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  • Angela Yvonne Davis - A True Civil Rights Activist - 581 words
    gela Yvonne Davis was born January 26, 1944, to B. Frank, a teacher and businessman, and Sally E. Davis, who was also a teacher. Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, at a time of great political unrest and racism in the United States. As a child, Davis's parents had many Communist friends and she subsequently joined a Communist youth group. Davis traveled to Germany in 1960, where she spent two years studying at the Frankfurt School under acclaimed teacher Theodor Adorno. From 1963 to 1964, Davis attended the University of Paris. Davis, then returned to the United States and attended Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts. After earning her B.A. (magna cum laude) in 1965, Davis fle ...
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  • Strength Within Creativity - 748 words
    Despite oppression, African-American women of the past were able to overcome obstacles by taking on the role of artists. They relied on their creative spirits to carry them through their wretched existence. In Alice Walker's essay "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens," she explains how the mothers and grandmothers of her generation held on to their dignity and strength through their expression of creativity. The boldness represented by this creativity shows the dynamic depth of their souls and the courage they found within it. Walker gives examples of some of these women in her essay and uses this method to effectively express her point. Women such as Mahalia Jackson, Elizabeth Catlett, and Fr ...
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  • Insomnia - 443 words
    Ralph Roberts is an old man who lives in Derry, Maine (USA). He has a problem : he can't sleep. Every morning he keeps waking up earlier; 3:15...3:02...2:45, and he can't go back to sleep once he wakes up. Then he starts to have hallucina- tions, he can see auras. Since his wife died this problem started. Then he sees that his neighbour, and good friend, Ed Deepneau, has gone mental and that he beats the hell out of his wife Helen. Ed keeps telling Ralph that the Krimson King will destroy the baby-killers and that Ralph shouldn't One night Ralph was sitting in the dark, and suddenly he saw 2 bald doctors with scissors coming up to a neighbours'house and they have a golden aura. He saw the tw ...
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  • The Chosen V The Assistant - 749 words
    Themes are literary tools used by authors to enhance their writings. When a similar theme exists in two different novels, parallels can often be drawn between the characters and structures of literary work. Such is the case for Bernard Malamuds The Assistant and Chaim Potoks The Chosen. Religion plays a major role in the shaping of both novels. Both books begin with the respective religious outcast (Frank and Rueven) befriending the respective character (Morris and Danny) as a result of an act of malice. The characters Ida and Reb Saunders from The Assistant and The Chosen respectively have similar reactions to their childs involvement with this outcast. Thus, a definite parallel is evident ...
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  • Beloved - 1,058 words
    ... ownership took place, her bond with her children was complete. The escape from slavery did nothing more than intensify this bond. For the first time she felt she could love her children unreservedly and had a vision of true freedom: "Look like I loved em more after I got here. Or maybe I couldn't love 'em in Kentucky because they wasn't mine to love...A place where you could love anything you choose--not to need permission for desire--well now that was freedom"(Page 162). Gender issues are also dominant in the story. Three of the four main characters are female, and it not only tells the story of an ex-slave but of a woman's life. Slavery is the cause ofSethe being in the situation she i ...
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  • Pentium Iii Disturbs Privacy - 497 words
    The recent release of the Intel Pentium III has consumers as well as businesses concerned about the privacy of the computer world. The controversial issue is a feature in the Pentium III chip known as a Processor Serial Number or PSN. It identifies individual machines connected to the internet by way of a unique number embedded in the chip. According to Intel the PSN will be used to identify users in electronic commerce and other net-based applications. The PSN will be used as access control for questionable material on the internet. Intel also admits thought that when used in conjunction with user name and password the PSN can be used by web sites to identify useres when conduting e-commerc ...
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  • The Battle In Seattle - 1,522 words
    The last time the World Trade Organization had a major meeting, it was in Singapore, and now we know why. Singapore, of course, is the city-state that accords near-perfect freedom to banks and corporations while jailing political activists and caning messy tenants and people who chew gum in public. When WTO ministers gathered in Singapore in 1997, their business was unimpeded by any outside agitators. (Or, for that matter, any internal dissidents: Advocates for worker rights or environmental standards are not allowed into the deliberations that set the rules for global commerce.) That Seattle wasn't going to be another Singapore was never in question. On Tuesday, though, Seattle wasn't even ...
