H8 L70 – Civil War

The American Civil War was the bloodiest in U.S. history by a figure of about 20000 more lives lost.  And think about it – all those lives lost were American.  No foreign blood was shed in this war, it was all one country fighting itself.   From the starting battle of Fort Sumter, to the bloody Battle of Antietam, to the Appomattox Court House that ended … Continue reading H8 L70 – Civil War

E8 L70 – Monarch Butterfly

Probably the most iconic butterfly on the planet, the Monarch Butterfly is an interesting subject, as it progresses from a little bitty inchworm to the beautiful yet robust little creature we call a butterfly. It all starts with the hatching of the egg. The little green caterpillar that inches its way around on the leaf is a First instar caterpillar. It is pale green and … Continue reading E8 L70 – Monarch Butterfly

H8 L65 – Kansas-Nebraska Act & John Brown’s Rebellion

          The two biggest things that influenced the start of the civil war was a compromise about the heated topic of slavery, and then the rebellion of John Brown, a staunch anti-slavery advocate.            The Kansas-Nebraska Act, written by Henry Clay and Stephen Douglas,  allowed for popular sovereignty in the Kansas and Nebraska areas, which was supposed to fix the problem of government intervention in … Continue reading H8 L65 – Kansas-Nebraska Act & John Brown’s Rebellion

E8 L60 – Scarlet Pimpernel and Tale of Two Cities

Two books, one boring and one fast-paced, one thrilling and one slow.  Let’s see which is the better of the two, Tale of Two Cities and the Scarlet Pimpernel. The first of the two is the Scarlet Pimpernel.        This book, by Emma Orczy, is fast paced, and is a historical fiction with a mystery-type twist.   The plot is about a man who, under many disguises, … Continue reading E8 L60 – Scarlet Pimpernel and Tale of Two Cities

H8 L60 – California Gold Rush

         Thousands of people, all individual, coincidentally decided to all go westward, towards the exact same spot… what exactly was their motivation, their drive to leave the family to charge westwards?       The answer to that question is greed… and gold.            The California Gold rush was a result of the Mexican-American War, as the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ceded New Mexico, California, Nevada, Arizona, … Continue reading H8 L60 – California Gold Rush

H8 L55 – Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams

Around the 1800s, two men were fighting over the presidency: Andrew Jackson versus John Quincy Adams.  Both had their ups and downs, and they were completely different in many ways. John Quincy Adams was the first of the two to win the presidency, even though they ran at the same times.  Born in Braintree, MA to John and Abigail Adams in 1767.  He traveled with … Continue reading H8 L55 – Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams