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American Social Thought Literature

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Memoirs are effective forms of writing to use for a number of reasons. As a 20th Century American, one can look upon memoirs as both a telling of a time past and a time present; memoirs show a piece of our history, and thus by extension a piece of one's own identity as an American.

A less effective form of writing is that of social science argumentation, which asks us to believe various results of tests, polls, and studies. While an effective means of persuasion, it is not quite as stirring as that of the 'simple' memoir, or story of our 'own' people.

This paper will examine two writings which have been studied this year- that of Margaret Meade's "Coming of Age in Samoa" as well as Whittaker Chambers's "Witness." These two memoirs show different sides of America, and Americans. Meade's "Coming of Age" speaks of a time when she…… [Read More]

Bibliography

Hollinger and Capper. The American Intellectual Tradition Volume II: 1865 to the Present, Fourth Edition.

Meade, Margaret. "Coming of Age in Samoa."

The American Intellectual Tradition Volume II: 1865 to the Present, Fourth Edition.

Chambers, Whittaker. "Witness" The American Intellectual Tradition Volume II: 1865 to the Present, Fourth Edition.
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Memories There Are a Number

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The reader can really feel the sense of despair felt when the author's sister left her alone, and when the former attempted to flee the school only to be trapped by the bars of the gate. Furthermore, the author did a fairly credible job of slowly displaying her signs of relief at first finding similar Spanish speakers, and then eventually finding comfort and ease in the new school.

The beginning of the narrative seemed to be a little prolonged, and did not appear to be as necessary as the anecdote about being at the school for the first time. Of course, the author was simply describing the beginning of her first day of school. However, the fighting for the bathroom and the changing of clothes, although detailed, actually seemed to detract a little from the shock of the author being at a new school in a new country. Ideally, this…… [Read More]

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Real War

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Old Breed

In real war, soldiers have been ripped from their families, surviving, sometimes barely, in foreign surroundings. The author of With the Old Breed repeatedly states he "just wanted to survive," (p. 186), which underscores the fact that cinematic versions of war often overplay the elements of honor and pride and downplay the more real, mundane, everyday feelings and experiences. In fact, Sledge notes that he did not want to be "burdened with responsibility" of being a commanding officer. It was better to be a mortarman, because then just surviving would be a victory. Therefore, the "real war" was the reality on the ground, and according to E.B. Sledge, it was "terribly depressing," (p. 180). This paper will demonstrate that the "real war" is to be found in the often mundane and "depressing" experiences of its soldiers, and will also discuss the counterpoint of idealized heroism.

eal war is…… [Read More]

References

Sledge, E.B. With the Old Breed. Random House, 2007.

Spielberg, S. Saving Private Ryan. Feature Film, 1998.
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Seventeenth Century Novel

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Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, by John Cleland (commonly known as "Fanny Hill"). Specifically, it will answer the question, "is Fanny Hill an unrepentant woman or a contrite woman? It will draw parallels between another fallen woman in "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders," by Daniel Defoe. Fanny Hill was a highly controversial and compelling novel about a prostitute, written when prostitution was certainly not an everyday topic of conversation. The book was the first to be banned in the United States. Today, it seems tame compared to our modern day versions of sex, but it still tells a compelling story of how women were forced to survive at a time in history when they had little other method of supporting themselves.

FANNY HILL

Fanny Hill" was a highly controversial and compelling novel, first published in 1749, and called the first pornographic novel by some reviewers.…… [Read More]

Bibliography

Cleland, John. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. Ed. Sabor, Peter. New York: University of Oxford, 1999.

Defoe, Daniel. "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders." Bibliomania.com. 2003. 21 April 2003.  http://www.bibliomania.com/0/0/17/30/frameset.html 

Novak, Maximillian E. Defoe and the Nature of Man. London: Oxford University Press, 1963.

Nussbaum, Felicity A. "One Part of Womankind: Prostitution and Sexual Geography in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure." Differences, 7.2 (1995): 16-40.
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Moomins by Tove Jansson Literary

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In fact, one of the principle facets of Moominpappa's character is to introduce didactic messages to his family, particularly to his children. Doing so is part of his job as a father and as the head of a household. Unfortunately, not all of his methods of teaching his family are as entertaining as his memoirs, as the following quotation from Moominpappa at Sea, in which he warns his family of the dangers of forest fires, proves.

He had warned the family. Time and time again he had explained how necessary it was to be careful in August. He had described the burning valley, the roar of the flames, the white-hot tree trunks, and the fire creeping along the ground underneath the moss. Blinding columns of flame flung upward against the night sky! aves of fire, rushing down the sides of the valley and on toward the sea… (Jansson).

