Reconstruction - 2,247 words
... on Washington in 1964 the goals had changed to guaranteeing all Americans equality of opportunity, integration both social and political, and the more amorphous goal of a biracial democracy.32 But the goals did not include the need to transform the economic condition of Blacks. Instead they emphasized the need to transform the political At the beginning, the Civil Rights Movement sought solutions to racial injustice through laws and used the Federal courtsto secure them. The Supreme Court set the stage in 1954 with Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka Kansas: the Brown decision focused the attention of dominant Black institutions such as CORE (Congress On Racial Equality) and the N ...
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Public Hangings - 1,364 words
Capital punishment seemed to have been regenerated from the beginning of mankind, where beheading was considered an honorable method of meeting death, whereas hanging carried with it a definite stigma. The era of public hanging was emotionally satisfying even though the surroundings was emotionally tense. In contrast to private hangings where they were fewer observers, less theatrical from the accuse and hanging was becoming more of an inhuman punishment to inflict on those found guilty of their crime. Both forms of hangings were though to be an effective way of preventing individuals from committing a crime. Capital punishment seemed morally acceptable, to the public and there were individu ...
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Kathe Kolwitz - 648 words
German born Kathe Kollwitz was brought up in an environment of great political and religious significance. Her father a socialist and her grandfather a independent minister who was expelled from the church. Kollwitzs father quickly recognised her skill for drawing and offered encouragement towards artistic pursuits. Kathe Kollwitz married at 23 to a doctor by the name of Karl Kollwitz.The couple lived in a working class district of Berlin for most of their lives. It was here where Kolltwitz developed her strong social conscience. These strong social beliefs are very fiercely represented in her work. Due to her husbands line of work her life was marred by heartache and despair. Kollwitz work ...
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The Jungle - 1,882 words
In the Book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair the extreme horrors of the meat packing industry in the 1900s were exposed to all. He vividly displayed the hardships that new immigrants had faced upon their arrival to this great nation. Also I found that this book was a huge promoter of socialism, and it was believed that this method of economy would be the end of poverty in America. The book goes through the life a Lithuanian family that just moved to America in pursuit of wealth and prosperity. They had no idea what was about to become of them. The story opens with the feast at Jurgis and Onas wedding in America, but soon flashes back to the time before they left Lithuania. Unfortunately, they we ...
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Shrinking Buying Power Of The Middle Class - 1,654 words
The Shrinking Buying Power of the Middle Class According to the Merriam-Websters Online Dictionary, the middle class is a class occupying a position between the upper class and the lower class; especially: a fluid heterogeneous socioeconomic grouping composed principally of business and professional people, bureaucrats, and some farmers and skilled workers sharing common social characteristics and values (Merriam-Webster). In the United States, their family incomes would generally range from $25,000 to about $99,999 and the median is about $45,000 per year (Census). Nowadays, the middle class workers are less likely to work in manufacturing companies, although there were many of them in fact ...
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Importancce Of Being Earnesr - 1,393 words
Marxist Criticism on "The Importance of Being Earnest" "Excuse me Geoffrey, could you get me some more water. I'm terribly thirsty, and the weather out here isn't doing any good for my complexion." declares the man as he sighs in exhaustion. "Right away sir, anything else?" proclaims the servant. "No that will be all." says the man as he waves off the servant. So is this the scene of yesteryear's society or one of today's, well in actuality it can be either. In today's world the rich still rely on butlers and maids. It seems to be a practice that will always exist in this world, but the question largely is not on their jobs, but if they are deemed of a different class, and sadly to say yes. ...
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Pakistan - 2,942 words
... ect to their approval, but even small price changes in consumer products are also dependent on their assessment. Either the mission is visiting the country and having meetings with various government departments, or the heads of these departments are rushing every week to Washington to plead for more time and/or money. This is reminiscent of countries like Brazil and Russia in the 80s and 90s when they were drowning in debt and faced mounting poverty. And did the IMF and World Banks policies help them recover? The answer is No. In fact they made the situation much worse. From 1980 to 1989 Brazil paid $148 billion in debt servicing on a loan of $ 64 Billion. Ten years later, havi ...
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Karl Marx - 1,081 words
Human relationships have always been dynamic. Change and adaptability have gone hand in hand with the passage of time for humansociety. Systems have been developed to regulate, direct and control the resources of this society. The systems are referred to as governments and the resources as the populace or inhabitants and forces of production. A government must be dynamic in its nature reflecting the change in society. At times these systems have resisted the necessity to adapt with its components (Society) creating a deficit between the system and those it regulates. As the deficits develop, they cause instability, and could lead to revolution.1 Theories have been developed to explain the sy ...
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American Colonies - 606 words
The New England, Southern and Middle Colonies Developed Differently America was a place for dreams and new beginnings, until white people arrived in 1607. Three groups sailed over the treacherous Atlantic from their cruel lives in England to set up peaceful religious colonies. The only problem is that they attempted to settle in their own way and all failed dismally. The New England, Middle and Southern Colonies grew differently over the period 1619-1760.Examining the three sets of colonies will prove that they were all different: socially, economically, politically but not philosophically. Socially the three groups of colonies developed differently. The New England Colonies life was dominat ...
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Description Of A Bum - 498 words
When most people think of big cities, they imagine gigantic structures climbing into the bright blue sky, or millions and millions of people scampering around like little ants trying to get food in for the winter. What they dont think about, however, are the lower-class people, men and women who live on the cold, cracked sidewalks in the shadows of those gigantic buildings. There is a section of every big city called the slums. In this place, the smell of rotten garbage fills the misty, stagnated air. Everywhere you look, you see moldy cardboard boxes and old blankets people threw away. Grimy clothes and old, empty liquor bottles are scattered everywhere. Newspapers, with coffee stains and d ...
