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Advocating Change for the American Poor

- Advocating Change for the American Poor In his review of Leon Dash’s book, Rosa Lee, Dan Cutler feels that the protagonist, Rosa Lee Cunningham, is doomed to a life of poverty because she does not believe she has any chance of success. He says that she had “little faith in the achievement ideology,” which made her feel that she was the “victim of hopeless circumstances” (Cutler). His understanding of the area Cunningham lives in is accurate, however, as a member of America’s underclass, Cunningham cannot waste time aspiring to become middle class, she must spend her time surviving....   [tags: Poverty Poor Society Essays]

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Voting Rates of the American Poor

- In The Working Poor, David Shipler reports that in the 2000 presidential election only 38 percent of Americans with incomes less than $10,000 voted compared to 75 percent of those with incomes over $75,000. (278) These sorts of statistics are not limited to 2000. In the six elections from 1980 to 2000, the average voter turnout of people in the bottom fifth of the income quintiles was 53 percent, while the top fifth averaged over 80 percent (“Election Results”). For the bottom fifth, the average household income was under $11,500 during each election year....   [tags: Politics]

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Good Times Is An American Sitcom That Starred A Poor, African American Family

- Good Times is an American sitcom that starred a poor, African-American family, the Evans, living in the projects of south side Chicago in the 70s. The show followed the everyday lives of the family as Florida and James Evans raised their three children-- Thelma, JJ, and Michael. Good Times touched on real controversial issues of the time with humor from an African-American standpoint. Topics such STD’s among young people, gun violence, crime, adoption and many more were subjects brought to the homes of fans....   [tags: Sexually transmitted disease]

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Latin American Politics: The Poor Indigenous Population

- Since the beginning of the importation of the Iberian ideals have sprouted a class system, which the reverberation still, are echoing today. This has created a class struggle from the poor indigenous peoples of Latin America to the elitists. Since the times of Independence the ruling upper class and power hungry elitists had tarnished the notion of a true democracy. With the Spanish arrival came their structure of government separating the peoples of Latin America into social and racial classes....   [tags: independence, iberian ideals, true democracy]

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The American Revolution: The Poor Died and the Rich Benefited

- The American revolutionary war is an event that has forever etched itself into the annals of history. It has been a testament to the world of how even the greatest empires of the world can be overcome; with self-determination, perseverance and an iron will. Albeit, there were a few aspects of the event that have rarely been brought to light. In our part of the world it is commonly misunderstood that the War of Independence was a series of heroic battles between the valiant militiamen of America, and the tyrannical British soldiers....   [tags: American War for Independence]

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Junot Diaz, Dominican American, And He Came From A Very Poor Family

- Junot Diaz is Dominican American, and he came from a very poor family with five other siblings. Since they were not that wealthy, they lived in a simple way. Even though his mother was basically the bread winner of the family since his father could not keep a job, she still manages to send money back home every six months or so. When they got home from their vacation, they had found out that someone has broken into their house and stole most of his mother’s money. It was easy for them to be a target because they were recent immigrant, and in their neighborhood cars and apartment were always getting jacked....   [tags: Family, Interpersonal relationship, Father, Mother]

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The Issue of Income Inquality

- With the economy changing every day, the problem of income inequality is becoming a very large and widespread issue. It is an issue of great importance for millions of middle and lower class workers who struggle day in and day out to improve their quality of life. The issue of income inequality has been going on for decades and seemingly has become part of the American way of life. The highest percentage of Americans fall in the Poor department, and it has been that way for decades, and will continue to be that way for decades to come....   [tags: american dream, gap, rich, poor]

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Helping the Poor Whites in the Book, American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan

- ... The second book focuses on the changing ways of the colony as they were released from the powers of the company and introduced to powers of the colony. As tobacco production decreased, Virginians began to consider the colony to be “home” and not just a temporary stop on their journey. At this time the Virginia assembly was trying to gain back their control under the king, however the king was not having it; those who were living in the colony found ways to get around the ideas that the did not want to be involved with....   [tags: colonists, indians, racism]

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Luxuries and Love in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Gatsby throws lavish parties for dozens of people in his own house, yet has no or very few real friends. Gatsby throws these parties in an attempt to obtain his dream, which is to buy back the happiness he lost along with Daisy (Kazin 31). Jay Gatsby himself “is a deeply flawed hero like other antiheroes…like Mad Men’s Don Draper who possesses many Gatsby-esque traits…” such as changing his identity to create a new version of himself, yet still not finding happiness (Batchelor). Gatsby’s forever idealistic view of life may partly be to blame for his inability to achieve his dream....   [tags: american dream, lost identity, poor choices]

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The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: Will Smith

