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Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

- Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow Up until the late 1900?s, the American populace on the whole had assumed a very optimistic view of American history. Glossing over disgraceful events, emphasizing the brighter points in our history, our culture has attempted to ignore the obvious fact that we have had, and still have, our fair share of problems. In Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow unabashedly exposes some of the worst aspects of American life in our more recent history. Doctorow doesn?t hold back anything, providing detailed examples of human cruelty and sacrifice, and the evolution of American society....   [tags: Ragtime E.L. Doctorow Essays]

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Emperor Hadrian in Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian and E.L. Doctorow's Everyman figure of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime

- Emperor Hadrian in Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian and E.L. Doctorow's Everyman figure of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime As Marguerite Yourcenar states in Memoirs of Hadrian, “. . . there is always a day where Atlas ceases to support the weight of the heavens, and his revolt shakes the earth.” (114) When Coalhouse Walker strides knowingly, even willingly, into his death, he is more powerful at that moment than he has been at any other point in his crusade. Because he has no regard for death or for the effect of his decision upon the rest of the world, his chosen fate sends a resounding reaction through all who witness his end....   [tags: Yourcenar memoirs Doctorow Ragtime Essays]

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The City Of God Bye.l Doctorow

- Hitler’s and his nazi’s rule is one of the most important historical event s of our world. They terrorized many including German citizens, and especially the Jews. In the novel, The City of God by E.L Doctorow, we follow a young boy named Albert through his life as a young Jewish boy living at the Kovno ghetto. The horrors lived by the boy are an example of what Adolf Hitler wrote in his book, Mein Kampf, and what Aime Cesaire wrote on his Discourse on Colonialism. Some of the horrors of Nazi Germany are depicted through the eyes of Albert who lives in the Kovno ghetto....   [tags: Adolf Hitler, Nazism, Nazi Germany, Aryan race]

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Little Brother By Cory Doctorow

- ... The school had used other security measures as well, “Every one of them has an arphid - Radio Frequency ID Tag - glued into its binding” (38, Doctorow). The school said that these arphids helped the school track books that were checked out by students AND they also allowed teachers to know where you were at all times. This security measure is similar to the one many students today have in their phone to help find the phones if misplaced. Also, another use for today’s “arphids” is the common implantation of these tracking devices into pets, most commonly dogs or cats, that may run away....   [tags: September 11 attacks, Al-Qaeda]

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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

- ... People driving with FasTrak are automatically "logged in the time and your ID number...that was augmented by speeding cameras...and all the other license plate cameras that had popped up like if you drove a car, you were just as likely to be pulled over by an SFPD cruiser that wanted to know why you were taking so many trips to the Home Depot lately, and was what that midnight drive up to Sonoma last week about"(122). This surveillance monitors where you have been and whether you could be a threat based on your whereabouts....   [tags: the eye causes fear, story analysis]

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Analysis of Doctorow's Billy Bathgate

- Unspoken Laws in Billy Bathgate With the introduction into gang life comes opportunities for wealth, women, status and power all with the convenient diffusion of any criminal or moral responsibility. Like any society, the secret world of criminal gangs has its own set of stringent expectations and rules that must be followed. In E. L. Doctorow’s Billy Bathgate, the secret world of Schultz’s New York gang empire is revealed through the eyes of the young protagonist, Billy Bathgate. During a time when the grave effects of the depression had trickled down into nearly every community, the opportunity to partake in the privy, elite, prosperous network posed by Schultz was the manifestation of al...   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays]

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Copyleft and Cory Doctorow

- I value people that aren't afraid to fall on their face. I look up to those who take smart, legendary risks and that is why Cory Doctorow is my hero (see picture in appendix). He hasn't saved lives, discovered anything special or overcame anything, it is because he did something radically different with his writing talent. He is a science fiction writer and avid blogger. According to his web site, Doctorow has written five novels and won many awards. His young adult story, Little Brother was nominated for the 2008 Hugo, Nebula, Sunburst and Locus Awards....   [tags: Content Licenses]

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Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

- Sacrificing an Identity In the novel Ragtime, many aspects of the American society are explored. The reader gets an understanding of the history and hardships of different social classes, races, and cultures during the last century. A persistent theme established is the existence of the American dream. Doctorow expresses his fascination of the social mobility since it includes the impoverished and underprivileged. However, he highlights that when attempting to reach success, one is required to make sacrifices, negotiating his morality and identity....   [tags: american dream, hardships, social classes]

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The Cultural Revolution in E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime

