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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman<

Harriet Tubman was an African American woman who broke the gender stereotype for women during the American Civil War. During this time women were restricted to the traditional role of women for example domestic household chores. Harriet Tubman not only did domestic household chores like other women, but she also worked with the men. Tubman volunteered as a nurse and a cook for the Union during the American Civil War before she was recruited by Union officers to create a system of spies, made up of former slaves, in South Carolina. Harriet recruited former slaves to hunt for rebel camps and report on the movement of the Confederate troops, using her experience as the leader of the Underground Railroad. Soon after Harriet Tubman became the first woman in the history of the United States of America to lead a military voyage to raid and help free slaves from rice plantations along the Combahee River. Tubman was an important aspect to the Union raid serving as a key adviser because slaves were more willing to tell Harriet information about the Confederacy than Union soldiers. During these raids the Union troops set fire to plantations, destroying buildings and seizing thousands of dollars worth of food and supplies, escaping with several slaves.

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

 

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The despicable life of a Slave

It was all new to me
I knew nothing

It was a blood-stained gate
The entrance to the hell of slavery

The means of knowing was withheld from me
of the dehumanizing character of slavery

I had been out of the way of the bloody scenes
He commenced to lay on the heavy cowskin

Blood dripping to the floor
The most heart-rending shrieks

It depressed my spirit
And filled me with ineffable sadness

He was a cruel man
He took pleasure in manifesting his fiendish barbarity

He was mean and cruel
I felt the painful gnawings of hunger

Killing a slave
Is not treated as a crime

His mangled body sank out of sight
Slavery will not be able to hold me in its foul embrace

The pathway from slavery to freedom
is in learning to read or death

Succeeding in learning to read
Now I now wish to write

Determined to be used no longer
I am broken

My glorious resurrection
Will be from the tomb of slavery

Into the heaven of freedom
Escaped from the hell of slavery

Think about the injustice of my enslavement
And my deprivation of the same privileges of a white man

I Finally succeeded in my escape from slavery
I was allowed to bear the responsibilities of a freeman and I was determined to hold upon it

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Douglass poem

 

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Did Orwell get the Future Right?

1.  Companies know everything about you sometimes even your social security number just from information you put in such as your email address. The companies collect your info secretly and some people don’t even realize it is happening to them. Bottom line if you use the internet there will always be someone watching you, and gathering information on you.  When people use social media sites such as twitter, and Facebook they are putting themselves at risk not only to spies but potential job employers as well.  Austin Carr found that many employers look at their job applicants social media sites to decide whether or not to hire them.  However many people assume that if the account is on private they are protected from spies.  However Austin Carr found that this is not true and many employers are able to look at the Facebook posts and many people don’t get the job they are applying for because of it.

Today advertising companies use creative techniques to deceive people into buying their products or just to get them to do what they want.  What you see is not always what you get, as Adcracker clearly demonstrates. Many advertising companies use doublespeak to make the truth less unpleasant and disguise what they are really after. They often manipulate photos to get the desired effect from audiences. You never know what people are going to do, and how truthful what they do actually is, people often purposely misquote people , or manipulate a photo to make them look bad. The truth is though they are hurting no one but themselves and their reputation.

2.Winston states throughout the novel many times,that “there is no way to shut it off”, referring to the telescreens that are in every room no matter where you go you cannot escape them.  The same is true now no matter what you do or where you are there is always someone of something watching you, whether it be a camera or a person we are never alone.  In Orwell’s prediction of no privacy he was on the right track and our society might eventually get to the point that the government is snooping on everything we do claiming it is for our own good. In our society it is impossible to get away from technology, such as cell phones which are constant interruptions, just as the telescreens are too him.  The only difference is we choose to live with our technology where as he does not have a choice in the matter. Where ever we go there is always and will always be someone looking over our shoulder, and it can only get worse from here. In 1984 they were always being watched and recorded no matter what they were doing they had no privacy.  The party eavesdropped on people’s conversations and then arrested them if they did not like what they were hearing.

