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Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

- African American people have come a long way from the illiterate slaves, who were once picking cotton in fields, to powerful political leaders. A prime example would be President Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States of America. But first we must ask ourselves, how did this occur. Who lead African Americans to better living standards. Civil rights leaders, such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks, just to name a few. However, among these great names in history, there is one that stands out, and that man is Dr....   [tags: Civil Rights for Blacks]

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Dimensions of Black Skin: The Lasting Affects of Colorism

- Dimensions of Black Skin: The Lasting Affects of Colorism Introduction The Association of Black Psychologist (ABP) (2013) defines colorism as skin-color stratification. Colorism is described as “internalized racism” that is perceived to be a way of life for the group that it is accepted by (ABP 2013). Moreover, colorism is classified as a persistent problem within Black American. Colorism in the process of discriminatory privileges given to lighter-skinned individuals of color over their darker- skinned counterparts (Margret Hunter 2007)....   [tags: internalized racism]

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Segregation in Equality: Celebrating a Specific Group of People

- In our culture there are many things that people do without question. Some things if deviated from, are very frowned upon and most everyone knows they must follow along to these things. Some examples of this are waving hello and goodbye, shaking hands with someone you’re greeting, and holding the door for the person behind you. In America we also celebrate many holidays that have essentially lost their true meaning. Christmas has been changed from the birth of Jesus Christ to the giving and receiving of gifts, family gathering, advertisements and food....   [tags: holidays, celebrating, equality]

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Has America Really Changed Since the Civil Rights Movement?

- For as long as I could remember, African Americans have succumbed to some of the cruelest treatment seen in America’s history. This mistreatment has taken on many forms particularly in respect to social and racial discrimination. Examples of prior struggles for equality of African Americans in America may include: the pursuit of their freedom and equal treatment that was attributed by slavery, attaining voting rights, and being able to secure a job that would not discriminate based solely on their skin color....   [tags: racism, segregation, perspective]

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Signs, Symbols and Signals of the Underground Railroad

- Signs, Symbols and Signals of the Underground Railroad A journey of hundreds of miles lies before you, through swamp, forest and mountain pass. Your supplies are meager, only what can be comfortably carried so as not to slow your progress to the Promised Land – Canada. The stars and coded messages for guidance, you set out through the night, the path illuminated by the intermittent flash of lightning. Without a map and no real knowledge of the surrounding area, your mind races before you and behind you all at once....   [tags: U.S. History]

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The Path to Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Act

- Finally they were free. After months of traveling and hiding, not knowing if they would be caught, they finally made it to the North. Their trip would have ended there if it had not been for the Fugitive Slave Act. This act stated that the people in the North were required by law to return runaway slaves. This made it necessary for runaway slaves to endure more difficult terrain to reach their ultimate goal, Canada. Not only did slaves want to be free, but many Americans also thought that slavery was wrong and wanted it abolished....   [tags: runaway, railroad, slavery]

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Is Black History Month Being Honored Correctly

- In the month of February, African Americans have the privilege to reminisce and honor the people that stood up for the rights and citizenship for black people. Some people take it as a time to condemn all Caucasians for the harsh treatment the African Americans received on the road to success. I am satisfied with the African American race for constantly instilling the people with information about how they had to fight for freedom, but should that be all they discuss during Black History Month. Many argue that the Caucasians should feel bad and go into hiding during Black History Month because of what their ancestors did and only talk about how they enslaved the black people and didn’t consi...   [tags: Race]

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The Pros and Cons of Civil Disobedience

- Civil disobedience is the refusal to obey civil laws in an effort to induce change in governmental policy or legislation, characterized by the use of passive resistance or other nonviolent means. The use of nonviolence runs throughout history however the fusion of organized mass struggle and nonviolence is relatively new. The militant campaign for women’s suffrage in Britain included a variety of nonviolent tactics such as boycotts, noncooperation, limited property destruction, civil disobedience, mass marches and demonstrations....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]

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U.S Slavery History and North Korean Life

- Slavery was, and is, the mistreatment of people as property. Slavery in British colonies dates all the way back to 1619 when African Americans first arrived in Jamestown, Virginia. As soon as the African Americans arrived they were no longer considered to be “human”. Slaves were property; therefore they could be traded and sold. Slaves were cruelly whipped if they did something their master did not approve of. Some slave owners were so violent that they whipped their slaves until they bled and then they would rub salt into the wounds....   [tags: british colony, african americans ]

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Fighting for Women's Rights

- ... They had 7 children in total, 2 girls and 5 boys (Salisbury). Shortly, the Stanton’s traveled to London for an Anti-Slavery Convention and talked more about the participation of women which was denied by the council; Henry Stanton made a huge speech to let women contribute in the meeting but he voted not to let women get involved. Elizabeth met Lucretia Mott and promised to “form a society to advocate the rights of woman” (Salisbury). The Stanton’s moved to Massachusetts and there were more social, cultural, political opportunities (Salisbury)....   [tags: search for gender equality]

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Civil Disobedience: Freedom Fighters or Criminals?

