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Sarah Emma Edmonds (December 1841– September 5, 1898)

Sarah Emma Edmonds was born in Canada in December of 1841. As a child, she was abused by her father, due to the fact that he had wanted a son. At this time, she was reading Fanny Campbell, the Female Pirate Captain, which was about Fanny Campbell and her adventures as a pirate while disguised as a man. This novel is what gave her the idea to dress herself as a man, which she did, and run away. She escaped to the United States in 1857 under the name of Franklin Thompson and made a living in Connecticut. When the Civil War started Sarah wanted to help and enlisted under her fake name in May of 1861.  

Due to the fact that physical examinations were not required to join the Union army, Sarah was not discovered and she became apart of the 2nd Michigan Infantry as a 3 year recruit. In the beginning of the war Sarah served mostly as a mail carrier and often nursed wounded soldiers back to health. Her regiment took part in the siege of Yorktown in April and May of 1862, which is thought to be the first time that Sarah conducted espionage. Although there is no real proof in her military records that she was a spy, Edmonds has wrote about her experiences as a spy during the war. Once Edmonds was required use silver nitrate to dye her skin black so she could sneak into the Confederacy as a black man under the name of Cuff. Other espionages include an Irish peddler and a male contraband, which were escaped slaves or those who in contact with the Union forces. Many times in the war when Sarah was harmed she refused to get medical attention because she didn’t want to risk getting caught. One example occurs in August of 1862, when she was thrown into a ditch, where she broke her leg and suffered several internal injuries. This injuries would haunt her for the rest of her life. Her life in the army came to an end, however, when she contracted malaria. Sarah asked for furlough, but was denied. Edmonds ended up leaving the military, not wanting to be sent to a military hospital. After she was treated she intended to return but her alias, Franklin Thompson, was charged with desertion, which would be cleared later in 1884. Because of this Sarah signed up as a female nurse at a Washington, D.C. hospital until the end of the war.

In 1864, Sarah published her memoirs Nurse and Spy in the Union Army. Even after her disguise was discovered she was still considered a good soldier and even received a pension of twelve dollars. And in 1897 she was the only women to be admitted into the Grand Army of the Republic.    

In the Civil War Sarah’s role was as a secret soldier, a woman in disguise. She fought alongside the men in the army. During her time in the war, she was a mail carrier, a spy, and as a nurse. She broke the social restraints of the time because women of the time were not suppose to participate in war, except as a nurse in a hospital. It was unlady like for a women to see war, it was a man’s job not a women’s. She went against and challenged the ideas of the time and proved that she was just as good as any other man in that army.   

 

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Women in the Civil War

 

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Chains of Slavery

It was the entrance to hell,
a blood-stained gate.

It was a depressed spirit,
broken body and soul.

It was a white face,
filled with hatred.

It was to be punished,
no matter how innocent.

It was suppressed truth,
and when that word was spoken,
the blood came dripping to the floor.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Douglass poem

 

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Future Life: Was Orwell right?

1.

The Government could be watching your every move right now. They are able to track your web searches and they might even be able to tap into the front facing camera on your smart phone. You never really know when they will be able to see what you are doing at a certain moment in time. 

Have you ever searched something on Google for a really long time and then looked over while you were on Facebook and saw an advertisement for the same subject? If not, look next time and try to pay attention to see if it happens to you. If so, this is because our web browsers can track the things that you search and click on and matches that to the advertisements it gives you. For companies, this is a good thing. If you are being exposed to the advertisements that seems to be the same as your interests, you are more likely to click on it to see what it is about.

Almost anyone can access whatever you are doing at almost all times. You could be video taped or have pictures taken of you without you even knowing it. Your computer records can be accessed by anyone at any time. You really do not have any privacy these days.