- The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is a sitcom portraying actor Will Smith in the title role which aired on television from 1990 to 1996 (IMDB). The Fresh Prince is a comedy that showcases the efforts of a young under-privileged black teen trying to adapt to the lavish lifestyle of his wealthy relatives, whom he is sent to live with. The sitcom is actually based on the real life struggles of the producer Benny Medina. The character “Will” was sent by his mother to Bel Air to live with his aunt “Vivian Banks,” played by actresses Janet Hubert and Daphne Reid, and uncle “Philip ‘Uncle Phil’ Banks,” played by actor James Avery, to escape the inner city confines of Philadelphia....   [tags: comedy, young and poor, african american]

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Race Relations During The Revolutionary War: Salem Poor

- Salem Poor was a slave from Andover, Massachusetts. Salem Poor is a perfect example of race relations during the time of the Revolutionary War as Poor was described as a war hero, but did not receive the treatment he deserved. Historians have argued that Poor is a forgotten hero because of his race. It begs the question if would he be forgotten heroes if he had been a white man as many political figures built their reputations in the war. Salem Poor defied the stereotype of African Americans who had small roles in the Army, but was not rewarded for his efforts....   [tags: hero, slave, african american]

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Government Providing for the Poor

- Government Providing for the Poor "In the Middle Ages men were united by custom and prescription into associations, ranks, guilds, and communities of various kinds. These ties endured as long as life lasted. Consequently, society was dependant, throughout all its details, on status, and the tie, or bond, was sentimental. In out modern state, and in the United States more than anywhere else, the social structure is based on contract, and status is of the least importance." This quote by William Graham Sumner in his 1883 speech "What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" illustrates my main focus of this week's proposed question, "Does American Government have an obligation to provide for the po...   [tags: American America History]

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Poor Education, Workplace Discrimination, And Judicial Inequality

- Are the words of our founding fathers being upheld. Our constitution states that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If this is truly the essence of our society, why is it so difficult for African Americans to thrive economically, and why is there a prominent, growing wealth gap between white and black Americans. Studies show that there are three substantial issues contributing to the disparity: poor education, workplace discrimination, and judicial inequality....   [tags: African American, Racism, Race, Poverty]

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The Working Poor By David Shipler

- The Working Poor Stories about life 's struggle to survive in everyday America can make one think twice of the American dream. In David Shipler’s book The Working Poor, David tells many different tales of people living in poverty and also analyzes what 's wrong and why. The book’s portrayal of the poor is not for the meek however, as one reviewer exclaims, “Through a series of sensitive, sometimes heart-rending portraits”, (Lenkowsky). In the book a lot of American ideologies are turned on its head as The Red Phoenix explains how our poor are viewed as, “Wealth and decadence are the tell-tale signs of hard work and brilliance paying off, while poverty is a sign of laziness, irresponsibility...   [tags: Poverty, Wealth, Working poor, James Truslow Adams]

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler

- In The Working Poor: Invisible in America, David K. Shipler tells the story of a handful of people he has interviewed and followed through their struggles with poverty over the course of six years. David Shipler is an accomplished writer and consultant on social issues. His knowledge, experience, and extensive field work is authoritative and trustworthy. Shipler describes a vicious cycle of low paying jobs, health issues, abuse, addiction, and other factors that all combine to create a mountain of adversity that is virtually impossible to overcome....   [tags: poverty, workers, American dream]

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The Gap Between Rich and Poor

- The Gap Between Rich and Poor As Christmas time approaches, many Americans start to get excited about returning home to all of the familiar festivities. They imagine the smell of the Christmas tree mixed with the aroma of apple cider or think about all of the Christmas specials on television that they will watch. They can not wait to relax in front of the fireplace with their families and to open all of the Christmas gifts piled under the tree. On the other hand, more than half of the rest of the world will not be having the kind of holiday with presents, fireplaces, and television specials that most Americans are used to....   [tags: Poverty Poor Essays]

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American Poets: Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes was the most prominent social activist and an American Poet. He was also a famous playwright, novelist and a columnist. He was born in February1 1902 in Joplin, Missouri (Hughes 210). His father was called James Hughes and her mother was Carrie. It is said that when Langston was born his parent separated and his father decided to move to Mexico.  He graduated from high school in the year 1992 and spent the following year with his dad in Mexico (Hughes 210). He first enrolled himself to the University of Columbia; however, he left after a period of year to travel and he was able to work in various jobs around New York....   [tags: biography, poor up raising, blacks]

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The Economics of Poverty in American Society

- Living in the United States, many of us do not think about poverty too much. Most people in the United States are above poverty level. They do not think about the less fortunate of America. Economics is the main factor of poverty in American Society, and more specifically, macroeconomics since it deals with the aggregate economy. To understand poverty and the poverty level, we need to see how the United States determines the poverty level each year. The United States Department of Agriculture in 1955 determined that one third of the income level for a family of three or more was spent on food....   [tags: Urban Poor]

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The American Underclass in In Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple

- ... For example, if a gang has control over a selected area where they control the drugs and weapons that are on the street and people are too afraid to take action against them, then this gang will continue to induct new members and slow grow until they look for a new area to control. This could lead to gang wars and senseless killing in the streets and no other place knows this better than Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has the highest gang population in the United States (www.huffingtonpost.com) and the highest amount of gun related murders to boot....   [tags: poor, crime, morals]

