The way that Jefferson set up the Declaration of Independence made the article very influential. In the introduction of the document Jefferson explains to the rest of the world the reasons why the colonies wanted to rebel against the rule of England. The body of the document goes over the list of complaints and the reasons for their rebel against England. The conclusion consisted of the signers and the pledges of The Declaration of Independence. In creating a smooth transition from one paragraph to another, Jefferson uses a method of first presenting the issue, why the people of American colonies should separate from Great Britain.
Oscar de Leon, born in the Dominican Republic in the early 1970s, later transplanted to New Jersey, grapples with a fuku that goes back to his grandfather who suffered at the hands of the Dominican Republic’s mid twentieth-century dictator, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Diaz fronts his novel with a poem by Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean writer. The poem’s last lines, “…either I’m nobody or I’m a nation,” could be poor Oscar’s epitaph. You know already just by Diaz’ title that Oscar is not destined to live long. What you don’t know is why.
In regard to the contributing factors and principles that led to the early foundation of American foreign diplomacy, Norman A. Graebner argues in “The Pursuit of Interests and a Balance of Power,” that the Founding Fathers were strongly motivated in their belief that a firm approach of restraint had to be universally well established on what they perceived to be the ambitious yet natural disposition of all nation states to become involved or committed in external international conflicts, in order to not only ensure the advancement of the stately self interest of the new American Republic but also thereby secure its very survival and growth within the global context of a world in which the Founders considered it paramount for European powers
For the purpose of this paper, attention will be focused on the Antigonid, Ptolemaic, and Seleucid kingdoms and how these powerful institutions employed these particular methods to legitimise their personal monarchies. The use of propaganda to form alliances by the successor kings, as a political strategy, is most certainly visible in the century following Alexander’s death in 323 BC . It could be argued that Antigonus I, through his proclamation of Greek freedom in 315 BC , was engaging in propaganda as a means of securing legitimacy and power for his monarchy. We know from Diodorus ; Antigonus marked Cassander as an enemy of the Greeks and Macedonians and accused him of attempting to enthrone himself in Macedon. He then proclaimed freedom of the Greeks.
Graves’ thesis in his article about the Western ‘race’ idea, postulates the origin of racial reality as a socially constructed proposition and lacking any true biological or primordial properties required for a rigidly taxonomic classification of human populations. Graves begins by vaguely alluding to some precursory historical takes on the subject, mainly his own, repeatedly citing himself as a reference from a previous publication. According to the author, both the concept of race and any subsequent taxonomy theories “were inextricably linked to social changes resulting from the European voyages of discovery”. As European explorers, warriors, colonial governors, etc. economically operationalized the world for their expansionist monarchs from the 16th to the early 19th centuries, an enslavement and conquest of native populations created a hitherto nonexistent system of
If Turner’s frontier helped people understand America, Limerick claims that her West helps people understand the world. The western frontier is full of any experiences that changed the frontier. Each significant even has an important role on the shaping of society and way it influenced a ne nation. Each author brought a new perspective and though process to the western experience which either contradicted Turner or Limerick. Whether Turner and Limerick were being contradicted or agreed with, their thesis explained the western frontier and
As time passed by, the American frontier floated into history, and the myths of the west firmly held to the imagination of Americans. To explain how the West was won and make it pleasant to everybody, the American government used the term manifest destiny (God’s will to expand the land) and an assimilation process to make Native Americans civilized. American popular culture widely characterized Native Americans as discomfort and ambivalence to the general people of America. As the United States worked to destroy the Native Americans life, they created way to glorify and romanticize their traditional culture to explain Whites’ imperialist past. Today, it is possible for somebody who does not know about Native American history may have mixed feelings about them
Colonial America, settled by Western Europeans, initially displayed social and cultural characteristics similar to the group by which it was founded. As America grew, population density increased, government was established, and a notion of â€˜civilizationâ€™ was embedded into the American mindset. The previous influences, in combination with other factors, such as Americaâ€™s distance from Europe, helped the United States wage and win the Revolutionary war. The US, gaining itâ€™s Independence, inevitably was to evolve itâ€™s own unique cultural traits. Early America portrayed the wild frontier as part of their national identity, while common colonial American ideology stigmatized the associated Native American culture as less civilized, as savage, and as subordinate to â€˜modernâ€™ eighteenth and nineteenth century societies.
Finally, Bailey attempts to make a creation of unbiased opinion by taking a middle ground. Bailey’s goal is to create a reputable textbook for learning. Based on these observations, events in history can be interpreted in many different ways using the same historical evidence and statistics to support their opinion. A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn discusses how the discovery of the Americas and the treatment of the Native Americans was a devious and corrupt act by the Europeans. Zinn characterized the actions of Columbus as dehumanizing and materialistic upon the discovery of the New World.
However I would take to extend this argument by adding to Gitlin's list my own which would comprise of how America is passing on a culture based on amusement and simplicity. In my next area I shall focus on what influences the American media does to local cultures and how it shapes and reshapes other cultures regional identities. While discussing American entertainment, I shall dwell particularly on what Gitlin suggests, which is its appeal to the Freudian “id” instead of the “superego” and why it begins from the bottom up. My next area revolves around the tremendous influence that the American usage has generated to the rest of the world. I will try to show how this is relevant, according to Gitlin, to America’s triumphant capitalistic culture that has been and continues to be built on advertising, slogans, headlines, comic strips, TV and radio.