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On to Hawaii!

17 Nov

HOMEWORK: Please  look over Carl Schurz’s MANIFEST DESTINY from HARPER’S of 1893.

Last Class will be Tuesday, Nov. 30th.

PowerPoint for Nov. 16:  Talking about  the  Frontier



9 Nov

OLLI American Expansion  Class for today, 11/09 is canceled due to sickness.  Frank



7 Nov

Map of various Underground Railroad routes

POWERPOINT presentation:   Slavery from 11/02/1010.

Please take a few minutes to look over Carl Schurz’s MANIFEST DESTINY from HARPER’S of 1893.  We’llb e disucssing it on the 16th.

Adams in Cinci

26 Oct

I meant to add Adams “Oration” at the laying of the cornerstone of the Observatory.  Click here!

Beginning Point

26 Oct

The commemorative site is located about 2 miles east of the center of East Liverpool on Ohio State Route 39 and Pennsylvania Route 68.   See Wikipedia

I you are looking for a one volume history of the U.S., Robert Kagan’s DANGEROUS NATION is  good narrative and good history.  It is written from a perspective of foreign policy, but you can’t get there from here without a look at domestic policy.  The sub-stile is “America’s Place in the World from Its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century.”

The PowerPoint Presentation is up. PowerPoint: DIPLOMATS, GENERALS AND FILIBUSTERERS

National Road

23 Oct

Tuesday, Oct 26th, we’ll explore some of the scientific and technological innovations which made westward expansion possible.  Important among them was the develop of a national road  system.  The video above gives a bit of the history of the Nation Road, now Rte 40.

The National Road or Cumberland Road was one of the first major improved highways in the United States to be built by the federal government. Construction began in 1811 at Cumberland, Maryland, on the Potomac River. It crossed the Allegheny Mountains and southwestern Pennsylvania, reaching Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) on the Ohio River in 1818. Plans were made to continue through St. Louis, Missouri, on the Mississippi River to Jefferson City, Missouri, but funding ran out and construction stopped at Vandalia, Illinois in 1839.

Tecumseh will receive a bit of our attention.  The PBS series, WE SHALL REMAIN has an episode about Tecumseh.

I look forward to our conversations Tuesday.  —  Frank


German genealogy

20 Oct

Teh PowerPoint for PLUNGING FORWARD INTO THE WILDERNESS has been uploaded.

Bob Brodbeck’s talk about his German genealogy was great.  His remarks on land ownership there reminded me about the various Land Acts her selling land cheap to Americans.  Bob’s web site is HERE.