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  • International Terrorism - 1,431 words
    INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM By John Freel. This was a very difficult project for me to carry out, coming from an area were racial discrimination is almost non existent were only sometimes does religious bigotry raise it's ugly head, but not nearly in the proportions of this project. Ku Klux Klan, is a secret terrorist organisation that originated in the southern states during the period of Reconstruction following the American Civil War and was reactivated on a wider geographic basis in the 20th century. The original Klan was organised in Pulaski, Tennessee, on December 24, 1865, by six former Confederate army officers who gave their society a name taken from the Greek word kuklos, which means c ...
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  • Alcatraz - 878 words
    Alcatraz: United States Penitentiary As a result of the Great Depression, a new breed of violent criminals swept the streets of America. In response to the cries of alarmed citizens, Congress enacted a number of statutes, which gave the federal government jurisdiction over certain criminal offenses previously held by the states. With the suggestion of former US Attorney General, Homes Cummings, Congress agreed that a special penal institution of maximum security and minimum privilege be established. In 1934, the legendary US Penitentiary of Alcatraz was born and became the home of Americas most wanted for the next thirty years. Once authorized by Congress, the US Department of Justice acquir ...
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  • Reconstruction - 1,015 words
    Victoria Hubble February 8, 2000 Reconstruction The Reconstruction, a time most people would call a rebirth, succeeded in few of the goals that it had set out to achieve within the 12 years it was in progress. It was the reconstructions failure in its objectives, that brought forth the inevitable success in changing the South, as well as the countless African Americans living in it as well as the countless African Americans living in it at the time. There were three goals the reconstruction set, and failed to achieve, as well as emphasizing the profound effect it had on the south, and an entire race. In the South the Reconstruction period was a time of readjustment accompanied by disorder. S ...
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  • Black Americans - 1,224 words
    ... rks, a black woman, refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person. Her arrest resulted in a series of meetings of blacks in Montgomery and a boycott of buses on which racial segregation was practiced. The boycott, which lasted for more than a year, was almost 100 percent effective. Before the courts declared unconstitutional Montgomery's law requiring segregation on buses, Martin Luther KING, Jr., a Baptist minister, had risen to national prominence and had articulated a strategy of non-violent direct action in the movement for CIVIL RIGHTS. Blacks in the United States today are mainly an urban people. Their shift from the rural South to cities of the North and West during the ...
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  • Black Like Me Chapters - 1,080 words
    John Howard Griffin (JHG) is a specialist for the hard life of Negroes in the south of the USA in the 1950s. His idea is to change the color of his skin for being able to experience the discrimination on his own. He visits George Levitan, one of his old friends and owner of the magazine SEPIA. After discussing the idea, Levitan pays for all the expenses for changing JHGs skin color and his trip through the south of the USA. He flies to Louisiana to meet doctors which can finally help him to find the fitting medicine to change the color of his skin from white to black. The therapy for changing his skin color has started, he takes special pills and as to sit under a sun lamp. The doctors tests ...
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  • Black Like Me Chapters - 1,056 words
    ... ave sex, if he had ever had sex with a white woman, if he had ever made this or that and so on. Most of them are looking at Negroes not as humans but as animals who have sex all the time. Only the last man who picks him up is not interested in the color of his skin or sex, he just wants to talk to be entertained, but JHG can not make out why. After spending three days in Mobile at the house of an old Negro, looking for a job and spending most of his time to get something to eat or to find a bathroom, JHG finds out that he would not have a chance to get a job here, either. On this cold day, JHG hitchhikes from Mobile to Montgomery. After some miles of walking, a white man picks him up. Af ...
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  • Andrew Jackson - 1,297 words
    Andrew Jackson, born in 1767 was a child of poor Scotch-Irish immigrants. He ended up with enough education Jacksons father died before he was born. The Revolutionary War started soon after he was born. It was very bloody in the wild and poor country where they lived. Jackson at the age of 13, joined a regiment. He was captured by the British, was wounded and nearly killed by a sword to the face for not polishing a British officers boots. He and his brother, imprisoned together, caught smallpox. Jacksons mother got the boys released, but his brother died on the long trip home. His mother later went to tend wounded American prisoners and was fatally stricken by By his 30s Jackson had been ele ...
