Henry Ford

Henry Ford was a mechanic and a machinist who was born on July 30, 1863 in Michigan. Henry had 4 siblings and lived on a farm, to which his father expected to take over when he was older. As a child, Henry had a hobby of playing and tinkering around with machines. When his mother died, he went against his father’s expectations and moved to Detroit in 1869. Continue reading

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Immigration to America

As America slowly got increasingly powerful and more technically advanced, immigration to it started increasing in mass numbers. The US was on shaky footing after the Civil War, and it became a challenge to get back where it was originally standing. However, thanks to the Industrial Age in America, this challenge was easier than breathing air.

The Industrial Age also was very profitable, and the richer America got, the more immigrants it attracted. There are a slew of reasons for their immigration, but most of them came to America in search of a better life.

New York was one of the places immigrants would come in. New York has a harbor, which separated a lot of the land and made many islands. Ellis Island is one of them, and later was purchased by the federal government to become an immigration station.

The immigration station on Ellis Island was successful for 5 years, before all the buildings for it burned down, leaving many of the old immigration records nothing but ash. The government ordered a new building to be built, and ordered it to be fireproof.

This new immigration station was successful as well, documenting over 1.25 million immigrants in 1907.

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was the 16th president of the United States, and was the first president to be impeached.

He was born in North Carolina in 1808, and was in poverty. Not much is known about his childhood, aside from the fact that at 18, he married a 16 year old woman who tutored him on writing and reading skills. He worked as a tailor and mayor in Tennessee before his election in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1835. Continue reading

Robert Edward Lee

Robert Edward Lee was one of the more well known generals during the Civil War. On the side of the Confederacy, he was a well revered general, winning against battles with many Union generals, and known for being calculated and sharp-witted.

He was born on January 19, 1807, though there is dispute over the exact year of his birth. His mother was Anne Hill Carter Lee, an eventual widow, and his father was Henry Lee III, a Revolutionary War officer and the ninth Governor of Virginia.

Lee attended United States Military Academy for the 4 years, and graduated only second to his class, behind a man named Charles Mason. After graduation, he returned to Virginia, only to find his mother on her deathbed. She died on July 26, 1829.

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Slavery in America

Slavery was a popular theme throughout the United States’s history, many of the Founding Fathers being slave owners, and promoting the slave trade further. Overtime, treatment over the African-Americans got worse and more cruel. This didn’t go ignored, as the cause for abolishing slavery came around and spread in the 1800’s.

Before the abolition, slaves were treated very harshly, even harsher those who attempted to escape. Plantation owners influenced the Fugitive Slave Act, which made it so any escapee slave would return to his master if he were apprehended. The Compromise of 1850 made this act stronger.

Slavery continued, and the treatment of the slaves have been documented. The topic of slavery eventually became hot, inspiring many debates in the mid-1800’s. Slavery still legally continued, until it’s official abolishment in 1864 by the Thirteenth Amendment.

James Madison

James Madison was one of the Founding Fathers, and served as 4th president of the United States. He was born and raised in the colony of Virginia, and he also spent most of his adult life there as well.

He had 12 siblings, and happened to be the oldest one out of them all. However, most of his siblings died before they could even turn 8. He had fairly poor health throughout his life, standing at 5’4″ and only weighing 100 pounds, earning him the title of the smallest United States president in history. Continue reading

Napoleon Bonaparte

The revolution was only getting worse as time went by. Hundreds of lives were taken, and the number of casualties were increasing as days went by. Something had to be done. Something that would satisfy them. Something that would make them stop. Napoleon Bonaparte knew. If no one were to do anything about it, then he shall.

Napoleon was a talented general at the time, for he studied military tactics in his younger years, enrolling in France’s military school when he was 15. He graduated said school, with the rank of second lieutenant in the artillery. After graduating, his family was forced to flee due to the growing French revolution. Continue reading