Texas Independence

Mexico invited Anglo-Americans into Texas, but Anglos refused to become Mexican citizens so they came up with the Texas independence movement. Taking place in 1836, the movement said that Texas would be their own little country, will give religious freedom, and establish an educational program for the public. In 1836, the Texans declared their independence because the Mexica...
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The One and Only ACT: A Satire

Junior year…. Ah, just the sound of it makes me jump for joy inside! Junior year is a time full of anticipation and fun which is all surrounded around the one and only… ACT! Up until this point in every junior’s life, teachers warn us about the one test that could define the rest of our lives. All junior who eventually take this test will find that this advice was not necessa...
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Edgar Allan Poe-A Genius of Satire

Edgar Allan Poe. It is quite a famous name: an author renowned for his blood-curdling tales of horror. What avid reader has never heard of “The Raven,” or “The Tell-Tale Heart”? And in his final days, he was nothing less than exactly what we would expect of a man who wrote such horrific tales—a drunkard and a madman. Sadly, the image invoked in our minds at the sound of his n...
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Leaders Who Fought to Overcome

What would one lead with better: a pot of honey or a bottle of arsenic? Often the most competent leaders in history were not those who used violent means for superficial means, such as money or power, but rather employed utopian conditions for the congregations they supported. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. were both exemplary leaders applying passive resistance an...
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The Different Ways in Which People Deal

The Romantic Period in literature lasted from 1800 to 1860 and is characterized by subject matters surrounding love, nature, or patriotism, as well as the presence of a hero. Another major aspect of the Romantic Period is the Fireside Poets; they were famous for rivaling the British in literature and writing about distinctly American themes. Romantic literature is often embo...
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The Play and Movie of Hairspray

When going from a play to a movie, many changes are made. Even going from a book to a movie, I can pick out the differences. I usually enjoy reading books or plays and then watching the movie because (of course books are always better) I find it interesting to see the changes that the director made and maybe why he might have made them. I did this to the play and movie of Ha...
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Classical Worlds and Their Gender Systems

Question: Compare and contrast the classical worlds of the Mediterranean and China in terms of gender relations OR labor systems. The Mediterranean and Asian societies were both patriarchal civilizations where the men held the most power and women acted as their inferiors. The difference between the Mediterranean and China was that in the Mediterranean, especially in the Gre...
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Why Do I Go To School?

Why do we go to school? Adults always tell children and teenagers that they need to go to school to be successful in life. In contrast, many successful people never did finish high school. These contradictory aspects concerning the importance of school really discourage students to evaluate their real purposes of going to school every day. Dear my fellow school-goers, I am ...
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From the Stage to the Screens

When going from a play to a movie, many changes are made. Even going from a book to a movie, I can pick out the differences. I usually enjoy reading books or plays and then watching the movie because (of course books are always better) I find it interesting to see the changes that the director made and maybe why he might have made them. I did this to the play and movie of Ha...
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Islamophobia: Ignorance and Bigotry at the Social Level

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, hate crimes against American Muslims saw a dramatic spike—a 1600% increase (Serrano). Despite President George W. Bush’s confirmation of the peaceful nature of Islam and assurances that its followers were not to blame for the national catastrophe, ten years later this unearned resentment not only persists but thrives in...
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