U.S. History & Government at Miller School

Home » Blog Rules » BLOG ASSIGNMENTS



Blogging U.S. History


We will use the blog in several different ways over the course of the year.

“React” Post Comments

Each student is required to make two comments on the blog in each unit. These comments count as part of the assignment portion of your grade. This means that over three weeks (roughly the average the length of a unit), you will need to write two comments in response to the “React” posts on the blog. React posts can take a variety of forms: current events that relate to history, art, images, or brief historical documents are all things that could be the subject of a React post. There will be at least two React posts a week that are eligible for you to comment on, so you will have lots of opportunities to respond–something will pop up that will make you think. Comments must be at least 200-250 words in length.


Student Work
From time to time, student work will be exhibited on the blog. If a student does a particularly excellent job on an assignment, that assignment will be posted on the blog for others to use as a model and to celebrate the student’s accomplishment. Anytime student work is used, permission will be asked of the student before any names are put on the post.



  1. Sana says:

    Is there a possibility to all these stories that happens to make the America’s history be semi wrong?
    There could be whole other story behind all this mystery, although thre has been researching for years but still people can make mistakes. However, the history compared to other continents is new because well america is a new place.
    The whole history not just this one seems more like a goodnight story with alittle detailed and more difficult words.
    Skipping to the main story, I think in every culture there has been times like this that a leader goes on expeditions with his people, conquer places just to gain more food, gold or generally treasures. That was basically what happened in the past till they gained knowledge about how to live and how to lead a community.
    With Jamestown also was like this. However, alittle delay since america is a new discovery by probably Europeans and mamy other nations. For instance, it can be said that these incidents are as same as what had happened to Iran with every king that has changed till it gets to the point where it is now.
    What don’t we think about it this way?
    It doesn’t matter how old or new the nation is, people still want to experience things themselves and not use other people’s experiments. Which you can also see it by every kingdom in every nation.

  2. ethan chenault says:

    Indians were dying of starvation in there time. These indians mostly died of starvation and the only way the archaeologists knew that was because they wrote it on stuff that they found. They found a small hexagonal box with seven little bone fragments in it. Why would there be bone fragments in a tiny box? This box has been there for four hundred years how is that possible? How has it not disintegrated yet? The box also had a M on it but the scientist could figure out what letter it actually was at first. These indians probably did this for religious reason, instead of putting bones in a box for no reason. It’s kinda like the Egyptians when they put the Pharaohs organs in little containers to preserve them for the afterlife. The indians could’ve been preserving their ancestors bones for the afterlife. This box was also as big as a salt shaker, so how big were these bones, and what part of the body could they possibly belong to? The indians might have thought that some bones were more important than others, and that their ancestors would need them in the next life, so they store them away for the ancestor to use in the next life. One question I have that hurts my theory is that, if my theory was true why aren’t there more little boxes?

  3. Jeremy Wagner says:

    The Columbian Exchange is where America, Europe, and Africa made exchanges to help benefit their country. They exchanged foods, Slaves, Disease, Plants, Animals, and technology. Slaves would be brought to America and would have diseases such as smallpox and it would kill a lot of people. The Native Americans all died from diseases that were brought over from European countries. Europe’s technology was way more advanced than America’s. Europe taught America to have an alphabet, New farming capabilities, weapon capabilities, and architectural ingenuity. Since America learned these new things hunting and farming all became easier. America could now kill animals from far away without having to throw a spear at such a close distance. America now had new inventions for farming which helped plant seeds. Diseases killed a lot of humans not only in America but in Europe to. It even affected the animals and when the humans would eat the animals it would spread to them and kill them slowly. Europe would exchange us food often times. They gave the Americans Potatoes which is a huge cash crop and has what is called sugarcane. This made the potatoes not rot as fast and was better to eat than corn and beans. These exchanges between countries helped America evolve into a dominant country.

  4. ethan chenault says:

    The columbian exchange was a name for all the trading between the Americas and Europe back in day when columbus first discovered America. They traded plants, animals, and diseases while sailing from country to country. The europeans brought new plants to america and new animals also, but with new animals and people in a foreign land also brings new disease that the natives were not immuned to yet. Diseases like smallpox, measles, and influenza killed off a lot of the native Americans. Why would the natives allowed these foreign new people and new animals to come near them? I know I wouldn’t, these animals and people were killing off your people and you do nothing to stop it? That’s messed up. Nearly all of the European diseases were transmittable by air and touch, and this made it easy for the disease to spread rapidly. The deadliest disease of them all was smallpox, the disease was detrimental to the indian population. Iceland is an example of how devastating smallpox could be. In 1707, smallpox first appeared in Iceland, in two years 18,000 of the islands 50,000 inhabitants died of it. In the columbian exchange, the worst thing that came out of it was the diseases by far.