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  • Huckleberry Finn - 1,740 words
    Huckleberry Finn has the great advantage of being written in autobiographical form. Every scene in the book is given, not described, and the result is a vivid picture of Western life in the past. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute freedom. His alcoholic father was often missing and never paid much attention to him. Since Hucks mother is dead he is not used to following any rules. In the beginning, Huck is living with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Both women are fairly old and have no patience to raise a rebellious boy like Huck Finn. They try to make an attempt to make Huck into what they believe will be a better boy. Huck never really enjoys the l ...
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  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry - 1,043 words
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel about a young boy's coming of age in the Missouri of the mid-1800's. The main character, Huckleberry Finn, spends much time in the novel floating down the Mississippi River on a raft with a runaway slave named Jim. Before he does so, however, Huck spends some time in the fictional town of St. Petersburg where a number of people attempt to influence him. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute freedom. His drunken and often missing father has never paid much attention to him; his mother is dead and so, when the novel begins, Huck is not used to following any rules. The book's op ...
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  • Edger Allan Poe - 2,149 words
    ... part, uses an allegory as the literary theme in The Masque of the Red Death. I do not see the story as one intended to scare or keep the reader in suspense, however, more to leave the reader with a message concerning death, and trying to prevent the inevitable. Very little description is used throughout the story, excluding the description the most important roles in the story; the seven rooms, and the Red Death. I believe this is written the way it is in order to keep the reader focused on what is important, what is underneath the surface. The story covers a period of approximately eight days with most of the important action occurring each night around midnight. The location is the hom ...
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  • William Faulkner - 763 words
    Faulkner, William (1897-1962), American novelist, known for his epic portrayal, in some 20 novels, of the tragic conflict between the old and the new South. Faulkner's complex plots and narrative style alienated many readers of his early works, but he was recognized later as one of the greatest American writers. Born in New Albany, Mississippi, Faulkner was raised in nearby Oxford as the oldest of four sons of an old-line southern family. In 1915 he dropped out of high school, which he detested, to work in his grandfather's bank. In World War I (1914-1918) he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force but never saw battle action. Back home in Oxford, he was admitted to the University of Mississippi ...
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  • The Awakening - 813 words
    Kate Chopins novel The Awakening is full of symbolism. In each chapter there is a central symbol that adds to the meaning of the story. Small symbols throughout the novel such as sunshades, children playing and pianos represent properties of domesticity and society rules which Edna tries to separate herself from. Chopin does however, give larger representative symbols to add meaning to the novel. The first line of the novel is perhaps the most obvious example of symbolism. A parrot screeches Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Saprtisti! Thats all right! which translates to Go Away! Go Away! For Heavens sake! This crazy bird in a cage represents Ednas longing to go away and escape from the pressur ...
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  • Street Car Named Desire - 1,462 words
    In Tennesse Williams' play, "A Streetcar Named Desire" the readers are introduced to a character named Blanche DuBois. In the plot, Blanche is Stella's younger sister who has come to visit Stella and her husband Stanley in New Orleans. After their first meeting Stanley develops a strong dislike for Blanche and everything associated with her. Among the things Stanley dislikes about Blanche are her "spoiled-girl" manners and her indirect and quizzical way of conversing. Stanley also believes that Blanche has conned him and his wife out of the family mansion. In his opinion, she is a good-for-nothing "leech" that has attached itself to his household, and is just living off him. Blanche's lifelo ...
