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December 15, 2017

19th century

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How Did Progressive Reforms Affect the Power of Party Bosses?

The main objective of the Progressive movement was to eliminate the corruption seen throughout the American government. Targeting political machines and their corporate bosses, the Progressives believed that by taking down corrupt representatives, America could finally establish a direct democracy. Another main goal of the Progressive movement was to regulate monopolies and bust up the trusts

HMS Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore: Plot Summary and Analysis

The H.M.S. Pinafore, also known as The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera which was first presented at London’s Opera Comique on May 25th, 1878. It should be relevant to discuss how successful this play was during its original running, having exactly 571 performances before fading off the stage – making it the second-longest running of a musical theatre piece at the time. The fourth collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore was their first international sensation and eventually becoming one of the most intriguing plays of the era.

How effective was the Missouri Compromise?

Missouri challenged the free states of America during the early-to-mid 1800s by applying as a state that wanted and accepted slavery. At this moment in time, there were eleven states opposed to slavery and eleven states where slavery remained completely legal. Free states such as New York immediately realized that Missouri would disrupt Congress and weaken Republican ideas for internal improvements of the American system if it joined the union as a slave state, causing an imbalanced bias in representatives for slavery. The Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850, which was endorsed by Whig senator Henry Clay of Kentucky, were greeted by two conflicting factors of American interest in accepting new states — the North and the South. While the Missouri Compromise honestly attempted to alleviate conflicts across the states between 1820 and 1850, it did nothing much in the long run to settle the issues revolving around slavery during this time period.