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The Slums - Being raised in the slums of New York City there were not many role models for me to take after. At seventeen years old, I dropped out of school to pursue my only chance of success; long distance running. My dream would be to win the marathon that will be held in Chicago next month. If I win this race, I will receive $50,000 and hopefully a contract with Nike. There is only one problem that I face; there are a few women that are faster than I am. I am in constant training, and I have placed amongst the top ten women in the Boston Marathon, but I have never won a major race....   [tags: essays research papers] 624 words
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A Church in the Slums, A Life Changed - Certain incidents in a man’s life can change his ways forever. One of these types of instances may be a wedding, a birthday, a first-pitch, or even running in to the right person in the hallway on a given day. For me, one experience that really changed my outlook of life was my mission trip to Costa Rica back when I was in the ninth grade. In fact, this journey taught me quite a bit about what it takes to be a man of God, what a true servant looks like, that patience and humility are a perfect match, and the real joy of giving one’s time and abilities for someone else....   [tags: Personal Experience ]
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The Slums Of West County - The Slums Of West County It was our first day of freedom. On April 10, 1998, my best friend Laren and I were anxiously ready to move out on our own. We had been planning this for months, while sitting at Denny's for a few hours at a time. We were trying to figure out how much we would each pay in rent, bills, and food. Where we might live and what kind of rules we might have to keep us from killing each other (as roommates are prone to do) were other issues we resolved. So, now the two sheltered West County girls were going to have a taste of life on their own… but not too far away from Mom and Dad, just in case something went awry....   [tags: essays papers] 1780 words
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Immigration into the United States - Immigration into the United States has been a motivating factor in a large population growth emerging from the slums of urban areas such as New York and Chicago, which has created a huge cultural absorption that has impacted the history of the United States. Throughout Poverty, Ethnicity, and the American City, 1840-1925, David Ward’s attempts to explore the negative and what some would call incorrect views and beliefs that many Americans have regarding the slums, the ghettos and the impoverished immigrant lifestyles....   [tags: Environment, Slum, Poverty] 1735 words
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The Housing Act of 1949 - After World War II returning veterans faced a shortage of affordable housing at home. The Housing Act of 1949 was passed in order to remedy the situation. Unfortunately, the act led to unforeseen complications that would exacerbate the urban crisis farther. Affordable high-rise housing built as a result of the act would force people who could afford it to move out into the growing suburbs and the poor devour the structures. As a result of displacement and previous Supreme Court decisions blockbusters would move African Americans into previous white neighborhoods which caused the movement of segregated districts within the cities to change....   [tags: Government Housing] 1574 words
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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga - In the novel, The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga the main character, is Balram, one of the children in the “darkness” of India. Adiga sheds a new light on the poor of India, by writing from the point of view of a man who was at one time in the “darkness” or the slums of India and came into the “light” or rich point of view in India. Balram’s job as a driver allows him to see both sides of the poverty line in India. He sees that the poor are used and thrown away, while the rich are well off and have no understanding of the problems the poor people must face....   [tags: poverty, India] 982 words
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Review of Slumdog Millionaire - Review of Slumdog Millionaire Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, experienced the biggest day of his life. One day Jamal was given the chance to compete on the television show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” Throughout the show, Jamal correctly answered all of the questions leading up to the final one. Jamal was beaten and tortured by authorities, who refused to believe he knew the answers to the questions asked. They think he somehow cheated. Overall, I would highly recommend this movie to any adult viewer who is interested in seeing a good suspense movie. Each scene of Jamal’s life seemed like a rollercoaster....   [tags: Movie, Film Review] 460 words
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urbanization in third world countries - Urbanization and its effect on third world living conditions Urbanization is the spreading of cities into less populated agricultural areas. Most people would not think that this is necessarily a problem. They would say that it is good that the “developing countries” were becoming more developed. With urbanization comes factories and more jobs, so the people can make more money and be happier. Right. The problem is that these people must sacrifice their traditional lifestyles, for this new “Urbanism”(the way of life, attitudes, values, and patterns of behavior fostered by urban settings Knox 234)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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People and Society - People from any society or culture can become negative products of their environment if their environment and families are built on negative foundations. Stephen Crane, and Toni Morrison show examples of women who have unstable backgrounds and are affected in their lives by constant negativity. Maggie, and Florens share the constant struggle of negative environments and unstable families that cause lasting effects on them mentally. Many may argue that there is no such thing as being a “product of the environment,” but rather the choices individual make is what affect their lives....   [tags: Culture, Social Issues, Informative] 2326 words
