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October 17, 2019

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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.

Happy 103rd Birthday to Richard Nixon

Nixon is an interesting case, making him one of my personal favorite Presidents. While most people tend to despise Nixon, I look at him differently, and through my research I’ve yet to find sufficient enough reasoning for him to go down in history as despicable. Most people, if you go around asking, can only say one thing about Nixon’s presidency: Watergate. I’m sorry, but if you’re only historically aware of Nixon’s position in Watergate, then you really aren’t qualified to judge a five-year political reign.

What is Bibliomania?

While regular book lovers buy books for the knowledge inside of them, bibliomaniacs amass books, piling them higher and higher and determining their import only by weight, measurement, and exterior qualities knowing they’ll never open them. While people with this “disorder” love books for their outward appearances, normal people tend to like them for the stories inside and what was actually written. For bibliomaniacs, books are treasures to be protected at all costs. For normal book lovers and buyers (often called bibliophiles), books are friends that deserve to be enjoyed by all.

Russia is Drifting Away From Western Countries

A recent poll has shown several shocking numbers since the Ukraine invasions and conflict. For the first time in six years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has figures of over eighty percent when it comes to national approval. Even more impressive when it comes to national numbers, it is the first time since 2010 that his approval rating is over seventy percent.

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