- “No radical change on the plane of history is possible without crime,” This quote from Hermann Keyserling is just one of many statements that help describe the meaning and true raw power of Civil Disobedience. Civil disobedience as defined by Merriam Webster is the “refusal to obey governmental demands or commands especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing concessions from the government”. The most promising and understandable of the definitions of Civil Disobedience would be that given to us by Gandhi from India “Compassion in the form of respectful disagreement”....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]

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Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Hero

- African American people have come a long way from the illiterate slaves, who were once picking cotton in fields, to powerful political leaders. A prime example would be President Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States of America. But first we must ask ourselves, how did this occur. Who lead African Americans to better living standards. Civil rights leaders, such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks, just to name a few. However, among these great names in history, there is one that stands out, and that man is Dr....   [tags: african americans, civil rights, black community]

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Robert Hayden: Success from Controversial Creativity

- “Art is not an escape, but a way of finding order in chaos, a way of confronting life” (Berry, Wendell). These were the judicious words that were once stated by American poet and educator, Robert Hayden. Despite being raised in an unstable home, moving from his family to a foster family, on top of struggling with impaired vision, Hayden found an interest in black history and poetry which would later bring him great recognition and success. And he would do so by utilizing his broad study of black history to “illuminate the American black experience” (Contemporary Authors Online)....   [tags: Biography, American Poet, Educator]

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Injustice: Standing up for one Another

- Superheroes; they save and protect the world’s people. They courageously stand up and battle against evil, anarchy, injustice, crime, and sin. When the world has nothing else to defend itself, they are the ones who are present with a duty to safeguard everyone. The superheroes you may know, such as: Superman, Batman, Iron Man, etc. all have extraordinary superhuman powers which they use to shield those in need. However, anyone can be a superhero. Throughout history, many people have become like superheroes not because of extraordinary powers, but extraordinary courage, bravery, humanity, and love....   [tags: Superman, Batman, Iron Man]

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Getting Rid of Slavery and Racism

- In today’s society, many people question whether race is still a prevalent issue. However, racism is still a controversial issue even though society’s goal is to be minority friendly. Many argue that African Americans continue to lag behind fellow whites. Blacks and whites have been historically involved with one another since the birth of the nation. Racism is deeply rooted into society because its origin started in the early colonial days. For centuries, blacks and those of African descent were enslaved....   [tags: civil rights, abolition, history]

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

- In life we as people are faced with challenges and adversities regardless of racial background, social status, or religious lifestyle. Some people are faced with more hardships than others, and how people deal with their issues can differ depending on the people they surround around them. Merriam Webster describes adversity as a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune (Merriam). This is apparent when you compare and contrast the memoir The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, verses the documentary Inocente which follows a girl name Inocente....   [tags: the underdog, story and character analysis]

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Uncovering the Truth About John Brown

- Throughout history John Brown has been described as a terrorist, mentally ill, and a failure among other things. Because he stood strongly for what he believed in, and his goal was eventually achieved he can be seen for the most part as a hero. Brown was described as “an American who gave his life that millions of other Americans be free” (Chowder,6). Brown was a headstrong abolitionist who claimed that he was told by God to end slavery causing him to see himself as “a latter-day Moses” (Chowder, 6)....   [tags: slaves, abolitionist, murder]

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The Significance of African American Folktales

- ... Alone and helpless in a foreign land, the slaves lived under brutal conditions that any group of people have ever endured. One would find it hard to ever smile and laugh, let alone come up with riddles, songs, and tall tales. As slaves, they were forced to live on lands were they weren’t even considered citizens, without rights but still no amount of brutal hard labor and suffering could keep at bay the power of imagination the slaves had. To help them get through such brutal conditions they found refuge in telling stories, singing folk tales such as “Go down, Moses” that tells the story of Moses leading people to freedom or “Swing low, sweet chariot” and “All God’s children had wings” t...   [tags: slavery, morals, circumstances]

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The Fight For Social Justice

- The main purpose of social work is to advocate for those who have no voice. Throughout history, many individuals have served as role models and proponents of social justice, helping to create policies and programs so future generations can benefit. Jane Addams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rachel Carson, and Harriet Tubman worked tirelessly and devoted their entire lives to the pursuit of justice. We have learned through their sacrifices that change is just one person away, and that it takes tremendous force to shift the political landscape of social welfare policy....   [tags: Social Work ]

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The History of Multicultural Education

- Summary Multicultural Education in the United States made its debut beginning with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s. Its intent was to become part of the cultural mainstream. The Civil Rights Movement brought to light the apparent concerns of discrimination, intimidation and inequality. During this period, pressure was placed on the Federal Government to examine their roles in the perseverance of inequalities when it came to Multicultural Education (Russell, Robert, The History of Multicultural Education, 2011)....   [tags: Education]

