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  • Central American Civilization - 608 words
    According to the evidence, Central American civilization was greatly influenced by East African culture, specially from Ethiopia, Kemet, or Meroe. It is believed that one or more of these civilizations crossed the Atlantic between 1200 and 400 B.C. Some scholars including Charles Joyner, Richard S. Price, and Gary Nash have recognized the cultural amalgamation and inter-mixing of Native Americans and Europeans or Europeans and Africans. Nevertheless, few focus on the widespread mixing that happened between Native Americans and Africans, the impact each had on the other, and how people like those in Indian Woods persist to endure as bi-racial and tri-racial people who have retained much of th ...
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  • Motives For Exploration - 816 words
    Until the late 1400's, Europeans did not know the existence of the two American continents ( North and South America ). To the European explorers, exploring the other side of the Atlantic was like exploring an entire different world, hence the name- the New World. In 1492, Christopher Columbus unknowingly discovered the new continent. His original motives for exploring was to find an easier route to Asia but instead, he discovered the New World. Thus; Spain, France and England began sending out conquistadors and explorers to the uncharted terrains of the new continent. Motives for the Spanish, French, and English explorers varied greatly, however, they were similar in some ways. The motives ...
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  • Tender Is The Night - 1,101 words
    The Triumph of Nature over Civilization: The Disintegration of Dick Diver The exact nature of Dick Divers descent throughout the course of Tender is the Night is difficult to discern. It is clear enough that his disintegration is occasioned by Nicoles burgeoning independence, but why or how her transformation affects him this way is less than obvious. Moreover, it is not at all apparent what is at stake, more abstractly, in this reciprocal exchange of fates. In this paper, I will propose a reading of this change that relates Nicoles strength to her naturalness, her identification with instinct and natural impulse, and Dicks strength to his civilization, his identification with the curtailmen ...
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  • Tender Is The Night - 1,129 words
    ... tame her, domesticate her, and bring her into the company of civilized men and women. Aside from this professional concern with bringing the mad into civilization, Dick is also very invested in his particular conception of civilization. We read, for instance, of Dicks early "illusions of the essential goodness of people; illusions of a nation, the lies of generations of frontier mothers who had to croon falsely, that there were no wolves outside the cabin door" (117). Further on, as Dick becomes more reflective, he begins to question dying for ones beliefs and of the social imperatives "to be good, brave and wise" (133). What prompts this questioning is the war, which shook Dick deeply. ...
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  • The Advancement Of The Mayan Civilization - 1,382 words
    The highly advanced citizens of the ancient Mayan civilization used hieroglyphics to keep important historical records, made many advancements in mathematics, and had a highly accurate astronomy system. Throughout their years of existence, the Mayans proved to be one of the most advanced civilizations ever recorded. Their hieroglyphic writing skills have been documented to be some of the most sophisticated in all of ancient America. The Mayans also had an amazing understanding of mathematics and the workings of the universe. They have, through these things and more, to be on of the most advanced ancient civilizations in all of the world. The Mayan civilization had a rich and interesting hist ...
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  • Guilded Age - 1,005 words
    During the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, a period known as the Gilded Age, every man had the potential to become wealthy, to advance into the esteemed social class of the well- to-do. While this may have been perceived as true by the wealthy, it was little more than a concept of idealism. In reality, while the rich may have worn diamonds, [most] wore rags. New immigrants and rural Americans flooded into urban areas searching for opportunity. They were welcomed by long working hours, low pay, and tenements teeming with violence and filth. Consequently, this forced more than 11 million families of the total 12 million in the nation- to scrape out a meager existence with ...
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  • Atrocities Of The Kkk - 1,222 words
    From the early years of American civilization, a racial tension has existed between Whites and African Americans. These feelings of hatred are most likely rooted in the practice of slavery in the 1800s. Many extremist groups have been formed, holding strong opinions regarding these racial issues. The Ku Klux Klan is the largest of these racist organizations. Their purpose is to create a society where the White Aryan population is superior and dominant. They feel that the rights of White Christians are being oppressed in order to give opportunities to other races. They also feel that minorities as a whole in America are draining our resources but not providing for our society in a positive wa ...
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  • Rap Music Is Not Music - 1,809 words
    Rap Music is not music but it is a cleverly marketed euphemism disguised to give the obnoxious noise societal legitimacy. Describing the (disenchanting) chanting of Rap Music as singing or as music is indeed (in either case) a capital misnomer. Real Music is the careful arrangement of organized sounds in the form of notes that then result in a smooth blend of rhythm, tone, and pitch that when united, is quite pleasing to the ear. Rap is not music. The unpleasant-sounding horror is chaotic dissonance and certainly not elegant consonance. Rap is veritable noise pollution that is tastelessly amplified from a cumbersome boom box. Generally speaking, unlike black soul music and traditional black ...
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  • The Problems With American Democracy - 1,856 words
    Dont get me wrong! I thoroughly love American democracy and the abundant freedoms that it allows me to enjoy. I can be creative, individualistic, entrepreneurial, and I can unequivocally believe in my interpretation and practice of American free enterprise. American democracy allows me to be expressive and critical of politicians positions on various issues and simultaneously pretend being intellectual without any palpable fear of government reprisal. I can publish fiction and non-fiction books and expound on my diverse opinions with impunity. I truly appreciate and value what my guaranteed liberties personally mean to me. But outside of myself and outside my interests and needs I am genuine ...
