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The Great Depression was an economic downfall in North America, as well as Europe, that occurred during the 1930s. A major reason for the cause of the Great Depression in America was that stock market collapse in New York. The Great Depression effected many people in different ways. This paper will analyze the effects it had on the youth of the 1930s, these ages ranging from young infants to young adults. It will explain how they were able to survive this decade long depression, how living situations and marriage were upheld in a household or how they had also took a toll on the well-being of a child. This paper also will study the various things that these youth had to do in order to maintain a sustainable life for their families, for example, get jobs themselves, stop receiving any schooling they had been getting, and sometimes leaving home to try to find their own way to survive. Despite the effects it had on every age group, this paper will be studying the effects on children, will prove that the Great Depression had the worst outcome and lasting impression on the youth of its time.



Works Cited

Mintz, S. Digital History, “Children & the Great Depression.” Last modified 2007. Accessed February 20, 2012.

Imperialism, how I’ve understood it to be explained is a movement of spreading a country’s rule and reaching out to conquer other colonies of foreign places. So, America wanted the ability to go out, to any other foreign places they saw not as industrialized or powerful as ourselves, and be able to take it over, forcing its own ways on that poor foreign colony? I think that is absurd. They should not be able to use the fact that our weapons are bigger or the fact that we have more to go out and bully other peoples’ territories. Also, Roosevelt had come up with the Monroe Doctrine, which according to the document, “America’s Big Stick,” was to be a written law that,” kept Europeans out of the Western Hemisphere but also secured America’s military, economic and political influence in Latin America.” It wasn’t right that America wanted to have their cake and eat it as well. By that I mean, we wanted no one to be able to disrupt our nation, and we wanted to be able to go out and put our opinion all over someone else’s nation and govern them in the way we govern ourselves, when the ways we ran our country may not, and probably wasn’t the way in which they wanted theirs to be ran. To be pro-imperialism isn’t the right way to want a nation to be. Even Roosevelt knew that because he stated, “No such policy as the Monroe doctrine can stay fossilized while the nation grows.” Imperialistic ways don’t show equality for everyone, it supports one having control over another and that should not be how we would want to run our government.

The Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century took on a look of despair and destitution. These times were hard because the English were trying to increase production from their factories. At the same time, they were killing people with the unhealthy living environment as well as causing unhappiness and unrest among people by taking the away rights and lowering the pay while increasing required work hours. The Industrial Revolution was a period in which people worked for little to nothing, daily, and it was simply so that their families could stay fed, housed and clothed.

Even young children were placed into factories to work. They were assigned to duties that adults were not capable of doing, such as fitting into small machines to complete a task. Things such as putting small children to work was only one of the problems that arose during this revolution. Another was the unhealthy fumes that came from the factories. Every person that resided anywhere near them were breathing its toxins and it only caused health problems, especially to those working inside of them. These health problems also led to mortality because people would become ill but couldn’t afford to lose pay, let alone go to the doctor. Times were beyond rough and with these inventions only becoming greater, this was only a start of life to come.

The Industrial Revolution was a time of undeniable unrest and unstable living. The good that did come from it although was the new inventions around the nation. The condition of its people outweighed any good that may have come from the newer technologies being used. As they worked until they couldn’t any longer and gave more of themselves than was given back to them. It was not fair, the conditions in which they worked, but in that dy and age it seemed as if it were the only way to live if you wanted to keep your family afloat.

Contemporary Slavery

Slavery Slavery in its own form is defined as a system where a number of people are treated as property of another, to be bought sold, and forced to work. To have added the contemporary was only to take it and show that
slavery is still very much alive, all around the world, in present means. Contemporary slavery is practiced today in forms of trafficking, child labor as well as the practice of forced labor among many different types of people.

Contemporary slavery is not much different in its ways from what it was back in the 18th century. I believe the only difference now is people blatantly harboring slaves, knowing it is an illegal act, especially here in the U.S. Human trafficking is practiced in ways of prostitution, mainly by women and children. In this line of indecent work there is one
person who owns another and they’re selling the bodies of others, in sexual or physical ways for their own glory. The people being sold have no say in what happens because of the gruesome consequences that they may be forced
to suffer due to them not following orders of their owners.

Child labor is also still relevant in today’s societies, maybe not so much in the U.S., but it is a work still heavily practiced nonetheless. In all cases child laborers are dangerously vulnerable to physical abuse, for example beatings and sexual abuse. They are forced to do excessively long hours of work or they’re made to work in dangerous or cramped conditions. Girl domestic workers, in particular, are vulnerable to sexual abuse. The saddest part of this form of contemporary slavery is the fact that parents pass their children on to owners as if they were in agreement with the way these people work, it is a sad industry.

Works Cited

Bales, Kevin. New Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. 1st Ed. University of
California Press, 1999. P.9.Web Version. 

“IPOAA Magazine.” Contemporary Slavery. Indigenous People of Africa and America, 06, 1995. Web. 8 Feb
2012. .

1. How did you become a slave?

Well, it wasn’t voluntary. I was taken away from my village against my will and forced into captivity and the slave life.

2. Were you given a new name after you were taken?

I was given a name of the white man. I felt as if they stripped me of my heritage right from the start. They gave me a common name so they could identify with it. My new American name is James Porter.

3. How are the living conditions there?

We were housed like animals on the slave ship over to the Americas. Now as we live here on American soil we are still housed as animals. We live without healthy water; we have barely any food, only those which the white men want to throw away.

4. How were you treated?

I was treated as if I am not a man just as the rest of these fellow people. They treat me worse than they treat the dogs in the yard. I barely get food to eat, or even water to drink. I feel as if I will die soon from not having food and water but the people I was forced to work for will not even care, because I am just another black slave to them.