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Urban Poverty in 18th Century America Depicted in Riis', How the Other Half Lives - With his book How the Other Half Lives, Riis offers the audience a glimpse into the unsettling and unnoticed reality of the urban poverty in America at the turn of the 19th century. Not only he revealed the dark side of the society, he also showed the urgent need for change. Riis used emotional as well as logical appeal to support his argument in favor of the need for a social reform. By combining powerful pictures and detailed annotations accounting the conditions of life in the New York, Riis made How the Other Half Lives unique and very effective in delivering his message and initiating a change....   [tags: analytical essays, literary analysis] 788 words
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Analysis of Stephen Crane's, Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets - Analysis of Stephen Crane's, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Today in modern America, it has become almost impossible to avoid the tales of horror that surround us almost anywhere we go. Scandals, murders, theft, corruption, extortion, abuse, prostitution, all common occurrences in this day in age. A hundred years ago however, people did not see the world in quite such an open manner despite the fact that in many ways, similarities were abundant. People’s lives were, in their views, free of all evil and pollution....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets]
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The Living and Working Conditions of the Black Country in the Late 19th Century - The Living and Working Conditions of the Black Country in the Late 19th Century During my trip at the Black Country Museum I have learned a lot of things. The employment, housing, the school and mine, the way of transport and the shops. There were many types of employment and the main one was the manual labour. One of these was working in the mine. A very dangerous job indeed but no-one was concerned because the employers need labour not scholarship and people needed money for food and in those days if you do not work, you don’t eat....   [tags: Papers] 883 words
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Stephen Crane’s “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” - After the Civil War, realism became a dominant form of writing in the United States, with writers attempting to write about everyday life. After realism came naturalism, a form of writing similar to realism, but with more pessimism. One of the reasons for this pessimism stems from free will and the question of whether people possess it or not. In realism, it is definitely true, while in naturalism it seems less so, but the options are often less than ideal. Because choices do exist for characters, free will is still there, which indicates that naturalism is a derivative form of realism....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1288 words
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Homelessness in the United States - According to the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, “approximately 3.5 million people are homeless each year, while 36.3 million live in households without enough food.” This statistic only reflects the United States, and to many people, it just doesn’t make sense. For instance Alfredzine Black of the YWCA in Marion, Indiana says, “I don’t understand why we have so much poverty in the richest country in the world!” Citizens of the United States have a hard time defining and identifying poverty in their communities, so the country should crate a consistent and accurate measure of poverty....   [tags: Poverty ]
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Gilded Age - The Gilded Age refers to a time in American History where there was massive economic growth, technological advances, and developments in pop culture. Even so many Americans felt that these developments were pretentious and that underneath all this change and prosperity laid the harsh realities of urban cities, political corruption, and the exploitation of laborers. However there were attempts to better those that obstructed the jewel-like aspect of America. There was an immense growth within the urban population....   [tags: U.S. History ] 1030 words
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Gangs of New York - Picture Manhattan in 1860, a time before the city had been dolled up and gotten ready for the silver screen, before the glamour and allure took over. Amsterdam Vallan (DiCaprio) is a young Irish man that migrates to the USA at a young age. Amsterdam’s story takes place in Five Points District of New York, a filthy and dangerous part of the city before it was deleted form history. As a young boy Vallan witnessed his father’s murder at the hand of William Cutting or Bill the Butcher (Day-Lewis) during one of their many gang wars....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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A Destructive Society Exposed in Steven Crane’s Maggie A Girl Of The Streets - A Destructive Society Exposed in Maggie In Maggie, Stephen Crane deals with poverty and vice, not out of curiosity or to promote debauchery but as a defiant statement voicing the life in slums. Drawing on personal experience, he described the rough and treacherous environment that persisted in the inner-city. By focusing on the Johnsons, Crane personalizes a large tragedy that affected and reflected American society as a whole. His creation of Maggie was to symbolize a person unscathed by their physical environment....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets] 552 words
