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Sociology

Reply to “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Dear Dr. King,

I am writing to respond to the letter you wrote while incarcerated in Birmingham in April 1963. In that letter you addressed a number of issues related to your fight for freedom and equality for yourself and your fellow Negroes. Today, citizens of the United States who are of African decent are no longer referred to as Negroes; the term most commonly used now is “African-American.” Much has changed for African-Americans since the day you wrote that letter. Some things have gotten much better, but unfortunately some things have gotten far worse than you could imagine. The fight for civil rights that you fought for so valiantly was won, and legislation was passed that ended segregation in the United States. The new laws were not enough to change people’s attitudes, however, and the end of segregation did not mean the end of racism. Even those with the best of intentions sometimes created circumstances that presented new challenges and obstacles for African-Americans. Despite the achievements of the civil rights movement, America still has a significant race problem.

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English

Research paper discussing the education system in America regarding public schools

The American education system faces one of the greatest challenges of public criticism of the public schools. Many people have a negative attitude towards the public schools as they think they are incompetent as compared to the private ones. This is something that has led to reduced funding, reduced public support of these schools, increased voucher offer to private schools, and national test are guaranteed to private schools as compared to public schools. The problem of inadequacy in public schools can be attributed to ineffectiveness of teachers, declining student performance, and poor returns. It is clear that teachers of the public schools in America should be ready to face the wrath of the public. When the students fail to perform in public schools, the blame entirely lies on the teachers. For this reason, there is a need for teachers to set up high goals and work hard towards achieving them (Everhart 123).

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Psychology

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Book Overview

Isabel Wilkerson addressed a very serious situation of the black migrants in The Warmth

of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. The book addresses the untold history of African Americans within the United States who chose to relocate from the South to the north and West. With the south being heavily populated and the southern mentality of blacks being property, even after the laws changed granting freedom the inequality still remained making it virtually impossible for them to claim that newly given freedom. The exodus during this time unfolded for many decades in America.  This book not only addresses the history, but also the life experiences of people, the routes they took and the difficulties they faced. The report covers the overall experience of a population and how a personal choice would change their lives forever. The descendants of the migrants became some of the most influential people today; for example Oprah Winfrey.

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English

Defining America Through Language A Rhetorical Analysis of Presidential Speeches

Being an American can be defined in numerous ways. One of the ways to define America is through analyzing the speeches of prominent American presidents and speakers. In this paper, Barrack Obama’s speech “A More Perfect Union”, and George Bush’s “Address to the Joint Session of Congress and the American People’’ will be analyzed critically- with special focus on typical American rhetoric. Martin Luther’s “letter from Birmingham jail” is also mentioned in this paper. Barrack Obama defines the American people as people united on a common cause who believe in unification. George Bush defines Americans as a brave and united people- ready to sacrifice for each another in times of adversaries. In Martin Luther King’s speech he describes the American people as naive and uninterested in justice for failing to support his fight for equality. All three speakers define America’s unity in different ways, but they all use similar rhetorical tools.

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Business

Occupy Wall Street: The Movement that Shook America

In the wake of the September 11th attacks, many activists began to rise up and protest against the injustices in America- those who had been silent for years, if not their whole lives were finally standing up and saying that they had enough of the tyrannical nature of our government. Protests began to rise up and anti-government groups began to form in an effort to uplift the people and eventually, start a revolution ideally. As activists across the country swarmed to the streets, police brutality was at an all time high and citizens were getting arrested by the handful, if not the truckload.

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English

Discrimination Against Homosexuals in America

The prevalence of discrimination against America’s gay and lesbian counterparts is majorly supported in the research literature of many disciplines (Blackwell, Ricks, & Dziegielewski, 29). This research paper provides a specific analysis of this discrimination of gays and lesbians in America society and social justice concepts of equality and fairness (Blackwell, Ricks, & Dziegielewski, 31).Homosexuals are found in every (race, religion, age group, country, state and social group). Discrimination towards homosexuals persecutes their choice of lifestyle. The concern in the military service is the legal rights for couples, and participation within society need to be revised. To help put an end to this discrimination, military services on a legislative plan to fight for the rights and inform them that homosexuals are just persons like any other individual(Blackwell, Ricks, & Dziegielewski, 31).

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Medicine and Health

Obesity in America

It is often said that Americans are the best marketers in the world. It doesn’t take much effort to understand why it may be true, given the sheer number of American brands that are world famous including Coca Cola, Pepsi, Heinz, Mars, Snickers, McDonald’s, Nike, and IBM. These brands have played a huge role in converting America into a consumerist society where almost every citizen has easy and convenient access to junk food and drinks. There are often more McDonald’s, Burger Kings, and KFCs in some small cities in America than there are in entire countries elsewhere in the world. The result has been a devastating rise in obesity which has imposed both huge economic and social on the American society. In addition, technology has made our lives even more convenient and growing competition has been leading to even busier work lifestyle. Thus, obesity crisis in America is not due to any single factor but the outcome of multiple factors including unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and genetic influences

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English

Marriage in America

Since the beginning of time, humans have sought romantic companionship. Over time,  the media as well as traditional romantic tales have convinced us of the concept of perfect love and we create personal fantasies regarding our own perfect love story as well. But the reality is different as Barbara Graham informs us that marriage as an institution in the US is failing and needs to be reformed (Graham, 1997).

Graham states that people are always searching for that someone special who will be “The One” but Freud and other psychoanalysts have repeatedly warned us, “the search for ideal love — for that one perfect soulmate — is the futile wish of not fully developed selves.” (Graham, 1997). Marriage has existed for economic and social needs of the society and may even exist in the absence of perfect love or soul mate.

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Education

The Impact of Education Reform on English Language Learners

Education in America

Education in America is a consistently discussed topic and the value of education is a major focus of success-minded people in this country. It is a value that is considered an asset to the country and something to instill in the country’s youth, as a way to secure the country’s future, because the future lies in the hands of today’s youth. According to the United States Department of Education’s Blueprint for Reform (the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act), America no longer holds the highest rank as the world’s best educated nation. America now ranks 11th in this category, and the consensus is America must educate students more efficiently, because “the countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.” In response to this, the passing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, later amended as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, high educational standards for schools in each state in the nation are in place (U.S. Department of Education, 2010).

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American History

Impact that the West had on the American Imagination

The American Imagination has specifically given birth to the different aspects that provided the wide arena for the development of modern American art. Relatively though, it could be noticed that the current value and definition of American art that is known to the world is not purely American as it is. In fact, most of the influence that imposed on the existence of the distinctive characteristics of the American art came from the western society. Note how the original Native American art seems to be quite peculiar to the appeal of the modern American society.

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Other

Homeless in America

Central Idea: We are one of the richest countries in the world and our homeless population has grown over the past 10 years.