Electoral College

When we talk about leaders, the most popular one at the moment to us is our own president. Recently there was an election and then a big push by the losing team for the Electoral College votes to overturn the votes. So the Victor crew wanted to know a little more about what the Electoral College is all about. For this we turn to CGP Grey on YouTube to see how he explains it.

Here is his first video on How the Electoral College Works:

Here is the second part video called The Trouble with the Electoral College

He has an updated video of the second part that was uploaded just last month:

Here is some further reading: http://history.house.gov/Institution/Electoral-College/Electoral-College/

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is known for his many novels. Whether or not you have read them all, you most likely have come across or heard some of his many writings. Some of his more popular writings were The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities.

He lived from February 1812 to June 1870. He left school young to work in a factory when his father went to debtor’s prison. His first writing was The Pickwick Papers which was serialized, a common practice at one time. This also allowed him to evaluate his audience’s reaction and modify based on feedback. Some of his life experiences were used in his stories – people and places. His most autobiographical novel was David Copperfield.

He visited the United States and Canada. In his second visit, delayed by the Civil War, he met with such giants as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He died in 1870 after a stroke.

No matter how you have heard of Charles Dickens, almost everyone has seen or heard A Christmas Carol in some form. There have been many renditions of this story in plays and movies.

You can see a more comprehensive outline of his life here.

Davy Crockett

The Victor crew wanted to learn more about Davy Crockett. Here is what we found:

Born David de Crocketagne, born in 1786 in Kentucky, Davy Crockett is best known for fighting at the Alamo.

He grew up in Tennessee and had a reputation for hunting and story-telling. He married Polly Finley in 1806. They had three children together: John Wesley Crockett who became a US Congressman, William Finley Crockett, and Margaret Finley Crockett. Polly died in 1815. He married the widow Elizabeth Patton who had her own children: Margaret Ann and George. Together they had Robert Patton, Rebecca Elvira, and Matilda.

He became a colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, TN in 1818, and elected to state legislature in 1821. In 1825 he was elected to U.S. Congress. He opposed President Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act.

In 1835, Crockett moved his family to Little Rock, Arkansas. He went to Texas in early 1836. He enrolled as a volunteer and set out for the Rio Grande under the Provisional Government of Texas. He went to the Alamo in San Antonio and found the Mexican soldiers had initiated a siege. The siege went from February 23 to March 6. When Crockett paused briefly in the chapel to pray, Mexican soldiers breached the walls of the Alamo complex. This Battle of the Alamo lasted less than 90 minutes. Davy Crockett was 49 years old when he died.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett

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