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This is just like 1984 in the same way as telescreens. Everything you do or say in Oceania is watched and heard. You never know whenever you are going to be watched or recorded and it is used as mechanisms to impose fear. They are tracking what you are doing, where you are at, and even what you are thinking. This is just like Facebook today, except we are doing it openly and purposefully putting our information out there for all of us to see.

3.

This has a lot to do with our present and our future. Sometimes I wonder if our government just gets their ideas from this book. Our every move is being tracked. If need be, a government official could access this post even without me publishing it. Even just a computer wizard could do it. Our past, present, and future is being documented with every step and that could be both good or bad. If they wanted to, our government could use the internet as a fear mechanism and would very easily be able to take over all of us without our permission.

As of now, though, video surveillance has not become a bad thing when used properly. It helps to ensure that everyone is on their best behavior and that we can catch them when they are not.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Beyond 1984

 

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Renaissance Humanism

Donetallo: Italian Renaissance

Definition: activity of reform engaged by scholars, writers, and civic leaders.

Where&When: Italy in the 14th and 15th centuries

The idea: To create a citizenry

  • To be accomplished though the study of the studia humanitatis(grammar, rhetoric, history, poetry and moral philosophy)

What it did:

  • create dignity and worth of the individual
  • increased participation in politics
  • created a strong commitment to public services
  • developed skills and talents

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Thomas More's Utopia

 

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Rama

In the story Ramayana, Rama is the epic hero. He is next in line to be king, when his stepmother asks his father to banish him. So that her own son, Bharata, could be crowned as ruler. Rama’s father has no choice, but to make his wife happy, so he has to banish Rama. Bharata, though, promises to be king only until Rama is back to take his place on the throne. While banished, though, Rama’s wife, Sita, is kidnapped and Rama has to go on a journey to rescue his wife. After the 12 years of banishment is over, Rama is crowned as king.

Godly Trait

Rama seems to have an overly selfless and nice personality. He is so much of a good person that it even can be called “Godly.” He is very dedicated, also. He never diverted from his duties and always did what he was told. Even in being banashed so that his stepbrother could be king, he did not question his father. Even when his stepbrother came to find him and asked him to come back and be the king, Rama believed that he should stay banished for the rest of the time that he was ordered to be. Rama was so selfless and obedient, that he stayed banished instead of returning home to be king. This is a very godlike in the sense that most ordinary humans do not have that strick of a sense of loyalty.

Quest

When Rama is banished, his wife Sita decides that she wants to go with him. Lakshmana, Rama’s younger brother, also came to the conclusion that he, too, would go with Rama and Sita. While in banishment, Sita is kidnapped from Rama. This sends Rama on a long journey to find Sita and return to their home. Along the way, Rama fights obstacles that no normal human being should be able to win against, such as obstacles, and get’s through them to ultimately finish his task and getting Sita back.

Recieves Help

Lakshmana, Rama’s brother, went with Rama when he got banished to serve his brother. He helps Rama by being in his army as Rama goes to find Sita when Sita is kidnapped. Rama also meets an army of monkey’s. These monkeys are very helpful to Rama. They, too fight for Rama. This army of monkey’s and Lakshmana are the help that Rama recieves to find his wife, Sita, and rescue her from her kidnapper.

Rightful Place

Rama’s stepmother has Rama banished, so that her son could be king. When Rama’s dad finds this out, he is saddened, but he has to do it. Rama takes this news very well and leaves, as he is told. Rama’s stepbrother, Bharata, finds out about his mother’s scheme. Bharata then goes to find Rama and asks him to come back and be the king, as he should be. Rama, though, believes he needs to do what his father said and stay banished for 12 years. After these 12 years and rescueing his wife, Rama ultimately returns home to be king.

Rama is an epic hero in that he has a godlike sense of obedience. This is not seen in most human beings, as most humans are lost in greed and curiosity. He is sent on a quest to rescue his wife Sita and is equipted with an army of monkey’s and his little brother, Lakshmana. Ultimately, though, Rama returns home with his wife to be crowned king.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Epic Heroes

 

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