A Letter to Mr. President
Dear Mr. President,
I am a 21 year old college student currently enrolled at the University of North Dakota and studying American history. I am writing to you today on the importance of American history. You’re probably well educated on the early American history, I wanted to remind you of two very important lessons you should take from early American history as you lead the country from the Executive Office. History is really important because it helps us understand why we live the way we are living and why we are where we are as Americans and country today. Studying history allows us to learn from the mistakes of the past so we do not do the same things they did and work to become a better place.
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First important lesson I believe you should recognize is, The time period around 1860. Around that time slavery was a big factor for the people of the South, they lived and breathed off of slavery and knew it had to be part of the American culture. The president of that time was Abraham Lincoln, he did not make slavery a goal to end, he wanted to put fear into people and realize its leading into a wrong direction. From what I’ve learned, In Lincoln’s first inaugural address he wanted to calm the leaders of the slave states and keep them from seceding, he tried to put them at ease in his first inaugural address. One of the important topics he talked about was obviously slavery and in his first inaugural he stated that he didn’t want to remove it, he said: “I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so”. Which I highly respect that statement from president Lincoln because he was respecting people’s right of their property but he knew and wanted it to end inside. Another important message at the end of his first speech he states this and I think this sparked the end of slavery. “I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature”. With him saying that I think people looked upon that message, Lincoln helped avoid a civil war, he was focused on the idea of keeping the nation united and as one whole. At the time period of 1865, President Andrew Johnson had his plan for reconstruction of the U.S. It reflected his staunch Unionism and his firm belief in states’ rights. In the past southern states had never given up their right to govern themselves, and the federal government had no right to determine voting requirements and laws to be applied to them. Johnson’s reconstruction, all land that been collected by the union army had ben reverted to its prewar owners. Apart from being required to follow the abolition of slavery. Why did it matter then, and why does it matter now? First, back then America was booming and building a nation enterprise out of the wilderness required tons of labor and lots of it. Most workers were poor and unemployed from Europe, and like majority of people who move to the United States are looking for a restart and new life. In exchange for work they were given back food and shelter, and sometimes trades. Majority of the labor work was building, on the farm, and factory jobs that were very unsafe to operate in, and why does it matter now? Well, It hurts me to think that slavery was an actual thing and term, but I do respect every little problem slave workers went through because I sure as hell couldn’t image doing that for cents a day and having a work a full days work in the heat. Slavery to us today shows us that by segregating us from color does not lead to a good path and avoids us from getting involved in wars.
Second important lesson I believe you should recognize is, ethnic cleansing, “Ethnic cleansing” has been defined as the attempt to get rid of (through deportation, displacement or even mass killing) members of an unwanted ethnic group in order to establish an ethnically homogenous geographic area. The best example of ethnic cleansing is Adolf Hitler’s rage in Germany and its campaign against jews. Focusing on American ethnic cleansing, the American government removed and stripped the Native Americans from everything and only had what was on their backs. This time is known as the Antebellum Era or “Trail Of Tears”. At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida land, their ancestors had occupied and created generations. Very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. President Andrew Jackson made the act “Removal Of The Indians”, the Jackson party look upon it as a conspiracy to drive theses defenseless people from their homes and possessions into a wilderness where they must perish. The land the Native Americans owned was highly valuable, and it grew as white settlers stormed the region, the American government was so against Native Americans they did not include them to the American laws, limiting the Native Americans personal rights and land rights. The American government forced a lot of law and tension on the Native Americans to drive them out of their wealthy south land. Why did it matter then and why does it matter now? Well, it matter back then to them mainly due to the value of the land that the Native Americans owned, they owned majority of the south and the American government wanted and needed that land for expansion. Back then I can understand that they needed the land for expansion but the American government I think personally could’ve gone to a more reasonable route then killing and leaving Native Americans in their own dust. Why does it matter today? Mainly because we understand that removing of any kid of race, religion, or views is extremely unacceptable, its far from happening today but if it did the world would absolutely loose its mind.
Mr. President, I do sincerely hope you enjoy and think deeply about my letter I have wrote to you today, if we remember my important lesson in early American history we will keep this great country of America running smoothly. From looking back on slavery and how it almost created a civil war with Americans itself, or ethic cleansing and how trying to remove any sort of race. religion beliefs, or view is extremely unacceptable. America today is a wonderful place that I am so grateful to be born and raised in this amazing country of the home of the brave, and land of the free. Thank you Mr. President.