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Texas History Stephen Austin 1793-1836 Is Known

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Texas History

tephen Austin (1793-1836) is known as the Father of Texas because he was instrumental in leading the second and ultimately successful colonization of the region by U.. settlers. His name is on a number of streets, schools, parks, and Texas tate facilities. Based on the text, though, and the way that historical figures tend to become more mythic as their legend grows, I wondered about different points-of-view surround Austin and even the legality and morality of the Texas annexation.

I was surprised that initially Austin was reluctant to accept his Father's empresarial grant after he died, having to be persuaded by his mother. The situation, it seemed, was quite complex. Mexico granted land parcels under one government, and then changed the rules under another. I was also surprised that Austin supported anta Anna, who would ultimately become his enemy. Essentially, if one takes off the myth, it appears…… [Read More]

Sources:

Haley, J. (2006). Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Haynes, et.al. (2002). Major Problems in Texas History. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
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Discovery That a New York Times Reporter

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discovery that a New York Times reporter had been plagiarizing and exaggerating stories. Entitled, "More Reporting By Times riter Called Suspect, this ashington Post article was on of the earliest to address the fiasco occurring at the New York Times.

My original reaction to the story was of shock -- to hear that plagiarism had occurred, especially at the New York Times, seemed so unprofessional as to raise doubts about the legitimacy of the claim. The New York Times, after all, is arguably the most prestigious in the United States, maybe even the world. The best writers and editors from around the country make up this newspaper that has been in circulation for decades. The fact that blatant plagiarism and story exaggeration had occurred, and that it was missed by the editors, made me second-guess the true legitimacy and accuracy of the New York Times.

The evidence against the writer,…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Kurtz, Howard. "More Reporting By Times Writer Called Suspect." Washington

Post. 8 May 2003. Accessed 29 July 2003.
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De Tocqueville -- Democracy in

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What he found, in contrast to Europe, was that the American social ethic was not based on aristocracy, and in fact Americans seemed to have a deep-seated fear and loathing of European titles (at least the middle and common classes). Instead, Americanism was based on a system in which hard work and money-making (e.g. aggressive capitalism) was the dominant ethic of the time. In this period of radical change and development, he perceived that the common (free) person never deferred to elites and where one was rewarded for being a greedy individualist. He writes: "Among a democratic people, where there is no hereditary wealth, every man works to earn a living… Labor is held in honor; the prejudice is not against but in its favor" (Ibid., 398).

What is also interesting is that, at times, no matter how unbiased a historical or sociological account portends, what is excluded is often…… [Read More]

REFERENCES

Letters on American Slavery. (2006, June 5). Retrieved September 2010, from Anti-Slavery Literature:  http://antislavery.eserver.org/tracts/lettersonamericanslavery/lettersonamericanslavery.html 

Damrosch, L. (2010). Tocqueville's Discovery of America. New York: Farrar, Sraus, and Giroux.

de Tocqueville, A. (2007). Democracy in America. Stilwell, KS: Digireads Books.
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Psychology and Fear

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Psychology of Fear Management

One true tale of horrific prison abuse comes from Abu Ghraib, where guards tortured and psychologically damaged a number of prisoners. In talking about the issues and atrocities that occurred there, the Stanford Prison Experiment was mentioned. The takeaway was how the experiment can and should always serve as a reminder that people can change very drastically when they are put in a particular situation. Most of the guards at Abu Ghraib did not have any past disciplinary problems, anger issues, or other concerns that would have made them unfit for the job they were doing. They were, as much as anyone can be, "normal." Despite that, they tortured and harmed other people, because they had the opportunity to treat others as though they were "less than." It is not possible to say whether every person who had this opportunity would do the same thing, but…… [Read More]

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DVD Movie Mamma Mia The Movie a

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DVD MOVIE MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE a MUSIC CLASS,.ON THE REACTION PAPER I NEED TO SPEAK ON THE THIRD PERSON LIKE FOR EXAMPLE I LIKE THE MOVIE ETC.... ALSO I NEED TO PAID ATTENTION TO WHAT KIND MUSIC IS ON AND TALK ABOUT THE MUSIC MORE THAN THE MOVIE, ALSO I NEED TO USED MLA TEMPLATE AND I NEED TO DO A BIOGRAPHY ON THE BACK OF THE PAPER TRY TO USED SIMPLE WORDS Ion botton requirements read carefully PLEASE IT SHOULD HAVE THE BIOGRAPHY ALSO biography put sources movie CONCERT REPORT DVD MUSIC MOVIE GUIDELINES (A REACTION PAPER) DO NOT DISCUSS THE HISTORY OF THE THEATRE, COMPOSER, OR MEDIUM (Unless relate music, defend reasoning) You include items reaction paper: List group / event title, composer(s), venue.

