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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…

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.

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,…

Works Cited

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

Post. 8 May 2003. Accessed 29 July 2003.

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…

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.

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…