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Racism And Discrimination : From A Poor, Uneducated Muslim Family

- Racism and discrimination both directly and indirectly affect me because I come from a poor, uneducated Muslim family, all of which puts me into the minority category. As a minority, upward mobility seems like an impossible dream. My mother was never able to attend school, and my father only studied up to the 10th grade. After moving to the United States in 2006, my parents ' relied on us to take care of many tasks that required understanding English, which forced my siblings and me to maneuver the adult world on our own....   [tags: Black people, United States, African American]

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More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City

- More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (Issues of Our Time) William Julius Wilson creates a thrilling new systematic framework to three politically tense social problems: “the plight of low-skilled black males, the persistence of the inner-city ghetto, and the fragmentation of the African American family” (Wilson, 36). Though the conversation of racial inequality is classically divided. Wilson challenges the relationship between institutional and cultural factors as reasons of the racial forces, which are inseparably linked, but public policy can only change the racial status quo by reforming the institutions that support it....   [tags: African American status quo]

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Are the Poor to Blame for Being Poor

- Introduction Poverty is determined by the amount of income that is produced by a family prior to taxes; if this amount is below the threshold determined by the government then they are considered poor (Schriver, 2011). Poverty refers to individuals who are at the bottom of the income distribution and they are unable to provide themselves with the basic necessities to maintain a healthy life. Schriver (2011) stated that poverty is experience more in African Americans than in White Americans and that 91 percent verses 52.6 percent will experience some type of poverty throughout their lifetime....   [tags: socioeconomic analysis]

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The Moment Claudine : A Movie About A Poor, Single Parent Black Family

- Claudine is a movie about a poor, single parent black family. For families to receive government assistance they have to meet certain qualifications; however, it’s almost as if the system is designed to keep single mothers lonely and dependent on the government. If they don’t work, they’re considered as being lazy, and if they do work or if there is a man in the household, the family has now become ineligible for services. There is no winning in the situation, no matter how it is handled. The need for government assistance upon survival has removed black men from homes and dismantled families....   [tags: Family, Black people, African American]

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The Rich And The Poor

- In American society, there is a large disparity of wealth between the rich and the poor. This wealth disparity has far reaching effects into the areas of politics, education, culture, and more. By using their wealth to dominate politics, education, and culture, the rich perpetuate the exclusion of the poor into the substandard position of poverty. The rich have made popular culture a staple of modern society while at the same time placing it out of the financial reach of the poor. Watkins exemplifies this fact by telling a story using himself and his poor friends....   [tags: Poverty, Wealth, Cycle of poverty, Culture]

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Rich versus Poor in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara

- In Toni Cade Bambara's, "The Lesson", the story seems kind of linear when you start reading it. At first, it is just about a girl named Sylvia and her childish, rebellious nature toward Miss Moore. But you later discover that there is much more to this story than you initially expected. The seemingly insignificant quarrels that Sylvia has with Miss Moore have a deeper meaning to it. The resolution of the conflict between Sylvia and Miss Moore shows the struggle Sylvia has regarding whether she should not learn things because it appears like a weakness to her or to learn and accept what Miss Moore is trying to teach her....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Endless Struggle in The Working Poor by David Shipler

- Reading the last paragraph of Dreams, a chapter from The Working Poor by David Shipler, I came to the realization that all of the assigned readings were like many of Shakespeare's tragedies. Each one of the handouts and books wrote about a similar subject which is impoverished children in the educational system. For Example, in Ordinary Resurrections by Jonathan Kozol, he writes "Most of the children here, no matter how hard they may work and how well they may do in elementary school, will have no chance, or almost none, to win admission to the city's more selective high schools, which prepare their students for good universities and colleges." It is true that in Carger's book Of Borders an...   [tags: American Literature]

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Analysis Of David K. Shipler 's The Working Poor

- In The Working Poor: Invisible in America, David K. Shipler describes about the lives of United States citizens who live within poverty. He highlights the U.S.’s disregard for its working poor, the nature of poverty, and the causes of poverty faced by low-wage earners. Shipler performs an amazing job with describing the factors that play their parts into the lives of U.S. citizens who live are poor and within poverty. Shipler explains the effects of tax payments and refunds, the abuse of the poor by private and public institutions, the spending habits of the working poor, the culture of the U.S., and the presence of money as a factor in the lives of the working poor....   [tags: Poverty, United States, Employment, Working poor]

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The American Revolutionary War And American War

- The American Revolutionary War Jordan Luke HST201 – U.S. History I Colorado State University – Global Campus Nick Ceh November 28, 2014   The American Revolutionary War The United States of America would not be anything like it is now if it were not for the American Revolutionary War. The conflict between the American colonists and British military forces fought on for 8 years from 1775-1783. In this essay, I will describe the conditions, the era and a few of the major battles of the conflict that helped shape the war....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American Revolution]

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The American Of American Indians