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Renaissance Clothing - 1,976 words
The Renaissance period is said the be the Great Chain of Being. The clothing style keeps changing every year. No one knows what to expect next. The people of today never had rules to follow. The people wear whatever they want. Back in the Renaissance period though, they did have rules for each of the classes of men and women. The children to the nobilities had different ways of dressing. The Renaissance people had some rules they had to follow for the classes they were in. They have a mandatory dress code for each class. The person could not dress above his or her station. The royalty wore true purple, the middle class could not wear gold or silver trim, and the nobility wore black. If one w ...
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None Provided - 494 words
The tone of many novels is set within the first few lines or pages; the reader can also tell the author's style through diction detail, and syntax. Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice is a novel such as this- Austin's opening sentence sets the tome for the rest of the book preparing the reader for her satirical treatment of regency manners and morals, the novel will become, learns her style of the novel, and it also sets up foreshadowing for the novel. "It is true universally acknowledge, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife," is the first sentence of the novel, it sets the tone and explains to the reader the plot of the story. She tells how she wants he ...
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The Jungle - 1,472 words
A French philosopher once said that the greatest tyranny of democracy was when the minority ruled the majority. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle gives the reader a great example of exactly this. A man who earns his living honestly and through hard work will always be trapped in poverty, but a man who earns his living through lies and cheating will be wealthy. The Jungle portrays a Lithuanian family stuck in a Capitalistic country. It shows the ongoing struggle of a lower class that will never get farther in life as long as the minority of rich people rule over them. The Jungle conveys a struggle between Capitalism and Socialism. Socialism is the best way out for the peasants, but a Capitalistic A ...
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Caleb Williams And Robinson Crusoe - 842 words
The Progression of the Eighteenth Century Novel Shows How Society Takes Over the Role of God The progression of the Eighteenth Century novel charts the transformation of the role of God into the role of society. In Daniel Defoes early Eighteenth Century novel, Robinson Crusoe, God makes the laws, gives out the punishments, and creates the terror. By the end of the century, the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror announce to the world that society is taking over the role of God and now people will make laws, give out punishments, and incite terror. Early Eighteenth Century novel, Robinson Crusoe, shows the development of a new self, one conflicted with the idea of both relying on Gods P ...
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To Kill A Mockingbird A Discussion Of Major Themes Within The Text - 1,177 words
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a rich text consisting of themes that were the harsh reality of the novels setting; rural Alabama during the 1930s. Racism, discrimination, prejudice, and hatred are all among the issues that author Harper Lee deals with. In addition to these weighty and unsettling topics in the novel, Miss Lee revolves her plot around the life of a young girl named Scout Finch. Scout is telling the reader the story in retrospect when the novel begins. We learn she is six years old and has an older brother named Jem. Central to the plot is the childrens innocence. Their relative naivete can be observed through the simple ways in which they play and pass the time. Jem and Sc ...
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Ragtime - 709 words
Throughout the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow there were major cultural and social changes. The cutural changes were from the creations of unions to the moving picture industry to the creation of a middle class. The development of unions was moving the lower class of society up into an undevoped middle class and moving some of the rich down to this new middle class. Some of the social changes ranged from changes in women's sexual prefrances to the revolution of black rights. The two characters that I belive followed these changes the most were Tateh and Younger Brother. Tateh started out as a poor man who who painted fifteen cent sillouettes on a New York street corner. Until one day Evelyn ...
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The Necklace - 305 words
Guy De Maupassants short story The Necklace tells of a womans intense desire of becoming associated with the upper class and how it ultimately brings about her downfall into poverty. The protagonist, Mathilde Loisel, shows many characteristics that bring about her downfall. The character elements prove that her selfishness, unwillingness to accept her social role, and excessive pride lead her into a life far from her dreams. The theme of the story is that through the womans downfall to poverty, she makes the realization to appreciate what she has. Throughout the story of The Necklace Mathilde Loisels discontent with her average life is evident. She proves to be obsessed with having a wealthy ...
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Everything That Rises Must Coverge - 564 words
The short story Everything That Rises Must Converge, by Flannery OConnor tells the story of Julian, the main character and his thoughts and feelings toward his mother. Julian is a college graduate who has a fair understating of the world he lives in, and because of this finds difficulty dealing with his mother and her views of the world. The story begins with Julian and his mother taking their regular trip downtown to the YMCA. Julian is often embarrassed by his mothers feelings toward Blacks; she refers to them as the lower class and reminisces of life on the plantation in the south. Julian takes every opportunity of opposing her views because he finds her thoughtless remarks annoying. He o ...
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Main Street - 521 words
Sinclair Lewis makes point of the efforts that Carol produces to reform her new home. These efforts can be perceived by the townspeople as unwelcomed and unsuccessful. Some of Carols ideas are ludicrous, out of proportion and not ready for the slow-moving town. She tries several different approaches to reforming the town from the moment of her arrival. She goes from architectural reform to poetic reform to artistic to introducing liberalism to amusing social functions. All of these tactics she hopes will spring forth a reform movement to beautify and culturalize the town and people. Her initial attempts at bringing the town out of its shell consisted of throwing fun and exciting parties. Suc ...
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Evolution Of British Literature - 1,677 words
The historical events and mentality of a time period are a major influence on the context and style of that particular times literature. British Literature experienced many metamorphoses through the years 449-1660. The literature traveled through four distinct periods. Beginning with the Anglo-Saxons moving through the medieval and Renaissance periods and ending with the writings of the 17th century. The Anglo-Saxons were the beginning of British Literature. The Anglo-Saxons began the year 440 by advancing on what is today England. The Angles and the Saxons were known as ferocious, they didnt wage war on the British heartland out of mere spite. They conquered and won over territory enabling ...
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