The War to End all Wars

The War to End all Wars

As many of you know most every war begins for a reason, and the reason for WWI was simple but enough. What brought about war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife on their way through Sarajevo. They were assassinated on July 28th, 1914 by Gavrilo Princip. But the question to answer is,”How did all of the countries that fought in WWI get sucked into this?” To answer this question we have to back to the formation of the Holy Roman Empire.

There were many small German states that made up this empire, but it fell eventually; and they all began to fight over who would be the dominant German state. Prussia, as it was called back in the day, eventually won and dethroned previously dominant state Austria. Since then Prussia made many allies and Treaties to ensure its safety so it could slowly build up its own infrastructure. Some of its allies include Italy and Austria-Hungary.

Later Russia and France became worried and threatened by Prussia’s growing power so they formed an alliance with Prussia, just to be on the safe side. Soon enough, Prussia started threatening Britain claiming they would take over. In response to this, Britain looked to Russia and France for help to take down Prussia, they formed an alliance because both countries were least devoted to Prussia. Germany later joined the War which leads us back to the assassination, when the Archduke was murdered and Prussia’s ally Austria gave them the excuse they needed to declare war on the other countries.

At first glance you probably were left scratching your head at why England came to fight when Prussia was much further east, well now you know the internal workings of the war. But sadly, sometimes countries want to go to war so bad that they’ll take any form of hostility against them or their allies to the court and justify the means to start a war. In the end, at this moment in time war has begun, and this one claims to be “The War to end all wars.”

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America’s Sports

America’s Sports

People have always loved the outdoors and getting active, and sometimes we invent activities that we can do outside. But, we don’t always imagine that a fun little game we played in our backyard would become the most watched televised event ever! So today we will look at the origins of popular sports and who invented them. One of my favorite sports is basketball and the name will make sense when you here its origins. James Naismith invented it in 1891 by placing peach baskets on high poles so the teams had to get the ball into the baskets. I just feel sorry for whoever had to get the ball back out. This game was invented to be a less injury prone game than Football. Football was not technically invented but developed over time. Early forms of the game were played as far back as 1869 and many of it’s roots were derived from Rugby. With the 1st Rose Bowl in 1902 Football was not very famous until the first Superbowl in 1959 which grabbed many people’s attention. But, the game that was developed long before both of these games was the ever famous Baseball. Known as “America’s Pastime” Baseball’s early forms can be traced back to the 1800’s but a fully organized version was not developed until 1845 by Alex Cartwright. The game was fairly popular with it’s first World Series in 1903. Over the years these games received many changes along the way, Football received more padding, Basketball traded it’s baskets for netting, and so on. But overall, these games never lost their charm or fun no matter what changes were made.

The Richest Man in the World

The Richest Man in the World

There are many figures in history who are remembered for something they’ve done. While Leonardo wasn’t rich, he is still a very famous inventor. But there were three men in particular who all fought for the title richest man in the world, and those men were Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, and J. P. Morgan. Each grew up in different environments but all three made it to the top.

John Rockefeller was born in 1819 and was a smart and studious boy from the start. He invested in his first oil refinery in 1863 and soon bought off all but one of his partner’s. Since his business and profit came from oil John had to fight off the Electric Light, Steel, and Railroad industries who would seek to dethrone him. By the time of his death, at the age of 98 John’s fortune was worth $400 Billion. That’s in today’s money!!!!

Andrew Carnegie was born in 1835 and is the only immigrant in this rivalry, Scottish to be exact. Over the course of his young life, Carnegie learned many things and had much experience in business. He was introduced to steel by the Keystone Bridge Company and would invest in steel for the rest of his career. Carnegie later founded Carnegie Steel Co. which he ran for many years before selling his company to J. P. Morgan just to try and beat Rockefeller as the richest man in the world. Sold it for $400 million in today’s money, pocketing $225milion.

J. P. Morgan was born in 1837 and is last on our list. He engaged in his father’s banking business in 1858 and built his reputation there. Morgan is remembered for many things he did in his life, such as refilling the U.S. Treasury with 30 million oz. of gold ,with the help of his fellow bankers, during the Panic of 1893, buying off Carnegie Steel, and investing in Electric Lights resulting in the General Electric Company. He also donated $30 million to Wall Street in 1907 during a time of economic struggle, and inspired the Federal Reserve which was made in 1914.