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Analysis of the Jurors in 12 Angry Men - Guilty or not guilty. This the key question during the murder trial of a young man accused of fatally stabbing his father. The play 12 Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, introduces to the audience twelve members of a jury made up of contrasting men from various backgrounds. One of the most critical elements of the play is how the personalities and experiences of these men influence their initial majority vote of guilty. Three of the most influential members include juror #3, juror #10, and juror #11. Their past experiences and personal bias determine their thoughts and opinions on the case....   [tags: Twelve Angry Men, Reginald Rose] 617 words
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The Relationship Between Race and Crime - Crime has always been a hot topic in sociology. There are many different reasons for people to commit criminal acts. There is no way to pinpoint the source of crime. I am going to show the relationship between race and crime. More specifically, I will be discussing the higher chances of minorities being involved in the criminal justice system than the majority population, discrimination, racial profiling and the environment criminals live in. It is a stereotype that black people are more likely to be criminals than white people....   [tags: criminal justice] 659 words
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Laura’s Struggle for Growth in The Garden Party - Laura’s Struggle for Growth in The Garden Party         Through her short story "The Garden Party," Katherine Mansfield portrays a young woman’s struggle through adolescence and her tumultuous entrance into adulthood. Mansfield paints a tale of grievance, bewilderment, enlightenment, and maturation furthered by the complications of class distinctions. Mansfield’s protagonist, Laura, encounters considerable hardship in growing up and must denounce all of the puerile convictions in her chimerical world in order to attain maturity in the real adult world....   [tags: Garden Party Essays]
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Louis Armstrong: From Childhood To Adulthood - Louis Armstrong: From Childhood to Adulthood When you think of Louis Armstrong you probably think of a jolly middle-aged man who can play the cornet like no one else, a man who had it all, a man who had the good life. Well, Louis was not always that lucky. From childhood to his adulthood, Louis Armstrong changed much as a person and a musician. He worked very hard to become what he became and did not let anything get in the way of becoming a musician. In this paper, you will read about how Louis Armstrong became one of the most influential people/musicians of his time....   [tags: essays research papers] 3932 words
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African-American Crime: Cause and Effect - African American Crime: Cause and Effect Works Cited Not Included During the 1900's to the 1930's hundreds of thousands of Blacks moved from the South to the North, a period noted as the urban transformation. Many wanted to escape the atrocities of the South where they were haunted by slavery and hunted by angry ex-slaveholder's. Their expectations of the North were unreal and often too hopeful. They had hoped for jobs in the cities but were greeted by overcrowded slums and angry immigrants. Black people immediately fell victim to race riots....   [tags: American History Racism Essays Papers] 1743 words
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Glasgow's Urban Problems and Solutions - Glasgow's Urban Problems and Solutions * Geog factors led to Glasgow’s importance * Decline in ship building etch, moved due to cheap labour elsewhere * Slum conditions * Comprehensive redevelopment. Uphill 1970s – what problems with it * Renovate * Regeneration There are several geological factors, which led to Glasgow’s importance. Firstly, there were many nearby coal and iron fields. These are the two essential ingredients required to produce steel, making Glasgow an ideal place for industry....   [tags: Papers] 606 words
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Biography and Work of Mother Teresa - Biography and Work of Mother Teresa Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 27, 1910. Her family was of Albanian origin. At the age of twelve, she felt the call of God strongly. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a few months' training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24th, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun....   [tags: Papers] 754 words
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Ellen Gates Starr - Ellen Gates Starr Ellen Gates Starr, who was born in Illinois in 1859, enrolled in Rockford Female Seminary. Here, she met what would be a long-time friend, Jane Addams. Together, they founded a mansion in the city of Chicago. After fixing it up, the Hull House was formed. This became the first settlement house in Chicago and in the United States, officially opening in 1889. This mansion was surrounded by the slums of Chicago. They felt no need to move it to another part of the city, but where it would feel more welcoming to the female immigrants and their children....   [tags: History] 306 words