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Colorism in the Black Community

- Introduction The Association of Black Psychologist (ABP) (2013) defines colorism as skin-color stratification. Colorism is described as “internalized racism” that is perceived to be a way of life for the group that it is accepted by (ABP 2013). Moreover, colorism is classified as a persistent problem within Black American. Colorism in the process of discriminatory privileges given to lighter-skinned individuals of color over their darker- skinned counterparts (Margret Hunter 2007). From a historical standpoint, colorism was a white constructed policy in order to create dissention among their slaves as to maintain order or obedience....   [tags: Skin Color Discrimination]

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Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln

- “I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the united states, by the power in me invested as Commander-In-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this 1st of January, A.D. 1863” (Lincoln). The Anti-Slavery Movement began in the 1830’s and came to an end around the 1870’s. The leaders of the Anti-Slavery Movement that helped the slaves get freedom were Abraham Lincoln who wrote the “Emancipation Proclamation”; William Lloyd Garrison was editor of an abolitionist newspaper and got people involved in what was happening to slaves...   [tags: anti slavery movement, slaves, civil war]

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Jane Austen's Exploration of Social Destiny in the Presentation of Jane Fairfax and Harriet Smith

- Jane Austen's Exploration of Social Destiny in the Presentation of Jane Fairfax and Harriet Smith In all of Jane Austen's novels, she explores social destiny which seems to be dependent on their status in society. In the 19th Century or in Austen's age social destiny was something that everyone was very interested in. It depended greatly on your rank or class in society. One's family name and its roots as well as one's fortune are factors that were considered when determining one's social destiny....   [tags: Papers]

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Women and Slavery

- SLAVERY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD The simple fact is that everybody has heard of the Underground Railroad, but not everyone knows just what it was. First of all, it wasn=t underground, and it wasn=t even a railroad. The term AUnderground Railroad,@ actually refers to a path along which escaping slaves were passed from farmhouse to storage sheds, from cellars to barns, until they reached safety in the North. One of the most widely known abolitionists in history is a slave by the name of Harriet Tubman....   [tags: Slavery Essays]

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Role of the Quakers in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

- The Quakers and Uncle Tom’s Cabin            In this paper, I will examine the choice of using the Quakers as the angelic figures that become the saviors for the black race during the slave movement in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. While examining this topic, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s background of Puritanism becomes the focus for her motivation to change the world around her and her strict discipline of keeping spiritual values as part of her daily existence. The next stage to be discussed is her conversion from conservative Calvinist views to liberal ideals of social reform....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin]

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The Path to Freedom

- Finally they were free. After months of traveling, and hiding, not knowing if they would be caught, they finally made it to the North. Their trip would have ended there if it had not been for the Fugitive Slave Act. This act stated that the people in the North had to return runaway slaves. This made runaway slaves have to endure more difficult terrain to cross to reach their ultimate goal, Canada. Not only did slaves want to be free, but many Americans also thought that it was wrong, and wanted to abolish it....   [tags: civil war, freedom, fugitive slave]

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Women in Intelligence Agencies

- The names Virginia Hall, Jennifer Matthews, and Gina Bennett all have one thing in common: these women have all played a significant role in the operations of various intelligence agencies in the United States. Although they were key players in the safety of the nation most female spies are not common knowledge. Most people are familiar with Harriet Tubman and her heroic deeds,but what about the other women that have largely impacted the society through their roles as spies.Historically women have been seen as the weaker or inferior sex when compared to their male counterparts....   [tags: Virginia Hall, Jennifer Matthews, Gina Bennett]

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Epilepsy: The Misunderstood Disorder

- Epilepsy is a condition in which a person has two or more seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. Epilepsy is one of the oldest conditions of the human race. Epilepsy Awareness is important because Epilepsy is a widely misunderstood disorder. The reason that Epilepsy has been misunderstood has been mainly due to research not being conducted until the middle of the nineteenth century. There are six main types of seizures and many treatments that can assist an epileptic patient....   [tags: Epilepsy, Seizures, Mental Health, Physical Health]

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A Career in Nursing

- Every single person in America comes in contact with a nurse at some point in their life. Nurses are the backbone of the medical profession. They are usually the first line of defense. A career in nursing is essential because there will always be people in medical need. Being a registered nurse includes a lot of nursing history, degrees, and position descriptions. Nursing has been around throughout history in almost every culture. The nursing profession didn’t take off until the 19th century. Around that time working conditions we not the best....   [tags: health profession, medical techician]