Phyllida Lloyd's film Mamma Mia! can largely be considered to be an attempt to praise the Swedish pop group ABBA, considering the numerous…… [Read More]

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Black Wall Street

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Tulsa Race Riot: What Happened and Why

In 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma, like many other American cities, was a hotbed of racial tension and the Ku Klux Klan was large, accepted and active in "keeping blacks in their place." Although Jews and Catholics were also targeted, African-Americans were far and away their primary targets. Blaming these minorities for the mainstream society's problems was a simple answer to a complex problem. The brutalities that were visited upon the African-America community in Tulsa were so severe and widespread that the event should be called the "Tulsa Race assacre."

The prosperity that was being enjoyed by many blacks in Tulsa at the time in an area known as "Black Wall Street" and the nice homes that the whites could see from downtown Tulsa served to infuriate many of them to the point where any excuse would be sufficient to exact their revenge for being…… [Read More]

Moreover, even if the charges had been true, the white community's reaction was blown so far out of proportion that it is clear that whites in Tulsa were looking for an excuse to do away with "Black Wall Street" and put the prosperous blacks "back in their place." In order for an event of this magnitude to have occurred, the groundwork must have been in place and the growing strength and increasing popularity of the Ku Klux Klan in Tulsa was matched in other cities in the country as well. All of this indicates that if Rowland had not stumbled, the white community in Tulsa would have likely manufactured another reason for a race riot against the blacks in their city because of this overarching unfettered racist-based hatred. The riot's actual beginnings were also bizarre, with gunfire erupting after a group of blacks assembled at the courthouse to protect Rowland from the lynching that was clearly intended to take place that night.

Although people still talk about how bad race relations are in the United States, it is apparent that the country has come a long way since whites rioted in 1921 in Tulsa and it is reasonable to suggest that no black person anywhere in the country would receive anywhere near the reaction that Rowland evoked at this time. Indeed, it was not even considered at crime at all for a white man to kill a black man during this ugly period in Tulsa's history and the city's history is replete with examples of this happening. It was as it Tulsa existed outside of the United States and the Fourteenth Amendment entirely, existing as it were on another planet where the Constitution did not exist and human beings were judged and executed based solely on the color of their skin.

Certainly, Tulsa was not alone in its treatment of blacks during this period in America's history and two blacks were being lynched somewhere in the country each week. Many legislators in Oklahoma, like several other states, were also members of the Ku Klux Klan. Likewise, all of the elected city officials in Tulsa were elected based on their support of the Klan In this environment, although it is shocking, it is not surprising that an incident like the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 could occur. To their credit, the state has taken steps to memorialize the incident and Tulsa has established a memorial park to the victims of the race riot near Greenwood Avenue that was dedicated in 2010.
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Ethical Issues and Legal Issues

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However the only aspect that I disagree with is that in some parts of the writing it often feels as if diversity is seen like an overwhelming task to surmount. Diversity should not be viewed in this manner. We are all different and there should be a global respect for those differences. These differences should not be viewed as an obstacle yet just as a state of being.

The next cite discusses the responsibilities of the therapist. I actually agree completely with all the writings on this particular cite. I s is important that therapists be held to a higher level of responsibility than most other positions. The site states that the group psychotherapist must provide services with respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each patient/client as well as the rights and autonomy of the individual patient/client. The group psychotherapist safeguards the patient/client's right to privacy by judiciously protecting…… [Read More]

References

AGPA (2002, February). Responsibilities to patients/clients. AGPA and NRCGP Guidelines for Ethics,. Retrieved 09/17/06, at http://www.agpa.org/group/ethicalguide.html

Boutelle, C. (2006). SIOP Member to make Capitol Hill Presentation. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Inc.,. Retrieved 09/17/06, at  http://www.siop.org/ 

Haley-Banez, L., Brown, S., & Molina, B. (1998, August 1). Principles for Diversity-Competent Group Workers. Association for specialists in Group Work,. Retrieved 09/17/06, at http://www.asgw.org/diversity.htm

Rapin, L. (1998, March 29). Best Practices. Association for specialist in Group Work,. Retrieved 09/17/06, at http://www.asgw.org