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  • Doc Holliday - 1,745 words
    Doc Holliday: A man in search of normality. John Henry Holliday, perhaps one of the most legendary gunfighters of the west, lived in reality a life built on necessity and simply followed it and made due with the blows that were dealt to him. Born August 14, 1851 to Alice and Henry Holliday, John Henry Holliday entered the world already at a disadvantage with a serious birth defect. The defect known as a cleft palate and a partially cleft lip, basically made suckling his mothers breast impossible. Dr. John S. Holliday, Johns uncle and an accomplished surgeon, delivered John, cleared his air passages, and taught his mother the proper way to feed the him due to the defect. With out the aid and ...
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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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  • Post Civil War Racism - 605 words
    The conclusion of the Civil War in favor of the north was supposed to mean an end to slavery and equal rights for the former slaves. Although laws and amendments were passed to uphold this assumption, the United States Government fell short. The thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments were proposed and passed within five years of the Civil Wars conclusion. These amendments were to create equality throughout the United States, especially in the south where slavery had been most abundant. Making equality a realization would not be an easy task. This is because many problems were not perceived before and during the war. The reunification of the country would prove to be harder than exp ...
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  • Absalom - 1,843 words
    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is the story of a man who outraged the land that then turned and destroyed the mans family (Serafin 356). Growing up as a poor mountain white, Thomas Sutpen yearns for more than what he has ever had. He marries a young woman and fathers a son, but soon after it is revealed to him that his wife has Negro blood. Abandoning his new wife and child, Sutpen leaves to create a life for himself of wealth, family, and social acceptance. Thomas Sutpen marries a gentlewoman, Ellen Coldfield, with whom he begets two children, Henry and Judith. Although he is a man of accomplished dreams and affluence, everything that he has achieved and established crumbles around h ...
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  • The Decembrists - 1,493 words
    Russia has had a huge history as a country most of that history has been spread with a vast range of revolutionary activity, aimed at over throwing the autocratic governments of Russia. For the most part, the early revolts were provoked by the common folk who lacked functional knowledge of politics and economic to implement reforms had the revolutionaries had succeeded. In the early nineteenth century, however, the tides changed directions as revolutionary ideas began to build in the hearts and minds of young noblemen if Russia, who having witness the benefits of delivered by the constitutional governments to the countries in western Europe. The young noble men after having the idea implante ...
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  • The Decembrists - 1,486 words
    ... his powers and reducing him to a game piece in the hands of victorious gentility. The blatant naivet of the Northerners is depicted in their sincere belief that the traditionally absolute monarch would willfully acquiesce to the limitations on his power introduced by the Constitution. Although the Northerners desired to eliminate autocracy, they nonetheless harbored a belief in the benevolence and broadminded of their monarch. Muraviev, as did his adherents, sincerely credited Alexander with submission to constitutional government once he became acquainted with its enlightened principles. The members of the Southern Society, led by the "Russian Jacobin" Pavel Pestel, perceived the polit ...
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  • Slavery - 1,243 words
    A former slave during the antebellum era, Lewis Clarke, said, How would you like to see your sisters, and your wives, and your daughter, completely, teetotally, and altogether, in the power of the master. You can picture to yourselves a little, how you would feel; but oh, if I could tell you! Blacks during the time of slavery saw the many different experiences women had to go through, from breeding slaves to working in the fields (Woman and the Family in a slave society, Catherine Clinton, pg.13). Many of times, masters would send for the younger female slaves around the ages of 13 and older. At this time he would then rape her. This was not uncommon to happen. Madison Jefferson, another em ...
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  • The Slavery Era - 1,544 words
    There were numerous issues that led to the American Civil War, including were significant differences in political views between the North and the South. Moreover, the two sections were totally different socially, and had disparate economies. However, all of these differences and the problems that resulted were a direct result of slavery. Indeed, it was because of slavery that the Civil War was fought. By analyzing issues on local and national levels through the "Valley of the Shadow Project" which compares ante-bellum Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Staunton, Virginia, it is clear that Civil War was inevitable, for slavery had split the nation too widely, making compromise impossible. The mo ...
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  • Night - 1,308 words
    In the middle of this century, the South was sharply divided along racial lines. Class distinctions and prejudices left over from the era of slavery caused racial tension as blacks fought for equal rights. Violations of this class system were the basis for Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. It follows the conviction of an apparently innocent black man sentenced almost entirely due to his race. The old ways of the south hindered justice for the underclass. The novel was Lee's hopeful vision for change in the traditionally racially divided South. The actions of Atticus present this idea into the microcosm that Lee created of the South. After the South lost the Civil War, the institutio ...
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  • Abstracts - 3,618 words
    ... STRACTS UPDATED4/may/99 (Contact David Washburn for reprints and related publications) Supported by grants from NASA, NICHD, ARI, ARO, ONR, USAF Washburn, D. A., & Putney, R. T. (1999, June). Attention Profiles of Working Memory. Paper at the meeting of the American Psychological Society. Although each construct has its own literature, phenomena, and theories, it is widely recognized that attention and working memory are integrally related. Individual differences in serial probe recognition performance were profiled across basic dimensions of attention. Good working memory tended to be associated with good concentration, scanning, and attention-control skills. Washburn, D. A., & Putney, ...