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Liberals LOVE Gun Control - Liberals Love Gun Control       Gun Control can be called the 'acid test' of liberalism. All true liberals must favor stricter gun controls. After all, doesn't the United States have the most heavily armed population on the earth. Are we not the world's most violent people. Surely these facts must be at least casually connected. Therefore the apparently desperate need to "do something" about the vast quantity of firearms and firearms abuse is obvious.                  Guns are employed in an enormous number of crimes in this country....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Bridging the Divide: An Analysis of Indian Education - Bridging the Divide: An Analysis of Indian Education Introduction: Educational levels have always been regarded as key indicators, not just of economic development, but of social well being. For this reason, literacy rates are of interest to development economists and social activists alike. Literacy is in fact, a component of the Human Development Indicator, suggesting that income and mortality alone cannot capture the essential quality of life that a person enjoys. Yet statistics on overall literacy rates are deceiving, for they do not reflect the social inequities which determine who receives the opportunity to become literate and who does not....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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a tree grows in brooklyn - A Tree Grown in Brooklyn A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, what a splendid name for this book. Most people that have not read this book might only think that this book is about a tree growing in Brooklyn. Not knowing that this book is really about Francie Nolan. Francie is the tree that is growing in Brooklyn. She is growing up so quickly, not because she wants to, but because she has too. Francie was basically forced to grow up in her mid-teens. She had to help support her family....   [tags: essays research papers] 1353 words
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Causes of The Juvenile Crime Rate Increase From 1990 To Present - From 1990 to to the present there has been a sharp increase in juvenile crime across the United States. From 1996 to the present there has been a slight decline from the statistics in 1995(OJJDP). What was the cause for this uprise in juvenile delinquincy. I will discuss 2 different theories to why there was such an increase in juvenile crime rates. I will analyze the rise of the "Gangsta-Rap" culture in the early 1990's and how it may have affected teenagers that are in lower-income families....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Greed - Greed Greed Greed is a selfish desire for more than one needs or deserves. Greed can make honest men murderers. It has made countries with rich valuable resources into the poorest countries in the world. We are taught it is bad and not to practice it. But consider a world without greed, where everyone is as sharing as Mother Theresa was. The progress of humankind would be at a standstill. Greed has given our society faster travel, better service, more convenience, and most importantly, progress....   [tags: essays papers]
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Historical and Ethnographical Study of the Rastafari Religion - Historical and Ethnographical Study of the Rastafari Religion The Rastafari people are a group of (primarily) men that originated in Jamaica, especially in and around Kingston, who believe in being repatriated to a designated homeland in Africa. Through their reinterpretation of the bible, an ascetic-leaning lifestyle, and heavy influence of previous Revivalist religions and African Myal traditions, they have carved a religion that is worldly, conscientious, and , now, world renouned....   [tags: Papers] 2405 words
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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin - The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin James Baldwin's book The fire Next Time opens up an entirely new world to most readers. It opens the reader to the harsh world of a black boy growing into a man in the poor city slums and all of the issues that a black man has to face. This book does more for the reader than any article published about the black's living in the poor cities in terms of exposure for the reader. The reason why it has this ability is how James Baldwin wrote it....   [tags: Papers] 721 words
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Comparing Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake - Comparison between William Blake and William Wordsworth’s Views of London William Blake grew up in the slums of London and this is shown in his poem, he wrote his poem in the slums and back alleys of London as he never had very much money. He describes London as being “charter’d”, this gives us the impression that everything has rules and boundaries in London, and that there is no mystery to be discovered. Also chartered means on a map, almost as if it is owned, by the king perhaps. The line in which the word is on, “I wander through each charter’d street, near where the charter’d Thames does flow,” makes us feel as if every thing is owned and nothing is natural, like all the people in London are prisoners of society The ending line of stanza two tells us, “The mind-forg'd manacles I hear”, this is Blake’s way of showing to us that there are no free minds in London....   [tags: William Wordsworth William Blake] 1468 words
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How The Other Half Lives Reflection - American History II A Reflection on "How the Other Half Lives" by the Other Half The author of "How the Other Half Lives", Jacob Riis, inscribes on the deplorable living conditions of the Progressive Era from a first-person perspective. Riis, an immigrant, police reporter, photojournalist and most importantly: a pioneer and social reformer, tells a very captivating yet appalling experience of the lower class life in New York City beginning in the 19th century. Migration and the standardization of establishments are the attributing factors to overpopulation distribution and overcrowding of living arrangements in the city....   [tags: Jacob Riis] 984 words
