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History & Perspectives on the Economics of Socialism

Giving one cogent and all-encompassing definition of socialism in relation to economic practice is quite an impossible task since a wide range of governments throughout the world practice different forms. In general, however, the economic basis of nearly all of  →

The Influence of the Renaissance on Modern American Society, Culture and Art

The Renaissance had a profound influence on the course of the development of modern American society, culture, and, since it is a natural extension of both, artistic expression. The Renaissance influence in America brought about a new focus on humanism  →

Overview of the Reconstruction Era in American History

Reconstruction was the period after the Civil War that extended from roughly 1865-1877 in the span of American history immediately following the Civil War and involved the re-integration of states of the Confederacy. It was a highly volatile time because while many  →

Puritan Ideology in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and “A Model of Christian Charity”

The early American writers Jonathan Edwards and John Winthrop had quite little in common even though they were backers of the same basic principles of Christianity. Perhaps this difference is because of the situations each faced during his time of  →

Puritan Influences on Modern American Culture and Thought

The ideas put forth by the Puritans are not simply an important starting point for American culture because they were the first in the country, but because they offered ways of thinking that are still ingrained in our culture today.  →

The Meaning of Virtue in “Meno” by Plato

Meno seems surprised when Socrates is unable to provide an answer to his questions about the nature and definition of virtue, but this rhetorical method allows Socrates to later question Meno’s assumptions about what is and is not virtue. “For my soul and  →

Narrative, Rhetoric, and Audience Awareness in the Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.

A great deal of the power behind Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” and “I have a Dream” speech lies in an acute understanding of the power of rhetoric and keen awareness of the audience. While all of the  →

Comparison of Marx and Locke : Views on Government, Property and Labor

It could easily be argued that without some of the theories proposed by John Locke, the later ideas of Marx might not have existed, especially in terms of the function and rights and government. One of John Locke’s primary assertions  →

The Kansas-Nebraska Act Controversy

Before beginning a discussion about the Kansas-Nebraska controversy, it is useful to point out that there were sectional and other political problems brewing. For example, one cannot ignore the role played by Stephen Douglass nor the current economic situation in  →

Analysis, Review, and Summary of Jesse James, Last Rebel of the Civil War by T.J. Stiles

It is impossible to consider the life, crime, and times of Jesse James without first considering the historical context within which he was situated. In a biography of Jesse James by T.J. Stiles  “Jesse James, Last Rebel of the Civil War”,  →