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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 #4

Creighton often describes America in a negative way - as a wilderness, a land without formal traditions and customs. Why do you think someone from England might think this about America at this time period?

11 Comments:

Anonymous Stephen A. said...

Creighton describes the colonies in a negative way because in the war, his father is killed by the Colonists. Automatically a person despises someone that hurt somebody in their family and where the killer was from. Plus, the colonies looked less sophisticated than England, making the citizens of England think they are better.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Tyler B. said...

Creighton is always so negative about the colonies becuase he doesn't live in the colonies and also that the colonies army killed his father and where he is the moscitos are alot bigger than they are in England.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous brent s. said...

He is negative about the colonies because he never even wanted to come to America. Also he wouldn't think the colonies would even be civilized he thought they would all just live in huts and not have brick roads.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding quesstion 1, I know most peoiple are thinking about WW2, but the one that's on top of my mind is the Cold War. If this event would have gone the way people think it would have, we wouldn't only be in WW3, but we would also be in a nuclear war, which damages the enviroment as well as the people in it.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Dave S. said...

During the war, many people of one nationality would look down upon their enemies, especially if they lived in a country and their enemies were rebels to their country. This means that they were against the ideas that Creighton grew up with, like the entire English form of government. In addition, America was not as established as England, and it was more of a wild region for exploring than a place to live. Furthermore, the Americans had killed Creighton's own father, so he felt intense hatred towards them.

3:19 PM  
Blogger glen h said...

I think they would say this because when the british were in England the Americans were viewed as rebels and he didnt like the americans for rebeling against his country and he thought america would be a dirty place

11:19 PM  
Blogger Gary Blackwood said...

I really like Anonymous' comment about how the world would have been different if the Cold War had heated up. Just think what the world would be like if all those nuclear weapons were unleashed! I think it's ironic that the U.S. is so desperate to keep other nations (Korea, Iran, etc) from developing nuclear weapons when America has a far larger atomic arsenal than any of them could aspire to in several centuries.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Derek C in liberty said...

I think they see America as something less than what it really was is because of ignorance. Creighton didn't really know how it was over here and because he was english he was so self centered. England back then was very powerful and thought of themselves as more of a higher-being.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Tyler T said...

I think that during this sort of time period, that young adults, like Creighton, hear from older people about how terrible that a place is or how the people there are totally uncivilised and that they don't know the meaning of honor or tradition. And people like Creighton hang on to those words because they have no real knowledge about the place.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Tyler T said...

I agree with Gary Blackwood, i also think that America is too worried about things that are happening overseas when bad enough things are happening overhere. But I do think that we try to stop other countries because we want to be the most powerful contry, without any compettitors.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Max C. said...

Creighton felt this way because in his school classes they probaly told him that America was a wilderness. Also becsuse his dad died in America.

6:51 PM  

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