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Freedom

In my opinion, Fredrick Douglass his values are education. He strongly believes that education is the key to everything and makes the difference between a simple slave who can just follow orders and his master or “owner” who can give orders and knows how to make money. Douglass was a simple slave with no education and would not have had…

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Military Dogs

The day I read a book on military dogs was a book I would definitely read again.Do you know what military dogs do when they are with there trainer/handler?Did you know that not only humans can get PTSD , but dogs can get it to. You’re probably wondering how dogs help with the military. Well dogs can sniff out roadside…

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Abraham Lincoln; The Ups and Downs

Born simply in a log cabin, the 16th president had to use his wits to pull a country out of a war. As he guided the country through this devastating event. President Abraham Lincoln had his ups and downs. This down to earth and straightforward speaker got through all of his challenges. Even though he was considered one of the…

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Music as Language

Music is like a bird; it crosses continents only to come back again next spring. Music is like an Apple; it has a hundred flavors, and each one shines. Music is like a bonfire; it glows long after the last log is added. Music is like a language; it’s never out of things to say. I remember my mother singing…

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The Dystopian Trend in Young Adult Literature

Table of Contents 1993 The Giver by Lois Lowry 1998 Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix 2001 Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman 2003 City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau 2005 Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 2008 The Host by Stephenie Meyer 2008 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 2011 Divergent by Veronica Roth Young Adult (YA) Dystopian Literature Introduction…

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What Killed the Two Star-Crossed Lovers?

While many readers would blame characters like Friar Lawrence and Tybalt for Romeo and Juliet’s’ tragic deaths, time is really the cause of this misfortune by the various events in which a few seconds made a whole world of difference. In Baz Luhrman’s modernized version of the classic Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet, there are a couple of different events…

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Inescapable Guilt

In the play Macbeth, the Weird Sisters and Banquo introduce a symbolic and constant parallel between sleep and innocence and sleeplessness and guilt. The contrast becomes especially apparent when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth unsuccessfully try to suppress and escape from their guilty consciences by trying to achieve restful sleep. The pair’s inability to do so distinguishes them from the innocent…

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New Horizons

Do you know what happened on July 14, 2015? Well if you don’t know that was the day that New Horizons spacecraft made it pluto it launched on January 19, 2006. Yeah, for some people it was stupid and a big waste of money, but for the people at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) who were a part of…

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2011 AP Language and Composition Free Response

Prior to the Progressive Era, few individuals actually committed themselves to social reform. Historians, however, note Florence Kelley as a great exception, who in her life advocated for female suffrage in addition to better child labor laws. In her famous National American Women Suffrage Association speech, Kelley uses imagery, erotesis, and repetition to suggest that as working women, they should…

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"Democracy in America"- America Falling at Tocqueville's Feet

Alexis De Tocqueville brought forward many observations and personal opinions about American democracy in his book “ Democracy in America”. Tocqueville made it clear his stance on the way America is pursuing democracy. It’s not that Tocqueville was completely opposed to democracy, he only felt America was not being fair in it’s endeavors. He felt the minority has been silenced…

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Railroads During the Civil War

The 1850’s had seemed enormous growth in the railroad industry as well as wars in which by 1861, there was a total of 31,600 mile of track in America. The civil war was the first war which railroad was a major factor from the great rail centers of Atlanta to Richmond. The civil war consisted of the union and confederacy…

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Are Standardized Tests Necessary?

“All students can learn and succeed, but not all onthe same day , in the same way” (Anonymous).Standardized test are formated in a manner in which it inspires a “simplistic way of thinking”. In this case your answer is either right or wrong, no in betweens. This way of thinking isnot realistic in real-world situations. (Procon). Not every question has…

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Roaring Twenties and their Flappers

“(…)”Flapper”— the notorious character type who bobbed her hair, smoked cigarettes, drank gin, sported short skirts, and passed her evenings in steamy jazz clubs, where she danced in a shockingly immodest fashion with a revolving cast of male suitors.”- Flapper, Joshua Zeitz. The flapper, or the new woman of post-war America, was the epitome of the “roaring twenties”, an expression…

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Reconstruction Agendas

President Lincoln Throughout the entire Civil War, President Lincoln’s primary intentions were directed toward resolving the tension between the states and re-uniting the Union. Lincoln centered his Reconstruction Plan on that same goal, using strategy moves such as re-instating private property (not slaves) and non-harsh managements of rebellion. One of Lincoln’s major Reconstruction actions included his Proclamation of Amnesty and…

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Psychological Effects of Rape

Victims of traumatic experiences are much more likely to suffer from psychological issues throughout their lives. Whether it is a short term or long term effect, the victims will often carry these problems with them as much as they do the trauma they suffered.The effects they may be experiencing after the trauma they endured will often depend on what they…

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Man of the house

Man Of the House It 4:30am in the morning and the only thing keeping me warm for the early morning frost was the heater on the floor of the car and the blanket my dad tucked behind my shoulders. It was so early I could barely keep my eyes open but I fought the erg to sleep. The only thing…

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Screw It All

Okay. So, everyone knows who Mulan is. Everyone (if you don’t, then you have no childhood). In the movie Mulan II (yes, there’s a second movie), there are these three princesses who are complexed with the royal concept of “duty to [their] country”, which is symbolized by their engagement to random princes in Mongolia. However, Mulan teaches them that they…

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Fallowing dreams with Family

Family, sometimes they support you in your dreams and sometimes motivate you by having no support in your dream. In the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry you see how family whether they are being supportive of your american dream or not they still have a way of motivating you towards the dream.Through the journey of going…

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Draco Malfoy: The Losing Side?

Though one of literature’s objectives is to provide entertainment for a willing audience, there can be deep underlying themes in the works. Characters, specifically, provide an interesting platform to raise questions and debate about. One such character, Draco Malfoy, is an interesting case of the villain-turned-hero variety. In each of the Harry Potter novels, Draco Malfoy embodies Aurelius’s notion that…

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America the "Great"

“She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards” (20). The Depression and the complex racial relations within the South…

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LA Times Blowback

The Los Angeles Times has covered multiple follow up stories to the release of Blackfish. Hugo Martin explains the increased numbers in views of Orca shows since the documentary was released. This increase is about 5.6% across all theme parks and attractions. This is about a 1.2% increase from a recent drop in 2014, of about 4.6%. This article does…

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Everybody’s issue

Everybody’s Issue The theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes; this is the definition of gender equality. It is 2015 and America still has an enormous problem with gender equality. Women and men are placed in unrealistic and unfair gender stereotypes, and there is still not equal pay among the sexes. We need to stop this. We…

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Insanity in A Rose for Emily Essay

It’s hard to tell if someone is just grieving or if they are just absolutely crazy. In the story a woman named Emily has just died. They go back on her life to a time where her father died. Then, a few months later the love of her life disappears. Emily has become anti-social. Her butler is the only person…

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Aristotle’s Negligence of Irrationality

What does it mean to say “I feel like not controlling myself”? This statement’s content is ambiguous: it reflects rationality based on irrationality (agreeing on the as-sumption that feeling is irrational and thinking, rational). In the article Why Does Will-power Often Seem to Fail Us, Just When We Need it Most?, Maia Szalavitz presents three perspectives on human willpower: 1)…

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