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In this essay I set out to explore the reasons for the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1920s and see its impact on US politics at the time. Firstly, I will briefly outline the history and guidelines of the Ku Klux Klan, as it existed before 1920s, as I believe it is important to understand the Klan's concept in the American history. And secondly, I will discuss particular Klan policies in its second version in 1920s and means of influencing the whole US nation. The issue of the Klan was quite typical and one of the most controversial of the 1920s, thus I would like to point out some interventions with the particular political situation of the era. The Ku Klux Klan was originally founded as early as 1866 in the U.S. South after the Civil War, in years called Reconstruction and as a secret society of white Southerners. During the years of Reconstruction, the scattered American nation tried to restore its union, forbid slavery and help freed slaves to become rightful citizens. At that time, the Klan members frantically opposed the Reconstruction plans, did not at all approve the notion of equality of blacks to whites and opposed to the idea that the blacks should become landowners and have a vote in the elections and influence "the white man's country", the United States. The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan wore typical white grotesque costumes and hideous masks which were somewhat ghostly and frightening and insured its owners to remain in anonymity. As an impressive ritual, "they used to ride through the countryside mounted on horseback claiming to be the dead soldiers from Shiloh who had recently risen from hell to return to keep the Negroes in their rightful place." (Rambow) Throughout the first period of its...
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added: 10/27/2011
Stem cells look to be nothing more than a hollow sphere composed of a clump of tiny, roundish balls. In reality, they are much more than that. Those 40 cells contain all the potential to become a living, breathing human being. Many scientists believe that these cells also have the potential to cure a myriad of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and many others. The cells of the four day old human embryo can be programmed to become virtually any cell in the body making them a very valuable commodity. All this sounds very promising until one realizes the cost of acquiring these miracle cells. Gathering stem cells from human embryos can be looked at as nothing less that taking a life. (Begley 23) There are multiple reasons that the government should not fund research on embryonic stem cells but the most important has got to be the inevitable destruction of life involved. What good is saving lives when they are being taken at the same time? How much since does that make? Who are we to decide whether these embryos get their chance at life or not? Making a decision like that is playing God. Pure and simple. We don't even know for sure that stem cells can live up to the expectations that scientists have for them. That fact makes stem cell research nothing more than a gamble that might save some lives, but will definitely cost some in the process. Can it really be worth it? Even if stem cells could turn out to be the miracle cure that scientists hope they are, think of the effect on the population and economy. Imagine what it would be like if there was a sharp increase in the elderly population. Perhaps two or three times the number of citizens eligible for social security. The drain that such an occurrence would put on the economy is almost immeasurable. It would...
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In the story "The Stone Boy", by Gina Berriault, a twelve years old young child, Arnold, accidentally killed his brother, Eugie, when they are hunting. The family, a household of rural farmers in an unnamed region, doesn't know how to react about the accident so that they just blame Arnold and reject him when he turns to his family for support and compassion. A sensitive tale of a family that is torn apart by a tragic accident. There is a lot of revealing evidence that exhibits the Arnold's true feelings about his family and his brother. The fence, the coldness of his house and body, the gray atmosphere and gray farmhouse and the silence and stillness of the outside, are all components that the author uses to reveal Arnold's feelings. Arnold's behavior towards his brother, his brother's correlative behavior, his parents' reactions toward him and the way they focus attention on their other children, also disclose a lot about Arnold's feelings. It's quite obvious to reveal Arnold's feeling towards his brother: he admires him. Whether it is when he watches him sleep, regards him admiringly as he takes off his cap, steals wheat just like he did or when he listens to him carefully talk about duck season, it is all about Eugie. Arnold wants to grow up and be his brother, regardless of how his brother feels about him. It seems to me that Arnold is living in his brother's shadow. This is supported in the text when it states, "Arnold never tired of watching Eugie offer silent praise unto himself. He wondered, as he sat enthralled, if when he got to be Eugie's age he would still be undersized and his hair still straight" (P.135). Through Eugie's actions and his words he is pushing Arnold out, I can see that...
