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II. The Elections of 1960 and 2000 - The Electoral College and States’ Rights

The years 1932 to 1960 displayed unusual national political cohesion, even though there were significant differences between the Democrats and the Republicans. The Great Depression, World War II, and the Soviet menace united the American people. By the time the two parties settled on John Kennedy and Richard Nixon as their candidates for President in 1960, there was less inter-party political goodwill than there had been previously.

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I. The Election of 1860 - The Electoral College and States’ Rights

The American victory in the American Revolution was a surprise to nearly everyone, perhaps most of all to the Americans. The colonial army was outmanned, outgunned, often outsmarted, under-supplied, under-fed, and under-paid. Despite all, they won, and in 1783 a new nation, of sorts, was born. But was it truly one nation? Apparently the signers of the Declaration of Independence thought it should be. After all, the document itself declared before its resounding opening sentence that it was “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.”

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The Slowly Diminishing European Influence on American Culture

Were there no England, there would be no United States of America. Were there no Britain or United Kingdom, there would be no USA. Were there no Europe, America as we know it could not exist. “America” (meaning in our usage, the USA) is a European invention.

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F.W. deKlerk, Nikita Khrushchev, and Mikhail Gorbachev: The Twentieth Century’s Greatest Winner-Losers

History can be cruel. Sometimes it elevates charlatans, and it denounces people of great political courage and character. Inferior individuals win prestigious posts in government, while people of superior abilities who have complex and often inscrutable motives are thrown onto the ash heap of history. Three such men were the last white President of South Africa, one of the last communist party chairmen and premiers of the USSR, and the last leader of the Soviet Union prior to its collapse in 1991.

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Civics, Civility, Citizenship, and Education

There are several related words in the dictionary that all begin with two letters: “c-i.” Among these words are city, citizenry, citizenship, civic, civics, civilian, civility, civilized, and civilization. Linguistically, they all derive from the same Middle English or Old French root: ci, from which the English word “city” comes (cite’ in French). By definition, a city is a place where many people and many kinds of people live. The citizenry of a city or region or nation consists of all the people who live there. A civilization is created when all the citizens of a geographic entity together move from a primitive every-person-for-himself-or-herself existence into a more refined, communal, civilized lifestyle.

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