History in Verse
History in Verse is a collection of four epic poems covering four periods in the history of the United States. The Experiment, embraces the history of the US from 1775 to 2012. The Quest for the West of the people moving westward to settle new lands. The Reconstruction of a Nation covers everything the Civil War. America in the Sixties: A Most Interesting Decade, a look at the 1960s. More
History in Verse is a collection of four epic poems that look, in detail, at four periods of United States history. The Experiment is a complete history of the nation from 1775 to 2012. It begins with the preparation for a revolution, bringing forth the Declaration of Independence. When the Constitution is signed, and a government formed, it uses each presidential term to look at what that president brought to the country, through his cabinet and bills congress passed. It also looks at each Supreme Court that made impactful decisions that held up through the years.
The Quest for the West starts with the first thirteen colonies becoming states. The poem continues telling the story of how each state was formed as the government acquired territories across a newly forming country. As the states and territories came to the nation, the population moved westward, opening new settlements. Subjects covered include, the War of 1812, trails used to travel across the west all the way to the Pacific, the Pony Express, railroads, outlaws and lawmen, mountain men, gold and silver rushes, and Indian wars.
The Reconstruction of a Nation includes the twenty years that led up to the War, those organizations, politics and cultures that concluded with this tragedy. It tells the story of the events that led to the Southern states succeeding. Then it gives the details of the major battles, the civilian population on each side, the undercurrent of politics on both sides, and the women involved in the war effort from both sides. Finally, it describes the Northern politicians' reasons for their method of imposing reconstruction and those consequences on the South.
America in the Sixties: A Most Interesting Decade is all about the decade of the nineteen sixties in the U.S. This was the only decade in U.S. history that saw four prominent leaders of the country assassinated. It was a decade that began with the country nearly creating a nuclear holocaust. Then, the country was forced into a war nearly everyone now agrees should never have happened. While the Vietnam War raged, another war was taking place in the streets of all of our big cities. The civil rights war raged as inner cities burned, blacks trying to bring their injustices to the general public. But the Vietnam War so overshadowed it, it was nearly forgotten. The poem tells of the many good things as well. The country began the flight to the moon and saw men land there before the decade closed. Hippies gave the nation a smile and a cry, as the people enjoyed their antics but also were frightful of the drug scene that brought such pathos. Music changed and it changed the nation. So many genres came forth, giving many the claim that much of this music will live long after most are gone. This was a decade that brought influential, impactful, divisive scenes to the nation that have lasted to this day.
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