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  • Looseness In Ondaatje - 1,229 words
    "Let me now re-emphasise the extreme looseness of the structure of all objects" How Ondaatje makes use of "loosness" in the novel. In In The Skin Of A Lion by Michael Ondaatje, the extreme looseness of the structure of all objects is carried into the themes, characters and into the nature of the novel itself. Ondaatje uses a looseness in the style of the novel - post modernism, and looseness of structure in the way that people are able to stretch and expand their boundaries: transform or mask themselves into someone not typical of their social group. This novel was written in the late 1980s and is classified as a post-modern work. Essentially, In The Skin Of A Lion has many traits of a post- ...
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  • Modernistic Aspects In Kiplings A Wayside Comedy - 976 words
    Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865, in Bombay, India. He was sent to England to go to school and returned to India in 1882. He worked as a journalist in Lahore for the Civil and Military Gazette. He also worked on Pioneer in Allahabad later (www.kipling.org). Kipling returned to England in 1889 and met his wife, Carrie Balestier. They moved to the United States in the mid-1890s where he wrote many of his poems. They returned to England in 1896 (www.poetryloverspage.com). Kipling began to be regarded as ?the People?s Laureate,? but he refused most of the honors offered to him, including knighthood, Poet Laureateship, and the Order of Merit (kipling.org). He did accept, however, the ...
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  • Environmental Activism - 1,365 words
    ... ship as that implies dominance. Instead we believe, as did Aldo Leopold, that we should be plain citizens of the land community". This meant no permanent human habitation (with minor exceptions); no use of mechanized equipment or vehicles; no roads; no logging, mining, water diversion, industrial activity, agriculture, or grazing; no use of artificial chemical substances; no suppression of wildfires; no overflights by aircraft; no priority given to the safety and convenience of human visitors over the functioning of the ecosystem. Even more visionary than these land community guidelines was the demand for the restoration of dams, roads, power lines, and the other intrusions of industrial ...
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  • None - 1,600 words
    ... y lives. At first, it seemed to be a bad flu or cold, and Jamie was to spend a few days in bed. But it got worse...Jamie became disoriented and the slightest movement caused her to feel faint as her blood pressure sank lower. A fine red rash covered her torso; her kidneys had failed. She grew weaker and weaker. Her mother rushed her by boat to the doctor. They had to call an air ambulance. The paramedics were scared; they'd never seen anything like this before. It was clear that Jamie's condition was critical. Jamie was flown to the nearest hospital, over a 100 miles away, and admitted to pediatric intensive care. Luckily, the attending doctor was aware enough of her symptoms to make a c ...
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  • Lyndon B Johnson And Richard M Nixon - 1,413 words
    ... ever, Nixon faced the problem of emerging social unrest, intensified by his policies in Vietnam. Student activism was at an all time high during his presidency and led to draft resistance and campus protest. While Johnson reacted to these tensions with a sense of betrayal, Nixon responded with the covert determinism that characterized his style. He initiated subversive efforts against left wing organizations, and enlisted the aid of the FBI and CIA to infiltrate such organizations. He organized conservative counter-demonstrations. And, he continued to use the tensions in America to his political advantage by mobilizing the disaffected white middle Americans. He catered to the right by ve ...
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  • Russia - 1,814 words
    1. Catherine II (the Great). The successor of the sickly Peter III, Catherine II was his wife until his suspected murder and she took the throne in 1762. Although she made no great reforms in Russian society, she gathered many friends by her death in 1796. Catherine had to keep the nobility pleased at all times because if she didnt she could be dethroned easily. Because of this she carried out very few social reforms. Russia continued to follow an economic growth that Peter that Great had started. She tried to remove trade barriers, and assisted in expanding the middle class, which helped trade. Catherine IIs great addition to Russia was the land she gained, she was able to add more territor ...