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When Feminism Goes Wrong

- When Feminism Goes Wrong: The Creation of Africana Womanism Clenora Hudson-Weems, founder of Africana womanist theory, defines Africana womanism as “an ideology created and designed for all women of African descent. It is grounded in African culture, and therefore, it necessarily focuses on the unique experiences, struggles, needs and desires of Africana women” (Hudson-Weems, 2007). Finding the existing philosophies dealing with women’s issues lacking, Hudson-Weems sought out a new perspective that would reflect the unique experience of Africana women....   [tags: the creation of Africana Womanism]

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The Christian Stand Taken in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

- Stowe’s Christian Stand in Uncle Tom's Cabin      The nineteenth century proved to be a period of turmoil for women and the role they would play in an ever-changing America. Women contended with not only hard living in the domestic sphere, but were impacted by the undercurrent of slavery issues. The Anti-slavery movement and Women’s rights movement were bringing forth a new dimension of writers taking hard positions on these issues. Harriet Beecher Stowe became one of the country’s most well known writers who bridged these factions together with her famous book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin]

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Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreau and the Voices of the Oppressed

- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreau and the Voices of the Oppressed        There have been many writers who dedicated much of their work towards representing the voices of the oppressed. Among them are Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry David Thoreau. Although these authors were dedicated to the same cause they approached the subject from their own perspective, reflecting on an issue that was relevant to their position in life. Their literature was used to address, or in some cases attack, problems within society such as race, equality, and gender....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Gender in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

- Gender in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe achieved what is, clearly, her greatest notoriety for writing the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin between 1851 and 1852. She was radically inspired by the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, and managed to write one of the most successful works (if not the most successful work) of abolitionist literature. It is even said that Abraham Lincoln described her as the “little woman” who started the “great war.” Though this presidential endorsement might be entirely one of legend, it is still worth noting that Stowe has become linked in the historical eye with the causes of the Civil War....   [tags: Uncle Toms Cabin Essays]

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Octavia Butler's Kindred vs. Harriet Jacobs' Incidents In The Life of a Slave Girl

- Octavia Butler's Kindred vs. Harriet Jacobs' Incidents In The Life of a Slave Girl According to 'the conventions for slave narratives', it is possible to categorize Kindred by Octavia Butler as a slave narrative. However, the circumstances that take Dana back in time are imaginative and fantastical compared to slave narratives such as Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. While reading Kindred, one doesn't really get the experience of the slaves, but how Dana feels as she participates in slave times....   [tags: Jacobs Slave Girl Butler Kindred Essays]

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African American Response to Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

- African American Response to Uncle Tom's Cabin     Many African American 19th Century critics saw Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin as a ray of hope and a means out of oppression. Critics praised the dialogue, the interjected sentimental stories, as well as the characterization. In fact, many considered the novel to be a gift from God. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the only popularized writing at the time that touched upon slavery as negative. The novel was popular in general but more importantly to African Americans....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin Essays]

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Motherhood in The Summer Before the Dark by Kate Brown and The Fifth child by Harriet Lovatt

- Motherhood in The Summer Before the Dark by Kate Brown and The Fifth child by Harriet Lovatt Motherhood is a traditional role for women. From the time they are young, girls are taught to grow up, marry and become mothers. Of course they can do other things with their lives like play sports, have careers, and travel, but an overwhelming amount of women want to be mothers no matter what else they accomplish with their lives. It is common knowledge that being a good mother is one of the hardest jobs in the world....   [tags: Dark Brown fifth Lovatt Essays]

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Slavery as an Attack on Domestic Life in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

- Slavery as an Attack on Domestic Life in Uncle Tom's Cabin          The Compromise of 1850 included The Fugitive Slave Law, a law forcing non-slave owners in the free Northern states to return escaped slaves to their Southern masters and participate in a system they did not believe in. Jehlen notes the reaction to this cruel governmental act by stating that "[t]he nation's growing guilt and apprehension is tangible in the overwhelming response to Uncle Tom's Cabin" (386). It seems hard to believe that people could find no wrong in making it a law to return humans as if they were property....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin Essays]

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Response of Fredrick Douglass to Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

- Fredrick Douglass' Response to Uncle Tom's Cabin      Frederick Douglass was arguably the most prominent African American abolitionist during the mid-19th century. He established his notoriety through his narrative entitled Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave published in 1845. Frederick Douglass also produced an African American newspaper, Frederick Douglass' Paper, which highlighted the reception and critiques of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Frederick Douglass praised Uncle Tom's Cabin through not only his writing but in the critiques and letters contained in his newspaper....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin Essays]

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Social Protest in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

- Uncle Tom's Cabin as Social Protest      Even today, with literature constantly crossing more lines and becoming more shocking, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin remains one of the most scandalous, controversial, and powerful literary works ever spilled onto a set of blank pages. Not only does this novel examine the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward slavery, but it introduces us to the hearts, minds and souls of several remarkable and unprecedented characters.   In a time when it was quite common for a black woman to see almost all of her children die, Harriet Beecher Stowe created Eliza; a strong and powerful woman fleeing slavery and risking everything to pr...   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin Essays]

