Martin’s Experience with the Revolution

Martin is an African-American freedman living through the American revolution. He and his family experience racial discrimination, but he pushes on to keep his family fed. Martin has a very strong connection with his mother, and because of this, he volunteers to participate in the revolutionary war to clear ways for future black people and give them an equal chance- an equal chance to thrive the past generations did not receive.

Martin’s number 1 goal from this revolution was to create change in the ways black people were treated, but although promised, nothing had changed in the ways people treated African Americans. Slave owners were not told off or punished, and jobs and higher education were always reserved for white men. Inequality, racism, and discrimination towards races other than whites were not removed from the nation.

The American Revolution (Plain English Edition)

The American Revolution in plain English explains the revolutionary war from start to finish in easy-to-understand English. The video covers events all the way from the end of the 7-year war to the siege of Yorktown and the treaty of Paris, and everything in-between! The American Revolution originated from 13 British colonies that wanted to strike back against the British- the colonies won against one of the world’s most powerful armies and declared independence. Collaboration during this project was successful, and for most of the work we did, we both split it into equal amounts to complete this task together in person.

“Unpunished Murder”- The Hidden Crimes Throughout History That YOU Should Read

“Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice” by Lawrence Goldstone is a book that explains how racism affected American history and politics. It covers the atrocities caused by people throughout American history in detail, and it covers the topics of racism, discrimination, white supremacy, and how African American people were oppressed and denied basic human rights. A theme that can be found in this book is that when racism was in everybody’s minds, it was difficult to see what people want and determine justice.

2 reasons why you should read this book are 1) it explains how racism is continued- African Americans were once the property of the whites and were slaves, and once they became freedmen, many white people were not comfortable with the thought of living with them in society. This leads to some problems with discrimination and racism we have now- especially in America (BLM movement, police brutality, etc.) -all of the racism that happens today had stemed from white supremacy that was naturally engraved in people’s minds back then. 2) the second reason why you should read this book is that it talks about a horrible event in history that is being forgotten. More than 100 and as many as 150 unarmed freedmen were shot and killed in the massacre at Colfax and nobody was properly punished for their crimes.

Something I learned from reading this book that rereading a passage over a few times can help you catch some ideas and important messages that you wouldn’t’ve caught the first time you read them.

Boxer Rebellion Thinglink

After China had lost the first opium war, Britain offered to sign a treaty called the “treaty of Nanking”. The British and the Chinese negotiated their terms and came to an agreement that leads to foreign missionaries being allowed inside china. When the foreigners started to come inside of their country and at the same time bad things started to happen to their lives, the Chinese locals started to wonder if the people that most recently arrived- the foreigners- were the cause of their problems. The locals started to fight back for themselves, and the Boxer Revolution began. Although what the boxers did was because of their lack of education and background knowledge, boxers still should be looked down on for their actions because they unreasonably caused harm and killed countless people around china. The boxers grew from a small group of farmers to an unstoppable group of violent rioters. They fought their way into the legation quarters and started attacking the different legations. For example, a group of boxers blew up a hole in the side of the french legation and caused the French and the Austrian missionaries to move to the British legation, and because the boxers were on the lookout for foreigners out in the streets, they were soon out of food and resources. The boxers killed anyone they caught trying to help the starving legations. By the late 1890s, the boxers started to go for general foreigners that they had no reasoning to kill. Other things the boxers did to stop the foreigners from getting help was cutting railway lines and destroying post offices. Even when whole legations were taken down and burned to the ground, they had no way of communicating it back to the foreign countries because they could not send out mail, and they could not send out people outside Peking to ask for help. The railway station outside of the legation quarter connected Peking to Tianjin and the coast, but the boxers had cut the line in the middle so that nobody could come to save the foreigners. Missionaries in Tianjin tried to come to help the situation with more soldiers, but when they found out the track was cut, it was too late and they had been surrounded by the boxers. During the boxer rebellion, nearly 250 foreign nationals were killed and over 100,00 people died in total. The boxers should be looked down upon for the things they did and the problems they caused out of their unreasonable rage and anger.

