Alger Essays

  • Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger

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    Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger Ragged Dick is a novel written in the 1800’s by Horatio Alger.  It is a story about a young boy named Richard Hunter, also known as Ragged Dick, as he progresses though his childhood.  Ragged Dick is a typical Rags to Riches story where Dick struggles through the hardships of city life, trying to achieve the “American Dream”. As a child, Dick is nothing more than a poor city boy who is trying to earn money on the streets of New York City.  He spends his time shining

  • Alger Hiss Spy Case

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    The Alger Hiss Spy Case During the late nineteen forties, a new anti-Communistic chase was in full holler, this being the one of the most active Cold War fronts at home. Many panic-stricken citizens feared that Communist spies were undermining the government and treacherously misdirecting foreign policy. The attorney general planned a list of ninety supposedly disloyal organizations, none of which was given the right to prove its loyalty to the United States. The Loyalty Review Board investigated

  • Andrew Carnegie, Eugene V. Debs, and Horatio Alger

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    Andrew Carnegie, Eugene V. Debs, and Horatio Alger During the late nineteenth century rapid industrialization paved the way for extreme economical wealth of many business. In accordance with the overflowing wealth in the nineteenth century many individuals held similar but yet contrasting views toward the wealth that was created in the United States. Among these individuals were Andrew Carnegie, Eugene V. Debs, and Horatio Alger. One of the best-known philanthropists was the American industrialist

  • Alger and Crane: Mythic Vs. Realist

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    Stephen Crane and Horatio Alger are both authors who discuss issues that deal with New York City in the 1800's. They are different in one major way. Crane is known as more of a realist, whereas Alger is known as mythic. Two examples that distinguish these authors' styles are Maggie, A Girl Of The Streets, by Crane and Ragged Dick Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks, by Alger. Both stories illustrate attempts to rise to the upper classes of society or become "respectable." Crane's

  • Ragged Dick by Horation Alger Jr.

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    Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger, Jr. Ragged Dick is a picture perfect story of what the American dream is to be thought as. Here you have a boy who has lost both parents, he has no one. He shines shoes just to be able to feed himself and he rises to a higher class with tough work and good character. There may have been a little luck every so often, but that is what the American dream is too. Ragged Dick is almost like a guide to raise your social class rank. Not so much a step-by-step manual, but more

  • Albert Camus

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    articles for the newspaper Alger-Etudiant in 1934. In the same year he married Simon Hie who was wealthy but was plagued with a drug addiction. This marriage only lasted for about two years. After earning a degree in 1935, Camus was awarded the diplome d'etudes superieures with his thesis "Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism." In 1934 he became a member of the Communist Party, but this only lasted until 1937. Albert was also a successful journalist, writing for the Alger Republicain, the Paris-Soir

  • Comparing Success in Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick and the Life of Colin Powell

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    many people, like me, already changed their goals, and would regret for the rest of their life. Therefore, I do not think people should be fixed because of some social ideas, but should fight against these wrong, fixed ideas. Works Consulted Alger, Horatio. "Ragged Dick." Rereading America. 5th ed. Eds. Cary Colombo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001. 298-304 Blue, Rose and Naden, Corinne J. "From Colin Powell: Straight to the Top." Rereading America

  • agler hiss

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    Alger Hiss was born on November 11, 1904 in Baltimore, Maryland he attended John Hopkins University and Harvard University. He was an American lawyer and governmental official. He was known for many things, he help start the United Nations he was the secretary. He was accused of being a Communist and a soviet spy in 1948. And was convicted of perjury in 1950. These trials lasted almost his entire career. After he completed college in 1929 his law professor and good friend Felix Frankfurter gave

  • Student Organizations

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    changing as CTE evolves. Outcomes of Participation in CTE Student Organizations A major research study was conducted by Purdue University comparing agricultural education students to the "typical high school student" identified by the Horatio Alger Association ("Communicating the Good News!" 2000). The Purdue study showed outcomes for students who participated in FFA, a CTE student organization with about 450,000 members (Stagg and Stuller 1999). Because all career-technical student organizations

  • film crime

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    many crime and gangster films. A significant plot characteristic in these films is often a rivalry with other criminals in gangster warfare. These plots include questions to how the criminal is going to apprehended by the law. According to Horatio Alger gangster films are morality tales. They are stories in which the criminal lives in an inverted dream world of success and wealth. Although criminals are doomed to fail and an inevitable death, they are portrayed as the victims of circumstance, because