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added: 10/28/2011
In approaching the topic of consumption, it is evident that many academic writers from a wide background of disciplines including historians, geographers and sociologists have contributed to the academic literature on late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century consumption. This essay will examine the literature surrounding early nineteenth century consumption, in order to ascertain what have been the significant contributions to consumption by geographers in comparison to the boarder context of consumption. It will argue that although geographers have brought new ideas and areas of research into the field of consumption, there has been an undue emphasis on department stores as 'cathedrals of consumption' (Crossick and Jaumain, 1999) to the point where there has been little research on other consumption spaces. Specifically this essay will provide insight into what has been addressed within the area of the department store and consumption, then move on to other spaces such as shops and consumer co-operatives that have been studied to a lesser degree, before providing new avenues of possible research for historical geographers to pursue in the field of consumption. What contributions have been made in the literature? - Department stores In examining the literature on consumption, the department store plays a prominent role; there has been a vast array of literature focused around the notion that department stores of the nineteenth century were perhaps responsible for changing the face of consumption. This notion has been addressed by historical geographers and their writing has developed around the idea that these spaces, according to Coles (1999:72), 'were a new and highly innovative form of retail organisation'. Geographers instantly followed this lead 'stress the role of the department store in modernising retailing and introducing new methods' (Crossick and Jaumain, 1999:1). In doing so, geographers such as Domosh (1996) have chosen to document the techniques that operated in...
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"Many facts concur to show that we must look far deeper for our salvation than to steam, photographs, balloons or astronomy. These tools have some questionable properties. They are regents. Machinery is aggressive. The weaver becomes a web, the machinist a machine." -Ralph Waldo Emerson Throughout the course of human history, men and women have taken steps to make life easier. Going back to the allegorical curse placed upon man in the Genesis scriptures, that he should "work by the sweat of his brow," men have tried desperately, to some avail to annul that curse. Throughout the 20th century, men have succeeded in many aspects of technological change. The past 140 years, a short time in comparison with human history, have brought about some of the most noted technological changes. For instance, 140 years ago, there was no telephone. Photography was still in its infancy. The idea of an automobile was absurd, and the notion that a machine heavier than air could fly was scoffed. But advances in scientific discovery led to many changes in the thoughts and attitudes of humans as to what technology meant to changing society. But, somehow, this advancement in human achievement is sometimes viewed with scorn by some of the wisest among us. Has these advancements improved our lives, or just changed the nature of the problems we face? It is important to understand that the luxuries of yesterday somehow seem to become the necessities of today. Hot and cold running water, the in-house bathroom, the telephone, the television – these were all considered luxuries at one time. But now, they are deemed as necessities by many in society. They can't be appreciated properly unless one was to view societies where these items do not exist, or their existence is scorned. In modern times, we tend to...
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added: 11/22/2011
For my term paper, I researched on Cyber Terrorism. I believe that Cyber Terrorism is a big problem in our society and may even be a worldwide problem for all humanity today. I want to do my term paper on Cyber Terrorism because I had some personal experience with this sort of terrorism. About a two years ago, I encountered a Hacker on America Online. I opened an unknown message in my mailbox that was titled “Free Nude Teens”. Then about a couple weeks later, we received all sorts of bills that had to be paid. My father received bills for many different things such as electronics, clothes, and other items that had been purchased under our account on the Internet. My father was so pissed off because he thought that my brothers or I had purchased all those items. So we called the Company and found that our computer had been hacked into. And the so called hacker purchased items on our account number. And we found that the hacker gained entry by a message that I had opened . So we ended up paying only a thousand dollars out of almost six-thousand dollars worth of goods purchased on America Online. I want to do my research paper on Cyber Terrorism because I want to stress to people that this is a big problem and will become worse in the future since everything is being done in Cyber Space these days. In this research paper, I will prove that hackers gain power and publicity with crimes they commit through cyber space. And it is easy for even amateur hackers to gain information and money from powerful organization without any detection or suspicion. Hacking is also a costly and destructive force for people in Cyber Space. Cyber Terrorism is such a...
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The career that I choose to research was Computer Engineer. One of the reasons why I choose to research this occupation is because I am very interested in the field of computer science and because someday I hope to work in the field. I also choose this particular occupation because it receives a relatively high salary compared with other occupations in the field, and salary is an important issue for me. I also love using computers, I use my computer almost every day. When one of my family members computer breaks or when our home network is not working, I'm usually the first person to try and fix the problem. Also, many people have told me that computer engineering is growing fast and there will be many good opportunities to come. "I was told in college that computer programming is the fastest-growing carreers there is; that is true, but its not hiring a lot of new people" (Mitchle) In today's competitive economy having a technical advantage over others can be the difference between success and failure. This is where computer engineering come in. Computer engineers design, troubleshoot, and develop programs and computer systems for many different applications. Many engineers are being hired today by companies to build and maintain their networks and computers. Enginners are also in high demand, especially to develop solutions for faster and better computers to aid in business, accounting, telecommunications, and almost any job where you would use a computer. In order to be a good computer engineer you must show that you are fairly competent in certain social skills, complex problem solving skills, and technical skills. The social skills you must have for this occupation are coordination, and you must work well with other people. The technical skills needed are technology design, testing, troubleshooting, and judgment and...