- Response to E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime At the early 20th century before the World War I, American society was undergoing a cultural revolution. People were constantly looking for their identity and the meaning of life in these changes. Mingling the historical reality with fiction, Doctorow’s Ragtime perfectly grasps the struggles of Americans with different social classes. People in the novel either welcome the changes and complete the transformation or hang on to the old social norms and become deserted by society....   [tags: mother, sexuality, Jewish]

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Identity in E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime

- Identity in E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime      Written almost thirty years ago, describing an age far removed from its own, E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime nevertheless explores issues of identity and ethnicity that still face America in spite of its lofty ideals of individualism and diversity.  It displays for the reader a rich and hypnotic portrayal of the soul of immigrant America, yet still fails to avoid ethnic bias in certain subtle ways.  Whether the lapses into feelings of cultural superiority originate from the purposeful portrayal of the characters Doctorow created or without the author's conscious prior awareness, a careful reading of the text will reveal them.  In this way, th...   [tags: Ragtime]

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Billy Bathegate by EL Doctorow

- Billy Bathegate by EL Doctorow Billy Bathgate is an important American novel in it’s portrayal of one young man’s evolution from boyhood to maturity. The novel is about a fifteen year old boy that gets taken under the wing of Dutch Schultz, a 1930’s gangster trying to keep a hold of his diminishing empire. As the novel unfolds, so does the rising maturity of the tough young man introduced to us as Billy Bathgate. Billy finds himself in situations that most of us never see in our whole life. In difference to the reactions that most people would have in these situations, Billy learns from them in order to better his role in the crime family....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Hope in Night by Elie Wiesel and Welcome to Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow

- In Night by Elie Wiesel and Welcome to Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow, the reader witnesses the purpose of hope in one’s life. Wiesel and Doctorow fabricate their works around the trials and tribulations one suffers and what causes one to persevere to continue living. Elie and Blue, characters in the works, experience a life full of suffering and destruction. Even through this, they both live on with a purpose unknown to the reader, and perhaps unknown to themselves. Elie and Blue live on, but to no avail it seems, as both authors end their works with an ultimate destruction of the lives of their characters....   [tags: compare contrast]

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Analysis of Frightning Fear in "Little Brother"

- Analysis of Frightening Fear in “Little Brother” Fear is what many of the dictators are made out of and it has now become one of the biggest and most common ways of ruling over people today. The use of fear is being spread across the world quite fast and it is being used as a top technique for many things. Whether it is a mother teaching behaviour to her kid or a bank loan that you still haven’t paid, fear will always do the trick and this is what our world is turning into. Kids that need love and care to have a good upbringing and to be told not to do bad stuff are now being taught off by fear not because they want control of their child but because scaring a child is easier than teachin...   [tags: literature, Cory Doctorow]

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Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow

- Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow       Throughout the works of E.L. Doctorow, many facets of American society are explored, ranging from the plight of the homeless to the idiosyncrasies of the rich. A persistent theme prevalent in all of his novels is the existence of the American dream. He seems fascinated by upward social mobility, especially when it involves the impoverished and underprivileged. Yet Doctorow also points out that with the success or attempted success of the American dream, one must make sacrifices, compromising morality, physical well-being, conscience, or identity....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Is Privacy More Important than Security?

- ... Marcus finds that the object placed in his computer is “perfectly situated to capture all my keystrokes I made while I typed on my machine. It was a bug. My heart thudded in my ears.” (Doctorow 84). Later in the book Marcus experiences a similar problem when he is sharing his story of captivity to the reporter Barbra Stratford, of the Bay Guardian, who helps Marcus leak his story exposing the DHS. Barbra Stratford tells Marcus “Tell the receptionist that you’re Mr. Brown, to see me. They know what that means....   [tags: Snowden and Marcus, Doctorow's Little Brother]

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Comparing Sexuality in Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage and Doctorow's Welcome to Hard Times

- Sexuality of the Frontierswoman in Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage and Doctorow's Welcome to Hard Times The presentation of femininity in Doctorow's Welcome to Hard Times is a strong departure from the heroine of Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage. Through the metaphor of the gun as the embodiment of masculinity, both authors closely examine the complexities of the sexualized relationship of a frontierswoman to the men of her society. Doctorow mirrors the tensions present in Grey's novel though Molly acts as an extraordinarily different vision of what the West required of a woman than Jane Withersteen....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing and Contrasting E.L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate and William Kennedy's Legs

