Study Of Thomas Paine - 1,402 words
For many years Thomas Paine was the epitome of American histories greatest drawback. In American history there is always that one detail that doesnt make it into popular curriculum. Whether it be the point of view from the loosing side of a war, to the secret dalliances of a popular politician, to the truth of a times social opinion- the American student is taught only so much. The most proper, popular material makes it in; along with any major facts too commonly known to ignore. Anything else is liable to fall to the wayside without enough support from historians or academia. There is always room for the improvement of materials taught; so said, it would seem there is much more to know abou ...
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Contridictions In Thomas Paines The Age Of Reason - 1,520 words
Thomas Paine wrote The Age of Reason in 1784. In it he included his views on the religions known throughout the world. For this, he was ridiculed and despised by many in society. Thomas Paine once said that a sermon he heard at the age of eight impressed him with the cruelty inherent in Christianity and made him a rebel forever. It is my opinion that, because of this, he lived the rest of his life never to actually study the Bible or Christianity. Because he was a rebel forever to the Christian religion, he was compelled to write of it in the 11th chapter of his book The Age of Reason, and quite inaccurately at that. I believe that Thomas Paine did not know enough of the Bible to speak again ...
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Thomas Jefferson Bio - 3,830 words
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The Misunderstood - 4,125 words
Sadly, modern Americans seem to have done a better job preserving what Thomas Jefferson has left us in bricks and mortar than we have preserving his ideas. Tourists visiting Charlottesville, Virginia, can witness firsthand the ongoing efforts to preserve Jefferson's home at Monticello as well as his splendid little "Academical Village," the Lawn, which is still a vital center of student life at the University of Virginia. Further down the road, near Lynchburg, Virginia, preservationists have begun restoring Poplar Forest, Jefferson's retreat home. Scholars have been less successful in keeping alive his philosophy, particularly his ideas about government -- despite the copious record he left ...
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Unjust Laws - 2,766 words
It is not possible that an individual may be right and a government wrong? Are laws to be enforced simply because they were made or declared by any number of men to be good, if they are not good...What kind of laws for free men can you expect from that? ...Christ was crucified.... Captain Brown was hung. These are two ends of a chain, which is not missing its links. What is this link in the chain of lifes history? It is discontent with unjust laws - cruel and unjust laws enforced by no less cruel and unjust men. But, men through the ages have made known what kind of government commands the respect of freedom loving people. Thoreau wrote in his essay, Civil Disobedience that all men recognize ...
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Unjust Laws - 2,766 words
... he Ten Commandments and the teaching of Jesus held men in bondage as chattel. Great men arose in the defense of the slaves, John Brown being on of them. The United States of America was formed on the principles of separation of power and liberty and equality. Yet the white Christians only meant liberty and equality for the whites. During the American Revolution, Thomas Paine said, Give me liberty or give me death. He was applauded and deemed a hero; yet when the Black chattels or an abolitionist such as John Brown cried the same for freedom of the slaves they were called insane and charged with insurrection and treason. John Anthony Copeland a Black slave hanged along with Brown said, If ...
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The Importance Of Nonconformity The Crucible - 1,455 words
Thomas Paine once wrote, These are the times that try men's souls. He of course was speaking of the difficulty the colonists faced during the Revolutionary war. However, we see that throughout history there have been numerous times when man has been faced with great dilemmas, the outcomes of which have had an effect on society as a whole. Those who lived in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, were faced with such similar struggles. Some of these battles were outwardly fought and others were the, sometimes more brutal, internal battles, in which the victor had a strong effect on the whole Salem community. The outcomes of the inner conflicts found in the characters of this novel, were based upon wh ...
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Common Sense - 2,272 words
"PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason." -- Thomas Paine, Common Sense ...... AN ABUSE or misuse of power generally calls into question the right of anyone to hold power. The allegation alone provides just cause for an open inquiry. if we find the allegations are valid, we can reject private efforts to usurp rights naturally vested in the public domain. We can take power away from the power ab ...
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Common Sense - 2,266 words
... led by laws or by decrees, by and for the network users themselves or by and for the network technocrats? The choice is ours. Volumes have been written about the unexpected emergence of the Internet as a medium for interactions among "anyone, anywhere, anytime." As an unplanned cultural phenomenon, the Internet's astounding unpredictability is half the fun and magic behind the miraculous growth of the new medium. Yet ambiguity presents difficulties. Without one shared vision of where we're going on the Internet, what can we do to manage the social upheaval being produced by Internet popularity? Someday, everyone alive could want a website, so we will need a lot of addresses. The power to ...
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Magazines - 1,609 words
In the six hundred years that have passed since Johannes Gutenberg first was first credited with inventing movable type, periodical literature has become a multi-billion dollar conglomerate that rivals no other. While some may argue that it was actually the eleventh century Chinese publisher Pi Ching that devised such a system, it is no doubt that advances in technology are responsible for the growth of magazines, and in many cases, magazines are in part accountable for the growth of society. Movable type, whoever its creator, was merely a system of interchangeable printing blocks, each containing a different character in the alphabet. These blocks could be put in any order, creating an endl ...
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Before The Revolution - 904 words
Beginning in 1763 with the Proclamation of that year, Americans began to feel that a revolution would be justified if the Crown crossed the line and violated the rights that all men should have. England showed many examples of poor judgment in their management of the colonies that resulted in the citizens of America feeling that these rights were being oppressed and even denied. Events between 1763 and 1776, such as the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Act, the Boston Massacre, and the Quartering Act all pushed the colonists closer and closer towards rebellion. These policies were some of the causes of the Revolutionary War. In the years leading up to the American Revolution, the relationship betw ...
