United States History



Iwo Jima, from Google Images
Throughout history, it has been said that only three things are constant: change, water, and war.  Of those three, I'd like to address war.  What is war?  How does it start?  These are all common - but also important - questions.  We'll address the answers to those and other questions later, but right now let's take a look at a brief timeline - or summary - of wars in American History.  Ready?  Ok, go!

Revolutionary War
This was the first war in American History.  Though we don't have clear information regarding how it started, we assume that a riotous group of individuals in Boston started heaving tea into the ocean - an act that obviously infuriated the British.  The riotous Bostonians did not stop there, however.  They went on to create a rhyming phrase, "Taxation Without Representation."  Apparently, this was a bad thing and led to a war between Britain and the about-to-be United States of America.

The War Of 1812
During this war, Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner, now sung at sporting events.

Mexican American War
"Remember The Alamo"

Civil War
Many people state that this was a war where many Americans died, but this is a dumb thing to state because it was Americans fighting Americans. 

Spanish American War

World War I
Now we're getting to the meat and potatoes of American wars.  After the Lusitania was sunk, America said, "We've got to get involved."  It all started because Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, thus leading to the future band Franz Ferdinand who had the hit song "Take Me Out".

World War II
This war is said to be an "American favorite" due to the overwhelming amount of movies, television programs, and other things commemorating it.  For example, the History Channel on cable always airs specials covering WWII and many filmmakers like to make movies about it.  For example, Saving Private Ryan.  This war happened at the same time as the Holocaust.

Korean War
While many are not sure what happened in this war, there are a few who have a vague idea.  It is those few with the vague idea who continue this war's ambiguous legacy.

Vietnam War
This is the war that is said to have caused modern hippies and veterans.

Desert Storm
Kuwait, a country that not people know where it is, was invaded by Iraq.  For some reason, the U.S. intervened and it is now an American War.

Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom
These wars serve as catalysts for arguments between politicians (or just politically involved citizens) who wish to argue over things like whether Bush sucked, troop withdrawal, liberalism, conservatism, and stuff like that.

So, this is a comprehensive review of all of the wars that have taken place throughout America's young history.  For more information regarding these wars, please stop by your local middle school or high school and see if you can borrow a text book for free.  It might help if you know one of the teachers or students so that you have some leverage, but if you are unable to acquire a book from a local school, try the library or another source where books are sold.  The internet is also an option. 

Warfare & Weapons

Revolutionary War soldier, c. 1869
Warfare and weapons have certainly evolved over the course of not only U.S. History but also World History.  There are even some museums dedicated to the evolution of the two.  The main focus of this section will be on warfare and weapons in U.S. History, which we will break down into a numbered list:

  1. Muskets - Though there were "Americans" fighting before the Revolutionary War and they might've used other weapons, we are not sure what they used.  Muskets had a flintlock and sometimes bayonets.  
  2. Battleships - This is the equivalent of "movin' on up, to the East Side" of weapons.  A great improvement from the simple musket.  Battleships allowed navies to fight in water.
  3. Chunky Airplanes - The first airplanes were what historians and mechanics refer to as "chunky".  They were bulky, slow, and would not stand a chance in modern warfare.  Though many are unsure as to why they built slow and noisy airplanes, it is not possible to change the past and so we must accept them for what they were.
  4. Better Airplanes - Soon better airplanes arrived.  They were faster, more quiet, and were able to perform at air shows where they flew in sync with each other and sometimes emitted colorful trails of smoke.
  5. Rifles (Cool Ones) - Just like the airplanes, rifles evolved too.  No longer were soldiers using the musket, but rather they were using automatic or semiautomatic guns - sometimes with cool scopes for sniping.  
  6. Missiles - Currently, armies and navies have developed the abilities to fire missiles from long range.  In this category, it is important to recognize the existence of bombs, nuclear weapons, biological weapons, terrorism, mortars, grenades, and other weapons.