How far do you agree with the view that master-slave relations in the antebellum South are most accurately described as paternal? There exists much study surrounding the issue of master-slave relationships in the antebellum South; that is, debate regarding whether slaveholders lived up to their arguably propagandist paternal reputation or whether their relations with their … Continue reading Master-Slave Relations in the Antebellum South
For a seminar coming up in the next two weeks, we have been tasked with writing through the eyes of somebody involved with slavery. As I imagine the role of the plantation mistress will be largely overlooked by those eager to write as slaves or masters, I took it upon myself to complete the task. … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Plantation Mistress
By far one of my favourite speeches of all time. I give you Mr Frederick Douglass, speaking in New York, 1857. Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of … Continue reading If there is no struggle, there is no progress
Slowly beginning work on my dissertation on racial violence and I found this article from 1834, Boston, Massachusetts. I think it really is fascinating but I can't use it because of its location, so I thought I'd share it with you guys. It is from an online archive called Accessible Archives and is followed by … Continue reading And yet the people of the free states have no guilt in slavery!
Voting behavioural theory states that voters vote based on a number of key factors – region, race, gender, age, etc – meaning that any if these factors could explain the increase in voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election. Whilst neither presidential candidate was a woman, the vice presidential candidates offered some choice. However, in … Continue reading Reasons for the increase in voter turnout in the 2008 United States presidential election
De-aligned voters are more likely to vote for candidates because of their views on specific issues, particularly in the age of single-issue politics, with economic issues usually being the most significant. Policies can be an important determinant of voting. Which policies they are tends to vary from one election cycle to another. The state of … Continue reading How important is ‘issue voting’ in the US?
What do you get when you cross pop singer Lorde with the Founding Fathers? I don't know how big this image will come up because is doesn't seem very good quality - if you can't see it, it says: But every song's like Wood teeth Stamp Act Movin' to Virginia Blood stains Shotguns Tea in … Continue reading We will never be royals!
The term ‘aligned’ or ‘de-aligned voter’ refers to partisan alignment; the party identification of most voters with the two main parties is strong, and it is difficult to establish new alignments. Partisan alignment places emphasis on primacy or long-term factors, whereas a de-aligned voter may focus on recency factors. Primacy factors include income, race, religion, … Continue reading What is the difference between aligned and de-aligned voting? Answer with reference to the USA