All three of these men were famous for the money they made and the businesses they ran, but which earned the title richest man in the world? Well, many agree that John D. Rockefeller was indeed the richest man in American history. But, all three will be remembered as three of the most successful and brilliant minds in history for many years to come.

Simple Pleasures

I enjoy explaining the answers to small but complex questions, and today’s is a very interesting one. Is it possible for the simple joys we experience every day have the same meaning and value as the more complex experiences? First, we would have to establish the differences between the two. A simple joy is when you get that cup of coffee, or your son won the basketball game, things that aren’t major but still feel pretty good. A complex experience is when you witness Niagara falls or you attend your sons wedding, those experiences that leave you completely amazed in wonderment. Now that we’ve established the differences, the answer to our question is yes. The scenarios we described could all have the same meaning if we look at all of them the same way. If we thank God for the privilege to witness all these things then they can all have the same meaning no matter what it is. After all, we wouldn’t be here or do anything if it weren’t for Him. So hopefully I’ve helped you to see the world and all it’s wonders in a different light.

Very Exciting Things

If you suddenly hear about an amazing opportunity you can become a part of then chances are you become pretty enthusiastic about it. But the question we are going to answer today is can someone be to enthusiastic about something. The simple answer is yes, because you can be to excited to do something, and certain things could go wrong. For example, if you suggest going to Florida for vacation you immediately pack all your things, chances are you forgot a few important important things. Things like how will you get there? where will you stay? how much will it cost? things such as this. If you say yes too quickly you haven’t used good judgement in the instance you need it most. But, not to say you can’t be enthusiastic about things, the point is you can’t overlook the obvious and important facts just because you really want to do it. So before you get all excited to do something, stop and think it through, it could help a whole lot.

Unity

At many points in history there have been disagreements and people have been divided. Anybody can dream of a society that is perfect, agreeable, and friendly, but is such a society achievable? The answer is obvious but has not been achievable so far; yes. But the problem is, we would all have to agree on one view point and that is something that can sadly never be achieved, because of human nature. There is one way to truly be united, and that is to be united in Christ. There should be only one way to live but sadly when sin came into the world division was evident. At this very moment we are to be united as one big family in Christ, but we aren’t. Hopefully one day we will a see a world where we are united as a society, but probably not anytime soon.

The War of 1812

If you have followed me for a while you now that the War of 1812 was passed by a long time ago. Well this essay’s topic is an event that occurred during the 19th century, so I chose the War. This war was fought by the same two sides who fought in the American Revolution, Britain and America. The war was sparked by the Chesapeake Affair, when the British captured an American vessel and executed a sailor who had deserted the British navy before. The battles to follow would go down in history.

A group of men known as the “War Hawks”, led by Henry Clay, hoped to respond to this injustice through war. Soon enough, War was declared in 1812 by the U.S. Later the Native Americans were being armed by the British in order to stop them from moving westward, when the War Hawks saw Florida as expansion targets. But sadly, in order for one of the two sides to control Canada they needed control over the Great Lakes. Britain had the Lakes but in the September of 1814 the U.S. gained control of Lake Champlain.

The fighting went on for both sides with no major battles until 1814. At this time the British defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, and were now finally able to turn all of their attention to the war in America. The British had burned down many historical buildings and were now moving North to Baltimore to an important ship building and repair port known as Fort McHenry. This was where the odds looked slim but the fort remained in tact and operational despite the constant rain of artillery. This is where the iconic National Anthem was born, the “Rocket’s red glare” and bombs were the British trying to take Fort McHenry.

But soon both sides grew tired of the fighting and arranged for terms of peace which led to the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. Went into full effect after ratification in February 1815. What the Treaty did was basically set everything back to the way it was before, which means that the 3 years that both sides spent fighting was all for nothing. But when the fighting stopped, the American Flag was still waving in the Fort, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write down the National Anthem.

It’s a very sad fact that after many years of fighting the 24,000 American and British lives that were taken during the War were all for nothing. This just goes to show that war is a terrible thing and even when one side wins it cost the lives of many many people. The president who over saw the War was none other that Thomas Jefferson, his vice was James Monroe. Monroe would later become president in 1816. But in the end, the War of 1812 was a war that would go down in history, but not entirely for the right reasons.