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Why Did They Build the Brooklyn Bridge?

Why Did They Build the Brooklyn Bridge?
The history of the Brooklyn Bridge is more than an example of the engineering skills of people. It’s also a story of determination, of how they were able to overcome any struggles and early obstacles. Beginnings The idea of building a suspension bridge was proposed in 1857. That year the proposal to create one was sent to Congress. The goal was to construct it just over the East River. The plan was to extend it all the way to Brooklyn. However it was only in 1866 when the plans were officially given to John Roebling and Wilhelm Hildenbrand. The Congress approved of their plans. Two years later the New York Bridge Company was created and the history of the Brooklyn Bridge would properly commence. In 1869 the plan was sent to President Ulysses Grant, who approved it. Construction In 1869...

Why Was the Great Compromise Important?

Why Was the Great Compromise Important?
The importance of the Great Compromise is that it led to the creation of the Senate and House of Representatives. To better understand, it’s crucial to know the background and historical situation. The Virginia Plan That year, the states gathered to formulate the structure of the new government. There were two plans submitted. The Virginia Plan proposed three government branches. Furthermore they suggested that there be two chambers for making laws. The first one would be selected by the people through vote. The members of the second house would be chosen by those from the first house. Their choices however, would be limited to those nominated in state legislatures. The Virginia Plan also wanted the President and the judges to be appointed by way of the legislature. The New Jersey Plan The...

Why Did the Patriots Win the Revolutionary War?

Why Did the Patriots Win the Revolutionary War?
There were a lot of reasons why and how the Patriots won the Revolutionary War. These factors helped them overcome the odds and gain their independence. Inspired Leadership When war broke out the Patriots were outnumbered. The British had superior firearms, and some colonists didn’t want to fight. They wanted to remain a part of the Empire. But what they lacked in numbers was made up for by leadership. In George Washington, the troops found someone who made them believe in themselves. The other leaders of the cause also helped them overcome the odds. The leadership was not limited to talk. They were able to harness their men to fight in guerrilla warfare style. Familiarity with the territory helps explain how the Patriots won the Revolutionary War. Thus, the skills of the leaders...

Why World War 2 Started?

Why World War 2 Started?
There are many reasons why World War 2 started. When looking at the facts, it becomes clear that its roots can be traced back decades earlier. The Treaty of Versailles After World War I, the triumphant Allies created the Treaty of Versailles. Among its many provisions were limiting the German Army to no more than 100,000 men. Lands that had belonged to Germany in Asia were taken away. The Germans were also forced to pay 33 billion dollars to the Allies. There were also economic sanctions imposed. All of these left bitterness in the hearts of some German nationalists. The end result was that in the 1920s, the nation would be beset by political instability. This would lead to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Part of the reason why World War 2 started was Hitler’s decision to tear up...

Why Are People Fighting Over the Gaza Strip?

Why Are People Fighting Over the Gaza Strip?
The fighting in the Gaza Strip are due to issues going back thousands of years. In order to understand the roots of the conflict some background information is necessary. The Zionist Movement In the 1880s the Jews scattered throughout Europe and America made known their desire to return to the Promised Land. Since they were expelled by the Romans, they had no land to call their own. The desire to reestablish themselves in Palestine was called the Zionist Movement. After World War I, Britain announced it welcomed the idea of Jews settling in Palestine. However the Arabs residing in the area did not like it. They felt the land belonged to them. During and after World War I, many Jews migrated to Palestine. However the tension between them and the Arabs grew. So even before fighting in the...