American Revolution: Siege
It is December 1779 and it is the fourth year into the American Revolution and the war has become a stalemate. Many battles have been won and lost, but neither side has taken the advantage. British General Henry Clinton has a firm base at New York City, but the king's forces have been unable to crush the rebellion as George Washington's army continues to hold them in check. Now camped 30 miles to the west of New York City, the Americans are bracing themselves for another rough winter. The 13,000 American troops camp at Morristown, New Jersey. It has been two years since the Continental Army has survived the legendary conditions at
100 Facts About the Titanic100 Facts About the Titanic1 year ago in Settings More Like This
1. Who made the idea to build the Titanic?
Two men did. The Managing Director of the White Star Line company, J. Bruce Ismay and Lord William Pirrie, owner of the shipbuilding company Harland and Wolf, made the plan to build three large ocean liners to take on their rival Cunard Line.
2. Who owned the Titanic?
The American Tycoon John Pierpont Morgan owned the White Star Line in a massive shipping trust known as the International Mercantile Marine (IMM).
3. How big was the Titanic?
The Titanic was as long as four city blocks (882 1/2 feet long) and as wide as a four-lane highway (92 1/2 feet wide).
4. How fast was the Titanic?
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The Voyage to New York
"Deeply regret [to] advise you Titanic sank this morning after collision with iceberg, resulting in serious loss of life. Full particulars later." - J. Bruce Ismay's telegram to the White Star Line
Ismay was the man to confirm what had happened to the White Star Line's American headquarters in New York City. Before that, there was massive confusion around the United States and the world to what had happened. The Titanic sinking? The ship is supposed to be unsinkable! The wireless system was still a new invention around the world. Anyone who knew how to set one up could tap out whatever they wanted. Sometimes operators
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In the late 1870s the British decided to consolidate all their possessions in southern Africa in one federation. Throughout the decades, the British had built and controlled large colonies in Africa that were part of their empire. Now with the opportunity for even more expansion, Sir Bartle Frere, high commissioner in Cape Town in British South Africa prepared to expand. East of British South Africa was Zululand. Zululand was a kingdom where Native African people lived. Their warriors mainly had spears and shields. His ultimatum to Cetshwayo, the Zulu king, provoked war. The British military commander, Lord Chelmsford led a substantial armed
Government Healthcare: Fact and FictionGovernment Healthcare: Fact and Fiction1 year ago in Settings More Like This
As we all know, Obamacare is expensive and will not come cheap. When she was speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi claimed that we would pay "ten year" costs of $940,000,000,000.00 which as far as I am concerned is already very expensive. However, is that the real story? You will surprised to find out that it is not. For several reasons the Democrats' costs do not match up to the real cost. The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) found that Obamacare may cost around 2.5 to 3 trillion dollars in the first ten years alone and costs would continue. In the current system, 1.1 trillion dollars is spent to assist medicare, but that is not enough to cove
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To the Lifeboats!
By now, Captain Smith ordered the lifeboats to be ready and all passengers to be brought to the boat deck with their lifebelts. The Titanic's forward five compartments were so flooded that she had gained a noticed list. Meanwhile, at 12:10 A.M., Captain Smith ordered wireless operators Jack Phillips and Harold Bride to send a distress signal (CQD). This was a hard task as there were no sirens or public announcement systems at the time. In fact, just like the passengers, most of the Titanic's crew thought the danger was not serious at first. Up in first and second-class, the stewards woke up confused passengers. The stewards
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On April 10, 1912, the Titanic was docked at Southampton, England and had been filled with crew, cargo, and food that was needed for the voyage. The captain and the crew now waited for the passengers to arrive. Titanic's builder, Thomas Andrews, arrived first at 6 in the morning. He and nine other employees from Harland & Wolff were sent to make sure the ship ran smoothly. Next was the White Star managing director, Bruce Ismay. Unlike Andrews, who had bought one of the smiple first-class staterooms, Ismay bought one of the four extremely luxurious parlor suites. He must have been proud as he read the guest list of first-
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Titanic was the first disaster of such a catastrophe but not the only one. The RMS Empress of Ireland hit a disaster two years after Titanic and had enough lifeboats, but, even with enough lifeboats, the Empress of Ireland would lose the majority of her crew and passengers. The Empress of Ireland was like any other transatlantic ocean liner. The Empress of Ireland was built by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. at Govan near Glasgow in Scotland. She had two funnels and could go up to a speed of 20 knots with two twin propellers. The company that owned the Empress of Ireland was the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company. She was proven a fa
The Titanic: The Great DreamThe Titanic: The Great Dream2 years ago in Settings More Like This
She was the largest ship of her day, built during a gilded age of progress, ambition, and wealth. She was meant to be the icon of the age, designed to be the latest feature of luxury, technology, and safety. Her passengers included the world's most famous celebrities and some of the most humble immigrants. Less than week on her maiden voyage, a catastrophic disaster would occur that would shock the world. She was the legendary RMS Titanic.