The hyperbolic…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Jansson, Tove. Moominpappa's Memoirs. London: Square Fish. 2010. Print.

Jansson, Tove. Moominpappa at Sea. London: Square Fish. 2010. Print.

Janson, Tove. Tales from Moominvalley. London: Square Fish. 2010. Print.
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Naked in the Promised Land

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However, later she notes the predators can really be either sex, especially when it comes to sex and sexuality. Because she had a fantastic body, some of her female lovers abused her and used her too, and in fact, it was her first lover, "Jan" that said she had a body good enough to model with and earn money.

It must be remembered that Faderman had few choices as a young girl growing up in the 1950s, especially if she was gay. Maury the counselor told her if she was not going to marry, she was going to have to work, so she needed an education, so the attitude was still that a woman's real career option was to marry and have children. Feminist author Monique Wittig writes, "Lesbians should always remember and acknowledge how 'unnatural,' compelling, totally oppressive, and destructive being "woman" was for us in the old days…… [Read More]

References

Faderman, Lillian. Naked in the Promised Land.

Wittig, Monique. "One is Not Born a Woman." Everyday Theory. Ed. McLaughlin and Coleman. New York: Longman, 2005. 553-560.
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E B Sledge With the Old

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Consider the following quotation in which he reflects on the companionship between him and his peers.

ar is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste. Combat leaves an indelible mark on those who are forced to endure it. The only redeeming factors were my comrades' incredible bravery and their devotion to each other. The Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive. But it also taught us loyalty to each other -- and love. The esprit de corps sustained us (Sledge 152).

This passage provides a very vital means on interpreting many of the different events discussed within this memoir. It also answers a lot of questions in regards to the author's true esteem for war, which does not appear to be 'necessary' whatsoever. It is worth noting that this passage concludes the manuscript, and delivers a sort of insight and value to the book that…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Hiatt, Bryan. "With The Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa." World War II Database. 2005. Web.  http://ww2db.com/read.php?read_id=21 

Gilbert, Adrian. "With the Old Breed on Pelelui and Okinawa." War Books Review. 2010. Web.  http://www.warbooksreview.com/war-books-review/2010/05/with-the-old-breed-on-pelelui-and-okinawa-.html 

No author. "Book Review: With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa." www.mobilemojoman.com. 2012. Web.

http://mobilemojoman.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/book-review-with-the-old-breed-by-e-b-sledge/
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Is a Private Identity a Curse or a Blessing

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pain when it comes to being different. In both Zora Neale Hurston's essay "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" and Richard Rodriguez's " Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood" the two writers discuss the differences they come upon that molded their principles and sentiments as they grew older. For Hurston hers was about being of a dissimilar race than her environment. For Rodriguez, his was about being different by communicating in another language. Both felt the effect it had on not just their lives, but also their thoughts as they matured into adulthood.

Rodriguez and Hurston viewed their differences as some sort of handicap. Each author imagined themselves in some way as being handicapped in life, of either not comprehending the language or not comprehending being of a different race. However, both authors found a way to overcome their personal struggles through turning these thoughts and struggles into growing…… [Read More]

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Cuban Missile Crisis

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Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Specifically it will discuss what Kennedy says are the most important lessons that he learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cuban Missile Crisis took place in October 1962, and almost resulted in a nuclear war over ussian warheads in Cuba. Kennedy says he learned many things from the crisis, most importantly, that many differing views are the key to good deliberation. Today, that idea is often dismissed, calling for a general consensus on a topic, and that his implications for the U.S. Foreign policy in many areas.

Late in the book, Kennedy writes, "I believe our deliberations proved conclusively how important it is that the President have the recommendations and opinions of more than one individual, of more than one department, and of more than one point-of-view" (Kennedy 111). This is a central idea to democracy and our two-party system of government, which…… [Read More]

References

Kennedy, Robert J. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1969.
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Emergency Communications

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Memoir of a Public Information Officer: When an Earthquakes Strikes: The First Five Days

On Thursday the 15th of last month, at 7:31 A.M., an earthquake of 5.9 Moment Magnitude struck Southern California. The epicenter was near Santa Clarita, a small suburban community about twenty miles north of Los Angeles along the I-5 freeway. I am the Public Information Officer for the Emergency esponse Office for the City of Santa Clarita. The following is an account of the five days following that earthquake.

I was attending a breakfast meeting with City and County officials discussing items in the proposed budget for our Emergency esponse Office. Over danishes, bagels, coffee, and juice, we were itemized the needs required by my office. The main sticking point was the cost to training more CET (Community Emergency esponse Team) graduates. It is an 18-hour course taught by U.S. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Our…… [Read More]

References

Drabek, Thomas E. Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government. Washington, D.C.: International City Management Association. 1991.