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  • Alice Walker And Diana Wagman Symbolism - 1,182 words
    Diana Wagman and Alice Walker utilize symbols and metaphoric imagery throughout their writing in order to aid in the development of the themes. In Skin Deep, Wagmanimplements such imagery to display how the main character, Martha, struggles not only with herself in an attempt to find meaning in her own life, but also with the concept of beauty. Meridian, on the other hand, is centered around the racial segregation in southern society. The use of symbolic and metaphoric imagery display the physical segregation of the south and the effect it has on the main characters in the novel. In each novel, however, imagery and language play an important role in defining the characters. It is thus preval ...
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  • Racism And Huck Finn - 990 words
    In July of 1876, a man by the name of Samuel Clemens began writing one of the most important and influential works in Americas literary history. Under the pseudonym of Mark Twain, the work was begun as a sequel to Twains popular boys adventure novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. As he progressed in the writing of the sequel, Twain, an author already noted for his humor, cynicism, and American social criticism, began to lean away from strictly the boys adventure style towards a more serious, critical look at society. By the time Twain had finished writing the novel in 1884, eight years after it was begun, he had produced The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, his greatest work and possibly on o ...
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  • Racism And Huck Finn - 1,021 words
    ... the town and is nearly lynched before it is discovered that Miss Watsons slave Jim has runaway, and that he had been gone around the exact time when Hucks murder would have been taking place. With no other evidence but the fact that Jims escape and Hucks murder occurred in proximity to each other, the townspeople shows no reluctance in putting an award on Jims head as the murderer of Huck. In this instance, Mark Twain once again cleverly illustrates the innate racial prejudice characteristic of Southern pre-War society through their total arrogance of ignoring Pap as the prime suspect, and the one with more motives, and focusing their attention on Jim. This is, in essence, replacing a wh ...
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  • Racism Can Go To Hell - 1,402 words
    Although Mark Twain loved his Southern roots, he greatly detested the establishment of slavery and its prominence in the society in which he lived. Throughout his novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain criticizes the basis for slavery and those who attempt to justify its morality. As Huck travels down the Mississippi River, he discovers an increasing amount of not only falsities in societys perspective on blacks, but also its hypocrisies. Along with Huck, the reader grows increasingly indignant towards a society that imprisons and oppresses black people. Near the end of the novel, Huck decides to reject societal beliefs about racism and rescues Jim from slavery. Twain uses Hucks action ...
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  • Historical Accuracy In Films - 1,844 words
    Historically accurate movies that are also captivating have an immense burden to meet. To capture the essence of the time through a personal story that captivates movie executives who regularly make movies with Steven Seagall and Bruce Willis seems an almost insurmountable task. But difficulties in sales aside, there are two crucial elements for movies about history to be the most effective they can be. These elements are historical accuracy in a personal story, and a sense of hope. Historical accuracy does not mean trying to encompass everything that happened in a particular time period. Rather, it requires a story that highlights key elements of the period involved while containing nothing ...
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  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Critical Essay - 1,554 words
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the noblest, greatest, and most adventuresome novel in the world. Mark Twain definitely has a style of his own that depicts a realism in the novel about the society back in antebellum America. Mark Twain definitely characterizes the protagonist, the intelligent and sympathetic Huckleberry Finn, by the direct candid manner of writing as though through the actual voice of Huck. Every word, thought, and speech by Huck is so precise it reflects even the racism and black stereotypes typical of the era. And this has lead to many conflicting battles by various readers since the first print of the novel, though inspiring some. Says John H. Wallace, outraged by T ...
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  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn - 584 words
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a renowned novel by Mark Twain, is the story of a young boy, who, in a desperate attempt to escape his abusive and poverty stricken home, escapes and seeks help with the Mississippi River, where he experiences many different trials. The novel was finally published in 1885, being written on spurts of inspiration interrupted by long periods during which it sat on the authors desk. Now it is published in at least twenty-seven languages. Samuel Clemens, the name that lies under the pen name of Mark Twain, was born in Missouri in 1835. The town where he lived, Hannibal, Missouri, became the model for St. Petersburg, the fictional town of Huckleberry Finn. Misso ...
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  • The Awakening - The Evolution Of Edna - 641 words
    In Kate Chopins novel The Awakening, Edna Pontellier is forced to strive to fit in with everyone and everything around her. Born and raised in Kentucky, Edna is used to the Southern society, but when she marries Leonce Pontellier, a Catholic and a Creole, and moves to Louisiana with him, her surroundings change a great deal. This makes her feel extremely uncomfortable and confused; she feels as though she has lost her identity along with a great deal of her happiness. In order to regain this identity and to try to find out who she truly is, Edna tries her hardest to conform to the Creole society. Though Edna tries extremely hard to accept this Creole society as her own and to become part of ...
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  • The Beginnings Of The Sectional Crisis - 836 words
    During the antebellum period, the North and the South were complete opposites. This led to each side viewing itself as superior and viewing the other as "backward." Each side believed itself to be superior, in all aspects, to the other. The reasons for these opinions can be found in the different economic, social, and cultural systems found in these two regions. The Southern economy was primarily agricultural. This economy, like many other agricultural economies, did not allow for a great deal of social mobility. The South also lacked factories, or much industry. However, this was not the main difference between the North and the South. Most troubling to Northerners was that the South used s ...
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  • Equality? - 797 words
    Under the constitution all men, and women, are created equal. Unfortunately what the constitution reads and what the general population practices in every day (southern) society differs greatly. Most people have a predilection for how they feel towards other people and how they must act, depending on your rank in the ever-present caste system. The predetermined preference is one that is instilled in humans from the day they are born and it is near impossible to shake a person of these beliefs. Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird this very caste system is clearly depicted through the eyes of a young girl and raises the question of how willing, or not so willing, people are to accept change or d ...
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