- Ordinary people can change the structure of our society in their daily lives. According to the Franks’s Asian Pacific American History, Agency is a term used to describe people making history. People can assert agency by grouping together and forming protests, joining labor movements and campaigning for a presidential candidate that represents them. There are many events in the past and present that individuals have strongly assert a sense of agency. Throughout our history, we understand how American Indians, blacks, and whites played a vital role in creating what America is now today....   [tags: United States, Slavery, American Revolution]

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Asian American And Asian Americans

- Since the first influx of Asian immigrants to the United States, Asian Americans were never treated as an integral part of the American population. Accounting for five percent of the US demographic, often times, they are still portrayed by provincial people as outsiders who do not belong in society. Over the years, this negative mentality has transformed into the way Asian Americans are viewed in media. Though there are many attempts of reversing the trend such as diversifying the cast members, stereotypical personalities such as “the human calculator” or “undesirable partner” are still utilized for writers to infuse racial slurs into comedy skits....   [tags: Asian American, White American, Stereotype]

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The American Revolution And American Civil War

- The American Revolution and the American Civil War questioned the integrity and outlook of the men and women that encompassed the North American continent. There was a significance in difference between even the most basic aspects of both wars which include the style of battle that was conducted, variation in armory and defense tactics, and the number of casualties. One similarity is probably the cause of both wars which involved the preservation of the current system of government and remain unified....   [tags: United States, American Revolution]

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America Needs To Support The Needs of the Poor

- In America, there are many people who face the horrors of foreclosure and possible homelessness. Not always it is the fault of the homeowner, but the fault of the surrounding situations, inflation, recession, and unexpected circumstances. The fact is that the general public doesn’t care. In fact, many have bumper stickers that read “the only good welfare system is a job,” with the face of Ronald Reagan on the side. If this were true, then those who are homeless but have jobs are just punishing themselves....   [tags: Economics]

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The Poor Response Of Hurricane Katrina

- Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating tragedies to ever hit North America. It claimed the lives of over 900 people from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Unfortunately, that is not why a majority of people in America remember. As many know, these three states in the heart of the Deep South represent some of the poorest in the country. After the storm, the government was disgracefully slow to respond to the cause. Health care was in an overwhelming shortage. Depending on where people lived, determined their chances for survival....   [tags: Poverty in the United States, Poverty]

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The Working Poor by D. Shipler

- The Working Poor The objective of this essay is to illuminate my overall reaction to the reading of “The Working Poor” conveying what I do not like while highlighting a sociological perspective, in addition to explaining if the reading is applicable to my own life experience. Taking notice, the subject at hand was very sobering alluding even if we ourselves have not been partakers of living in the obscurity of prosperity between poverty and wellbeing, certainly we have encountered someone that has become a victim to it....   [tags: social darwinism, poverty, disparity]

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Effective Schools For The Urban Poor

- By the end of the 20th century democratic principles of education began to take hold in the United States public schools. Indeed, Brown (2011) argues that the new responsibility of principals was to challenge the two dominant themes of racial and class discrimination prominent during the 20th century history of schooling. Groups that had been largely marginalized in schools—people of color and of low-SES—began to seek equity and inclusion of voice in our school systems (Tyack & Hansot, 1986). One method for principals to restructure schools was through their responsibility as instructional leaders....   [tags: Leadership, Education, School, Teacher]

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Critique Of The Working Poor

- When writing a book that person is faced with not only the vulnerability of expressing their opinions, but also the acceptance of what another person’s opinion might be from reading the book. In fact critics have a very strong influence on what a person will take in when reading a book. Their critique will determine whether that person will take the time to buy and read the work that author spent many months or even years to write. “While agreeing with Shiplers points of the working poor, I also agree with the critics’ critique of the non-working poor who live at poverty in America and the faults in the lack of a broader study.” Joel Schwartz, a critic who took the time to read Shiplers boo...   [tags: Poverty, Poverty in the United States]

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The Problem Of Poor Leadership

- One of the biggest problems for Americans right now is the direction in which our country is headed due to poor leadership from our government. This problem has been affecting the American people deeply over the last few years and is only going to get worse. The effects of this poor leadership are the the growing debt in our country, poor health care regulations causing high premiums and forcing punishments upon people who self pay, illegal immigrants at an all time high, not enough money spent for education, and terrorist groups causing fear to Americans....   [tags: President of the United States, United States]

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Wars and Conflicts in American History

- War is defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as “1.a. as a state of usually open and declared hostile conflict between states or nations; a period of such armed conflict; 2.a. a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism; b. a struggle or competition between opposing forces.” War has been a part of this great nation since the beginning. The Seven Years’ War, The Revolutionary War, and The Civil War were some of the bloodiest battles ever fought over the years in the United States. Let’s take a walk through history and look at why these wars were fought, the courses they each took, and the impact they had on the United States today....   [tags: American History]

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The Elizabeth Poor Law

- Elizabeth Poor Laws: Why were they so important in the development of social welfare in North America?: The Elizabeth Poor Law advocated and placed responsibility of the poor to the churches and government. If parishes could not meet the responsibilities, counties were required to assume relief-giving functions. The government became the chief enforcer of poor relief. However, the local parishes fulfilled their welfare responsibilities in several ways. They provided outdoor relief to persons in the homes; provided indoor relief to person in special institutions that came to be variously known as almshouse, poorhouses or workhouses; or required person to become indenture servants or apprent...   [tags: Social Welfare]

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Is the American Dream Still Possible?

