Truman officially declared June 14 as Flag Day. The history of our flag is as fascinating as that of the American Republic itself. It has survived battles, inspired songs and evolved in response to the growth of the country it represents. The following is a collection of interesting facts and customs about the American flag and how it is to be displayed:
There is considerable debate among scholars about whether or not the slaveholding South was a capitalist society and economy. The election of Federalist member John Adams in the presidential election came in tandem with escalating tensions with France. Inthe XYZ Affair brought these tensions to the fore, and Adams became concerned about French power in America, fearing internal sabotage and malcontent that could be brought on by French agents.
In response to these developments and to repeated attacks on Adams and the Federalists by Democratic-Republican publishers, Congress enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Enforcement of the acts resulted in the jailing of "seditious" Democratic-Republican editors throughout the North and South, and prompted the adoption of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of authored by Thomas Jefferson and James Madisonby the legislatures of those states.
The Nullification Crisis arose as a result of the Tariff ofa set of high taxes on imports of manufactures, enacted by Congress as a protectionist measure to foster the development of domestic industry, primarily in the North.
Inthe legislature of South Carolina nullified the entire "Tariff of Abominations", as the Tariff of was known in the South, prompting a stand-off between the state and federal government. On May 1,President Andrew Jackson wrote, "the tariff was only a pretext, and disunion and southern confederacy the real object.
The next pretext will be the negro, or slavery question. In the early 19th century, as the cotton boom took hold, slavery became more economically viable on a large scale, and more Northerners began to perceive it as an economic threat, even if they remained indifferent to its moral dimension.
While relatively few Northerners favored outright abolition, many more opposed the expansion of slavery to new territories, as in their view the availability of slaves lowered wages for free labor.
At the same time, Southerners increasingly perceived the economic and population growth of the North as threatening to their interests. For several decades after the Union was formed, as new states were admitted, North and South were able to finesse their sectional differences and maintain political balance by agreeing to admit "slave" and "free" states in equal numbers.
By means of this compromise approach, the balance of power in the Senate could be extended indefinitely. The House of Representatives, however, was a different matter. As the North industrialized and its population grew, aided by a major influx of European immigrants, the Northern majority in the House of Representatives also grew, making Southern political leaders increasingly uncomfortable.
Southerners became concerned that they would soon find themselves at the mercy of a federal government in which they no longer had sufficient representation to protect their interests.
By the late s, Senator Jefferson Davis from Mississippi stated that the new Northern majority in the Congress would make the government of the United States "an engine of Northern aggrandizement" and that Northern leaders had an agenda to "promote the industry of the United States at the expense of the people of the South.
After a four-year sectional conflict, the Compromise of narrowly averted civil war with a complex deal in which California was admitted as a free state, including Southern Californiathus preventing a separate slave territory there, while slavery was allowed in the New Mexico and Utah territories and a stronger Fugitive Slave Act of was passed, requiring all citizens to assist in recapturing runaway slaves wherever found.
Four years later, the peace bought with successive compromises finally came to an end. In the Kansas—Nebraska ActCongress left the issue of slavery to a vote in each territory, thereby provoking a breakdown of law and order as rival groups of pro- and anti-slavery immigrants competed to populate the newly settled region.
In January and February, six other cotton states of the Deep South followed suit: The other eight slave states postponed a decision, but the seven formed a new government in Montgomery, Alabamain February: Throughout the South, Confederates seized federal arsenals and forts, without resistance, and forced the surrender of all U.
When Lincoln dispatched a supply ship to federal-held Fort Sumterin South Carolina, the Confederate government ordered an attack on the fort, which surrendered on April President Lincoln called upon the states to supply 75, troops to serve for ninety days to recover federal property, and, forced to choose sides, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina promptly voted to secede.
Kentucky declared its neutrality. Confederate States of AmericaConfederate States Armyand Confederate Navy The seceded states, joined together as the Confederate States of America and only wanting to be independent, had no desire to conquer any state north of its border.
Instead of diplomacy, Lincoln ordered that a Navy fleet of warships and troop transports be sent to Charleston Harbor to reinforce and resupply Fort Sumter.
Just before the fleet was about to enter the harbor, Confederates forced the Federal garrison holed up in the fort to surrender. That incident, although only a cannon duel that produced no deaths, allowed President Lincoln to proclaim that United States forces had been attacked and justified his calling up of troops to invade the seceded states.An Amazon Best Book of September It takes an ambitious historian to write a single volume history of the United States: Enter Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff attheheels.com Truths sets out first to remind people how the United States got its start.
The “truths,” as Thomas Jefferson called them, were political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. The history of the Southern United States reaches back hundreds of years and includes the Mississippian people, well known for their mound building.
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Yet the politics of the s (like the United States today) was dominated by the arguments of two distinct political groups: the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Origins blends ingredients from nature with advanced science to create high performance and natural skincare, bath & body and makeup products.
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