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Abraham Linoclyn - 1,197 words
Table of contents My magazine American Dreams was put together merle to show that I have the smarts to do anything I put my mind to. This magazine signifies the struggles I went through to put together a piece noteworthy enough to show my dear teacher Mrs. Bleeker. In this magazine I am going to show you all about what the American dream really means. When you think of American Dream, youre probably thinking how perfect and unimaginable it might seem. Weather you like it or not the American dream wasnt always dreamy, in some cases it was seen to be all in all a big nightmare. If you didnt have money during the early 1800s the American dream was somewhat out of reach. In the 1800s Americans s ...
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Untitled - 1,152 words
In reaction to the medieval ideas of ascribed status and religious conformity comes Liberalism. The basic idea of which is to have a society whose members are free to pursue their own ideas and interests with as little interference as possible (Ball and Dagger, Liberalism Introduction p. 65). Ideas on how to get there have been a point of argument since liberalism began. Many writers, theorists, and economists have studied and given ideas of what liberty is and how to ensure it. Take Thomas Hobbes for example. He saw liberty as the absence of external impediments (the State of Nature and the Basis of Obligation, p. 71). But he also believed that every one should posses certain rights to basi ...
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Rap Cenorship - 4,953 words
Our society today largely views censorship as a method that has disappeared from liberal cultures since the enlightenment with the exception of restrictions in time of war. The enlightenment served to cripple the intolerance of incisive religious and government leaders, but did not obliterate censorship altogether. Instead, the job of expurgating unacceptable ideas has simply fallen into new hands using new tactics. Censors now assume the guise of capitalist retailers and distributors, special-interest groups, and less influential but still passionate religious and government authorities. Their new techniques are market-censorship (dominating the marketplace), constituitive censorship (the c ...
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The Boston Tea Party And America's Independence - 1,328 words
Throughout the course of history there have been many events leading up to the independence of America. Some of them were small, whereas others were much more significant. One of the more important events was the Boston Tea Party. This was when the colonists, in anger, boarded a ship carrying many chests of fine teas, and hurled them overboard. The Boston Tea Party marked the first act of open resistance to British rule. The Boston Tea Party alone was not the main event that brought America her independence. However it was the larger of many little things that led up to the revolutionary war. For example, if there would never have been a Tea Tax, then there never would have been the need for ...
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The Diversity Myth - 2,741 words
The idea that "diversity" is one of the country's great strengths is now so firmly rooted that virtually anyone can evoke it, praise it, and wallow in it without fear of contradiction. It has become one of the great unassailably American ideas, like democracy, patriotism, the family, or Martin Luther King. The President of the United States glories in diversity. In May, 1995, in a message recognizing the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, William Clinton said, "The Fifth of May offers all of us a chance to celebrate the cultural diversity that helps to make our nation great." A few days later, when he designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, he said, "With the strength of our di ...
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Frankenstein - 1,010 words
The novel begins in a frame narrative: Robert Walton, the captain of a ship, recounts his adventures through a series of letters to his sister back in England. Walton encounters Victor Frankenstein in the seas near the North Pole and is told his story, and the major part of the novel consists of Frankenstein's narration of his strange adventures. Victor tells Walton of his early life in Geneva and his close relationships with his cousin, Elizabeth Lavenza, who had come to live with his family when her mother died, and his friend Henry Clerval. Victor eventually goes to the university at Ingolstadt and begins to study natural philosophy and chemistry. During this time, he becomes consumed by ...
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Claring Independence - 922 words
On May 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia. The Congress dealt with the military crisis the colonies were in with England. It organized forces around Boston into the Continental Army and appointed George Washington to commander-in-chief. The Battle of Bunker Hill was the first major battle fought in the war. The colonists had made a fort on Bunker and Breeds Hills to fire on English ships approaching Boston. Thomas Gage ordered his British troops to attack the hills. He believed the task to be an easy one, but met great resistance. It took two British attempts to capture the two hills, which lead to many British casualties. The second attempt did run the colonists o ...
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Human Rights And The Criminal Justice System - 1,634 words
In our society today the term Human Rights is widely acknowledge and most people believe they know what they are. But do most people really understand its concept? Constantly the media brings up issues relating to it, for example, just recently human rights activists accused the U.S.A. of mistreating their prisoners and even torturing them, this being a breach of their Human Rights. (BBC News 2005) When asked what Human Rights are most people will come up with general rights such as the freedom of speech, the right to live or the right not to be tortured. In 2004 the European Court of Human Rights received over 20.000 applications and but only delivered 718 judgments after declaring the rest ...
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Events Leading To The American Revolution - 987 words
During the late seventeen hundreds, many tumultuous events resulted in Colonial opposition to Great Britain. The conditions of rights of the colonists will slowly be changed, as the constriction of the parliament becomes more and more intolerable. During the Seven Years' War England was not only alarmed by the colonists' insistence on trading with the enemy, but also with Boston merchants hiring James Otis in order to protest the legality of the writs of assistance (general search warrants) used to hunt out smuggled goods. "Let the parliament lay what burthens they please on us, we must, it is our duty to submit and patiently bear them, till they will be pleased to relieve us....". This is a ...
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