Hermia Magazine

Hermia Magazine by Lisa Seo

The character Hermia from William Shakespeare’s play The midsummer night’s dream is a bold, firm, and determined person. In lines 52 and 56, she interrupts Theseus-the duke of Athens-just to correct him and tell him what she thinks is right. This shows her fierceness and how sick of her father’s orders she is and that she will fight for herself to achieve what she wants. Also in lines 79 to 82, she says that she would rather die than give up and marry she doesn’t love. The quotes from the text help support the claim that she is determined and consistent and that she will not give up on her love for Lysander even though it could mean death for her by disobeying the law. The quotes from the text prove that Hermia is indeed a fierce, firm, determined, and consistent person.

Read more about Hermia here

Eckels’ First and Last Hunt- “Sound of Thunder” Theme Analysis

 

The butterfly effect- the idea of how the smallest thing: a butterfly flapping its wings, could create a land destroying hurricane on the other side of the world. The story “Sound of Thunder” is also about cause and effect, and how Eckels and two other hunters join Travis and Lesperance on a dinosaur hunting journey. They ride a time machine to go 10 million years back in time and kill the marked prey with their rifles. Travis the safari leader tells everyone in the time machine to NOT kill or change anything by going out of the paths, and he explains what the effect of killing a small animal could be, and that it could be world-destroying. When hiding from the giant dinosaurs, Eckels accidentally slips on a patch of moss. When all of them time travel back to ‘now’, they realize something’s changed. When they checked Eckels’ dirt-covered shoe, they discovered a dead butterfly. Travis shifted his rifle, and the next thing everyone heard- and the last thing Eckels heard- was the sound of thunder.

 

In this story “Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury, the author believes that a small incident from the past can have a huge effect on the future, and thus the final outcome. When Eckels asks the supervisors how they know what animal to shoot, Lesperance answers; ‘“I track them through their entire existence, noting which of them lives longest… When I find one that’s going to die when a tree falls on him or one that drowns in a tar pit, I note the exact hour, minute, and second”’ (Bradbury 7). This shows how careful Travis and Lesperance are, not trying to change anything. Lesperance studies the dinosaurs beforehand, and the hunting team comes later and kills it only a few seconds before it would have died originally. If they had killed one that would have mated later on in life, they would have killed all life that would have been affected by it in the future. After the questions have ended, the hunting crew got ready to shoot. Before they go and explore and kill any dinosaurs, Travis tells everyone to ‘“Stay on the Path. Don’t go off it. I repeat. Don’t go off. For any reason! If you fall off, there’s a penalty…We don’t want to change the future. We don’t belong here in the Past”’ (Bradbury 4). This is also an indication that by going off the path, there will be a penalty, and if they manage to kill any form of life, the whole world might collapse. By repeating it several times, Travis strongly warns the visitors to pay attention to what they are doing to make sure they don’t affect the future. When the safari team comes back to the present, they find out that something is different. Eckels trembles knowing that this is his fault and screams, “No, it can’t be. Not a little thing like that. No!” (Bradbury 14). This proves what Travis tried to tell, that even a tiny butterfly could change the whole world completely: from the winner of the election to the form of language, everything was slightly changed. This shows that a small incident such as the dead butterfly could have a huge effect on the outcome like the twisted world and that we need to be aware of our decisions because we don’t know how much we are affecting others.

 

 

Fish Cheeks Found Poem

The words of this poem were found from “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan. The conflict in this story is Amy being embarrassed about her culture being different to someone she likes’. Amy’s family practices chinese culture and customs, but amy’s crush-Robert-and his family weren’t expecting such cultural differences. Amy is embarrassed by her noisy relatives and the differences in food, but she is most ashamed when her father hands her her favourite part of the giant steamed fish- the fish cheek. In Paragraph 5, she mentions “I wanted to disappear.”

The conflict in “Fish Cheeks” is external and is Man vs. Society because she is ashamed of her culture’s traditions because they are just different. She’s not ashamed of herself but family and relatives for nothing but being themselves.

Link to Poem

The Bubonic Plague Vs. SARS

Come look at the infographic comparing the bubonic plague and SARS!

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