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Miss Ophelia in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

- Miss Ophelia in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin      Being the only Northerner to take a focal role in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Miss Ophelia is a realistic adaptation of the ideal woman that Harriet Beecher Stowe proposes with the images of the other perfect women. She is educated, single, independent, ambitious, and motivated by a certain sense of duty. Unlike the other women in the novel, she is the one with the most masculine mannerisms: she relies on her thoughts rather than her emotions to make decisions about her life and political beliefs....   [tags: Ophelia Stowe Uncle Tom's Cabin Essays]

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Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe - Misery of Slavery Exposed

- Misery of Slavery Exposed in Uncle Tom's Cabin    Harriet Beacher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin addresses the issue of slavery in close accordance with the style of Frederick Douglas' narrative. A theme that Stowe impresses strongly upon the reader is the degenerative effects of slavery upon both the slave and the master. Frequently in the novel the issue is raised . Even Mrs. Shelby recognizes the depravity and admits that slavery, "is a bitter, bitter, most accursed thing- a curse to the master and a curse to the slave!"(45)....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin]

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin - The Book that Started a War

- The Book that Started a War Uncle Tom's Cabin, also called Life Among the Lowly, was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe.  It is a realistic, although fictional view of slavery.  The main characters in this story are Uncle Tom, Eliza and George Harris.  Uncle Tom is a pious, trustworthy, slave.  He never wrongs anyone and always obeys his master.  A very spiritual person, Uncle Tom tries his best to obey the Bible and to do what is right.  Eliza is a beautiful slave owned by George Shelby, Sr., the same person who initially owns Tom.  Eliza has a son, Harry.  Eliza's husband, George Harris, lives on a nearby plantation.  George is a brilliant man, and invented a machine that was u...   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin]

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Augustine St. Clare of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

-   Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin leaves little room for interpretation of the author's moral point of view.  Yet, there remains one big moral question that is not as easily answered. This is the question of the character of Augustine St. Clare--a man who espouses great ideals on the evils of slavery,  yet continues to hold his own slaves.  Is he a hero because of his  beliefs or a villain because of his actions?  And just how important is this question to understanding and responding to the novel, as a whole....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin Essays]

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin - The Power of Love

- The Power of Love in Uncle Tom's Cabin In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe supplies the reader with two diametrically opposed characters, the two children, representatives of the two extremes of society. The fair, high-bred child, with her golden head, her deep eyes, her spiritual, noble brow, and prince-like movements; and her black, keen, subtle, cringing, yet acute neighbor. They stood representatives of their races. The Saxon, born of ages of cultivation, command, education, physical and moral eminence; the Afric, born of oppression, ignorance, toil and vice....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin]

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Feminist Rhetoric in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

- Feminist Rhetoric in Uncle Tom's Cabin         In considering whether Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, is an example of, or contains remnants of, feminist rhetoric or not, one must first solve the problem of defining what is meant by the term feminist. This is difficult to do when one considers that Uncle Tom's Cabin was written over one hundred and forty years ago, and that feminism has moved through so many different stages since that time. One must resist applying the standards of twentieth-century feminism to Stowe's time, and instead, try to view Uncle Tom's Cabin as it would have been viewed given the sentiment of the time....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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My Definition of Social Studies

- My Definition of Social Studies Social studies is the study of world cultures, social and economic issues. It took some time for me to come up with this definition but after years of studying history I feel social studies is not just geography, civics, and history. I do not remember my childhood years of social studies other than studying about white men and the black men they enslaved or the white men who signed the constitution and what great men they were. I always felt the history I learned was one-sided....   [tags: Papers]

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An American

- What is an American. What does it mean to be "American?" What makes it "American?" And how does it make us "American?" American stands for the beliefs, the music, as well as the people that come from this great nation. The beliefs of this great nation speak every language. These beliefs stretch from the furthest reaches of Africa to the city life of New York. These beliefs are pride, freedom, and equality. American means to be proud. It means to stand up for what you believe in and to fight for it wholeheartedly....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Black Community

- Introduction Throughout history, blacks have been treated the poorest out of all races. Although everyone under God is to be treated equal, whites thought of themselves as being the superior race. In 1619 a Dutch ship brought 20 slaves to America and it took nearly 240 years for slavery to end in 1865(Ronald, , para. 3).These helpless slaves were taken to America and put to work growing anything from cotton to tobacco. Slaves had absolutely no rights. They were simply property of their “Massa’.” Being disrespectful to a white man could get a Negro killed and they just accepted the facts of the matter....   [tags: American History, Luther King Jr. Malcolm X]

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The Underground Railroad

- “A national benefit.” said John C. Calhoun about the evil act known as, slavery (“The History of the United States). However the world was not completely full of ignorance even though it is shown here. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally,” said by Abraham Lincoln. (“Quotes About Slavery”) No one had experienced anything other than a world with slavery, and were not for having a change like this occur and change many people’s lives one by one....   [tags: JOhn C. Calhoun, Slavery, American History]