  5. Thomas-Louis Deshaies says:

    Thomas Deshaies
    Blog 3 John Dickinson

    One of the most importing father is one of the most of people never hear about ,John Dickinson is one of the pillar on the American revolution born the 8 November 1732 in the Maryland and dead the 14 February 1808 . He write a lot of essay for a farmer of the Pennsylvania and Delaware , he was a member of the continental congress. During the revolution he wrote two big pre-wars documents , the petition for the king and the all of branch petition for negotiate peace. When the negotiation fell he refuse to the sign the declaration of independence because he believe the colonies should seek together and said to other countries to come with them. After this he star to support the sovereignty with a series of essay name fabius letter where he support at 100% for the state sovereignty . John Dickinson was one on the first farmer to release his slaves , John Dickinson was a men who thing at a free country is possible . John Dickinson is a big part of why the United-State are what they are .

  6. Jeremy Wagner says:

    The Stamp Act in 1765 affected thousands of citizens in America. The Stamp Act put taxes on paper goods such as court proceedings, insurance policies, licenses to practice law, deeds, leases, mortgages, bonds, contracts, bills of lading, customs clearances, playing cards, pamphlets, almanacs, and newspapers. But one man by the name of Patrick Henry did not agree with the Stamp Act. He pushed through five resolves that proved it should not be an Act. It was denied for the Stamp Act to go away but word got out and Mercury printed it. All the colonies got a copy of the resolves. This made me think of the time my mom told me to clean my room when i was younger and i made a list of why i should not clean my room with my brother Will. People started to protest against the Stamp Act because it was causing so many people to lose money. These people called themselves the sons of Liberty. People started to have riots until they would abolish the Stamp Act. After a while The stamp Acts were abolished and nobody got punished for the riots in boston and people began to buy more paper made things.

  7. Joe Cermin says:

    The colonists viewed the stamp act as an act of robbery. The newspaper printers had it the worst, they would even have to pay double for any newspapers printed not in english. The colonist viewed their relationship with England as partners rather than “the children”. The colonists knew that they could not smuggle things as they could with the trade laws, so they would decide to not trade/sell england goods anymore until it was repealed. Was this a smart decision by the Sons of Liberty? Was it smart to stop selling goods to the mother country? Many would argue yes it was smart, but at the same time it was not. The colonies did not want to be independent yet, they liked the protection the british army gave them and the money they would receive. It is not until later when the colonists decide to become independent. Patrick Henry is much like Thomas Jefferson in the way he writes. He angers people but speaks his mind to what is right. In Henry’s fifth resolve, it denied the parliament to tax the colonies. This is very similar to Jefferson’s Summary of the Colonies in the British Empire (1774) in how they both state things that need to change or something that England can not do. The Stamp Act and the Intolerable Acts take away the colonist rights and freedoms. I think the works of Patrick Henry were just another add on to the list of reasons why America became independent. The other colonists during this act in 1765 spoke about it but not as much as Patrick Henry did. After the Stamp Act protest, the colonies had good cooperation together, almost like an independent nation, and radical organizations. The colonist in the protests of Andrew Oliver (stamp distributor) is a good example of radical phases in revolutionary cycles.

  8. Richard Bolton says:

    After reading this part of American history I can come to several conclusions that can be clearly seen while reading this article. The first one these is that the United States of America was almost created inadvertently with the terms on which it was created. I have several reasons for this statement. The first of these reasons is the British Empire’s policy of Salutary Neglect. The British Parliament were focused more on business and trade then on what the people wanted. after doing the hard work in establishing these new “extensions” of their Empire they thought they could sit back and reap the rewards from the colonists. The second one of these was all of the acts and taxes that they created just for the colonies. The Quartering act was just one the last acts made before the colonists reached their tolerance point and started the revolution. The people didn’t want protection after the French and Indian war ,nor did they want British troops in their homes consuming the food they worked so hard for just to have it devoured by soldiers who seemingly did nothing all the while claiming they were “protecting them”.
    If the king hadn’t made so many acts, taxes, and laws just for the colonies then things might have turned out differently for history.