- Comparing and Contrasting E.L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate and William Kennedy's Legs The many similarities between E.L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate and William Kennedy's Legs suggest that Doctorow used Legs as a starting place for the creation of his own novel. Certain scenes are so similar that it seems that they did not originate independently. Marcus Gorman and Billy Bathgate had almost indistinguishable experiences while firing target practice and later when Jack Diamond and Dutch Schultz died....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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A Period of Progressivism and Improvement

- During the 1890’s and the 1920’s, the United States went through a period of progressivism and improvement called the Progressive Era. The Progressive Era was a period in attempt to improve problems carried by The Gilded Age such as child labor, poor living conditions, rise of monopolies, and political corruption. The progressives arose and consisted of America’s middle. Doctorow’s Ragtime successfully utilizes fictional characters in order to symbolize the occurrences of the Progressive Era. Doctorow portrays and reflects this era by using the characters of father and mother to symbolize the typical middle class family who felt the need to help lower classes and the rise of self-sufficiency...   [tags: progressivism, progressive era, child labor]

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The Progressive Era of American History Illustrated in the Novel, Ragtime

- The turn of the century in America introduced new inventions, new lifestyles, and new cultures. This time was called the “progressive era”. The cities were bustling and new amazements came every day. The storyline and the characters in the novel, Ragtime, represent the changes of this time period. From Emma Goldman, to mother, to Evelyn Nesbit, all people and their lives evolved in this period. Emma Goldman, an anarchist, fought for freedom in all aspects of life. Mother became the head of the family and grew into a strong woman who could support herself....   [tags: ragtime]

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The Writer in the Family

- Pain Shown Through Symbolism How does one show his or her pain. Jonathan’s agony from the death of his father is shown throughout “The Writer in the Family” by utilizing symbolism. To Jonathan, it’s as if his father did not die a ‘complete’ death and that haunts him. This pain is shown in a unique way throughout the story. Jonathan, as he tells this first person narrative, does not come right out and put words to his feelings concerning his father. At the start of the story Jonathan plainly states that his father died in 1955 and he explains the situation of how Jonathan’s aunts on his dad’s side choose not to tell Jonathan’s grandmother about his father’s passing, but he does n...   [tags: Pain Symbolism, Analysis, Literary Devices]

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Watergate Chamber 30 : Shadow Of History

- ... While he used these characteristics to persuade others to act illegal and conduct crimes, he still modeled the characteristics of an exemplar leader which include: modeling the way; inspiring a shared vision; challenging the process; enabling others to act; and encouraging the heart (Kouzes & Posner, 2006). He set the example of how he wanted his administration and those that worked directly with/under him to act. He employed and persuaded others to behave and act in a “by any means necessary” manner....   [tags: Richard Nixon, President of the United States]

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Use Of Distractions Whenever People Write

- Brendon Canal Professor Wend Composition I 13 October 2015 Distraction The article I chose focuses on the concept of distractions whenever people write. It is a common thing amongst any and all writers. The author of the article talks about how he was taught some right and wrong methods of avoiding distraction. For instance, he was taught to never go on the internet for it supposedly doesn’t help with writing in any way. He exclaims that he knows where those people were coming from, however, he is certain that what they said is untrue....   [tags: Writing, Instant messaging, Word processor, Time]

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J.P. Morgan and Ragtime

- John Pierpont Morgan: The turn of the century in American, when E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime is set, was a time marked by rapid technological developments and industrialization. These years also brought a heavy flood of immigrants as well as an increasingly urban American landscape. Technological advancements enabled increased efficiency and mass production. However, Doctorow clearly brings into question the consequences of this new technology for the average American worker. J.P. Morgan's discussion with Henry Ford about the assembly line’s innovations brings this debate to the front....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Peary Expedition as Allegory in Ragtime

- The Peary Expedition as Allegory in Ragtime   E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime is primarily concerned with the illustration of broken dreams. Drawing on the tradition of the Muckraker novels of such authors as Upton Sinclair, Doctorow shows the shadow side of the Jazz Age. The beginning of the novel deals with Father’s preparation for and participation in William Peary’s expedition to the North Pole. The theme of disillusionment that runs throughout the novel is foreshadowed and represented by the Peary expedition....   [tags: Ragtime]

