“Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts,” written by Bruce Catton compares and contrasts the lives and characteristics of two Civil War leaders. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, two very strong and very different generals, met on April 9, 1865 to essentially end the Civil War. America is a country starting over with a simple core belief of equal rights. Lee, from Virginia, has traditional beliefs, culture and tradition. Lee believed in the idea that having unequal, set social categories provided an advantage to society.
He was also unable to provide the south with effective methods of mobilization, transportation, and food. His main goal was to get Great Britain and other European countries to support the confederate cause, which he failed to do as well. His rule was significantly less effective, than the leadership of Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln is remembered for his vital role as the leader in preserving the Union during the Civil War and beginning the process (Emancipation Proclamation) that led to the end of slavery in the United States. He is also remembered for his character and leadership, his speeches and letters, and as a man of humble origins whose determination and perseverance led him to the nation's highest office.
His idea of justice within society is a relatively equal society which benefits all. By having its members hidden under a “veil of ignorance” and naturally working under the fundamental principles of liberty and distributive justice, a society will benefit all of its individuals and grow as a whole to maximize potential. Rawls, in a way sees justice as the product of a progressing state of a balanced society. The more modern libertarian philosopher, Robert Nozick, carries a very different opinion of what justice is within a society. Unlike Rawls, Nozick sees flaws in the difference principle.
First I commend Swanson on his favorable portrayal of Davis, a man who is rarely positively revered in history, undoubtedly due to his Confederacy ties. Swanson gave Davis the credit that he deserved for fleeing in an effort to protect the remainder of the Confederate government from defeat. Additionally, the information provided by Swanson aided in my understanding of Davis - not only in his typical persona of a strong, confident leader, but also as the normal man who lived a life quite similar to Lincoln’s. This fair depiction painted both Lincoln and Davis as equals, rather than suggesting one as a hero and the other as the villain. Additionally, this proved to be a successful literary strategy that helped the reader to set aside pre-existing judgements, and to instead empathize with both Lincoln and Davis’ stories.
America is a united nation despite the differences between people and their culture. This idea of one united nation, that is slightly divisible, is portrayed effectively through Brooks’s essay. “One Nation, Slightly Divisible” has a title that directly introduces the topic of the essay. The organization throughout Brooks’s essay is clear and all of his ideas are well thought out. “One Nation, Slightly Divisible” begins with a short excerpt about Brooks’s background, giving the reader the ability to know Brooks on a more personal level and understand where his experiences are coming from.
Phillips begins his commemorative speech by acknowledging Napoleon and Washington, two honorable people of history. He appeals to the reader's sense of patriotism by first discussing two well-known men that are so righteous, some believe few are worthy to even tell their story. He then mentions an equally significant African American man who seems to have left no footsteps on humanity for "all the materials from his biography are from the lips of his enemies…." (13-14). He gives emphasis to the connections between them in terms of prominence.
Its critical reception is to a large degree based on Styron's established reputation and the respect it affords him. With few exceptions the book was praised for its insight and candor. Reviewing the book for Newsweek, Peter Prescott wrote that "Darkness Visible ... is an essay of great gravity and resonance. Never has Styron used so few words so effectively." Jon Saari of Antioch
Their personal beliefs should be respected. Choice: Each individual you are supporting should be allowed and supported to make choices. They should be given thorough information in order to make informed choices themselves and you must acknowledge the benefits of their choices. Never take over because you can do things faster or because you think something should be done a particular way. Always involve the individual in decisions about their care and support.
At first glance, it appears that the Houyhnhnms have successfully achieved a perfectly governed and structured society. However, as Swift opens up and examines the Houyhnhnm’s actions and beliefs, he exposes the irony of their hegemonic society that prevents them from achieving utopia. The Houyhnhnm society, when looked at upon the surface, is clearly strong, stable, and fair. The Houyhnhnms believe that nothing should be done in excess, and that benevolence to all of their own kind is the key to sucess. They believe that there is no such thing as an opinion, because no creature can proclaim a statement to be true, so all they trust is truth and fact.