America The Melting Pot In Literature - 1,011 words
America has been called the melting pot of the world; this mixture of cultures and people has created a unique blend known only to America. The American people have themselves adapted this blend of cultures into something particular to certain areas of the country; two examples of this are the traditions of the slave states along the Mississippi River as are told by Mark Twain in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the destruction of an old way of life for farmers and their quest for a new life as the result of the Dust Bowl Migration of the 1930s, which is depicted in John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath. These two specific subcultures have similarities, which reflect the uniqueness of t ...
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Racism - 1,378 words
If there is one thing that the OJ Simpson trial will be remembered for, it is the racial polarization felt by all who have an opinion of the trial. Even though the trial itself was a farce, it does say something about where we are today as an American culture. It seems as though the racial divide is growing ever wider in our culture. Terms such as African-American or Irish-American are only helping to expand separation based on ethnic background. Just the fact that people insist on being identified with a country where the last known ancestor left one hundred fifty years ago speaks volumes of America's 'melting pot'. It is only logical that this behavior has manifested itself on todays colle ...
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The New American - 1,191 words
The definition of what it means to be an American has changed dramatically throughout the history of our country. The founding fathers brought forth the idea of a new nation; that made sovereign the supremacy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. America has changed drastically over the last two hundred years, and the definition of what it means to be an American has changed with it as well. In class for the last several weeks, the question was raised of what it means to be an American at the end of the twentieth century. The America of the twentieth century is not as far off from what the founding fathers intended; as some people might be led to believe. We have looked at several d ...
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Mutual Reward Theory - 818 words
Working relationships are a necessary part of life and the functioning of an organization. The quality of these relationships can be measured by the quality of communication that takes place. One of the more important relationships that exist within an organization is the interpersonal relationship. These are the most intimate relationships that we have with other people in the workplace. In a true interpersonal relationship, no one feels excluded. It should comprise a mutual exchange of information, ideas and knowledge. The members of the relationship have a sense of belonging and generally participate in some type of social interaction. MRT tells us that when individuals believe that they ...
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Managing Diversity - 1,629 words
Managing diversity in the workplace is a subject that has gained increased attention among managers during the last two decades. After all, the impact of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity programs on the nation's work force is undeniable. Women and minorities were the first to dramatically alter the face of the economic mainstream, while gays, persons with disabilities and senior citizens followed not far behind. The result is a diverse American labor force representing a microcosm of our society - yet one that continues to struggle with its identity. Diversity as a social condition is not new to the U.S. Founded by immigrants, the nation has always been a merger of culture ...
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Managing Diversity - 1,569 words
... (Rowe 79). A comprehensive 1993 study of U.S. workers' attitudes bears out Rowe's assertions. The first installment of a planned quadrennial survey, the privately funded National Study of the Changing Workforce found that perceptions of discrimination take a heavy toll on job performance. More than one-fifth of minority workers reported they had been discriminated against by their current employers. Those beliefs correlated with a higher tendency to feel "burned out," a reduced willingness to take initiative on the job and a greater likelihood of planning to change jobs. (NSCW 1993). From an external perspective, a diverse workforce can also provide a distinct competitive advantage for a ...
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The Maltese Falcon - 1,326 words
A Unique Setting in the Changing World of Early 20th Century Detective Fiction The Pacific coast port city of San Francisco, California provides a distinctively mysterious backdrop in Dashiell Hammetts The Maltese Falcon. Unlike many other detective stories that are anchored in well-known metropolises such as Los Angeles or New York City, Hammett opted to place the events of his text in the lesser-known, yet similarly exotic cultural confines of San Francisco. Hammett used his own intricate knowledge of the San Francisco Bay Area - coupled with details collected during a stint as a detective for the now defunct Pinkerton Agency - to craft a distinctive brand of detective fiction that thrived ...
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Summary Of Cyberspace For All - 480 words
In this essay I will be summarizing Cyberspace for all by Esther Dyson. Cyberspace is a place that all people can benefit from. Cyberspace used to be a place where only techies and nerds would hang out. The Net, as it is called, is a place where everyone can go and find something of interest to them. Lost in the furor over porn on the Net is the exhilarating sense of freedom that this new frontier once promised- and still does in some quarters. Cyberspace has games, reference materials, tutorials, and much more. The Net is the greatest source of information on the planet. The Internet is a super-highway without a cop to stop you. There are no rules or regulations as to who can see what or wh ...
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German Irish African And Native Are All American - 1,263 words
Paula Chrystine Poling Poling 1 Myths, Memories and Realities of the War Between the States Dr. Mary Ellen Rowe and Dr. Larry Olpin German, Irish, African and Native are all American For minorities, as for other Americans, the Civil War was an opportunity to prove their valor and loyalty. Among the first mustered into the Union army were a De Kalb regiment of German American Clerks, the Garibaldi Guards made up of Italian Americans, a Polish Legion, and hundreds of Irish American youths from Boston and New York. Many people firmly believed, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that immigrants instinctively supported the union, and given the chance, deserted the South and sought their co ...
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Sexual Orientation - 1,372 words
... 3, the American Psychiatric Association classified homosexuality as sexual deviation along with other disorders such as fetishism and pedophilia (Zuriff. 1997, p. 2). Mental health professionals were classifying homosexuals as mentally ill because most of the research that was done involved lesbian and gay men in therapy. The research was biased because the research never included lesbian and gay men that were not in therapy. However, as Zuriff points out (1997), when the non-patient homosexual population was studied, researchers found that many homosexuals were leading well adjusted, fulfilling lives (p. 4). It was then concluded that homosexuality was not linked with incidence of psych ...