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Assessing the Evacuation - Assessing the Evacuation In some ways evacuation was a success. Source B depicts a group of evacuees, who appear to be genuinely happy, as they are all smiling, whilst walking to the train station. Source B indicates that evacuation was a success, and is likely to be reliable as it was created in the era that evacuation was taking place (1939). However, the purpose of the source in question is to portray evacuation as a success, in order to encourage those living in large cities to allow their children to be evacuated....   [tags: Papers] 537 words
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The Liberal Reforms - The Liberal Reforms The Liberal Government of 1906 - 1914 tried to a great extent to set up a welfare state in Britain. They went to great lengths to improve the conditions for those living in poverty and to lessen the numbers of people claiming help from the Poor Law and other charitible organisations. The government wanted " national efficiency " in the country and their plans to acheive this began with children and in schools. Education had become compulsory and many children who lived in the slums of Britain were going to school hungry....   [tags: Papers] 479 words
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Social Changes in America Brought About by the Gilded Age - The Gilded Age was characterized by rapid industrialization, reconstruction, ruthless pursuit of profit, government, corruption, and vulgarity (Cashman 1). After the Civil War, America was beginning to regroup as a nation. There were many other changes developing in the country. Industrialization was taking over the formerly agricultural country. The nation’s government was also in great conflict (Foner 20). Many changes occurred during the Gilded Age. These changes affected farmers, labor, business, and politics....   [tags: American History] 1705 words
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Neuromancer - The life of a human being is defined not only by their own definition by character or nature but also by external influences such as environment and development. It is only natural for a human being to be inter-connected with surroundings and to be a part of the actions and events around him /her. Due to the nature of the human mind in which we use to improvise upon existing methods of improving quality of life and comforts, the world has evolved into a place of complex technological development....   [tags: Literature Review] 1515 words
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Filipino Cinema’s Hope for Change - Sometimes you really have to ask yourself; is the change worth the price. Contemporary Filipino cinema had been asking that very question for the past few years. Realistic social dramas such as Manila Skies, The Arrival and The Mountain Thief, all portray individuals in varying states of stagnation, longing for a way out. We are told to leave our hometowns and seek our fortunes where is grass is greener. Homegrown innocence is often outmatched by urban competition. Although these films are nowhere near as graphic as the ones by fellow countryman, Brillante Mendoza, the overall effect of how reality hits the characters is startling....   [tags: Film Review] 853 words
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The Banning of Texts Such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - There are many people, groups, or organizations that crave power and will do whatever it takes to get it. Some of these consist of governments, religious leaders, and other authoritative figures. They will go to great lengths of censoring and even banning things that will threaten their power. These things are banned or challenged due to the fact that these figures do not approve of their content. One of the most common things banned and or challenged is that of written text. One such text is, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn....   [tags: censorship, adventures of huckleberry finn]
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The History of Domestic Violence - Domestic Violence is a critical issue negatively impacting women in the world today. There has to be something done to prevent this type of abuse from happening. The results of my research revealed that there are many victims that do not know the type of help that is available and there needs to be major improvement in the way domestic violence cases are handled. Based on my findings, awareness and prevention programs should be implemented in every state in order prevent this type of abuse from happening over and over....   [tags: Violence Against Women Essays]
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Humanitarian Issues in Afghanistan and Iraq - The Middle East has long been a place for turmoil and warfare. In the past, the region was carved up by European powers following the First World War. More recently, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the ensuing power struggle and the United States’ operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have caused untold suffering for civilians. In Iraq and Afghanistan in particular, there are many regions where civilians suffer terrible conditions, and there is much human suffering. Civilian casualties are becoming more common in Iraq and Afghanistan....   [tags: Human Rights]
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Cidade de Deus: The "Other" Rio - A chicken is being plucked, skinned and butchered for dinner, the children and adults are laughing and playing and singing and dancing, and no one would ever guess what is to come. As a viewer I never imagined that after this opening scene would come murder, drugs, lawlessness, rape, more murder and violence and I would have never ever guess that it would all be grounded in truth. However, the truth is that Cidade de Deus (City of God) is based on the true story of Paulo Lins’ life in the slum outside Rio de Janerio, Brazil....   [tags: Cinema]