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  • American Public School Holiday Crisis - 1,600 words
    ... larism has now taken over as the dominant social/ethical philosophy in most of Europe and in Canada. Guess what country has been protecting and defending Europe and Canada for the last sixty years? If the secularists and revisionists have their way then the United States will eventually become militarily weak and morally bankrupt and will be compelled to join the ranks of France, Germany and Canada in an equal new world order. Just think about it. Where would the world be and what would this planet be like without the moral clarity of the United States of America? Citizens, school administrators and boards of education should not be intimidated by these zealous secularists out to create ...
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  • Dr Daniel J Boorstin - 779 words
    Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin (1914- ) holds many honorable positions and has received numerous awards for his notable work. He is one of America's most eminent historians, the author of more than fifteen books and numerous articles on the history of the United States, as well as a creator of a television show. His editor-wife, Ruth Frankel Boorstin, a Wellesley graduate, has been his close collaborator. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Oklahoma, he received his undergraduate degree with highest honors from Harvard and his doctor's degree from Yale. He has spent a great deal of his life abroad, first in England as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. More recently he has been visitin ...
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  • James Finemore Cooper - 577 words
    James Fenimore Cooper was born in the year 1789, and lived in New York State until 1803.(1) Since James Fenimore Cooper lived along the frontier, he was able to capture that way of life and accurately portray it in his novels.(2) This is one of the many reasons why he was loved and admired as a writer. James Cooper attended Yale University. (3) After he was expelled his junior year in 1805,(4) he enlisted in the Navy as a common seaman in 1806 and then went on to warrant a midshipman from 1808 until 1810.(5) Since James Fenimore Cooper spent so much time on the sea, he was inspired to write a few sea novels. He retired after the political assassination of his father, married a wealthy Englis ...
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  • Should Guns Be Banned? - 1,745 words
    The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; it is their right and duty to be at all times armed. Thomas Jefferson, 1824 Should guns be banned in America? Should guns be banned? This is one of the widest asked questions. There are those who believe that guns should be banned, as guns are the number one killer. All around the world, small arms stocks were destroyed in the hope to lower the amount of guns in the world. South Africas destruction of 24 000 small arms today is part of worldwide small arms destructions 6 000 illegal guns were destroyed in Cambodia, 1 700 in Mozambique, and 10 000 weapons were destroyed in Brazil. Through these destructi ...
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  • Latin American Independence - 821 words
    This is an Essay that I wrote for World History Research* Throughout history there were many countries exploited by means of invasion. During the age of colonization, Europeans imposed many things on the Latin American territory that have had an extensive, disturbing effect on the indigenous community. Europeans invaded and controlled much of South America and the Caribbean islands by means of trading, acquiring goods, and expanding their religion of Christianity through forced conversion. This resulted in a binding foreign culture geared towards the already established civilizations that existed there before they arrived. The people of South America, including the Aztec, Olmec, Maya, and th ...
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  • Racism In Richard Wright's "native Son" - 602 words
    In Native Son, Richard Wright uses a central character, Bigger, to express his opinions on racism in society. In order to truly portray the nature of black society through Bigger, Wright combines the personalities of several actual people that he has come in contact with. Each person possessed a different unique personality trait that Bigger would embody. Wright explains, in the section titled How Bigger was Born, which traits he included in Biggers complex personality. During the course of the novel, Bigger demonstrates each of the separate personality traits through an action or a thought. Although Biggers character exhibits varying personality traits, he displays a plausible quality in th ...
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  • 24th Amendment - 662 words
    The Twenty-Fourth Amendment states that as a citizen of the United States you should not have to pay a tax to vote. The tax that the Twenty-Fourth Amendment abolished was colled the poll tax. The poll tax was levied on an individual used as a prerequisite for voting. Poll taxes are the same for all persons subject to them, regardless of their income, property or other taxes paid. One of the main reasons for the poll tax was to discourage African-Americans and poor people from voting. This amendment was in fact needed. It was needed because the poll tax was keeping certain individuals from voting becuase of their income and/or their race, and that is unconstitutional according to the Fourteen ...
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  • Us Government - Checks And Balances - 1,543 words
    'There is no more important function for all of government to define the rights of its citizens.' (Norman Dorsen) In this essay I will give a short history of the government in United States of America (U.S.). Then I will describe each of the three branches of government in the U.S. and the relationship between them. In principle, the U.S. is a democratic republic, they govern themselves by choosing their leaders by secret ballot, and these leaders in turn make the rules. Americans started 'governing themselves' as a nation on July 4th, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia by representatives of the thirteen British colonies in North America. These states join ...
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  • Tactics During The Revolutionary War - 1,362 words
    ... aknesses. The native people coined this new strategy called guerrilla warfare. The basis of this style of warfare is to quickly attack your enemy and run away. The Americans carefully selected their battleground and time of attack as much as possible in guerrilla warfare so that they could have every advantage possible so that they could have a chance to win. Two such instances where the time of day and choice of terrain were the complete reasons for British defeat were at Stony Point and at Paulus Hook . The battle at Stony Point took place on the night of July fifteenth and ended the morning of July sixteenth . Washington assigned "Mad Anthony" Wayne to this attack . Wayne had 1,350 me ...
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  • King Lear - 1,078 words
    To conclude, Act IV was an important act in King Lear. This is because it showed all three phases of madness that the King had gone through. The phase of him being mad, which was shown through his garments and hallucinations, the phase of him coming out of his madness, by knowing the means of his madness and lastly the phase of him overcoming his madness, shown through his tragic vision. Ahab experienced quite similar emotions. The main theme of Moby Dick was revenge, but it is not secret that madness causes and supports revenge. Revenge is an instinctive human characteristic. It is an emotion and a desire that demands justice. The emotions and actions associated with revenge are neither pre ...
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