Browse Exhibits (80 total)

The Beginning of Feminism at Seneca Falls in 1848

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The first women's convention in 1848, led by women abolitionists, was the true beginning of American feminsim. Although feminists already existed before this convention, their efforts did not truly inspire their fellow American women to take action and fight for their rights like the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 did.

The events that occurred at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 established the first beginnings of feminism in America and was the stepping stone in granting American women so many freedoms that they had been fighting for, such as the right to vote. Without the bravery of women abolitionists like Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, it's hard to know when, or if, feminism in America would have become the important and massive movement that it is today.

Effects of the Indian Removal Act of 1830

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On May 28, 1830 President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law, effectively forcing the migration of nearly 50,000 indians. They were seen as a roadblock during Westward expansion by white settlers. Jackson, along with those who were strong supporters of Manifest Destiny, thought that removing them from the area would enocurage more people to move West. 

Jacksonian America, the Nazis, and the dehumanization of minority groups

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When the discussion of modern genocide comes up the first even that comes to mind for many is the Holocaust. Especially in the United Staes where self-awareness has not been our forte, we always think of genocide as happening somewhere else. However, the focus of this exhibit is to showcase one of the first modern, systematic genocides; Jackson's treatment of the Native American people and how it inspired the Holocaust.

This exhibit also explores the subject of human experimentation and the disrespect of autonomy for human beings seen as sub-human or even not human at all through the lens of Doctor Josef Mengele's experiments and experiments done on slaves during this time period. While the subjects may seem unrelated, they are all tied by a common theme of dehumanization.  

The Origin and Lasting Effect of The Transportation Revolution

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From the steam ships of the great lakes to the rails of the west, this Project seeks to explore the Transportation Revolution in the United States and why it is so important to American history. As America pushed west so too did her need for infrastructure and more efficient forms of transportation for goods and people. Railways would become the driving force for the civilizing of these new uncharted lands, bringing with them the might of the American manufacturing of the coats and the spirit of Manifest Destiny. East of the Mississippi large public works projects are begun to build man made rivers known as canals. These engineering marvels would make it possible to travel by ship as far inland as Toledo in some cases changing the game when it came to both domestic and international trade. The steam ship itself would make these systems both efficient and predictable, the days of depending on sails and currents would become a thing of the past. The civilization of the west and the natural resources America would gain accesses to combined with the new ability for the manufactures in the east to move goods through both rail and river would pave the way for America’s ascension as a global superpower for decades if not centuries to come.

Precursor to War: U.S.-Mexican Foreign Relations during Westward Expansion

As the power and influence of the United States began to grow in the early 18th century the country began to look towards the west as a way to extend their influence. This idea ran into a road block once the U.S. decided it was going to push closer and closer to the land owned by the newly independent country of Mexico. As the tensions escaleded it eventually led to war between the two nations for supremacy in the region. In this exhibit I want to explore the build-up to this conflict and analyze why the two nations needed to go to war.

Fremont's Third Expedition and the American Conquest of California

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John Charles Fremont played an important, but often confused role in the American conquest of California.  Be it in his unofficial US military support of a rebellion against a govermnet he wasn't aware the US was at war wtih, or his leading of a Battalion in the Navy despite being an officer of the Army, or his controversial tenure as military governor of California, there is very little about his actions in California which is not confused by contradictory or biased information. 

While this episode is perhaps the most controversial of Fremont's life, it was not the start nor the end of his importance to the United States, and it grew his fame and fortune despite what can be seen as a very negative direct outcome for the man.  

The Panic of 1837

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The Panic of 1837 was a crucial time in the financial history of the United States. As the President leading up to the financial crisis, Andrew Jackson took up a battle against the Bank of the United States. Jackson attempted to restore the value of paper currency by making sure that it was backed in gold and silver. Due to land speculation, and the fact that paper currency could not regain it's value, Jackson passed an Executive Order that would be the final straw before the collapse of the American economy. The actions taken by President Jackson closed over 300 banks and rendered the banking system useless, plunging the country into economic catastrophe.

Missouri Compromise of 1820

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The Missouri Compromise of 1820 was a crucial moment in a formative era of Young America. The agreement which led to Missouri and Maine statehood prolonged peace at the time, but eventually would set the stage for the tumultuous years ahead and eventually the American Civil War.