Winston makes it blatantly obvious that what the party says is not always the truth, ” It was merely the substitution of one piece of nonsense for another.” In 1984 Winston never knew what to believe, what he thought was true, or what the party told him was true.  He came across a picture of the three men that were convicted of treason that proved they could not have possibly committed the treason they were punished for. Throughout the novel Winston has a hard time trying to determine which of his memories are the truth, and which have been influenced by the party. The main thing that Winston struggled with was 2+2=5, just because the party said so. The party manipulates everything in their society because what they desire above all else is power.

3. Now people worry very little about whether, or not they are being watched unless you are committing a crime it is normal not to worry about it. The only time that people begin to worry is when it is brought to our attention that people can now watch you through your webcams, smart phones, and even internet searches.  Many people now that watch what they do online by having no social media sites and limit their technology use in fear of people watching are considered paranoid, but maybe we should be.  It’s creepy to think about all people can do to spy on you and the great lengths they go to do so.

In the future it can only get worse, meaning more people watching, and more creeps.  I believe that eventually we will have to go to great lengths to protect our privacy, when we are just using the computer.  Whether we are protecting ourselves from the government, creeps, or businesses we will never be safe as long as we are on the web. The government will begin to go to greater lengths to catch criminals by watching every move we make online, claiming it is for our protection, but as we found in 1984 what the government says is not always true.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Beyond 1984

 

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Pieter Gillis (Peter Giles) 1486 –1533

A double portrait of Peter Gilles and his friend Erasmus. The painting was a gift to Thomas More. (Painted By: Massys)

Peter helped Thomas publish “Utopia”

A character in More’s Utopia, Peter Giles or Pieter Gillis as he was born, was a well known printer and humanist in Antwerp. He contributed the Utopian alphabet
As metioned above Peter was a Humanist which means he focused on

1.  Individual Worth:

2. Self Commitment:
“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” Eleanor Roosevelt

3. Development of skills and talent

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

 

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Frederic Henry

In A Farwell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway Frederic Henry is the main character.  Henry is fighting on the Italian front in WWI when he is injured by a mortar shell.  He is sent to a hospital in Milan where he is reconnected to Catherine who he recently met.  While he is recuperating they spend the summer getting to know each other.  By the time he is healed they have fallen in love and she is three months pregnant.  He soon after has to return to his unit not long after his return a battle breaks out.

The Mundane World

Henry lives in a small Italian village where there are constantly troops marching outside on the way to the battle front. Soon an epidemic breaks out and kills thousands of soldiers.  Henry is then relocated to a nice town further from the fighting but is still surrounded by war and it is always the topic of conversations. Tired of being around war and death, Henry is desperate to get away and decides to go on leave traveling through Italy.

The Call to Adventure

His friend Rinaldi, whom he traveled with, is obsessed with “beautiful girls.”  Rinaldi introduces Henry to a world without war and makes their trip about finding women.  Henry, who has never been in love, meets Catherine and quickly falls for her. He then decides to go after her and tries to seduce her.

Crossing the Threshold

Henry becomes immersed in a relationship with Catherine.  They spend all their spare time together and miss each other when they are apart.  Since Henry has never been in love before he has a hard time figuring out whether they are in love or not. Henry is then injured in battle and when she visits him in the hospital he realizes his love for her and they make love for the first time.

The Path of Trials

Henry’s leg is badly injured and he has to undergo surgery which makes him very sick.  After a long recuperation Henry leaves the hospital and has to learn to walk with crutches.  Catherine and Henry enjoy the time they have together before he has to return to battle.  Henry goes to a shop to buy chocolates for Catherine and runs into Ettore Moretti who is an Italian serving in the war like Henry but he has received metals that he has worked hard to win. Ettore believes in and pursues the glory and honor of the war that Henry works hard to avoid.  Catherine and Henry later make fun of Ettore.  Henry also runs into Ralph Simmons an opera student who seems unimportant but later proves invaluable.  Henry is then informed he has to go back to war and he also finds out that Catherine is pregnant.  After returning to his unit battle breaks out and the Italians retreat.  Later the officers are being interrogated and executed for the treachery that caused the Italian defeat but Henry manages to escape.  Henry is reunited with Catherine and they flee to Switzerland.  Catherine soon goes into labor and delivers a stillborn she begins to hemorrhage and dies.

The Master of Two Worlds

Henry is now alone after Catherine’s death and he refuses the doctor’s help and companionship.  He returns to their hotel in the rain by himself.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Epic Heroes

 

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