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  • Web Dubois Presented Objectively - 1,372 words
    W.E. B. DuBois Presented Objectively William Edward Burghardt DuBois was an intellectual "Jack of All Trades." DuBois was a scholar , activist, writer, and an international diplomat. During his time, he was at least involved in if not in the forefront of every movement advocating equal rights for African Americans. DuBois provided the impetus for numerous organizations and periodicals. Dubois dedicated a part of himself to numerous worthy causes, but that same generosity had a detrimental effect on the out come of his efforts. As a result of distributing his efforts amongst many worthy causes, DuBois rarely followed his individual dreams to complete fruition. Although DuBois may not have tak ...
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  • China Reforms - 536 words
    1.) There have been numerous attempts to reform China in the late 19th century to build up China's strength and make it a world power once again. There have been many prestigious intellectuals and organizations that have attempted to do this. One of these intellectuals who had a great influence on other reformers was Yan Fu. Yan presented his ideas many people throughout China through his series of reform essays. Yan spoke of the foreign powers that invaded China and were controlling and changing the traditional Chinese way of life. Yan said that these changes to China were quite unfortunate but to cope with them and possibly overcome them, China must reform and modernize. This meant that Ch ...
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  • The Bostonians - 784 words
    The Bostonians by Henry James was a very interesting piece. James' underlying tone for the spiritualism and mesmerism is clearly a picture of the time when the piece was written. I thought that is played an important influence in his writing. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern is an unofficial biography of her own life as a women activist. One of the underlying issues that stands out from her novel is the way that she includes the lower-class women right along with the middle-class. This was not a common ideal shared by all women activists at this time. Both of these underlying issues in these books keep the reader interested it their works. During the nineteenth-century mesmerism and spiritualism were ...
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  • Samuel Adams Radical Puritan - 1,010 words
    A Book Review of Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan Historians such as Drew McCoy and Joseph Ellis have produced noteworthy studies of the Founders and their impact on the time period of the American Revolution. Fowler's supplement to this blossoming literature is in many ways a traditional biography. It investigates Samuel Adams's life as it unfolded and pays less attention to the larger conceptual issues that commanded the age. No reader can escape this brief biography without a sense of the personal loss that Samuel Adams felt when he witnessed the death of many of his children and his wife. Delivering five children, three deaths among them took a heavy toll on ElizabethElizabeth died on 25 Ju ...
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  • Vietnam Draftees - 1,403 words
    The Vietnam War was the subject matter of many debates during the 1960s and the 1970s. War advocates and anti-war activists voiced their opinions all throughout the nation about our countrys involvement in Vietnam. People from all walks of life spoke out about the war, from politicians to hippies, making it clear that everyone had their own view on the war, although, not everyone agreed with one another on the decisions and outcomes that were made for our country. Demonstrations and rallies were being held everywhere, from the White House to the streets, either supporting or protesting Americas involvement in the Vietnam War. One of the main causes of debate came from the issue of drafting A ...
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  • Hitler - 1,122 words
    During the Depression, Germans were overcome with strife and filled with the need for change. They were eager to be led and desperately wanted positive direction for Germany. The conditions in Germany were perfect for Hitlers ideology to be planted and grow in the minds and lives of Germans. In some way or another the Nazi ideology permeated in aspects of everyday life, family relationships, social relationships, and economic circumstances in German village communities. In order to understand the extent of the Nazis influence in village communities, you have to first understand the circumstances present in Germany before the Nazi integration. Traditionally, villages in Germany relied on agri ...
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  • Hitler - 1,123 words
    ... oys, and girls. The younger generation was generally much more supportive of the Nazis that the older generation. Many young people were involved in Nazi youth organizations and bought into the ideology when their parents id not. This caused problems in the household, As the Nazis gained more and more power, parents lost power over raising their children. The Nazis wanted to get to the younger generations because they werent as set in the traditional beliefs as their parents were. Boys went into the Hitler Youth. The youngest boys began getting brainwashed there at such a young age that they knew nothing but the Nazi racial propaganda. They learned the Nazi ideology in the Hitler Youth a ...
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