Sunday, September 09, 2007

A Hipster's Guide to Revolution

United States History: 1491 to 1901

I. 1491
A. Peru y Mexico
B. Pizarro Cortes y Atahualpa y Moctezuma
C. Columbus y Barolome de las Casas

II. Jamestown

III. The Protestant Ethic
A. Calvinism
B. The English Revolution (or, depending on your preferred parlance, The English Civil War)
C. The Puritans, John Winthrop, and "A Model of Christian Charity"
D. King Phillip's War

IV. Land and Labor
A. Indentured Servants, the Headright System, and Bacon's Rebellion
B. Plantation Slavery
C. Northern Laborers: Wage Slaves?

V. The History of the Blues

VI. The American Identity
A. Us vs. Them
B. Clashes with the Natives
C. The French and Indian War
D. History is Indeed Written by the Winners: Patriots, Militias, Demagogues, War Profiteers, Privateers, and The American Revolution
E. The Absolute Genius of the Declaration of Independence

VII. Greece and Rome
A. Plato's Republic
B. Greek Democracy
C. Roman Republicanism

VIII. George Washington
A. What Makes a Hero?
B. Hero Worship
C. History as Propaganda
D. "Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government." -- GW 1786

IX. The Constitution

X. Alexander Hamilton
A. Federalism and Executive Power
B. The First American Economy
C. The Bank of the United States
D. War Debt

XI. Thomas Jefferson, Part I
A. The Democratic-Republican Party
B. The Revolution of 1800

XII. Thomas Jefferson, Part II
A. The Louisiana Purchase
B. Slavery and Paternalism
C. Sally Hemings

XIII. Andrew Jackson
A. Indian Wars
B. Indian Removal

XIX. Slavery
A. The Transatlantic Slave Trade
B. Slave Rebellions
C. Abolitionism: Douglass, Garrison, and Tubman

XX. The Industrial Revolution, Part I
A. The American Money Machine
B. Railroads
C. The Cotton Gin
D. The Steam Engine
E. Factories
F. Labor and Capital
G. Karl Marx's 25th Birthday

XXI. Westward Expansion
A. Manifest Destiny
B. Cotton
C. The Missouri Compromise
D. Texas
E. Revolutions of 1848 - Europe
E. The Mexican War - American Imperialism
F. California Gold Rush
G. The Compromise of 1850
H. Bleeding Kansas
I. John Brown

XXII. The History of Protest Music
A. Slave Spirituals
B. Blues and Gospel
C. Rock and Roll
D. Hip Hop

XXIII. Abraham Lincoln

XXV. The War

XXIV. The Industrial Revolution, Part II
A. The Costs and Opportunity Costs of War
B. Industry: The Civil War's Most Lasting Effect
C. Robber Barons and War Profiteers
D. Andrew Carnegie's Wealth
E. Finance and Oil - JP Morgan and John D. Rockefeller
F. Immigration, Urbanization, and Social Darwinism

XXV. Booker T. Washington, WEB DuBois, and Marcus Garvey

XXVI. The Labor Movement
A. The Great Railroad Strikes of 1877
B. The Haymarket Affair - 1886
C. The Homestead Steel Strike - 1892
D. The Pullman Strike - 1894
E. Anarchism

XXVII. American Imperialism
A. Alfred Thayer Mahan
B. Rudyard Kipling's The White Man's Burden
C. Wounded Knee - 1890
D. Spanish-American War - 1898
E. Hawaii
F. Prelude to Vietnam? American Imperialism in the Phillipines
G. The Panama Canal - The US, Colombia, and the Creation of Panama

XXVIII. Jazz, Reconstruction, and the Ku Klux Klan

XXXIX. The Assassination of William McKinley
A. Presidential Disappearing Acts: McKinley's Predecessors
B. The Haymarket Martyrs
C. Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman
D. The Failed Assassination of Henry Clay Fricke
E. Leon Czolgosz
F. The Pan American Exposition - Buffalo, New York
G. President McKinley
H. John Philips Sousa, Folk Music, and the Player Piano
I. The Assassination of William McKinley
J. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt Takes Control
K. The 20th Century Has Begun


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