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Abolitionists

- Abolitionists Strategies of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and John Brown Abolitionist Movement was a reform movement during the 18th and 19th centuries. Often called the antislavery movement, it sought to end the enslavement of Africans and people of African descent in Europe, the Americas, and Africa itself. It also aimed to end the Atlantic slave trade carried out in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Many people participated in trying to end slavery. These people became known as the abolitionists....   [tags: essays papers]

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African American History in America

- In From Slavery to Freedom (2007), it was said that “the transition from slavery to freedom represents one of the major themes in the history of African Diaspora in the Americas” (para. 1). African American history plays an important role in American history not only because the Civil Rights Movement, but because of the strength and courage of Afro-Americans struggling to live a good life in America. Afro-Americans have been present in this country since the early 1600’s, and have been making history since....   [tags: History Blacks African American]

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Slave Girls

- Harriet Jacobs was born into captivity in the 1800's North Carolina. Both her parents were African American slaves that were surviving in the country by paying a fee to their master to contract work. Her mother died when she was six, and Jacobs was left to the mistress of the house. Many children that were slaves were orphaned by premature deaths of their parents and forced to live without love and security in their lives. Often children were bought and sold just as if they were produce at a market....   [tags: Slavery]

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Casue Of The Civil War

- In 1850, a document called the Fugitive Slave Act was passed. Primarily, this document dealt with the reclaiming of runaway slaves. This law allowed southerners to call upon the federal government to capture runaway slaves who had fled the South and may be living in the North. The Fugitive Slave Act and the laws that went with it only caused controversy in the North. This split the North and South. In reaction to this, some northern states passed laws forbidding state officials to enforce the Fugitive Slave Law, which only angered the southern states....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Jacob Lawrence

- One the most distinguished artists of the twentieth century, Jacob Lawrence was born in Atlantic City and spnt part of his child hood in Pennsylvania. After his parents split up in 1924, he went with his mother and siblings to New York, settling in Harlem. "He trained as a painter at the Harlem Art Workshop, inside the New York Public Library's 113 5th Street branch. Younger than the artists and writers who took part in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, Lawrence was also at an angle to them: he was not interested in the kind of idealized, fake-primitive images of blacks - the Noble Negroes in Art Deco guise - that tended to be produced as an antidote to the toxic racist stereotypes...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Characters from Uncle Tom's Cabin

- The Characters from Uncle Tom's Cabin Uncle Tom - The hero of the novel, a faithful and very intelligent slave. On the Shelby estate he serves as a kind of a spiritual father to the slaves. He does not run away when he learns he will be sold away from his wife and children. He is bold in his convictions, even giving advice to one master, Augustine St. Clare. When others encourage him to fight or run, he refuses, claiming it is his duty to serve the man who has purchased him and hope that by faithfulness, he will earn his reward....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe Essays]

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Faith Ringold

- Who was Faith Ringold . Born in New York , Faith Ringold was an African American artist who started school in 2nd grade . While she was at home , her mother taught her the basic skills . She knew how to read before she went to school . In her early childhood she use to be sick every so often , she could not attend school regularly ; however, her mother use to bring her drawing books and pencils . Therefore , she spent most of her time drawing . So, as she grew older and began to go to school , one day her teacher asked her to draw a mountain....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Acts of Racism In The 20th Century

- The Act’s of Racism In The 20th Century Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou were very well known authors of the early 20th century. Most of their writings were concerned with racism and equality. During that time period there was much evidence that African Americans had been treated unfairly, unjustly, and as if they had been beneath the whites. Segregation of schools, churches, bathrooms, and stores were only a few of the many things wrong with this ere. Racism was very apparent in the two short stories “Graduation” and “One Friday Morning”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Abolitionist Movement and The Civil Rights Movement

- Throughout the history of the United States there have been many reform movements that have molded the culture we live in today. The rights that we as Americans enjoy today can be credited to the people who fought for more rights and a better way of life. Two reform movements that have changed America for the better are the Abolitionist Movement and the Civil Rights Movement. Around the 1820’s the feeling of legal slavery was changing in the United States. The south depended on slaves to harvest their crops, and the north felt that slavery was unconstitutional, unethical, and cruel....   [tags: The Civil Rights Movement]

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Multicultural Education Means Mediocre Education, Part II

- Multicultural Education Means Mediocre Education, Part II I had taught high school and middle school English and social studies in a public school system for thirty-four years, retiring from the teaching profession in July of 1999. Any observations, opinions and conclusions I make about Multicultural Education are not theoretical: they are pragmatically based on experience and my interactions with over four thousand students. And I have been scrutinizing and studying Multicultural Education for four decades now and have heard too-many-times the lackluster educational jargon originating from college professors and from misguided advocates of M.E., and quite frankly those “elitist arguments”...   [tags: miscellaneous]