5. What kind of work do they have you do?

They have me do work out in the fields for them, things like picking cotton, maintaining good cropping fields, and/ or tending to the animals that they will need to fertilize or eat.

6. What do you think life will be like years from now?

Sometimes I feel as if life will only get worse, and they will work us, beat us and kill us until no more of our people. Just as they do with these animals, they will do to us. But then I am reminded that our Lord is bigger than these problems that I face, I can tell that because I am still alive and well now.

7. Are you close with your family?

I don’t ever see my family. I had a wife and 3 small children; I worry so much about what is happening with them.

8. Do you know where they are now?

I don’t know where they are now. I wish I did, I would give my life to see and make sure that they aren’t getting the same
mistreating as I am. But I know that they probably are mistreated just as bad, if not worse than I am.

9. How do you feel without them? I am always worried and so lonely without the family that I made. That was my
family and we were stripped away from one another. It isn’t right and it hurts my soul knowing there is nothing that I can do for them.

10. Do you think your life would have been better had you been able to stay in your
home village?

I believe so. I would still have my family, we would be living a fair life there in our village and I would not be forced around by these whites who believe they are superior because of their skin color difference. I wouldn’t have my dignity stripped from me daily and I could still be living as a man with my head held high, instead of a slave with my
pride as well as my head stuck between my legs, like a cowardly dog.


A New View of Slavery

How I feel about the practice of slavery is I guess common, it was purely wrong and disgusting. Whites, I feel, definitely could’ve found another way to go about getting people to work for them. But, I also feel like it was a necessity for the world that we live in today, in such ways that if our ancestors hadn’t went through hell and back for us then we wouldn’t have anything to be proud of now. We also may still be living in more strict, and not so free or independent societies.

What I did know was that slaves were brought overseas by great numbers via the slave ship. I didn’t know that had come to my attention was how the slaves were kept on the passage over to the Americas. I had no clue of the intensity of disgust that they had to live among on the ship that carried all of them. These things made my stomach turn and it the pictures in the museum on Second Life really made it clear exactly how they lied side by side, and went to the bathroom and threw up all in the same place. It was truly a horrific site to see, so I know it was even worse to live in.

History Reflective Essay

My writing before college was not the greatest, and even though my matriculation has just begun, I can already see a change and progression in my writing capabilities. Through my History class as well as my Political and Global Issues courses, I’ve really had to think critically, research and learn different formats of how to put together a decent paper. My greatest lesson in my writing has been the different formats, and having to make a huge change from my normal MLA format to the college format of CMS. It’s been a very rocky semester but I did learn many things, in and out of my classrooms. Some of the lessons from this course carried in to other course. But it was extremely helpful to use a concept in more courses than one, it made the semester go a little more smoothly.

From my writings in our History class, I’ve seen through my writing that I can do better. I appreciate that in the WISE program we had the chance to rewrite and correct our writing assignments. This was a positive aspect for me because when I did get my reviews back Dr. Underwood let me know of some inadequate things that I did in my blogs or in my paper and I was able to go back and think, “O yeah, I could have put more historical evidence here.” The responses given helped me to look at my writing and see the need for revision. With revision I also got ahold of the concepts I wrote about, and I could more thoroughly discuss as well as understand them. I believed my best piece of writing was the blog of the play Madea, by Euripides. I was knowledgeable about this story because I was actually interested in it, so I researched a little beyond the book before I wrote the blog. That helped me to further explain in more detail what the story itself was about. I feel as if my Cultural Analysis Essay was good, but no, not great. I focused on the philosophies of Ancient Rome.  I feel as if I could have done better, but to tell the truth I’m not sure how I would change it to receive the A like I wanted. But reading the review that Dr. Underwood had given me I should have further explained how each of the philosophies effected the lives of the people of this time period. I believe that this would’ve given my audience the realization of just how important these philosophies were and how much influence they had on natural lives.

I enjoyed this class to the fullest, though I’m not one to voice my opinion a lot, I know how to write what I feel so, to have to research a topic then write a review or a response on it is what I loved most. Dr. Underwood is a fabulous professor, very knowledgeable. Sometimes, I would have to write notes to go & look up things she says but, in the end I did learn many things about the world since, well, the beginning. I feel as if I got more out of her course than any one that I took in high school. I appreciate her because she responded quickly to any questions that came up in and out of class, as in via e-mail. She also is a professor that opened the floor for any questions, which was very helpful, because history is not always so easy to grasp and keep a hold of.

As far as my overall first semester of college, it went relatively well. I mean I didn’t fail anything so I’m very proud of myself for the effort that I put forth. I don’t have any regrets for this class this semester. From Ancient Egypt to the Mesoamericans, I feel as if I absorbed important facts and point of views that will last for a while. I can’t wait to see what exactly is in store for next semester in History 202, I’m praying for great outcomes just as this semester had. With that being said, Happy Holidays to my History 201 class as well as Dr. Underwood, and I will see you next semester.

This infographic is a visual explaining what as well as how much was given in various different topics and situations through the PJM company. This is related to my topic because of the fact that the motorcylcists that I have researched also give unto this company when donating and making bike runs for charity.  Motorcyclists have given a portion of what they earned to many different organizations. Sometimes a little, sometimes much more. The important factor is that they give of themselves and spread out their generosity over different communities. The myth of motorcyclists has always been that they’re mean and rugged individuals, and even more fierce when they’re riding together, but with the help shown that they give throughout many different communities, we can see they do have a softer side.