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Mormonism and Violence

Many religions have faced persecution, and many have brought abuse on others. Mormonism is no different, perhaps we just don’t hear about Mormon ties with violence as often as this religion is mainly centered in the US and today the church does not condone widespread use of corporal punishment. The history of brutality and Mormonism… Continue reading Mormonism and Violence

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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

According to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, also known as the Twelve, is one of the main governing bodies in the hierarchy of the LDS church. The members of the “Quorum of the Twelve Apostles” are not just referred to as apostles, but also prophets,… Continue reading Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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The Code of The West and The All American Cowboy

There a man's work was to be done, and a man's life to be lived, and when death was to be met, he met it like a man." - Deadwood Dick Mention the Wild West and you get visions of Clint Eastwood in the “Good the Bad and the Ugly” or Gene Autry and Yul… Continue reading The Code of The West and The All American Cowboy

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The American Revolution – The Fight for Independence

The British Crown was left deeply in debt as a result of the Seven Years War, fought between Britain and France from 1754 to 1763. The government attempted to replenish their monetary supply by imposing taxes on their North American colonies, which they had previously subjected to a prolonged period of salutary neglect. This had… Continue reading The American Revolution – The Fight for Independence

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First Transcontinental Railroad – Central and Union Pacific Meet in the ‘Middle’

Construction of each leg of the railroad began at a different time. The western leg was undertaken by Central Pacific, and Judah’s project became dominated by ‘The Big Four.’ Although well-known businessmen, they had no previous experience constructing railroads and borrowed a great amount of money to finance the project. They also used loopholes to… Continue reading First Transcontinental Railroad – Central and Union Pacific Meet in the ‘Middle’

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First Transcontinental Railroad – From East to West and Back Again

Expansion of the western part of the United States was quicker and easier after the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad, also known as the Pacific Railroad or The Overland Route. This was the first continuous railroad to stretch coast-to-coast for 1,912 miles, connecting the eastern US Rail Network at Omaha, with the Pacific Coast… Continue reading First Transcontinental Railroad – From East to West and Back Again

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The Trail of Tears – A Journey Resulting in Loss and Heartache

As the USA expanded, many white settlers believed that they were entitled to the land that Native Americans had farmed and hunted for hundreds of years in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and North Carolina. At the beginning of the 1830s there were approximately 125,000 Native Americans living in these states, but by the end of… Continue reading The Trail of Tears – A Journey Resulting in Loss and Heartache

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Daniel Boone – American Pioneer and Explorer

Daniel Boone is one of America’s most celebrated pioneers, who spent many years exploring and settling the American frontier. He was of English and Welsh Quaker ancestry, and his parents had moved to the United States because of religious persecution. Boone was born on November 2, 1734 and left the Quaker settlement in his youth,… Continue reading Daniel Boone – American Pioneer and Explorer

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The Oregon Trail – America’s Pioneer Route

The main pathway followed by Americans looking for new lands and opportunities on the frontier, during the 1800s, was known as the Oregon Trail. The route stretched 2000 miles from Missouri, over the Great Plains and the Continental Divide, ending in the Californian gold fields and the Willamette Valley. Between 1840 and 1860 more than… Continue reading The Oregon Trail – America’s Pioneer Route