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Zip It Up - 332 words
Clothes are important in presenting a good first impression and have become a necessity for life. They can also be a great form of embarrassment. A popped button might expose a pale stomach. A skirt not done up properly may expose undergarments, or worse, fall down. So much for a good impression. As well, tripping over shoelaces makes one look like they have the grace of an elephant. Perhaps this is where Whitcomb Jackson came up with his great invention. A fastener was created in 1891, later named the zipper. This creation revolutionized the fastener and clothing industry. The zipper contains two separate rows of teeth that can be interlocked to close a garment. The slide of the zipper, use ...
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Sweatshops - 1,973 words
The US General Accounting Office defines a sweatshop as a business that regularly violates wage, child labor, health and/or safety laws. While sweatshop abuses in the garment industry have been an issue of public concern for decades, few people know about the sweatshops of the booming electronics industry. Behind the gleaming facade of the high tech industry are thousands of low-paid, mostly immigrant women, who assemble the nuts and bolts of our computers using hundreds of toxic William Carlsen, Staff Writer Thousands of Asian women are forced to work under slavery-like conditions on the U.S. commonwealth island of Saipan making clothing that top garment retailers are selling for huge profi ...
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Child Labor - 1,404 words
Child labor first appeared with the establishment of the domestic system. The domestic system was a process through which entrepreneurs would purchace raw materials that would be "put out" to the homes of many families and be made into finished products that could be sold by the entrepreneurs. The families were paid by the piece, and so the adults would use their children to their fullest capability to aid in some way. The domestic system was prominent in England, on the Continent, and in North America during the 16th 17th and 18th centuries. This system still exists in some countries throughout the Along with the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century came a new ststem to replace the pre ...
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Piri Thomas Down These Mean Streets - 1,604 words
bjbjWW ! = = K ] " " " " 8 " ! ( $ L L L L h , h L L " " 0 Piri Thomass autobiography, Down These Mean Streets, covers his life from ages twelve to twenty-eight, and details the hardships of growing up in el barrio of Spanish Harlem, New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. Although Piri Thomas is native-born, his parents are recent immigrants to the mainland United States from Puerto Rico. Thomass father claims to be of Puerto Rican nationality, but is actually of Cuban heritage with African blood, while his mother is a white native Puerto Rican. Down These Mean Streets is "the first account about growing up in a United States ghetto written in nati ...
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Guess - 815 words
The Marciano brothers were the founders of Guess Incorporated. They grew up in the South of France, a region which created a passionate understanding of French design and the essence of style. The Marcianos combined their European sensibilities with a love fof classic American tradion and created Guess? Inc. During the 1970s fashion had no direction, it was a time when people did not like to wear denim, they thought it was outdated and they thought of jeans as a fashion statement. Well the Marciano brothers changed that forever. Their approach to change fashion was fresh, they tried to set a standard for new vision of denim. At first retailers did not come to understand Guess?, Buyers though ...
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Child Labor In The Philippines - 2,013 words
A Study of Child Labor in the Philippines THESIS STATEMENT: Exploitation of child workers continues in the Philippines due to the inefficiency of the policies promulgated by the government to eradicate child labor. For all children who are deprived of their rights. But even we have a responsibility too. Because while nobody is angered by their conditions or realizes the waste of a future that is being slowly squandered, they will remain in this world and they will cease to be children All people were born with rights. Children are people too; so, children also have rights. These rights are violated through child labor. Child labor is defined as, the employment of a child in a business or ind ...
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The Story Of The Italian Americans - 1,071 words
At the turn of the century, America was viewed as a land of freedom from the hardships of everyday life. During this time, millions of immigrants from all over the world, poured into America seeking that exact kind of freedom. Some were escaping oppression, while others immigrated seeking religious freedom. The Italians were one of the many ethnic groups that strove to overcome oppression and poverty in the New World of America. However, upon arriving in America, the Italians discovered many obstacles, which they had to overcome in order to adjust to life in their new home. Life for the Italians in Italy was a life that many would not expect. By the late 1890s and early 1900s, Italy had beco ...
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Women's Role In Sociopolitical History - 1,545 words
Historical influences against women have shaped the role of women in most societies today. Biblical writings that influenced Christianity, Judaism, and other religions, blame women for destroying the innocence of mankind, symbolic by Eves eating the Fruit of Wisdom. Ancient Greek beliefs suggested that mans strength gave the man the right to rule, thus men were the only ones capable of becoming guardians and protector of state, which ultimately gave them political rights. These early writings, which were written mostly by men, helped influence other writers responsible for shaping a countries ideology about male dominance and a womens role in society as housewives and child bearer and thus w ...
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Jewish And Latina Immigrant Labor In The 20th Century - 1,323 words
American society has had to witness the immigration of people who were given asylum as political refugees, as in the case of Jewish women. American society has also had to grapple with the ramifications stemming from illegal immigration, such as was observed on the immigration of Latinas. The groups are comparatively different in terms of their backgrounds and aspirations, but the divergence in their respective patterns of settlement/adjustment in American society cannot be explained in terms of their differences alone. It is also a result of the way American society has treated each group. Therefore, the process of assimilation is a two way process and both ends of the bargain influence the ...
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Communist Women - 686 words
The few women in the underground party organizations were from the intelligentsia. Working women could not be persuaded to attend either the illegal or the legal meetings where Marxism and revolutionary socialism were presented under the guise of harmless lessons in geography and arithmetic. The working women were still avoiding life and struggle, believing that their destiny was the cooking pot, the washtub and the cradle ... However, she wrote, the picture changes swiftly once the red flag of revolution is hoisted high above Russia ... In the revolutionary years of 1905 and 1906 the woman worker ... was everywhere ... to give full justice to the self-sacrifice of the proletarian women and ...
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Discrimination - 998 words
Another astonishing act of discrimination happened in the 1920s. Many private colleges and universities, especially those in the Northeast established quotas to limit the number of Jewish students regardless of their qualifications. For example in the 1920s Harvard president Abbott Lawrence Lowell decried the colleges Jewish problem and limited the fraction of Jews in attendance to 15 percent in order to reduce anti-Semitism and protect Harvards reputation. A study made two decades later, in 1949, determined that whatever way you adjust and reassemble the data, applications made by Jews to northeastern colleges are less often accepted than those of the Protestant or Catholic. (Weibner, 1999, ...
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