Past politicians, legislation and political movements have changed the course of history in ways both big and small. Welcome to our blast to the past.
The Assassination of President Lincoln
United States President Abraham Lincoln was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, while attending the play, Our American Cousin, at Ford's Theater, as the American Civil War waned into an eventual close, merely five days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. An attempt at assassinating Lincoln by an unknown assailant had been made in August 1864.
A Pitfall of American Liberalism
When I first was thinking up this piece, I thought I was going to write about places and memories attached to those places.
The Scottish Sporran Legion and Other Myths
In the usual way these ideas happen, this was a random SNP tweet to which I replied. Apparently, if Scotland becomes independent, all non believers will be hunted down and thrown over the border to England. Or possibly executed by being made to eat vegetarian haggis and drink cheap Japanese whisky.
The Miseducation of (Black) America
I was always well aware of the accomplishments of the Black people of the great African civilizations, now long since forgotten, through my own research outside of the classroom. What is troubling to me, though, is that I wasn't always aware of the Black people who built my country: the United States. When a nation goes out of its way to purposely "miseducate" you, that's when you know that nation has no regard for your well-being and, more than that, straight up dislikes you—hates you even.
"Quel prix pour ces diamants?" Twenty-plus Years After the Advertisement That Changed Multiple Perspectives
"Quel prix pour ces diamants?" Twenty-plus Years After the Advertisement that Changed Multiple Perspectives Diamonds have symbolized everything for 200 years, from love to wealth. Although they are very common worldwide, they are an expensive natural resource. The question is, “How much would an individual pay for a necklace, earrings, or a ring made with diamonds?”
One Side Fits All
Throughout history we see in writings, great men and women who have contributed to the political landscape. Intertwined in this greatness of ideologies is woven a tapestry of factions. There have been Aristocrats, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents and Whigs, to name the predominant ones. Yet, even when the politico took office and influenced the wrong outcomes for our nation, they were a part of, or creators of, a policy or legislation that would benefit us all.
When I lived at 125th Street and Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, it was a hard-won badge of honor. I’d hopscotched around New York City for more than a few years, moving from Hell’s Kitchen (in what is now predominately known as Chelsea, in a victory of urban planners with no sense of urban poetry) to Greenwich Village, and even vacating the city altogether, spending a brief stint in Jersey City.
Dicey’s Parliament in the 21st Century
‘…sovereignty is incompatible, both internationally and internally, with another concept which also has a lengthy history, but which today is widely regarded as a paramount value: the rule of law’. Professor Sir Francis Jacobs – The Sovereignty of Law: The European Way
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Racial Prejudice in America
Racial prejudice is defined as an irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion that typically arises from race-based stereotypes (Nittle). The media has played a major role in distorting the images of many races with stereotypes that have made society come to believe they are all true and apply to everyone in the race. Vincent Parrillo’s “Causes of Prejudice” indicates that prejudice is not from a single cause but from psychology and sociology. He explains that people become hostile towards others when they feel their security is being threatened (Colombo). This essay will present a few images from the media that demonstrate the pervasiveness of inequality. These images prove that America is far from having equality among all races. Self-justification involves denigrating a person or a group to justify maltreatment of them.
The birds swooped down; that very morning, the day was like any other day. I woke up to my annoying alarm clock telling me to get ready for my day, I didn't really want to but it was so sunny, warm and the skies were blue. What could go wrong on 7th July 2005? Nothing, right? I was just an average 14-year-old going to school like everyone else in London; that day me and my friends decided to go and get the underground trains like we normally do in the morning if we were running late for the bus.
Media Influence in Elections
In elections, voters are swayed by many types of media. The perceptions of each candidate are the product of how the media portrays them. Often animals are used as a tool to earn the trust of the party or distrust depending on the story created by the media. News reports and other propaganda dictate voters using the power of a good story. For instance, Fox News will lean toward a Republican president; CNN News will lean toward a Democrat. This includes liberal and conservative views as well. The news broadcasted is biased according to the major sponsors and the intended viewers. In a way, the candidate you vote for is chosen by the news you watch. Voters depend on a nonbiased view from the news broadcasts but this is far from honest. Multinational conglomerates own or sponsor your news media and, in turn, decide which candidate you view favorably. Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 49 argues that regular mass appeals would not serve the national interest because they would cause “the passions… not the reason, of the public [to] sit in judgment.”
A Review of Common Sense by Thomas Paine
If anyone asks me what I’ve been doing to get in the spirit of the Fourth of July, I will respond, in the words of Angelica Schuyler, “I’ve been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine…” I read excerpts from Common Sense in my American Literature class last semester and I bought a copy of the full work in the gift shop of the Concord Bridge battlefield site and thought it would be a good idea to read it in honor of Independence Day.