  • The Myth of the American Dream

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    beginning of last century. There happened some variations but the idea stayed the same: working hard will bring you to the top of the society circle. This idea became very popular in the end of eighteen hundreds thanks to the stories, written by Horatio Alger. In spite of similarity of all his books, his works had an edition of hundred thousand copies. Simple idea of getting into upper class circles starting from the very down, was accepted by society as a model of success achievement. People have believed

  • Ragged Dick, by Hoatio Alger

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    deserve praise or reward. Well, this is the message that Horatio Alger gives to his readers that some people feel as though it’s a myth as oppose to others thinking it’s great guidelines or a great blueprint to success. In a selection of the money and success chapter in “Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing”, a professor at Yale Law School, Harlon L. Dalton critiques the story of Horatio Alger “Ragged Dick” calling it a myth. Dalton says that you can’t just overlook

  • Analysis Of 'The Lesson And Horatio Alger'

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    “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara and “Horatio Alger” by Harlon L. Dalton conveys the message that success is not always an everyday thing and it takes opportunities for it to become part of life. In “The Lesson”, an angered girl named Sylvia is taken on a field trip to a toy store with Miss Moore to learn a valuable lesson. The lesson is to become successful in society because it is the only way to make it to the top. On the other hand, “Horatio Alger” shows more of a realistic viewpoint where success

  • Communism In America

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    describe public attacks made on persons' character and/or patriotism that involve the sort of tactics associated with McCarthy. In 1948, Time magazine's managing editor Whittaker Chambers , a former Communist spy turned government informer, accused Alger Hiss of being a member of the Communist party and a spy. According to Chambers, Hiss was a member of the Ware group, an underground cell of Communists that Chambers said had engaged in espionage for the Soviet Union. In August or September of 1934

  • The Death Of Horatio Alger Summary

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    With the idea of Alger’s moral, America is a place where the poor can become rich. Krugman disagreed with Alger because it never has been as easy as it sounds. “The Death of Horatio Alger” by Paul Krugman concentrated on the causes of economic inequality and the value of the American Dream. This article was published in 2004. Krugman received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2008 fro trade patterns and economic activity. Paul Krugman attended Yale University then Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Invisibility Over Negation in Invisible Man

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    Early on in Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison's nameless narrator recalls a Sunday afternoon in his campus chapel.  With aspirations not unlike those of Silas Snobden's office boy, he gazes up from his pew to further extol a platform lined with Horatio Alger proof-positives, millionaires who have realized the American Dream.  For the narrator, it is a reality closer and kinder than prayer can provide: all he need do to achieve what they have is work hard enough.  At this point, the narrator cannot

  • Analysis Of Horatio Alger By Harlon Dalton

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    In the piece “Horatio Alger”, Harlon L. Dalton criticizes the piece by calling it “socially destructive”. The Horatio Alger myth explains three messages that are all centralized around the fact that merit will overcome anything. The Horatio Alger myth claims that each of us is judged only based on merit. Dalton then delves into examples of this being false by explaining how African Americans have been judged solely based on race. The second message that is conveyed explains how everyone has a fair

  • Henry Trafton's Independence By Horatio Alger

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    Such two men named Dale Carnegie and Horatio Alger have given the world two of the most famous business philosophies. Those who pursue Horatio’s philosophy achieve success through hard work and dedication while those who pursue Carnegie’s philosophy achieve success by being very charismatic.

  • Paul Krugman's The Death Of Horatio Alger

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    In the essay, “The Death of Horatio Alger,” economist Paul Krugman determines how the income distribution rates have changed due to poor mobility, affecting the American Dream: social ideas in news articles and statistics in the income rates. Krugman is making the argument on whether “political leaders are doing what they can to fortify class inequality, while denouncing anyone who complains” (133) in order to restore mobility that’s changed over the years. Does Krugman establish his knowledge that

  • Joseph McCarthy and Communism

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    From 1949 to 1954, the citizens of the United States were overcome with terror of the possibility of being accused of Communism. Joseph McCarthy was an anti-communist zealot obsessed with rooting out perceived Communist spies and activities in the United States. Common opinion showed that McCarthy was a bully and a liar. The Senate condemned him for it because at the time, there was no evidence to support him. However, in recent years, evidence has come out that confirms the basis of what McCarthy