Lobbying had always existed in the United States, even before its independence, thriving in local governments. When crafting the constitution and the Federalist Papers, James Madison saw commerically motivated “factions” as threatening to the general will. He tried to neutralize that threat by making them compete against each other. Even though the First Amendment protects the right to petition, Madison hypothesized that special interest groups would often negate each others powers, thus preventing any possibility of tyranny. Since the federal government did not deal with many economic matters throughout most of the nineteenth century, lobbying occured only at a state level. However, the onset of the Gilded Age and increased federal intervention in fiscal matters also brought a heightened scale of lobbying as we know today.
June 16, 2014 | Categories: American History, History, Human History, North American History, Pursuit of Happiness, The Drama Of It All, The Politics of Cultural Destruction, U.S. Politics | Tags: AMERICA, American, American History, Congress, Congressman, Government, Greed, History, human history, lawmakers, lobbying, lobbyists, MONEY, Policy, politic, Political, politician, Politics, senator, USA | Leave a comment
William Holland Thomas (February 5, 1805 – May 10, 1893) was Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (the only white man ever to be a chief of the Cherokee) and was elected as North Carolina state senator, serving from 1848-1860. As a youth, he worked at the trading post at Qualla Town, where he learned the Cherokee language and befriended some of the people. He was adopted into the tribe by the chief Yonaguska, learned much of the Cherokee ways, and was named by the chief as his successor.
After becoming an attorney, Thomas represented the tribe in negotiations with the federal government related to Indian Removal, preserving the right for Yonaguska and other Cherokee to stay in North Carolina after the 1830s. With his own and Cherokee funds, he bought land in North Carolina to be used by the Cherokee, much of which is now Qualla Boundary, the territory of the federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee. Thomas served as a colonel in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, when he led Thomas’ Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders.
January 12, 2014 | Categories: History, The Politics of Cultural Destruction, U.S. Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: AMERICA, Andrew Johnson, Cherokee, Cherokee Indians, Cherokee language, Cherokee Thomas, Civil War, Colonel Thomas, Death, Eastern Band, Felix Walker, Fight, Government, History, Indian Territory, l Robert E. Lee, Military, Native Americans, North Carolina, Politics, Raccoon Creek, Richard Thomas, senator, Shenandoah Valley., smallpox, Trail of Tears, US Government, US Politics, USA, War, Warfare, Waynesville, Weird, Western North Carolina, William Holland Thomas, Yonaguska | Leave a comment