- The American Dream is so important to our country and especially for our generation to take seriously. The American Dream is the opportunity to reach the goals one sets for themselves. It is about having your dream job and life you have always fantasized about. The dream is also about having freedom and equality. The American Dream was much easier to attain a few decades ago compared to today. However, it is still possible. The economy was better fifty years ago than it is today. People are in greater debt now and the United States is in higher debt than it was fifty years ago....   [tags: american dream, freedom, equality]

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Inequality Remains in America

- Throughout history, America has been known to fight for equality for all. Though people tend to assume that every individual in our nation receives equal treatment, they neglect the fact that the actions of the poor are looked down upon by the higher classes and powers. Henry Miller, an American writer known to criticize society, observes that “We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly, it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.” Miller alludes to the social confinements that poor Americans are forced to abide by to keep from being seen as social pariahs....   [tags: Equality, Poor]

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Prejudice Destroyed the American Dream

- Years ago, the United States of America was the prime example of prosperity and opportunity. In recent years, in the worst recession since the Great Depression, unemployment and interest rates have skyrocketed. The “American Dream” is an idea that was once a commonly accepted ideology in this country. It has since become only a fallacy. The “American Dream” is no longer an attainable idea, only a fantasy. The “American Dream” is not a true dream that will ever be equally attainable by everyone....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The Working Poor in America

- The Working Poor in America The concept of the "working poor" has gained prominence in the post-welfare reform era. As welfare rolls shrunk, the focus shifted from the dependent poor to the working poor. It was obvious that without substantial outside support, even families with full-time low-wage workers were still earning less than the official poverty line. And while American society purports that anyone can prosper if they work hard enough, it became apparent that with inadequate opportunity or bad luck, a growing number of families could not attain the American dream, or even break the cycle of poverty....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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The Working Poor in America

- The Working Poor in America The United States, a place where anyone can “pick themselves up by the bootstraps” and realize the American dream of a comfortable lifestyle. Well, for over 30 million Americans this is no longer possible. Though we live in the richest and most powerful country in the world there are many who are living under or at the precipice of the poverty level, “While the United States has enjoyed unprecedented affluence, low-wage employees have been testing the American doctrine that hard work cures poverty” (The Working Poor, 4)....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Immigrants and The American Dream

- The "American dream" is different for every person. To some it means financial success, to others it means freedom of expression, while others dream to practice their religion without fear. The "American dream" is a complex concept providing immigrants with the hope of better life. The U.S. government provides the environment and resources for everyone to pursue their dreams. Each year millions of people around the world apply for the Diversity Visa lottery program provided by the U.S. government, however only a few thousand people are lucky enough to come here....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Do Not Accept Poor Education in Schools

- In the American culture too many parents have accepted poor schools; therefore too many parents have accepted poor education systems and poor performances from their children. Parents are becoming disengaged with their students, and have become complacent with the education they are receiving. Years ago people fought to ensure an equal education for all, now it seems as if expectations have dwindled and the aspirations of American children fall short of substance. It is critical to a young child to have positive reinforcement and encouragement from parents....   [tags: parents,minority students, low income]

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The History of the American Dream

- The American Dream The American Dream summarizes a belief in opportunity for success in America and much of it was reached in the 1950s. It was the belief that everybody was equal, and everybody had an equal opportunity to have a career, raise a family, and live successful and comfortable lives. It was a dream of equality and free enterprise above all else. The American Dream originated in 1931, during the early days of American settlement, with mostly poor immigrants searching for opportunities....   [tags: US History, Culture, American Society]

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George Hewes : An American Revolutionary

- Dyneesha Richardson George Hewes an American Revolutionary George Hewes was just a poor shoemaker. However, he was put into the conflict concerning the revolt for freedom through destiny and political views. Hewes had several reasons and many experiences that led to him to partake in the American Revolution.Hewes was poor and often ran over. He was tired of all the British military presence because of Parliament, and he disliked how domineering, and violent the military men were. He was also bullied and harmed by Loyalists, like John Malcolm....   [tags: American Revolution, Townshend Acts, Boston]

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American’s Pride in Skyscrapers

- America is known for its many great achievements. Among them are sending Neil Armstrong to the moon in 1969 and creating the economic engine that won World War II. But when you land a plane in the United States, you cannot see these accomplishments because they aren’t tangible. You cannot stand anywhere on American soil and say “this was the country that went to the moon.” G.K. Chesterton once said “Architecture is the alphabet of giants; it is the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men....   [tags: Architecture, American Symbol]