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Driving Solo: A Reflection on Today's Icons

- The focus today on America's modern icons can be ridiculous. Our icons are no longer people who have done anything touchable. Florence Nightingale saved our country from future disease. Harriet Tubman helped to free slaves. Francis Scott Key wrote our beloved national anthem. Now, in the 21st century, we have Britney Spears, sexpot. We're proud to say that we are the home of the raunchy Christina Aguilera. And Kurt Cobain. We can't forget Kurt, can we. At the mere mention of any of these names, curiosity and conversation run rampant....   [tags: Sociology]

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Toni Cade Bambara’s Black Female Champions

- Toni Cade Bambara’s Black Female Champions It is well known from historical accounts, novels, poems, movies, and other sources that blacks have been abused, neglected, and mistreated in American society. In addition, a great deal has been written about the lives, hardships, and obstacles of black men. Black women, however, have long been relegated to subordinate societal roles in relation to white men and women and black men. Black women have been viewed as monsters and suffered distortions of their image....   [tags: Authors Writer African American Essays]

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Oppression of Women in Victorian Society

- How would you like it ladies if you were told that your only place in this world was in the home, or that as you were born a woman you were already given the career of marriage. There would be no way out of it, no hope of changing and becoming something new and exciting, you were stuck in this position and either you made the best of it or died trying to revolt. Women held no rights. They were forced to be robots, performing only for the men they had to seek marriage to. The only jobs that women were allowed to hold was that of motherhood, they were not allowed to speak unless spoken to and certainly were not expected to have personal opinion....   [tags: European Literature]

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Sojourner Truth and Women Suffrage

- Sojourner Truth and Women Suffrage “Who was Sojourner Truth?” Isabella Baumfree also considered Van Wagenen was born in 1797 and died in 1883. She was the first black to speak out to people about slavery and abolitionists. She was said to have a deep manly voice but had a quick wit and inspiring faith (Encyclpoedia, 474). It was Truth’s religious faith that transformed her from Isabella to Sojourner Truth. What is difficult to tell is her actual birth date because there are two different women with different birth dates such as Isabella’s is in the 1790’s and Truth’s is on June 1, 1843....   [tags: History]

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The Back to Africa Effect

- What role did Marcus Garvey play in the Civil Rights movement. When many people think about leaders during Black History Month (February) they think about people like Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and Booker T. Washington.. Now that is acceptable, but rarely does anyone remember the man who sparked the Civil Rights movement in America, my cousin, Marcus Garvey. I want to acknowledge my cousin on his achievements and also thank him for what he has done for the African-American race....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Being An African American Woman

- As stated in Webster's II Dictionary, a woman is defined to be an adult female human. In today's society being an African American woman is a rigid task to live up to. It means to reside to what their ancestors have left behind, which means to be stronger than ever. Rosa Parks was strong, Harriet Tubman was also strong, and Jezebel was even stronger. So what exactly does it mean to be a woman. It means to stand up for what is right, even if that means sacrifice, it means to be strong whether it be physically, emotionally, or mentally....   [tags: Definition Woman Female ]

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Essay on Sophocles' Antigone

- Heroes come in many forms. Some immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a moment of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women who believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. Sophecles shows many of Antigone’s characteristics that are also seen in many heroes....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Richard Adams’s Watership Down

- Richard Adams’s Watership Down There are many intriguing and fascinating lessons and thoughts that can be extracted from Richard Adams’s Watership Down when inspected under a “magnifying glass.” From those many issues, the one that is the most influential to ourselves is the issue regarding anti-segregation, portrayed ingeniously by Richard Adams through Hazel within many different cases in the novel. Out of those many instances, this essay will discuss two of them, explain how they display the issue of anti-segregation, and compare them to a famous historical and political figure....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Slavery in the South

- Slavery in the South Slavery of the Black man in America was the cruelest ever known to man. Europeans transported slaves from Africa as early as 1505. The African Slaves were first exploited on an island named Hispaniola, in the Caribbean by the Europeans to do labor work, before they were sent to the Americas. The women usually worked the interior cooking and cleaning while the men were sent out into the plantation fields to farm. These Africans were stripped of their homes, cultures, and languages....   [tags: Slavery Essays]

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Antigone: A Tragic Hero

- Antigone: A Tragic Hero Heroes come in many forms. Some such as immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned upon, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a thought of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women that believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. This brings up many characteristics that are shown within her that are also seen in other heroes....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone ]

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Hayden’s Way

- Hayden’s Way Robert Hayden was a man who worked with what he had instead of dreaming of what he does not have. Pursuing what he loves to do even when people would put him down or not acknowledge him. Being an African American poet was not easy during Hayden’s lifetime, being born in 1913, integration was not something people were excited about. After some hard times and hard work, he was able to prove himself to the poetic community, "Robert Hayden is now generally accepted as the most outstanding craftsman of Afro-American poetry" (Glaysher)....   [tags: Biography]

