Condescendents of Maycomb

If I ask you to contemplate the idea of prejudice, what would flood your thoughts? Racism, blacks vs. whites, cotton fields, that kind of thing right? Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, not only contains racial injustice, but a variation of types of prejudice. Sexism, ostracism, and racism are all factors of exploration in Lee’s novel. “I could not possibly hope to b...
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The Window

I stare out my classroom window, reviewing all the thoughts that swirl and whirl inside my head as chattering voices of “little monkeys” fill my ears. I see dark red lockers that look like they have been dipped in thick blood. The only difference between the lockers and the blood is the cool metal surface that calms me when I rest my hand on it, on a smothering hot day. Screw...
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Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong was a political leader, a revolutionist, and murderer who led China to a communist revolution following decades of Civil War. Mao led China to a series of victories that drove Kuomintang and its troops to the island of Taiwan. Mao is considered to be the father of Communist China. On October 1, 1949, Mao announced the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China...
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Muckrakers in the Progressive Era

A time of significant change in American history was the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution was from 1760 to 1840 and it began to introduce ways to mass produce different goods in assembly lines with the help of machines. Unfortunately, the economic, scientific, and technological advancements weren’t the only effects of the Industrial Revolution. Many aspects o...
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Feminist Criticism: The Yellow Wallpaper

The Feminist Movement of the early 20th century brought about ideas that were not easily accepted, difficult to comprehend, and subject to misinterpretation. One such story, The Yellow Wallpaper was written in 1899 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and pertains to the latter. The prose was written in a journal-style format to convey private and honest ideas of what some people whe...
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The Climb

The Climb As I sit atop this tree, I feel a sense of nostalgia. I have always thought better when I am up in the air, it’s just the nature of me. Up here I can see all around. The land in front of me slowly becomes weeds, then water. The life of summer has been sucked out of the trees and new duller colors have taken their place. The lake sways softly like a mother t...
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Copland's Lincoln Portrait

Lincoln Portrait, an orchestral work written by Aaron Copland, has influenced me. I first encountered this piece during orchestra. I hadn’t heard of it, and was curious about the context of the song. After orchestra, I decided to look into its history. I discovered that after the Pearl Harbor attack, Andre Kostelanetz, a composer, wrote to Copland and other composers with a m...
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Essay

Change is an occurrence of something that makes something become different to what it was before. Change can be embraced or it can be feared based on how the people and the environment affected perceive it. Change is perceived by the way the people and the environment is affected. Change can be helpful, it can be life changing, and it can be horrifying. These characteristics...
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overcoming a broken arm

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen was two with meningitis when she became deaf and blind,but the way she overcame it is amazing,” challenged by Helen Keller(Keller). I was nine when i broke my arm on a dirt bike, even though they are different there overcomings are the same. Much like Helen Keller overcame the obstacle o...
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I Spy Freedom: The Unsung Heroes of the Revolutionary War

After years of virtual representation in Parliament, unfair taxation, and repressive laws such as the Quartering Act, war finally broke out. In 1776, the thirteen colonies declared their independence against England, the most powerful empire in the world and the King, who dared not see his precious colonies leave his complete control. General George Washington of Mount Verno...
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