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Race And The African American

- An African American is considered residents of the United States and who have ancestry in any of the black communities of Africa. African Americans are the second largest minority population. A minority is considered the smallest of a group. Although African Americans had a hard time evolving in America their cultures, slavery, slave rebellions, and the civil rights movements have shaped African-American religious, familial, political, and economic behaviors in many ways (NCBI gov books). Race has influences on the health of the African American person....   [tags: Race, African American, Black people]

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The Working Poor

- American factories can comprise of about up to 1000 workers. If American factories are shut down and moved to other countries, this takes many American people out of work. Companies are now also importing jobs. This is where employers hire people such as immigrants to work less than minimum wage. For that reason, many Americans are stuck with the other minimum wage, and low-paying jobs that barely get them through life. Because of this, many Americans are working full time jobs that are below the Federal poverty line....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Chinese American Of The United States

- The Chinese american were the first ever Asian descendent to enter the United States. They were treated poorly and were undermined. The Japanese were the second to enter the U.S. and believed they were better than the Chinese. After the banning of Asian descent from entering the United States Japanese argued that they were a much better race than the Chinese. Then last but not least Filipino’s migrated to the United States due to the banned of Chinese workers. They all were motivated to escape their poor and struggling surrounding so that they can come to American to earn and support their families from the land of opportunities....   [tags: United States, Hawaii, White American, Race]

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The Struggle Of African American Students

- One such authority in the field, Dr. Pascal Mubenga, in his essay The Struggle of African American Students (2012), reasons that a difficult road from segregation and slavery has impacted the educational achievement of African American students. Dr. Mubenga supports his reasoning by elaborating on the disadvantages African Americans have been faced with starting centuries ago: “While immigrants were being Americanized, African, Mexican, Native, Asian, and Puerto Rican Americans were increasingly segregated or denied language and cultural rights in public schools" (Mubenga 7)....   [tags: Black people, African American, Education, Race]

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American Literature Before The Civil War

- William Andrew Adams Prof. Helen Driver American Literature before the Civil War 1 MAR 15 Thomas Paine and St. John de Crevecoeur Two of the most important authors of early America are Thomas Paine and St. John de Crevecoeur. De Crevecoeur in his work “Letters from an American Farmer” set forth in simplest terms just exactly what it was that people who were immigrating to the American colonies could expect. His words and thoughts still define how many think of America today even if they don’t know that the words are his....   [tags: American Revolution, United States]

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African American And Hispanic Descent

- When we as people watch the news or read our newspapers, we can see that most of the criminals committing crimes are of African American or Hispanic descent. Being a fan of true crime novels, they even depict more Black male criminals than White males. Are African American males committing more crimes than White males. What factors are involved for Blacks to be more involved in crime. How do African American stereotypes play a role with possible racial profiling from the policing force. Are Blacks treated fairly in the criminal justice system....   [tags: Black people, Crime, African American, Race]

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How the Affluent Keep the Poor Poor

- Since the birth of the United States, using the disenfranchised as the primary labor force has been the go-to method for growing and maintaining the economy. Since colonists came to the “New World,” they have used “impure” races to do hard labor and built the world that we live in today off the backs of blacks and American Indians. Even as the country has grown and put into place laws that give non-whites the same rights as whites, the white, privileged rich have always found ways to get around them....   [tags: discrimination against people of color]

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Segregated African American Children

- ... The Board of Education. When Linda Brown was denied access to an all white school in Topeka, Kansas, her father claimed that it violated the Constitutions Equal Clause. So the Court agreed that it violated the Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, this was one of many initial steps to eliminating segregation in schools and eventually eliminate segregation everywhere. This decision did not go over well with Whites, for example when The Little Rock nine happened they were harassed by students and by the parents....   [tags: American history from 1880's to 1960's]

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The Influence of Toussaint Louverture on American Abolitionists

- With the advancement in irrigation technology by French engineers and the increase in the popularity of sugar, the French colony of Saint Domingue became one of the worlds largest sugar producers. With sugar came problems for the many enslaved Africans that were forced to provide manual labor for the colony's sugar harvesting efforts. Oppression, violence, inequality (of a caste-like system), and many other hardships led to hard feelings between the Africans and their white masters, the French....   [tags: American Civil War, abolitionism, slavery]

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Slavery as the Cause of the American Civil War

- The American Civil War was the bloodiest military conflict in American history leaving over 500 thousand dead and over 300 thousand wounded (Roark 543-543). One might ask, what caused such internal tension within the most powerful nation in the world. During the nineteenth century, America was an infant nation, but toppling the entire world with its social, political, and economic innovations. In addition, immigrants were migrating from their native land to live the American dream (Roark 405-407)....   [tags: American History, North and South Compromise]

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Children Growing Up Poor in America