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Defective by Design

- Digital Rights Management, or DRM, systematically destroys innovation in the entertainment industry. The various entertainment industries that lobby for more laws supporting DRM implementation in their products claim 'pirates' cause them to lose a noticeable amount of money. The argument presented by these companies allows them to get away with these DRM schemes, which hurt not only the consumer, but also the industry as a whole. All DRM schemes contain fatal flaws in the very philosophy of their design, rendering them largely ineffective....   [tags: Consumer Rights]

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How Media Perpetuates Social Inequality And Injustice

- Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date How media perpetuates social inequality and injustice I. Definition of representation Representation refers to the speaking or acting on behalf of someone else (Milbank 3). This word is widely used in the political context during elections. The people exercise their democratic right to choose leaders who would represent them in various levels of government. The most common manifestation of representation is parliament where legislatures are elected as representative sample of the greater national population....   [tags: George W. Bush, President of the United States]

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Analysis of Cory Dectorow´s Little Brother

- What do you think the world will be like in the future. Well, "Little brother" is Cory Doctorow's interpretation of what the future of the United States of America will be in a few years. Marcus Yallow lives in San Francisco, in the United States and is a 17-year -old computer genius and hacker. His entire life changes when he skips school and finds himself caught in the middle of a terrorist attack. The Government's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) captures Marcus and his friends, thinking they are the terrorists responsible for the attack....   [tags: hacker, future, terrorist, tracking]

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Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

- ... 144) because it cant hurt you if you are doing the right thing. Through this character Harper Lee is expressing her stance on racism, she portrays her feelings on the issue. While the trial goes one, Atticus succeeds in showing that Tom did not rape Mayella. However, the people of Maycomb are so determined to maintain the status quo of society, one that is hateful toward a group of people; they convict Tom Robinson for a crime he did not commit. Another aspect of the novel that make this piece of text part of the Southern Gothic genre are the “deeply flawed, disturbing or eccentric characters…” (Pummill, Nov.) One of the most deeply flawed and disturbing characters is, Bob Ewell....   [tags: Southern Gothic, Gothic fiction]

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Surveillance : Surveillance And Safety

- ... Another form of surveillance is the tracking devices in electronics such as phones. Phones can be tracked in many ways. By comparing the signal strength of your cell phone on multiple cell towers, someone looking for you can approximate your location with triangulation( This is very useful for finding missing people and finding people who may have been hurt and need help. Your phone can also be tracked when you are using wifi.Every time you turn Wifi on, your phone is sending out a signal that includes your unique MAC address, which is kind of like a fingerprint for digital devices(   [tags: Security, National security, Surveillance]

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Should Government Funding of the Arts be Restricted?

- The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an established religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof'; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This amendment, founded on the strong and open minds of the Founding Fathers, made certain that free speech be incorporated into America's free and democratic society....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]

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Psychoanalysis Of The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

- Psychoanalysis of “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe is known for his murderous stories. All of them are psychoanalyses of his life. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor struggles with his ego and superego just as Poe did throughout his life. The story starts off with the murderer telling what he did with satisfaction. The murderer’s name is Montresor, and he has a brilliant, devious plan to murder Fortunato. He tells his plan step by step of how he commits this dexterous murder. How far will someone go to seek revenge....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado]

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America: Carried by Currents or Charting the Course

- Freedom is a personal liberty to which Americans have been entitled since the signing of the Constitution. During the beginning of the twentieth century, a crisis mightily challenged this liberty. Capitalist industry was at its prime. Large businesses were drawing in millions of dollars. A large contributor to this industrial success was cheap labor. By the early 1900s, America’s working class was turning into a flotsam due to unregulated businesses taking advantage of vulnerable laborers. Big business’s insatiable desire for growth was driving America’s social and economic forces – defining “pursuit of happiness” almost exclusively in terms of economic success....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Music File Sharing: An Ethical Debate

- We are different. Living amidst a new era, technology has changed our lives forever. For more than a decade, our generation had commonly been referred to as the “net generation.” Our fortune brings us life in the age of digital information, where information flows freely and knowledge is infinite. We have embraced the concept of freedom and taken several levels farther than what our forefathers imagined. Whether we realize it or not, we naturally question the unknown and demand answers to our questions (and quick answers at that)....   [tags: Ethics ]

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The American Dream By Karl Marx

- ... Throughout history, wealthy disparity in America has continued to rise, currently at a peak of unstable measures. According to statistics found by the Pew Research Center: The top 7 percent of all U.S. households own 63 percent of all the wealth in the country and in the United States today the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined (Doctorow) The extreme disparity of wealth among American citizens may cause one to question why the problem only gets worse and why haven’t any significant and evident changes been made to fix it....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Poverty, Wealth]