Sylves, Richard T., and Waugh, William L. Jr. Disaster Management in the U.S. And Canada. Springfield: Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd. 1996.
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William Sherman's Role in the

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However, despite the personal successes, he felt personally responsible for the loss and would use the events from ull Run to questions his effectiveness as a military officer.

Next, Sherman would serve under Robert Anderson. Where, he would eventually succeed him and take command of all Union forces in Kentucky. This was important, because Kentucky was considered to be a neutral state in the war, where the Union army was based and there were pockets of Confederate units as well. This would create an atmosphere, where Sherman would be unable to conduct a total war, to defeat the various Confederate elements. At which point, he would complain to Washington about the constant shortages that he would face in achieving this objective, with his army lacking the men necessary to fight a successful campaign to low food provisions / ammunition. This would cause Sherman to be relieved of command and placed…… [Read More]

Bibliography

General Sherman's March to the Sea. Son of the South, 2008 Available from Son of the South  http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/shermans-march-to-the-sea.htm . Accessed 14 July, 2010.

McPherson, James. Battle Cry of Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Sherman, William . After the War. Son of the South, 2008. Available from Son of the South  http://www.sonofthesouth.net/union-generals/sherman/memoirs/general-sherman-after-war.htm  Accessed 14, July 2010.

Sherman, William . The Battle of Bull Run to Puducah 1861 -- 1862. Son of the South, 2008. Available from Son of the South  http://www.sonofthesouth.net/union-generals/sherman/memoirs/general-sherman-battle-bull-run.htm  Accessed 14, July 2010.
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Zinsser William Writing About Your

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Roberts, Rev. Dr. Mark D. "Oprah, James Frey, and the Question of Truth" markdroberts.com.

30 January 2006.

Tone: Moralistic

Claim: James Frey's book is fraudulent and should never have been published.

Purpose: To explain his outrage at Frey's misrepresentation and the publisher's lack of fact-checking.

Important information in the title: Frey's supposedly inspirational and gut-wrenching story was prominently featured on Oprah's book club and became a best seller.

Important info in the background material: The author was published by the same publishing house as Frey, under a different imprint. He states that Frey was treated very differently than he was in terms of the scrutiny to which Frey's story was subject.

Sentence explaining author's claim and how he/she would respond to the prompt: Some things are factual and facts must be honored.

Important parts of the text that specifically show claim/purpose/tone: specifically show claim/purpose/tone: I'm tempted to say…… [Read More]

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Political Science History

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conservative intellectual movement, but also the role of William uckley and William Rusher in the blossoming of the youth conservative movement

Talk about structure of paper, who not strictly chronologically placed (ie hayek before the rest) - in this order for thematic purposes, to enhance the genuiness of the paper (branches of the movement brought up in order of importance to youth conservative revolt) For instance, Hayek had perhaps the greatest impact on the effects of the movement - uckley and Rusher. These individuals, their beliefs, their principles were extremely influential in better understanding the origins, history, and leaders of American conservatism.

Momentous events shape the psyche of an individual as the person matures. A child grows up in poverty vows to never be like his parents, and keeps this inner vow to become a millionaire. A young woman experiences sexual trauma as a teen, and chooses a career that…… [Read More]

Bibliography

George Nash, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 http://www.nationalreview.com/22dec97/mcginnis122297.html. National review online The Origins of Conservatism George Mc Ginnis

Volume Library #2, p. 2146

Schneider, Cadres for Conservatism

McGinnis, National Review Online
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Authorship and Doubt the Memiors of Bernardo Vega

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Truth and Fiction:

The Disputed Authorship of the Memoirs of Bernardo Vega

The Memoirs of Bernardo Vega detail the early 20th century immigrant experience of Bernardo Vega, a cigar-maker who immigrated to New York in 1916 and was an eyewitness to the rise of the socialist and labor movements of the era. Although cigar making might seem like a blue-collar occupation, at the time it was considered an art within the Puerto Rican community and the pride of Vega's life. Vega also worked as an editor, bookkeeper, and in other white collar occupations and was an influential intellectual amongst his people throughout the duration of his life. In many ways, Vega's life and career challenge the traditional white-collar/blue-collar divide even though he was very active in the union movement.

Cigar rollers were traditionally read to as a way of passing the time and Vega is recorded as substantially adding to…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Cruz, Jose. Rev. of The Vanquished, by Cesar Andreu Iglesias. People's World. 19 Sept 2003.

Web. 11 Dec 2015.