- Children Growing Up Poor in America Why are some people poor and homeless, while others have so much money they literally throw it away. Depending on who is asked, the reasons for the great inequality range from illiteracy to corruption. The United States, the wealthiest nation on Earth, has the widest gap between rich and poor of any industrialized nation, and disparities continue to grow. The people most affected by poverty are the future of this country, the children. “Young children are the largest age group living in poverty today....   [tags: Papers]

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Stereotypes And Prejudices Against African American

- Stereotypes and prejudices against African American Antwan Foster Miami Dade College MAN4162 Prof. Ramsundar Abstract African-Americans are the most stereotyped people in the world. These stereotypes are based on cognitive structures that may contain the beliefs, knowledge and expectation of the perceiver about the African-America. The stereotypes and prejudices are constructed out of a kernel of trust and then it is distorted beyond reality. The stereotypes against African-American were built through generalization of a truth that contained negative characteristics of the black people....   [tags: Slavery, African American, Prejudice, Stereotype]

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Healthcare for the Poor

- Health Communication Health Care for the Poor John Q is an emotionally filled movie based on the vicious effects of a private health care system, played by Denzel Washington. The movie focuses on the concerns surrounding the quality of healthcare available for low and middle class families in the United States. It also touches on the attitudes of less empathetic individuals that run hospital administration and health insurance companies. Denzel plays a dad who cannot afford a heart transplant for his son who has an enlarged heart condition....   [tags: du Pre, John Q, film analysis]

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American Indians: Health Disparities Research

- American Indians have had health disparities as result of unmet needs and historical traumatic experiences that have lasted over 500 hundred years.1(p99) Since first contact American Indians have been exposed to infectious disease and death2(p19), more importantly, a legacy of genocide, legislated forcible removal, reservation, termination, allotment, and assimilation3. This catastrophic history had led to generational historical traumas and contributes to the worst health in the United States.2 American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) represent 0.9 percent of the United States population4(p3) or 1.9 million AI/AN of 566 federally recognized tribes/nations.5 American Indians/Alaska Native...   [tags: alaska natives, american indians, health]

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The Growing Inequality in America

- America was the place to go with the life to be made. As the colonies grew and a new era began, the lines were drawn. Even in the 1700's, Americans took the time to diminish. Fine line between the rich and poor in society creating a rough perspective on who is who in the ever changing world that we have the audacity to slum in. Americans have grow to see there social class as where they will make it in America. Upper, middle and lower. These three words are what make you or break you in the world....   [tags: rich, poor, middle class]

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Is Racism A Permanent Feature Of American Society?

- Issue 9 “Is racism a permanent feature of American Society?” article talks about the ideology of racism and how slavery is being blamed for racism. According to the article Derrick Bell argues yes that the prospects for achieving racial equality in the United States are “illusory” for blacks. Issue 9 states that America’s society is based on racism and does not live up to its creed. Derrick Bell explains that how African Americans were ashamed to be slaves, today racism still exists, and how African Americans will never gain equality in America....   [tags: Race, Black people, Racism, African American]

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The Battle of Saratoga: The Turning Point of The American Revolution

- The Battle of Saratoga: The Turning Point of the American Revolution The Revolutionary War is enshrined in American memory as the beginning of a new nation born in freedom. (The Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, 1999) On 17 October 1777, the surrender of the British during the Battle of Saratoga proved to the world that the American Army was an effective fighting force. The American victory at Saratoga was a major turning point in the America’s fight for Independence. This victory also resulted in needed military support from European powers, particularly France, against the British Empire....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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The American Dream in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby

- The American dream was a vision shared by the American people who desired their land to be improved and wealthier for every individual, with the opportunity for everyone in accordance to achievement. The dream is based on every individual working hard to become successful with an abundance of money, a nice house, two children and a high-quality job. In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the American dream symbolizes being free to come and go with the river, not to have restrictions, and to take pleasure in the wide-open Western edge....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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The African American Underclass Is The Most Disadvantaged Population Of African Americans

- In the United States of America, the general path to becoming a successful adult begins at an early stage in life and continues, typically, until the age of 18 when one is able to positively contribute to society. During this period, we are constantly molding our future through the cultural influences of the environment surrounding us, obtaining an education provided through grade school, and expanding upon our socialization skills. Therefore, a productive culture, adequate education, and the ability to adapt socially are all vital building blocks needed to finish our path to success....   [tags: African American, Racial segregation]

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Langston Hughes : Influenced By Other African American Writers

- Introduction Many writers are influenced by people they idolize, and they are influenced in a positive way. Langston Hughes was differently influenced. Many may think that he was influenced by other African American writers, but he actually was not. According to a biography of Langston Hughes, “He was inversely influenced by his father-- who, frustrated by being the object of scorn in his native land, rejected his own people” (“Langston Hughes” Web). He was not influenced by other African American writers, as believed by many....   [tags: African American, Harlem Renaissance]

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Nurses Staff On A Cardiac Unit With Poor Morale