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  • Kake Chopin - 1,250 words
    Kate Chopin is an American writer, best known for her description of culture in New Orleans, Louisiana, and of women's struggles for freedom. Many of her works including The Awakening, were examples of local-color and helped establish Chopin as a contributor to Southern regional literature. The Awakening attracted a lot of negative criticism for its description of a woman's developing independence and sensuality. This novel portrayed the progress of a wife, mother, and a lady addicted to finding love under her own control, and throughout the novel she undergoes awakenings that will eventually lead to her suicide. One of the first awakenings that Edna has is a marital awakening. For Edna, the ...
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  • Uncle Toms Cabingeneral Summary - 550 words
    The book starts out where Uncle Tom is sold to a trader because of his owners debts. Mr. Shelby is the owner of Uncle Tom and many other slaves. He saves a girl's life, Eva, while on a boat, and her father buys him. He spends several years in New Orleans at their house. While he was there he helped St. Clare, the father, find God. When Eva and St. Clare die, he is sold to an evil plantation owner. On the plantation, he continues to be pious, even when everything seems to have turned from God. He helps two women escape and is beaten to death, but gets to see his original master's son before he dies. At the same time that Uncle Tom was sold, Eliza and Harry, two other slaves of Mr. Shelby, esc ...
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  • Huck Finn - 2,603 words
    Early Influences on Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel about a young boy's coming of age in the Missouri of the mid-1800's. The main character, Huckleberry Finn, spends much time in the novel floating down the Mississippi River on a raft with a runaway slave named Jim. Before he does so, however, Huck spends some time in the fictional town of St. Petersburg where a number of people attempt to influence him. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute freedom. His drunken and often missing father has never paid much attention to him; his mother is dead and so, when the novel begins, Huck is not used to following any rules. The book's ...
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  • Mark Twain - 723 words
    On November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens was born, Samuel Langhorne. Four years later the family moved to Hannibal, the place Clemens spent his boyhood years. His town was located on the bank of the Mississippi River to which the boy had strong ties. The steamboats on the river made Clemens dream of becoming a steamboat pilot. One short year after his father's death in 1847, Samuel became apprentice to printer Joseph Ament, the publisher of the Missouri Courier. By the age of sixteen he wrote his first published sketches and worked as a printer for the Hannibal Western Union. Two years later he was in New York and Philadelphia working as a printer fo ...
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  • What Has Helped Change The United States Segregation Laws - 842 words
    What Has Helped Change The United States Segregation Laws? Throughout time, there has not been equality between the races. Court cases, here in the United States, have tried to create racial equality, but did they really work? How did the cases really change racial equality? In To Kill A Mockingbird this same sort of question was come upon. Why was Separate but Equal here and why was it legal? Plessy vs. Ferguson is probably one of the most famous court cases that deals with the de-segregation of the United States. On June 7, 1892, a man named Homer Plessy was jailed for riding in a white-only railway car. Plessy was only 1/8 black though. He was 7/8s Caucasian, yet still considered black. T ...
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  • The Forgotten Soldier - 1,333 words
    In a variety of ways, ranging from the popular movie Glory, to a planned memorial in Washington, D.C., African-American soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War have begun to receive the praise and recognition they have long deserved. But there were other African-Americans who fought in the Civil War who have been largely forgotten -- those who fought on the side of the Confederacy. Throughout the entire war, the slaves worked as noncombatant soldiers. Working as cooks, launders, medics, and carriers, the African-Americans were involved in the war that was meant to make them slaves (Geary, 68-69). In addition to serving as laborers, African-Americans fought for the South even i ...
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  • Thomas Jefferson Bio - 3,830 words
    ... ainfully slow, and the treaty had to be ratified by a specified date. Napoleon, who was thought by some to have already repented this transaction, could not have been expected to tolerate any departure from its terms. Recognizing that this was no time for constitutional purism, the president yielded to his friends, while strict constructionist arguments were taken up ineffectually by the New England Federalists. Nearly everybody else enthusiastically approved of the acquisition. In May 1801 the Pasha of the piratical state of Tripoli, dissatisfied with his tribute, declared war on the United States. Jefferson ordered a naval squadron to the Mediterranean Sea to blockade Tripoli. The biza ...
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