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Early Civilizations - 2,398 words
EARLY CIVILIZATIONS AND THE DAWN OF THE MEDIEVAL AGE History is an account of man's achievements during the last five thousand years. Though man has been on this planet for about 500,000 years, history only covers a part of this period. The reason for this is that history is essentially based on written documents However the art of writing become known to man, only after 3000 B. C. 1.1 History : Meaning and Importance The word 'history' is derived from the Greek noun 'historia' meaning 'inquiry or research.' Aristotle regarded it as a "systematic account of a set of natural phenomena, whether or not chronological ordering was a factor in the account." The term "history" has now come to be ap ...
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Early Civilizations - 2,314 words
... re regions of Canada. Due to these glaciers a lot of water was concentrated and the water levels in the oceans went down, revealing a 1,000-mile landmass between Siberia and Alaska. Geographers have called this landmass the Bering Land Bridge or Beringia. Further, due to the glaciation much of the natural vegetation shifted southwards. The animals that are today found in cold regions followed them. For instance, the reindeer, lemmings etc. then lived in places that are extremely warm for them today. Archaeological evidence shows that the walrus existed in parts of Virginia during that age. The first American Indians were hunters and gatherers who stayed in bands of twenty to fifty people ...
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World History And Islamic Culture - 1,670 words
. The study of world history is very important to us as Americans because it is helps us understand who we are and what helped us to get where we are. Also it helps us understand who we are as a culture and where we come from. Many people are different and share their different point of views. People have different religions and different ways of living. With the different ways of living and different religions there is a lot of racism and ethnic violence in America today. I feel this a very important issue in the world today because we as Americans need to tie together and become as a team. While I take this course I hope to learn more about the different cultures and where they were origin ...
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Biracial Children - 1,064 words
... deal with the racism thrown at his family also. It is a lot for a child to be able to handle. As described by Mrs. Richardson, a foster mother of many biracial children, "racism is a sickness in people that is taught" (Davis 7). Which would explain why so many children feel the same as their parents. When my sister began junior high school, she encountered many problems with most of her teachers and the with the administration. They were constantly watching her, picking at every flaw. Her friends consisted of White and Hispanic children. When they all got in trouble her White friends were let go with a slight punishment. The rest, including my sister, always received more punishment. Sh ...
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Multicultural - 1,384 words
Multicultural Education in America America has long been called "The Melting Pot" due to the factthat it is made up of a various mix of races, cultures, and ethnicities. As more and more immigrants come to America searching for a better life, the population naturally becomes more diverse. This has, in turn, spun a great debate over multiculturalism. Some of the issues under fire are who is benefiting from the education, and how to present the material in a way so as to offend the least amount of people. There are many variations on these themes as will be discussed later in this paper. In the 1930's several educators called for programs of cultural diversity that encouraged ethnic and minori ...
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Nativism In America - 1,134 words
... ut losing votes because immigrants voted for someone else. If an immigrant was running for office, all other immigrants would vote for them. government had again disrupted society by allowing high office to immigrants. An immigrant official would meet the needs of immigrants and neglect the needs of Americans. There would be nothing done to help the American-born people to achieve better economical security in their own country by having an immigrant official. It was not until the Immigration Act of 1924 that immigration had been controlled. The Immigration Act of 1924 ended unrestricted immigration limiting countries to a certain number on immigrants per year.10 This was governments onl ...
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Sterotyping - 606 words
It was a hot summer day; a friend and I were driving through downtown Rochester. My friend is very smart and sometimes outspoken; however on the other hand, I like to listen and wait until something offends me to speak. Then all of the sudden my friend yells hey look an accident. Of coarse the natural thing to do is to drive by and see what happened. It looked to me if a young lady and middle aged man were both some what confessed on what just happened Then my outspoken friend says to me, I bet you it was that dumb Asian girls fault. My friend makes it apparent that, although we live in a society filled with many different cultures and races, we are not moving towards a melting pot situation ...
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Walt Whitmans Works - 1,142 words
Walter Whitman, Jr., was born on May 31, 1819, at Long Island, New York, to poor, obscure parents of English, Dutch, and Welsh descent-- the second son in a family of nine children. The first of his work was called "Leaves of Grass", at 1855. "It represents him as such, in shirt and trousers, with one hand on his hip and the other in his pocket (7; 137)." " 'Leaves of Grass,' is Whitman's own means of freeing himself from the outward and understandable world of precipitating himself into the mood of ecstasy (7; 164)." About eight hundred copies of "Leaves of Grass" were printed. Very few were sold. Dr. Bucke, Whitman's first biographer, replies, "Whitman can in the 'Leaves of Grass' identify ...
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Immigration - 678 words
An immigrant is commonly defined as a person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another(The American..). Over the years Americans have looked with suspicion on the arrival of immigrants. Many permenant citizens feel that they take from the country rather than offer them new ideas and culture. For centuries, people have come to America as they choose(A nation of ...). Today the number of immigrants are causing many problems in America(Branigin). "The number of illegal immigrants residing permanently in the United States has grown to about five million and is rising by 250,000 a year"(Branigin). About 800,000 immigrants enter legally each year and about 200,000 to 300,000 enter il ...
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