  9. ethan chenault says:

    The Stamp Act in 1765 was one of the most hated laws ever created by the British and here’s why. The Stamp Act was a law that said there would be tax on all paper goods like newspapers. Newspaper printers had it the worst by far. Most considered the Stamp Act robbery, which I agree. Many people grumbled about the act before it even went into effect, but nobody grumbled like Patrick Henry. Patrick Henry voiced his opinion very loudly and to be honest i would’ve too if the government was practically robbing me. If the government needed money why don’t they just take over more land and make that land fruitful instead of taking money from their people? I’m not a fan of tax at all because I don’t mind paying the tax for a fifteen dollar item, but when I buy a baseball glove that costs four hundred dollars and i end up paying a huge tax; i’m not cool with that. Or when I got my paycheck over the summer, and i could’ve made five hundred and fifty dollars in two weeks but instead I make four hundred and fifty because the government thinks that a sixteen year old should be paying for the new school they feel like building. I really do not like that and I don’t think that’s fair. I can see why nobody liked this tax the government decided to put on paper goods. The revolution was kinda like the Magna Carta was because the people didn’t like what the government was doing so they did something about. The Stamp Act was one of the stupidest taxes ever in colonial history.

  10. Emily says:

    The Sons of Liberty are known throughout history for their willingness and determination to fight for what they believe is right. One of these events included the Stamp Act of 1765; the colonists felt as though this tax was a form of robbery and was unfair to them. Patrick Henry was the mediator in this situation when he passed the five resolves that put a halt to the stamp act followed by two other laws that also prevented the stamp act from prevailing. However, we currently live in an age where taxation is still applied to just about everything and taxation continues to be an issue amongst many Americans. Reading about issues that occurred in 1765 may seem distant and irrelevant, but reflecting on the world today, some of these issues are very much alive and ongoing. Groups that can be compared to the Sons of Liberty are still around in the year 2017, taking justice into their own hands and fighting for what they as a whole believe is right. During these protests against the Stamp Act, radicals arrived and caused the situation to be violent in attempt to create resolution, which is still happening today and will likely continue to happen due to the tendency of history being repeated.

  11. Jeremy Wagner says:

    Is America coming closer to having a king? Madison clearly believes we are. Madison believes that are election safe corrupt and the president will eventually over time become a king. Why does madison say this? Madison says “In proportion as the objects of legislative care might be multiplied, would the time allowed for each be diminished.” Madison thinks that the government will fail and the president will have to take charge making him a king.To make sure that the United States of America did not become a monarchy the congress started to pass bills. If America were to fall into becoming a monarchy this would mean the Government failed and did the congress failed as well. This reminds me of the time where my brother Will and I would be on the same football team playing against some of our friends and me and him would rely so much on each other that we could not lose to them or we would get teased for weeks. Everyone is relying so much on the government to do the right stuff so that America will not become a Monarchy. Madison realized that if you have a big government, that would make it harder for the U.S. to have corrupt elections.

  12. ethan chenault says:

    Having a sole ruler or king is bad idea, and usually ends badly, and here’s why. In the past and in the present countries who have one single ruler that makes all the decisions usually struggle. When you have a democracy there are many people that help run the country and having more people means that you have more opinions and ideas. Everybody has a different worldview and has different ideas. In the article it says that the people were looking to the book of Samuel for sermons because in particular the story of the people Israel begging for a king: “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” Are americans looking for that kind of leadership today? It’s like in my engineering class, we are building a pavilion, if only one person was designing it, it wouldn’t cater to everyone’s needs it would only cater to the ones who are like the designer. Since we have all kinds of different people designing and building it, it has a better chance of fulfilling everyone’s needs. It goes the same way for the government to an extent because if only one man is calling the shots not everybody is gonna agree with him. Hitler is a historical example of this; when he had control of Germany only bad things happened and a lot of people died. In his eyes if you weren’t aesthetically perfect than you had no place on this earth. The men trying to decide what kind of government they wanted to rule our country had to take all of this into consideration to finally decide they wanted a democracy to run the country. That’s why I think a democracy is better than a monarchy.

  13. Richard Bolton says:

    This painting depicts the actual Lackawana Valley that is in Pennsylvania during the time of when the industrial revolution of America was just starting. This was when new kinds of labor saving machines were introduced to the American people. The painting depicts the valley as it houses the first roundhouse of the Lackawanna and western Railroad in Scranton. This painting is showing a transition from an age of farming and nature to an age of machines that are changing how things are done by people. The roundhouse and surrounding area is currently in between this age and its natural state. When George Inness created this work of art he was focusing on how this new age was changing everything around him and others. the picture depicts the Lackawanna valley as well as the recently constructed railway line and roundhouse. the machinery also completely contrasts with the natural state of the valley. the boy is also thinking about how much the valley has changed with the arrival of such machines.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: