Hi Jada. Your story is beautiful. I must say, the story about you and your mom getting closer warmed my heart. Music helps me with my problems too, but nothing helps me cope more than my mother. People get us through life, the good and the bad. However, orchestra is an excellent way to express yourself and it gives you goals. I’m glad you’ve found…[Read more]
Hi Ari! I find this topic fascinating. We are influenced by so many things around us, especially our technology and media. It makes me wonder whether we are ever truly thinking for ourselves, which is kind of a scary thought. I really like the part about how our media consumption forms our values and what we view as right or wrong. It is so true…[Read more]
Andrew Jackson was born in the backwoods of the Carolinas in 1767 where he received sparse education. At age thirteen he fought in the Revolutionary war and was held in a prisoner of war camp. By the end of the
The Age of Jackson saw an almost fervent spread of democracy: widespread political engagement, shrinking power to the rich and important, suffrage granted to all white males, and extreme devotion to party.
Hi Keeba! You sound like a wonderful person and someone who is really open and honest about who they are. Your opening sentence where you talk about speaking up is so powerful and I wish more people could feel that way about themselves. Keep dancing and being who you are. Have a wonderful day.
Hi William. I agree, the garbage in our oceans is a huge problem and is a stain on our Earth. I wasn’t aware of the patch where this is all accumulating, and I think your description of the gyres make the reality set in. Preventative motions for the future are of course important, but I would be interested to hear about what scientists are…[Read more]
Hi Jada! I absolutely loved this post. If I’m being honest, I have never heard of Angela Davis before now. However, after learning about her from you, I’m so thankful both for this inspiring woman and for you teaching me about it. I like your argument for why Davis should receive an award, it’s completely valid. However I can’t help but wonder if…[Read more]
Hi Olivia! This is a very interesting topic and one that I think a lot of people can relate to. In any activity, it is important for all members to work together for a common outcome. Without cohesion, there is simply no chance of success. I especially liked how you discussed tactics that leaders can use in order to promote unity and even a sense…[Read more]
Andrew Jackson’s election in 1828 marked the first modern campaign in American history. After a bitter defeat in arguably the first truly democratic election of its time in 1824 –due to its free, fair, and c
Thanks for writing.I look forward to seeing what you write next because you say that Constitution, which says that “each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.” Basically, they’re public shaming of government officials. However, the Constitution says nothing about Congress having the power to pass a censure motion against a member of another branch of the government. Jackson. This wasn’t lost on Jackson, who claimed the censure was “wholly unauthorized by the Constitution, and in derogation of its entire spirit.
Olivia, as much as I’ve always heard AJ’s name said, I was decently unaware of his legacy. I enjoyed the word choice and diction you used, it made the imagery even better. For example, the phrase “bitter defeat” shows just HOW bad Jackson felt. It was also interesting to learn about how he changed the campaign field into what it is today. Overall, this was a really fun read!
This is fascinating. I was unaware of this part of Andrew Jackson’s campaigning. I thought it was especially interesting when you said “It was improper for gentlemen in the Revolutionary-era to publicly self-promote. Andrew Jackson changed this ideology.”
Andrew Jackson was a completely different type of presidential candidate from anything the young American nation had ever seen. Coming from the backwoods of North Carolina, Jackson was “the first presidential c
Hi Jessica! This is a wonderful review of the role of the president in the United States. You explained the chief of state, executing the law, and chief diplomat well, as well as Trump’s interaction with them. I like your use of current events, like North Korea and Kim Jong Un. The one thing I think you could improve on is showing Trump’s…[Read more]
Hi Patricia! I completely agree with your post about a broken education system. We see children being left in the dust, usually those of low income households, while a certain group of kids excel. Education is so important for the future of the world, like you said, and needs to be of the utmost importance in our nation if we want to have a…[Read more]
Hi Martin! You are so right, cyber bullying is a big issue. However, I would like to hear why you think limiting school speech will eliminate cyber bulling? Does that mean schools can only limit online speech? If so, is that a violation of the First Amendment? This a really good start, but I think you need to expand on why schools limiting speech…[Read more]
Hey Leo! You bring up a lot of good points about the faults of America. We have experienced and continue to experience lots of hatred and discrimination, which is a very disheartening as an American. Because of this, many people have a negative view of our country. However, I don’t know if you will ever get a truly perfect nation like you suggest…[Read more]
Since 1945 the United States has fought five major wars: Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This isn’t even including the unofficial interventions and conflicts that the our military employs in a
Hi Anika! I found your post extremely interesting because I hadn’t known just how many problems TSA was having. These are serious concerns and I appreciate you bringing them to our attention. Your suggestion to look to other countries for guidance and follow by example is probably the best way we can handle these issues in my opinion. If we…[Read more]
Hi Teo! The topic of diversity in America and how it has affected our lives and culture is extremely interesting. I love the connection you make to fear of the unknown and diversity, because ultimately people like being comfortable and we certainly find comfort in people who are like us. I would like to hear if you have any suggestions on how we…[Read more]
Hi Konrad! I love this post because it’s something that I find very intriguing about the United States. We have so many core values that our nation was built on that still prevail today. I love how you explained self-determination, religious freedom, and equal opportunity, because these are all aspects we see in our daily life. However, I’d be…[Read more]
Audrey, this is a particularly engaging topic considering the position myself and many of my friends are in with regards to paying for college. I like the comparison with Australia because it points out the similarities between the two countries and how we can use them as an example. I would be curious to know if you think that there’s potential…[Read more]
Amani, this post is incredibly informative. I too have been a part of many discussions over the effects of video games on the behavior of kids today. You make an important distinction about the question that should be asked. Surely violent video games don’t make people directly more violent, but just how much do they affect how children’s thoughts…[Read more]
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