In the early 1900s the world was getting more advanced and prosperous. In Europe many people wanted immigrate to the United States of America. They wanted to start a new life in Amer
The Presidents: Abraham LincolnThe Presidents: Abraham Lincoln9 months ago in Profiles More Like This
Introduction and Early Life
Today, Abraham Lincoln is seen as one of the greatest presidents of all time. He is seen as one of the most inspiring and marbles figures in American history. Yet, these were not his intentions. Lincoln was born in a cabin in Kentucky. He mainly spent most of his youth taking products by boat to New Orleans. In 1830, his family moved to Illinois and at that time he entered a career in the military, politics, and law. Lincoln then affiliated himself with the Whig Party and after several failed attempts to enter Congress (one in which he famously debated Democratic incumbent senator Stephen A. Douglas) he joined as
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Waiting for the End
"We have dressed in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen." - Benjamin Guggenheim
When Guggenheim told his mistress and her maid that the Titanic was being repaired, he knew he was lying. He and his valet Victor Giglio had been up quite early during the sinking and they were great help to the officers, but as the end came near Guggenheim and Giglio took off their lifebelts and put on evening wear. Guggenheim told a steward that he and his valet were prepared to die like gentlemen. Guggenheim, Giglio, and his chauffer Rene Pernot all died in the disaster. He and his valet were not the only of Titanic's elite
The Presidents: William J. ClintonThe Presidents: William J. Clinton1 month ago in Profiles More Like This
Introduction and Early Life
William Jefferson Clinton would have a mixed presidency, at times he was highly succesful and at times he was not, but his presidency defined the 1990s, an more peaceful era away from the issues of World War 2 and the Cold War. He would now lead the most dominant nation on earth. Born William Blythe III, he was born in 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. Despite his tough life at home due to his alcoholic stepfather, he would be very succesful in school and would become a good musician.
He visited the White House in 1963 and shook hands with President John F. Kennedy. He went to Georgetown University a year later and worked
The Presidents: Zachary TaylorThe Presidents: Zachary Taylor10 months ago in Settings More Like This
Introduction and Early Life
By the 1840s it was clear to many Americans that slavery was becoming a major issue. This issue would need an extraordinary president to settle all the arguing and make a decision that everyone would have to agree with. The people hoped that Zachary Taylor would be a good choice. Taylor's father had been an aide to George Washington in the American Revolution. Taylor grew up in Kentucky on a very prosperous plantation. By 1808 he was an officer in the military. The slovenly Taylor was generally a bad speaker and he never registered to vote and did not even vote in his own election. As a general, Taylor gained majo
The Monsters of Green EnergyThe Monsters of Green Energy1 year ago in Settings More Like This
First off, please note that I am NOT anti-green energy. I think it can help us from relying on pollution from sources like coal, but I will explain my solutions later in the essay. I want to first talk about what we should not use as green energy. There are two sources that I call the monsters of green energy. What are these two? Wind and solar energy.
Allow me to explain wind turbines first. Wind turbines use the wind to made us energy. Sounds clean right? Did you know that wind turbines need a constant input of electricity to keep the blades moving in low wind? So already you need an alternative source. They are also very expe