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Al Capone - In the United States the consumption of alcohol is accepted as a common part of American life. Alcohol is consumed at sporting events, restaurants, and even church gatherings. However, less than a hundred years ago the prohibition movement was one of the greatest conflicts in the early century. The demand for liquor was in high demand and Alphonse Capone was the man with the solution. In the early twentieth century, many states started making the consumption of alcohol illegal, and by January 6, 1919, the United States government added the eighteenth amendment to our Constitution prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol....   [tags: Alcohol, The Prohibition] 2358 words
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Urbanization in Africa - Urbanization is the movement from a rural society to an urban society, and involves a growth in the number of people in urban areas. Urban growth is increasing in both the developed but mostly in the developing countries. Urbanization is associated with the problems of unemployment, poverty, bad health, poor cleanliness, urban slums environmental deprivation. This causes a very big problem for these developing countries and who are some of poorest countries. Africa urbanization is not as big as most developing countries but is on the rise for it outbursts in city growth lately....   [tags: Development, Urban Trend] 1087 words
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The Political Machine - Political machines were supported by continuing immigration, sustained by patronage, enlarged by wealth, and in the end were weeded out by reformers progress for public rather than private good, and caused by the need for public works and skilled workers, after the population of cities expanded. The political machine was supported by continuing immigration from 1800 to 1920, when more than eighteen million European immigrants flooded into the Untied States in search of economic opportunity and political and religious freedom....   [tags: American History, European Immigration] 1597 words
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Conflict Induced Internal Displacement & The Shifting Gender Dynamics - Internal displacement is an issue that affects regions around the world. Countries ravaged by civil wars, government oppression, human rights abuse or other internal conflicts produce the mass displacement of persons (referred to as IDPs) to other parts of the country seeking refuge (Knox and Marston,108-109, 2010). Within the context of Colombia this paper will first explore the economic challenges that IDPs must face and discuss how these challenges effect displaced women. It will then discuss how the gendered division of labor in the household impacts these geographies of displacement....   [tags: Gender Studies, South America]
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District 9 as Science Fiction - I am unconvinced that District 9 is a science fiction movie. I’m not entirely sure where District 9 falls in the spectrum of movie genres, but I feel that its different styles and emphases make it a hybrid of SF and Monster elements encased in a Historically analogical Narrative. In my attempt to definitively determine which genre I would place District 9, I referred to Sobchack for aid in defining the difference between Science Fiction and other closely related genres, like Horror or Monster films....   [tags: Movie Analysis]
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The Coming Anarchy, by Robert D. Kaplan - ... Kaplan points out that although Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion and very attractive to the downtrodden it is hobbled within East Africa by animism, which makes it less effective as an antidote to crime. Within groups of people that have a strong cultural background we can see that there is less chance for Kaplan’s anarchical society coming into fruition as it is used as an anchor to slow down rapid change. Within Turkey their development and urbanization has been more gradual thereby lessening the major externalities that caused so much radicalism within the Middle East at the turn of the century....   [tags: Environment, Culture, War]
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London - Poetry Analysis - In this poem, Blake is trying to dispel the myth of grandeur and glory associated with London and to show the 'real' people of London and how they felt. London was seen and portrayed as a powerful and wonderful city where the wealthy lived and socialised. However, Blake knew that London was really a dirty, depressing and poverty-stricken city filled with slums and the homeless and chronically sick. To reveal the truth, Blake combines description of people and places with the thoughts and emotions of the people....   [tags: essays research papers] 388 words
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Searching For A Better Life - Immigration, the passing or coming into a country for the purpose of permanent residence. In 1979, my parents emigrated from Vietnam to American to find a better life and to raise a family. In Vietnam, with the strict communist government, education for my parents was very valuable. They lived in the slums of Vietnam, allowing them no means or opportunities to receive any kind of education. Having the luxury of being born into an American society where education isn’t a social class away, I realize the adversity that my parents had to go through....   [tags: Immigration] 572 words
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