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  • Separate Living Conditions
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    The novel "Cry the Beloved Country" is based on the true-life story of South African apartheid, and the native's struggle for equality. During the book, Stephen Kumalo goes on a journey to find his sister, and his son, for they have left the tribal land of KwaZulu-Natal a long time ago, and neither Kumalo nor his wife have heard of the whereabouts of either family members. As he goes on his journey, the things that he sees, and experiences tell the much greater story of Apartheid in South Africa...
  • Town Of Pullman
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    The Town of Pullman: Success or Failure? The invention of the railroad was probably the most important occurrence in the nineteenth century. The United States became a unified front and interstate travel become safe, cheap and efficient. Industries related to the railroad began to prosper, fueling much of the American economy. Entrepreneurs quickly began to take advantage of this boom and thus "American Big Business" was born. George Pullman was one of the many prominent tycoons of this "Railroa...
  • Jacob Riis How The Other Half Lives
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    Jacob Riis' book How the Other Half Lives is a detailed description on the poor and the destitute in the inner realms of New York City. Riis tries to portray the living conditions through the 'eyes' of his camera. He sneaks up on the people flashes a picture and then tells the rest of the city how the 'other half' is living. As shocking as the truth was without seeing such poverty and horrible conditions with their own eyes or taking in the experience with all their senses it still seemed like a...
  • Poor Living Conditions
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    Through readings and class discussion, I have gained a tremendous amount of insight about the characteristics of racism and oppression, which exist within society. After reading the article The Bell Curve, by Richard J. Henderson, and Charles Murray, I was enraged. This article was clearly written with a white, male's perspective, and rarely takes into consideration the cultural, structural and political strengths of oppression and racism. In order to fully understand welfare and the precipitant...
  • Just One Way
    840 words
    As part of the summer reading assignment this year, I read the book Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol. In this documentary-style book, he told about the horrible yet completely realistic conditions of the most poor, rundown neighborhoods and districts in New York City. Kozol wrote the book for the purpose of telling the stories of the children who lived in these parts of the city. He dedicated his work to those children and it was his goal to inform readers that slums were in fact in existence and...
  • Thought Of Their Own Geography
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    Human activity has major effects on geography. When studying the earth you can come to several conclusions about the geography of any particular civilization. Distribution of life in the civilization allows you to analyze whether their geography is their own destiny. Do people control their own destiny? Is geography something that people can control? Technology is really the key to why geography can be overcome by any people. Throughout the history of the earth we have seen many countries leave ...
  • Homeless Families
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    The first book I read was Rachel and Her Children, by Jonathan Kozol. The author created an image in the readers mind of the harsh circumstances and living conditions of todays homeless families. Through his personal encounters and interviews with these families he dramatizes the effects of the living conditions on the psychological and physical health of the homeless, especially the children and pregnant women. The author thought it seemed almost contradictory to call these people "homeless". T...
  • Life By Their Own Hands
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    The Virgin Suicides and Authoritarian Destruction I will start off with words of a much wiser man than myself: "The best often die by their own hand just to get away, and those left behind can never quite understand why anybody would ever want to get away from them" - Charles Bukowski For my final paper I am going to show how the novel / film, The Virgin Suicides, so accurately illustrates many of the tragic subject matters that relate to the Psychology of Trauma. As you can probably infer from ...
  • Conditions In The Early 19th Century Towns
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    Within the working class areas of industrial towns such as Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool living conditions were very bad indeed in the early 19th century. Poor living conditions were due to insufficient planning, bad housing, poor sewerage disposal, inadequate water supplies, and diseases. Bad planning led to poor living conditions in towns in the early 19th century because of a rapid growth in industrialisation. Local authorities had very little employers and experienced employers and so...
  • Moral Degradation Present In Brave New World
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    Upon examination of the morals present in our society's past and their decline into the current state which we live in, one can obviously see the decrease and break down of morality which has shown itself to us in the ways we live our lives in this day and age. Things like promiscuous sex, ramped drug use, murder, rape, divorce, lack of honesty, loss of respect for others and crime thriving in the world around us have become all too common as the values of everyday citizens get thrown out the wi...
  • Mentally Insane In Their Own Special Home
    317 words
    In Dorothea Dix's tour of Massachusetts' prisons, she observed disgusting conditions beyond belief. Not only were the mentally insane subject to these horrible conditions, but so were all the other hardened criminals that were incarcerated. These inmates are shackled in cells that are dark, dirty, damp, unsanitary, smelly, diseased, isolated, and cramped. All of these conditions were present while the inmates were laying in their own filth. This is no way for any human being to live. I'm not say...

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