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The Note

- Nate let the paper curl up again and placed it into a drawer of the nightstand. He stood and put books back into the boxes. When he finished, he shoved them into his closet then carried the ones from the library downstairs, but kept the U through W encyclopedia. The note had to be about the Underground Railroad. It read like coded directions. Maybe learning more about the UGRR would help decipher the meaning. Too excited to sleep, Nate settled down with the U encyclopedia in a wing chair in a corner of his room....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays]

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Social Deviance

- Social deviance is a very broad term, which describes actions or behaviors that violate social “norms.” Norms, in a simple context, are rules by which members of society are expected to conform to. When discussing the term deviance, one might talk about the failure, or people’s failures to adapt to rules established by society. Social deviance has many forms and interpretations. Deviant acts, are primarily relative to setting, because deviance in one place could be considered non-deviance in another place....   [tags: norms, criminal behavior, equality, Malcolm X]

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Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield

- Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield Typically, Black Americans have reached their most noted fame through their talents in music and sports; although, we have been taught the impact of individuals like Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the history of America. Movies have been produced that reinforce our knowledge of the history of blacks: "Roots" gave us an in-depth look into slavery; "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored People" gave us a deeper understanding of the effects of segregation; and "Malcolm X" showed us hate between races....   [tags: Papers]

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Stowe and Truth

- The Negro of today is a failure, not because he meets insuperable difficulties in life, but because he is a Negro. His brain is not fitted for the higher forms of mental effort; his ideals, no matter how laboriously he is train and sheltered, remain hose of a clown. He is, in brief, a low-caste man, to the manner [sic] born, and he will remain inert and inefficient until fifty generations of him have lived in civilization. And even then, the superior white race will be fifty generations a head of him....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Underground Railroad

- Introduction Imagine yourself a slave, hungry, beaten, and sick with grief at having had your freedom, family and all that makes you human stripped from you. But then, you get word of a way out of it all. It will separate you from all whom you love, it will endanger your life, but that is the price for freedom from the slavery of the south. Fellow slaves begin acting strangely, gathering tools, clothing, and food. You look around, and all you see is a freshly washed quilt hanging out to dry. Then you begin to realize that there is a new quilt every few days, each with a new pattern, and with each quilt, your fellow slaves correspondingly perform more and more preparative tasks....   [tags: UGRR Slavery]

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Changing Women's Roles

- Women started to challenge their domestic roles over time by using the war, westward expansion and abolitionist movements and by ultimately taking advantage of the liberties they were given. Because they were proven to be sufficiently skillful in activites during the Revolution and Civil War they were able to expand their roles after the war both socially and also in education. From the time the abolition and temperance movements started in the early 1830s, women, both white and black, started to become more outspoken about the rights they feel are being denied to women and African Americans....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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Elizabeth Blackwell

- Elizabeth Blackwell Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in America, struggled with sexual prejudice to earn her place in history. She was born in Bristol, England on February 3, 1821 to a liberal and wealthy family. She was the third daughter in a family of nine children. Her father, Samuel Blackwell, believed in the value of education and knowledge and hired a governess for the girls, even though many girls were not educated in those days. In 1832, the family sugar cane plantation went bankrupt, forcing the family to move to America....   [tags: essays papers]

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Civil War

- The election of Lincoln, secession of the southern states and the Confederate States of America Constitution set the stage for the bloodiest and saddest war in American history. Before the Civil War even began the nation was divided into four very distinct regions; Northeast, Northwest, Upper south and the Southwest. With two fundamentally different labor systems, slavery in the south and wage labor in the North, the political, economic and social changes across the nation would show the views of the North and the South....   [tags: American History Civil War]

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Jacob Lawrence

- The Miraculous Life of Jacob Lawrence Jacob Lawrence is among the most distinguished and accomplished American artists of the twentieth-century. Jacob Lawrence was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1917 and spent part of his childhood in Pennsylvania. He was not the only child; he had a sister named Geraldene and a brother named William. In 1930 his family split up and he moved to New York City's Harlem neighborhood, where as a teenager he attended classes taught by Charles Alston at the Harlem Community Art Center....   [tags: Biography]

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Affirmation

- Affirmation is defined as a recognition of political, personal, cultural values and identity. The Puritans, African Americans, and Native Americans affirmed their identity in Colonial America through: oral traditions, songs, and rituals. This is the reason they are studied all over the world. The Puritans affirmed their identity through their religious beliefs, utopian ideas and theocracy. The Puritans had a storyteller who spoke of their genealogy. Since these stories were based on the bible, most of the listeners (children) were isolated from the reality of life....   [tags: essays research papers]

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