Iglesias, Cesar A. The Memoirs of Bernardo Vega. Monthly Review Press, 1984.

Kevane, Bridget. "The Bernardo Vega Memoir Mystery: The Challenge of Determining
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Sex Body and Identity

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Sex, Body, and Identity: How the Language of Metaphor Functions in Various Physically-Challenged Individuals' Expression of Identity and Selfhood

In her memoir aist-High in the orld: A Life Among the Nondisabled [sic], author Nancy Mairs, who writes about how having Multiple Sclerosis (MS) had impacted her self-image, body image, and day to-day life, observes that:

In biblical times, physical and mental disorders were thought to signify possession by demons. . . People who were stooped or blind or subject to seizures were clearly not okay as they were but required fixing

Mairs's detailed, often painfully honest reflections on dealing with (in her case, progressive) physical disabilities, e.g., difficulties with walking, sitting, standing straight; brushing her teeth (capabilities most take for granted) shed light on the myriad physical, psychological, emotional, and other challenges that daily fill the lives of those with physical disabilities. Narratives written by individuals with physical disabilities ranging…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Fries, Kenny. Body Remember: A Memoir. New York: Dutton,1997. Retrieved

July 26, 2005, from: .

Hockenberry, John. Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence. New York: Hyperion, 1995. Retrieved July

26, 2005, from: .
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History Civil War

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Aytch: A Confederate's Memoir of the Civil War

The Civil War was one of the bloodiest periods in American History. In contemporary times it has also proved to be one of the most glamorized periods of American History. Films such as Gone with the Wind and Birth of the Nation both attest to this fact. However, for serious students of the period, there remains a wealth of real life testimony from battlefield, the words of individuals who suffered and died in the service of both Union and Confederate armies. The memoir Co. Aytch: A Confederate's Memoir of the Civil War, is a Civil War battlefield account that is neither beautiful nor romanticized. It is a real life dramatization of the despair often faced by members of the 'losing' army in that particular conflict.

Aytch began his Civil War experience as a relatively idealistic young defender of the new Confederacy. Early…… [Read More]

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Hogg

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hile each of these readings provide useful insights into the character, this study suggests that Gil-Martin represents something more than either the devil or Robert's imagination. Instead, one may read Gil-Martin as the specter of Robert's religious fanaticism, that part of his belief that justifies all of his actions. Instead of viewing Gil-Martin as an evil or "negative" influence in contrast to Robert's otherwise religious tendencies, one may view Gil-Martin as the physical embodiment of those religious tendencies, because it is Gil-Martin that allows Robert to do everything he does, who gives him strength, and who justifies his actions.

Just before Robert meets Gil-Martin for the first time, he is anointed and blessed by ringhim, who uses "these remarkable words" to send him out into the world: "I give him into Thy hand, as a captain putteth a sword into the hand of his sovereign, wherewith to lay waste his…… [Read More]

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Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. London: J. Shiells & Co, 1824.

MacKenzie, Scott. "Confessions of a Gentrified Sinner: Secrets in Scott and Hogg." Studies in Romanticism 41.1 (2002): 3-32.

McGuire, Matthew. " James Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner and the Romantic Roots of Crime Fiction." Clues 30.1 (2012): 8-17.

Sandner, David. "Supernatural Modernity in Walter Scott's Redgauntlet and James Hogg's
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Rev Doctor Charles Todd Quintard

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Todd Quintard: Civil War Doctor, Preacher, Soldier and Friend

Personal Chronology (Todd Quintard was born in Stamford, Connecticut, 22 December, 1824. His father, Isaac, was born in the same house, and died there in the ninetieth year of his age. Todd was a pupil of Trinity school, New York, and he studied medicine with Dr. James . Wood and Dr. Valentine Molt. He graduated at the University of the City of New York in 1847. He afterward removed to Georgia, where he began to practice medicine in Athens. Elliot, 2003) in 1851 he accepted the chair of physiology and pathological anatomy in the medical college at Memphis, Tennessee, and became co-editor with Dr. Ayres P. Merrill, of the Memphis "Medical ecorder."

In 1855 he took orders as a deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church. He was advanced to the priesthood in the following year, and in January, 1857, became rector…… [Read More]

Resources

Noll, A. (ed.), Doctor Quintard, Chaplain C.S.A.... Sewanee, Tennessee, 1905.

Cunningham, H. Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service. Louisiana State University Press, 1958

Quintard, Charles Todd. 1824-1898, comp. By The Confederate Soldier's Pocket Manual of Devotions. Charleston: Evans & Cogswell, 1863.

