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The Use of Yellow Journalism by Newspapers in the 1890s

In the 1890s Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst popularized a new style of journalism. This style was called “yellow journalism” and was used by newspapers to increase circulation and build a loyal following. Yellow journalism relied upon highly-sensationalized stories and headlines to draw readers in. Reporters often overlooked or omitted facts while greatly exaggerating …

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Important Wilmot Proviso

Why Was the Wilmot Proviso Important?

As the United States began the Mexican-American War in 1846, the long-suppressed issue over what to do with slavery re-emerged onto the national political scene. Just why was the Wilmot Proviso important regarding the issue of slavery and what controversy did it cause? It was well-known in Congress that territorial acquisition from Mexico was a …

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British Reaction to the Boston Tea Party

How did the British React to the Boston Tea Party?

Some of the most-well known acts of defiance in the lead-up to the American Revolution were colonial protests of the 1773 Tea Act and the infamous Boston Tea Party. The British reacted to the Boston Tea Party with a series of acts aimed at crushing the rebelliousness in the colonies. The American colonists had a …

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Causes Whiskey Rebellion 1794

The Causes of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794

In the early 1790s President George Washington and the United States faced a difficult test: a frontier rebellion. Just what caused the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 and what was its significance in US history? Following the Treaty of Paris in 1783 officially ending the American Revolution, the United States turned its attention to beginning a …

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Causes Bacon's Rebellions

The Primary Cause of the 1676 Bacon’s Rebellion

One of the most impactful events of colonial British North America was a 17th century rebellion led by a man named Nathaniel Bacon. What was the primary cause of Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676 and how did it shape the colony’s history? At the time the Virginia colony was still in its infancy. The city of …

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Important Shays' Rebellion

Why Is Shays’ Rebellion Important?

In the aftermath of the American Revolution the new United States faced many challenges and difficulties. Of all the difficulties, Shays’ Rebellion was perhaps the most important. The Articles of Confederation was the first form of organized federal government the United States employed following independence. The Articles made the federal government extremely weak and left …

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Goal John Brown Raid Harpers Ferry

The Primary Goal of John Brown’s 1859 Raid at Harpers Ferry

There were many different events that contributed to the American Civil War. John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 is a well known event leading up to the Civil War, but just what was its goal and what exactly did it accomplish? Tensions between the northern and southern states over the issue of slavery …

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Collapse Olmec Civilization

The Collapse of the Olmec Civilization

One of the earliest known civilizations in Mesoamerica is that of the Olmec. The mysterious collapse of the Olmec civilization has left historians puzzled for years. Mesoamerica is well-known for being one of the regions where the domestication of agriculture occurred independently. In the aftermath of the development of agriculture, polities and kingdoms gradually arose …

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Death Toll Plague of Justinian

The Death Toll During the Plague of Justinian

The Plague of Justinian was a terrible event in the mid-6th century CE, the death toll of which is among the highest in world history. In actuality the Plague of Justinian was a particularly severe outbreak of the bubonic plague. The outbreak in the 6th century lasted for nearly 200 years before ending, and is …

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Significance Stono Rebellion 1739

The Significance of the Stono Rebellion of 1739

By the mid 18th century the institution of slavery was firmly entrenched in the American South. In a potential response to worsening conditions, a group of enslaved people formed what is now known as the Stono Rebellion in 1739, the significance of which reverberated through the colonies. The first slaves in British North America were …

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Vikings Leave North America

Why did the Vikings Leave North America?

The Vikings were a legendary culture that left their mark all over the world. Their collective history generally dates back to the late 8th century and lasts until the late 11th century, which includes the Vikings expansion throughout Europe and the Americas. Just why did the Vikings eventually leave North America? The Vikings have been …

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Survivors Donner Party

The Survivors of the Donner Party

In the mid-19th century thousands of pioneers made the journey west along the Oregon Trail to popular destinations such as the California and Oregon Territories. This journey was often treacherous and there is no better example of this than the story from the Donner Party survivors. The Donner Party was a group of families that …

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