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Religion And Beliefs Of The Lottery

- ... Jackson writes “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones” (283) Children of course, do not have the capacity to differentiate between was is good and bad, and as a matter of fact a person does not complete the development of his brain until he is around twenty years old, specifically the frontal lobe which is directly involved in decision making and purposely behaviors does not maturates until the mid-twenties....   [tags: Religion, Culture, Human, Person]

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The Goal Of A Teacher

- “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon” (E.L. Doctorow. N.d). Not all children learn the same so in order to be effective with your writing instruction one must determine what they want the students to learn and be able to do as a results of the lesson. Once you can answer those questions you can determine what instruction you want to use, the realistic goals you want to set as well as how you plan to achieve those goals and how you are going to assess the work being done....   [tags: Teacher, Education, Writing, Assessment]

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My Experience With Riding Horses

- ... As E.L. Doctorow states, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” This quote perfectly encapsulates the notion of enacted imagination that Caracciolo defines in “Blind Readings: Toward an Enactivist Theory of the Reader’s Imagination.” In a similar theory to that Auyong, Caracciolo notes that the enactive process of imagination occurs when a person is stimulated by the text into imagining a perceptual, hypothetical experience (81)....   [tags: Narrative, First-person narrative, Narratology]

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The Loving Dead

- Love, Lust and Death are universal human experiences and perpetual literary themes. "The Loving Dead" blends them in a way that I have never seen before. Amelia Beamer's debut novel involves: Oakland California, twenty-something slackers, their angsts and relationships, and a zombie apocalypse. Its characters are realistically self-centered, its apocalypse realistically dealt with more through text messaging and comment threads than through the main stream media, and its ending is different than any horror/zombie/apocalypse story ending I've ever read or heard of....   [tags: Literature Reveiw]

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Italian Immigrants

- Immigration began late for the Italian population. With the main period of immigration coming in the late 19th century, Italians were already several steps behind the Irish, German, and French immigrants (Nelli 38). This proved to be detrimental to the Italians as the previous immigrants had already stitched themselves to the flag producing a resolute hatred for incoming immigrants, one of which was Salvatore Rossi. Having fled Italy in 1897 due to economic hardship, he pursued the “American Dream” in New York, by obtaining an education and landing an uncommon job within the U.S....   [tags: Legal Issues, US Government]

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Patricia J. Williams

- Patricia J. Williams While most pundits of America's social and political discourse are either beating dead horses or tilting at windmills, Patricia J. Williams seeks out the racist, sexist, heterosexist, and classist forces that underlie a number of socio-political pathologies. Williams' regular Nation magazine column, "Diary of a Mad Law Professor" is curious in that it often evokes visceral negativity in casual readers. It certainly affected me that way. At first it was difficult to get beyond the name of her page; thumbing through each issue I sheepishly wondered what this crazy lady would get bent out of shape about this week....   [tags: Patricia Williams Law Society Essays]

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Educational Equity

- Develop an argument on or some ideas of understanding about curriculum as multicultural text by relating the works of Darling-Hammond, French, & Garcia-Lopez, Delpit, Duarte & Smith, Greene, Nieto and Sletter to your experience of curriculum, teaching, and learning as affirming diversity. You could think specifically about the following questions: Is there a need for diversity in curriculum studies and designs. Why. What measures do you think will be effective in incorporating such a need into curriculum studies and designs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Reason Napoleon was Beaten at Waterloo

- The Reason Napoleon was Beaten at Waterloo "Recouler pour mieux sauter." (French idiom. A rough translation would be. "Recoil, the better to strike.") The campaign of Austerlitz, leading up to the battle of the same name, can be viewed as Napoleon's greatest victory. However a glaring blunder is that the Austrian staff failed completely to calculate the difference between the calendar systems of the two countries. The Russians used the ancient, Gregorian system, putting their dates ten days behind those of the Austrians....   [tags: Papers]

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Characterizing Theatre

- Theatre is known as one of the greatest art forms of all time, since it is the one way that human beings can connect and relate to one another. Theatre has been highly recognized throughout all of history by various cultures, societies, customs, and traditions. One of the highly recognized forms of theatre is known as Commedia dell' arte. Commedia dell' arte is a theatrical form characterized by improvised dialogue and a cast of colorful stock characters. Commedia emerged in Italy in the fifteenth century, through performances by various troupes in the streets and marketplaces, and rapidly gained popularity throughout Europe....   [tags: Historical Art, Stock Characters]

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