- Healthcare leadership is being pushed to change the face of healthcare. With the continuous desire to maintain nursing retention, healthcare leaders are encouraged to empower the health care staff. The purpose of this paper is to, first, discuss how to empower nursing staff on a cardiac unit with poor morale. Second, a recent group project this writer participated in is discussed. The goals of the project, effectiveness of the project, techniques utilized for the project, and individual personnel involved in the project are discussed....   [tags: Patient, Health care, Health care provider]

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The Evolution of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

- ... He was judged only for white jurors, and they wrongly accused Pete for been Mexican. Hernandez thought that it was unfair because it was not a jury of his peers. Therefore, he argued that if people who do not like Mexicans judged him, and then clearly they would say he was guilty. This case went to the Supreme Court and Mexicans and other minorities were finally allowed to be part of the jury. This court case helped establish Mexicans as a separate ethnicity from whites and blacks. Another important court case was Mendez vs....   [tags: Latin American history]

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American Dream Derailed in The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman

- The American dream originated when immigrants came to America searching for new opportunities and a better life. In the early 1900’s all people could do is dream; however, those dreams gave many different meanings to the phrase “American dream”, and for the most part, wealth and hard work play a very large role in the pursuit of “the dream”. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, and Arthur Miller’s drama, Death of a Salesman, both protagonists, Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman, are convinced that the way to achieve a better life is by living the “American dream”....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Analysis Regarding Assisting the Poor and Avoiding Luxuries

- Peter singer in his article argues that most of Americans are spending their money on luxury instead of helping the poor. He believes that people should avoid the unnecessary expenses and use that money to help the poor kids. Singer used two examples with two different situations and he tying to motivate readers to donate as much as money they can. Singer first example was about a women name Dora. Dora was a retired schoolteacher, she had a very poor life and she was barley affording her life expenses....   [tags: Donating, Contribution]

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Tony Hoagland 's `` Poor Britney Spears ``

- In this collection of poetry Tony Hoagland masterfully describes the American culture with casual language and humor in several poems like, “Poor Britney Spears," In Praise of Their Divorce, and My Father’s Vocabulary. These poems are well composed and have good imagery. First, Hoagland characterizes American culture with the poem “Poor Britney Spears,” which uses a comical title that blends in nicely with the first couplet, “is not a sentence I expected / to utter in this lifetime”, while using word choice that is simple yet effective....   [tags: Poetry, Metaphor, Stanza, Marriage]

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

- From before the country’s conception to the war that divided it and the fallout that abolished it, slavery has been heavily engrained in the American society. From poor white yeoman farmers, to Northern abolitionist, to Southern gentry, and apathetic northerners slavery transformed the way people viewed both their life and liberty. To truly understand the impact that slavery has had on American society one has to look no further than those who have experienced them firsthand. Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and advocate for the abolitionist, is on such person....   [tags: biography, slavery, american society]

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Poor People in America

- In America, we are able to express ourselves freely and live however we wish. Unfortunately, our freedoms may not always be appreciated. As I conducted my research, I realized there was a major difference between the younger age groups and older age groups. Money inspires younger citizens while family and freedom motivates the older and wiser citizens. The 25-35 age group responded with an interesting response that differs from other information provided by older age groups. Also, information collected could be contrasted between genders....   [tags: freedom, wealth, research]

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Mccarthy & The American Psyche

- The American psyche has always been a point of discussion among other cultures; they are often called stupid, ignorant and war-happy. During the McCarthy era of 1950-1954, however, they were more so being cautious of the Communist threat than being paranoid. Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957) knew "how to win power, headlines and a passionately loyal following by manipulation" (Hugh Brogan). It was said "The McCarthy witch hunts were not born of fantasy," (Alan Axelrod) that is, the American people had reason to believe that perhaps there was a half-truth in McCarthy's accusations....   [tags: American History]

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American Dreams And The American Dream

- American Dream Everyone grows up with the thought of an American dream in mind . Unfortunately that American dream is only limited to the people who are not of color. Sadly the people of color and the american dream don 't match up to well. I feel that this is because it can’t be easily obtained due to improper education and never being given the opportunity to show what they’re made of. Maybe if we weren 't categorized by our living arrangements, or the amount of our wealth, or better yet being presumed as these incompetent animals who aren’t good for nothing....   [tags: Black people, Racism, Colored, White American]

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Different Values Between Chinese Families And American Families

- The different values between Chinese families and American families Chinese families and American families have a big impact in their child’s life. Chinese families as well as American families’ value education. The reason why American families believe education is important for their kids because he or she as the “parent” is responsible for their child education. “Researchers” have understood that “parents” “involvement” with their child help their children to do better in schools and throughout their life’s....   [tags: Family, Mother, The Time, An American Family]

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Different Values Between Chinese Family And American Family

- The different values between Chinese family and American family First, Chinese family and American play a big role in there and community. Chinese families as well as American families value education. The reason why American families believe education is important for their kids because he or she as the parent is responsible for their child education. ‘Researchers” have understood the “parents” involvement with their children help their children to do better in schools and throughout their lives....   [tags: Family, Money, An American Family, Mother]

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