Iron Act and the Molasses Act, in general it kept a hands off approach to the colonies. However, storm clouds were brewing as hostilities between England and France continued to grow. King George's War which occurred during these years foreshadowed the French and Indian War. Read about these and the other key events of this twenty-five year stretch: American History Timeline 1726-1750.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Follow the events that led to the American Revolution with this timeline. Beginning with the Treaty of Paris that Ended the French and Indian War, you can see how events escalated over time. Interestingly enough there were long stretches when relations between Great Britain and the colonies calmed down. There were also many chances for parliament to back off and restore more positive relations. Even when the war started, only about 1/3 of the American colonists were revolutionary.
Monday February 24, 2014
On February 24, 1803, the Supreme Court made a historic decision with the court case Marbury v. Madison. The case involved many of the key players in the early republic including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and of course Chief Justice John Marshall. Some today question whether the precedent of judicial review that was established with Marshall's decision was truly revolutionary or beyond the realm of the framers' intent. Nonetheless, Marbury v. Madison did firmly establish this precedent which has had major repercussions to this day.