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Looking back in history the one thing that caught my eye was the great depression. I wanted to learn more and get a better understanding of exacting what was the great depression. Even though I have learned about it in other history classes. I never really understood of what happen or what cause the depression and that is why I choice to do my research paper on this particular topic. After doing this research paper it help me to understand what was the real cause of the great depression for example I learn one cause was the crash of the stock market. I also learn that many people were unemployed due to the depression and how many businesses went under. The great depression and the things I learn from it is relate to the topics of this course is by jobs and unemployment. Due to the budgets cuts in work forces a lot of people are unemployed and if it keeps continuing I believe there just might be another great depression. When I was doing my research paper the Internet was my best source to get my information because there are so many sites you can go to and each sites provides you with enough information that you need about any topic. The way I choice the site I wanted information for my paper was the one who provided me with the most information about my topic. I believe my information I have got is reliable and the way I know is because what I have learn before about the topic in other classes matches with my sources on the internet and with all the sources I have use they will be primary. The Great Depression was the worst time in history for everyone. It was the worst financial slump ever in...
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MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS Medical transcriptionists perform technical clerical work in transcribing medical cases. They transcribe clinical reports, test results, and other information from voice dictation. They work in many hospitals and other facilities and some work right out of their own home. I believe this is a very good career to get into for many reasons. Medical transcriptionists are not just typists or secretaries; their skills are not as simple as theirs. A medical transcriptions is a medical language specialist who interprets and transcribes medical records from tapes in order to compile written documentation of medical information on individual patient cases. They use a transcribing machine with headset and foot pedal, listen to recording by physicians and other HealthCare professionals dictating a variety of medical reports. They have a good command of English grammar and know thousands of words of highly technical medical vocabulary. They are good listeners and they need to be able to understand many different foreign accents. They are very skilled workers being that they need to know so much. I choose this career because it looked interesting to me and I enjoy typing and learning medical abbreviations. I learned of this career at the Career Expo this year. I was interested immediately. It seemed to be a fun, easy, moderately good paying job, so I decided to do my research paper on medical transcriptionists so I can learn more about the profession I would like to get into. Since medical transcriptionists deal with a lot of grammar and medical terminology, they are many educational requirements. You must have a high school diploma or something equivalent to it. Some helpful high school courses include English, biology, anatomy and some type of typing class. It is also preferred that you graduate from an accredited school for medical records terminology. There are many different colleges and business schools that have courses in Medical Transcription. Some include Carnage College, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Fox Valley Technical...
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Dec 10, 2002 Chicano Lit Prof. Roberto Cantu Final Paper Clemente Chacon The book I chose for my research paper is Clemente Chacon by Jose Antonio Villarreal. This book deals with existential circumstances about a boy, which grows up on the Mexican side of the border and through crossing into the United States, he slowly rises into a high position in the Anglo-American business world. What is fascinating about this story is that it is not simply a story a biographical story about the difficulties the boy endured and how he overcame them. This story in intertwined with many themes, which occur in Chicano literature. Themes such as immigration, pressures of assimilation, Mexican and Chicano sexual and religious taboos, father and son parallelism, mother and son antagonism, among many others. The chapters of the book are mixed up in a way, they go from when the protagonist is grown up to when he was a little boy in the mean streets of Juarez. The story also takes you back in time to the account of his birth and the journey his mother takes with her lover. In some cases the book shows many protagonists, and Villarreal does a good job of confusing the reader, but only so that at the end every sub-story and little details becomes and important part of the outcome and the story as a whole. The focal point of the essay will be to analyze how the pressures of Chicano assimilation to the Anglo world can be traced to Mexican traditions and way of life. These traditions will be focused on father-son parallelism, mother-son antagonism, and Mexican and Chicano religious and sexual taboos. Clemente Chacon will be used as the basis that the essay is built on. By using the course reading for comparisons the essay the themes of the paper...
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