The Year of The Hangman Book Blog

Join an 8th grade American History class in Liberty, Missouri as they read the historical novel "The Year of the Hangman" and ask what would have happened if the Patriots would have lost the American Revolutionary War....

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Week 1 - Question #1

This novel deals with alternate history. Think about other major events in history and what might have happened if they turned out differently. Give an example of one historical event and then explain how the world would have been different if the event had ended differently.


Anonymous Mr. L in Liberty said...

I think that the United States would be very different today if Thomas Jefferson had not decided to go ahead with the the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. This was an amazing opportnity for the Unites States and when Jefferson agreed to this it was one of the best bargins of all time. Do you think that the United States would have eventually obtained this territory in a different format - by war for example. Think what would have happened if the United States would have had to go to war with France to get this huge section of land.

12:18 AM  
Anonymous Courtney A said...

i just started a new school this year and i was scared that i would not like anyone and i was scared that i might loss all of my other friends at the other school. i know if i had to change schools all time tome like he did i would used to it but not now, when i was switching from elimentry to middle or from middle to Jr. highit wasn't really that scarey because is still had my friends but if you always switched schools i am guessing you wouldn't have that many friends anyways.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Nick M in Liberty said...

Well this doesnt necessarily have to do with the United States, but possibly the world as a whole. I was thinking more along the lines of WWII, or WWI even. I feel that if the German Forces were stronger, and could have won and taken over even more countries, there could've been much more death, and perhaps lead to most of us not being here today. I am not very educated on this subject, I have only breif knowledge, so theres not much else I can say.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Dylan S. said...

I think that if the Untied States woulden't have used the A-Bombs in Japan, and perhaps another kind of bomb, the outcome of WWII would have been different. I think that the Japaneese forces would have became stronger, because they didin't lose as many soldiers, and won. Then they would have overthrown the United States, and We would now be slaves to them.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Logan S. said...

I think that the way the Civil War turned out, greatly shaped our country. If the Union would not have won the war, slavery would still be acceptable and not against the law. Abraham Lincoln would be considered as the last president of the United States of America. Instead of having the American flag, we would have a red flag with a blue x and stars. We would not sing the national anthem before sports games, but instead a song written about the Confederate States of America. Think what would have happened if the Confederates won the Civil War. Who knows what this country would be like?

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Ryan H said...

When I stated going to the middle school I was scared that all the teachers would be mean. I was also scared that I would get lost in the school and I would miss a class. I was also worried that
I would lose all my old friends and it would be difficult to make neew friends.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Dave S. said...

I think that the entire world would be much different if the Crusades were not as successful as they were. From the Crusades, Europeans learned many new ideas, such as ship-building, compasses, and new foods and spices. If the Crusades were not successful, the age of exploration that soon followed would never have taken place and many more civilizations would not be contacted for much longer. This may have even led to a tribe of Indians, such as the Incas or Aztecs, gaining so much power in their homeland that when Europeans came, they would not have been overtaken as easily. They may have emerged as a new superpower in the world after European technology was introduced to them, and many of the worlds countries and political boundaries would never have been established

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was in fourth grade my family moved and I had to start at a new school. I didn't think that i would have any friends and I would lose all of my friends at my old school. I got a lot of friends at my new school and I am still friends with the kids at my old school.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I think that it would be really hard to move from school to school. When I came from grade school to middle school, I was scared to death. My grade school had only 5 main halls, and this new school had about 15 new halls. Trying to adjust was hard. Also, I didn't know very many people.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca Dillon said...

I think U.S.A. would be different if George Washington hadn't taken his men across the Delware river. Most of the men would have been kill and could have caused the colonies to lose the war, making the U.S.A.a British colonie

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another event is the expedition of Lewis and Clark, If they hadn't made it, then americans today would probably be afraid of going west. So the Western states wouldn't exist.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous lindsay m. said...

I think the world would be completely different if Martin Luther King Jr. hadn't created a speech and promoted peaceful protests for civil rights. Blacks might not have rights now, and would probably be struggling for them, possibly in a violent way, like Malcolm X suggested. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words had a major impact on the nation, and inspired many people with peace, even after he died.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous CJ N. said...

I think the United States would be different if the terrorists didn't hijack the U.S. planes and crashed them into the World Trade Centers. Our airport would still be fataly flawed with the ways the terrorists got in. Even if it didn't happen on 9/11 it probably was inevitable but just with more terrorists causing an even bigger uproar in America. Also putting more people and pilots (like my father) in danger. If the hijacking hadn't occured then the cockpit doors wouldn't have been upgraded to the sophisticated 1 way lock they are today. Then we wouldn't have invaded Iraq, saving soiilders' lives, and invading Baghdad. Therefore CNN wouldn't have anthing to talk about

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Alex E. said...

Historically speaking there are countless ways the America of today could have been changed. However more recent events have also taken a part in molding the modern USA. One example of this is the ERA, or equal rights ammendment. Had this bill been passed there would be more women in power and maybe even (here's hoping) a woman president. More women CEO's and political figures or even more liberal MALE leaders, would change the attitude and face of the country, in my opinion, for the better.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous brent s. said...

If America would have been ready for pearl harbor, we wouldn't of had near as many casualtys if we wernt still in bed. We would have been able to get more planes up in the air and have more men ready to man the guns. If america would have won the battle of pearl harbor i think America would still get into WWII. But America was fighting more out of revenge because of what happened to pearl harbor. America was kind of trying to stay out of WWII until Pearl Harbor.So if America would have won the battle the Americas wouldnt fight out of revenge they would fight for more of the cause of the war.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When i was in 6th grade i went to a new school. I was very nervous because of all the new kids and i didn't want them to think i was weird.

Drew H

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe if the south would have won the Civil War then the United States may not be United and therefore ideas over slavery would be quite different. If the south had won then the United States may also look like Europe divided into many countries due to many different views on the lifestyle of many.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe if the south would have won the Civil War then the United States may not be United and therefore ideas over slavery would be quite different. If the south had won then the United States may also look like Europe divided into many countries due to many different views on the lifestyle of many.

Clayton B

10:22 PM  

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