Open Book History

The Korean War and the Containment of Communism

For decades, conflict has surrounded Korea. Whether it be the fight between China and Japan for control of the country in the Sino-Japanese War, or the Civil War that brought Asia into the first military action of the Cold War, Korea has always been surrounded by hostility and finally fell into Japanese hands who would… Continue reading The Korean War and the Containment of Communism

Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

Choosing Death: The Physiological and Psychological Effects of Death Row on the Condemned and the Practice of Volunteering for Execution

The death penalty is a highly debated practice for many reasons. A few being the cost of execution via taxpayer dollars, the morality of state-sanctioned killing, and the idea of justice and closure for the families of murder victims.  The most popular anti-death arguments pertain to the eighth amendment which is used to argue that… Continue reading Choosing Death: The Physiological and Psychological Effects of Death Row on the Condemned and the Practice of Volunteering for Execution

I'm a Foodie

Ham and Swiss Pasta with Snow Peas

So, while rummaging through the cabinets this afternoon, trying to decide what to make with the gigantic ham I got on sale a week ago, I stumbled upon this concoction- and boy is it good. All I did was gather left over ingredients from the fridge which included a half a block of cream cheese,… Continue reading Ham and Swiss Pasta with Snow Peas

Social Justice and Political Dealings

Political Culture and Patriarchy: The United States and India

There are several similarities between American political culture and India's concerning women's rights and patriarchy. This may seem like a stark, overwhelming contrast as women in India have been fighting brutal and unjust treatment in the country for centuries, however, the same could be argued for the women of the United States. Although the United… Continue reading Political Culture and Patriarchy: The United States and India

Open Book History

The Anaconda Plan: Using Vicksburg to Constrict Enemy Lines

Perched on top a majestic bluff sits the small town of Vicksburg, Mississippi. With a seat right on the Mississippi River, the town is a prime location for commerce and trade. This was especially true in the Summer of 1863 when the Confederate army held the city, making use of its steep bluffs and the… Continue reading The Anaconda Plan: Using Vicksburg to Constrict Enemy Lines

Open Book History

Women Show Agency Within the United States Sanitary Commission

One of the most interesting aspects of my research of Civil War medicine thus far is the methods women used to achieve their agendas during the Civil War. Being opposed to women as volunteers, both Surgeon General Lawson and Finley maintained that protestant women should not be exposed to the kinds of conditions produced by… Continue reading Women Show Agency Within the United States Sanitary Commission

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Women in Ancient Rome: Discrimination, Double Standards, and Agency

Historically, women have been discriminated against and have held lower social positions than their male counterpoints. This is no exception in Ancient Rome as women were both exploited and molested at the hands of their husbands and even their parents. Due to the belief that women were weak and “light-minded”, Roman laws were put in… Continue reading Women in Ancient Rome: Discrimination, Double Standards, and Agency

Social Justice and Political Dealings

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Navigating the Muddy Waters of Religion versus Terrorism

Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, millions of Syrian citizens have fled the country to avoid oppression and murder at the hands of the Assad regime (Opposing viewpoints, 2017). This turmoil has led citizens to seek residence in neighboring countries and in 2015, the United States became another safe haven for… Continue reading The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Navigating the Muddy Waters of Religion versus Terrorism