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The Civil War, The Ice Trade, And the Rise of the Ice Machine

The Civil War, The Ice Trade, And the Rise of the Ice Machine

This paper argues the origins of the artificial ice trade was triggered by the Union Naval blockade of the American Civil War (1861-1865), thus causing the slow death of the long-established natural ice trade (1805-1950’s). By the time of the Civil War, southern ports had been accustomed to and dependent on having natural ice for their daily living. This included iced meats, fish and vegetables; and also ice needed for breweries, bars, restaurants, and hospitals. This frozen gold was shipped from men like Frederic Tudor (September 4, 1783 – February 6, 1864) and his successful Tudor Ice business. To substantiate this, a bit of background information on the natural ice trade and early attempts to manufacture ice, is needed before the ramifications of the blockade are discussed.

Government Size and it Effect on its Citizens

Government Size and it Effect on its Citizens

Today’s discussion looks at governments and their ability to govern based in their type and size and how this affects their citizens.
In this video we will explore the thoughts of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Dr. Livingston, Gordon Tullock, and Eiji Yamamura.

Liberty and Freedom

Liberty and Freedom

This week we look at two concepts which many of us here in America take from granted, Freedom and Liberty. But what is freedom and liberty and how and where did these ideas developed? This program will look at three of the great and original thinkers, Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero, the shapers, and molders of these ideas.

Gerrard Wendell Haworth

Gerrard Wendell Haworth

For this week’s final discussion board video, I choose to do my research on what was once a small startup company in 1948 which was called Modern Products. Today it has become known as Haworth Incorporated; a multi-billion-dollar company located in Holland Michigan. This company was started by a young 34-year-old man by the name Gerrard Wendell Haworth. In 1945, wanting to earn some extra money to help send his kids to college, Haworth decided to start a woodworking company in his garage. And at the time he was an industrial arts teacher at the local high school.

Why Is The Concept Of Western Civilization Relevant For Today?

Why Is The Concept Of Western Civilization Relevant For Today?

Greetings and welcome to this week’s discussion question, Why the concept of Western Civilization is relevant for today?
Currently in the world of co-vid-19, we struggle to understand what is the new normal for our daily living. We realized the term normal needs to be modified. Thus, we ask, what is normal? And considering the current social unrest within varied sections of society, who are expressing their feelings of being oppressed and being treated unjustly. This situation begs additional questions, such as, what is freedom and liberty? And how are they applied to this country’s democracy?
Not unlike our current need to modify the definition of normal, the terms freedom and liberty have changed over the millennium, along with how they are applied within varied societies.
The only way we are going to understand how to successfully modify this country’s governing policies, and to move forward in the nationwide strive for equality is to know what, and where, and how we arrived at our basic concepts of freedom and liberty.
If we want to avoid the cycles of government, anarchy – tyranny, monarchy,  aristocracy, democracy, as laid out by Polybius,  we need to educate our citizens, in the birth of our freedom and liberties and just how special and fragile they are.