Linderman, G. Embattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War. 1989.
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Managed to Captivate Most of

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This writer identifies Auster's abstract techniques and is able to understand that the author introduces a series of elements meant to put across a much more complex account in the second part of the book. The fact that he uses third person to describe himself and his emotions certainly contributes to strengthening his connection with readers. Readers are practically influenced to believe that the author himself is very similar to them as a result of trying to interpret his thoughts.

The writer is right in thinking that the author was not only concerned about providing readers with an interesting account, as he actually wanted to join them in trying to perform a self-analysis process that would enable him to gain a better understanding of how his thinking reflects on him.

To a certain degree, one might be inclined to believe that this writer was partially wrong because he considered Auster…… [Read More]

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Parents on Life the Influence

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The struggle with tradition and one's personal history comes to the forefront in two other family memoirs, Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel and Maxine Hong Kingston's the Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. In the case of the former, Ali is thrust into exile because of her unwillingness to conform to her parents' expectations of what is proper for a woman in her native culture. Maxine Hong Kingston experiences similar issues, although the consequences for her are far less extreme.

In my analysis of the issues outlined above, I intend to show how all three writers transform the personal into the political, effectively establishing that the most minute, particular happenings in our lives can indeed have universal implications.

ibliography

Ali, Ayaan Hirsi. Infidel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. New York: Vintage ooks, 1975.

Walls, Jeannette. The…… [Read More]

Bibliography

Ali, Ayaan Hirsi. Infidel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. New York: Vintage Books, 1975.

Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle. New York: Scribner, 2006.
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Jimmy Carter Annotated Primary Source

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This is rooted in his Christianity. The book provides important insight into Carter's personal understanding of his Southern Baptist religion, and its positive role in making the world a better place and making him a better man and advocate for social justice.

immy, Carter, Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, (New York: Simon & (Schuster, 2006) states that America is in crisis, not simply in an immediate political crisis regarding the Iraq War. In his most recent prose offering, Carter takes on what he sees are the most serious issues of the present day, including the war, violence at home, and global warming. He criticizes the growing gap between rich and poor and the lack of charity at home and abroad. America also seems out of touch in viewing itself as a global policeman that does not need the United Nations, and America is one of the few remaining democratic…… [Read More]

Jimmy, Carter, Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, (New York: Simon & (Schuster, 2006) states that America is in crisis, not simply in an immediate political crisis regarding the Iraq War. In his most recent prose offering, Carter takes on what he sees are the most serious issues of the present day, including the war, violence at home, and global warming. He criticizes the growing gap between rich and poor and the lack of charity at home and abroad. America also seems out of touch in viewing itself as a global policeman that does not need the United Nations, and America is one of the few remaining democratic world powers to still allow citizens to own handguns, and to allow the death penalty. Most interesting is the book's critique of the current Christian evangelical movement Carter used to identify with as a Southern Baptist, which Carter sees as ignoring the true call for moral leadership for social equality justice and instead passing judgment against 'others' such as homosexuals.

Primary Sources: The 'Crisis of Confidence' Speech," Jimmy Carter: The American

Experience. PBS, 15 Jul 1976, 6 Feb 2007, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/carter/filmmore/ps_crisis.html. offers the complete text of one of Carter's most infamously honest speeches to the American public. The speech, many think, later contributed to Carter's loss of the White House to President Reagan. It demanded sacrifice rather than promised an uncomplicated 'morning in America' that Americans at the time wished to dream of, and one of its most characteristic lines reads: "Our nation must be fair to the poorest among us, so we will increase aid to needy Americans to cope with rising energy prices. We often think of conservation only in terms of sacrifice. In fact, it is the most painless and immediate way of rebuilding our nation's strength. Every gallon of oil each one of us saves is a new form of production. It gives us more freedom, more confidence, that much more control over our own lives." Carter's ethics and moral values shine through, as this speech is read through the sadder, wiser eyes of the present.
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Dissection of a Short Story

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Small Place," Jamaica Kincaid fulfills Rushdie's call for postcolonial writers to carve territories for themselves within language to overcome their oppression and perceived inferiority. Kincaid achieves this first by writing about what she knows best: the postcolonial environment of her native country of Antigua. In "A Small Place," Kincaid analyzes the way colonialism has impacted the development of social, cultural, political, and economic institutions in Antigua. The author emphasizes her personal experience on the island. In so doing, she carves a niche in the "small place" that is the island. With a special focus on the tourism industry, Kincaid achieves Rushdie's call for a focused territory that can be used to overcome oppression and perceived inferiority. "A Small Place" is also about social structures and hierarchies, including gender, race, and power. Language becomes the most powerful weapon to be used against the continued oppression of people living in a postcolonial…… [Read More]