Security Vs. Individual Liberties

Security Vs. Individual Liberties

To understand the American experience (1865 ? present) one must understand the struggle over security verses individual liberties.

To understand this statement completely, we must first look back to the 1600?s at two different views on the subjects of power and security. The first theory, defined in Leviathan (1651) excerpts, comes from Thomas Hobbes. In a simple form, Hobbs has a theory that men without a common power are in a constant state of war, which is every man against every man. There are consequences to this condition including no justice, industry or propriety. Man however has a possibility to come out of this state. This comes in the form of a Leviathan, or an ultimate ruler. He believes that, in a state of war, agreements made in trust are invalid. There is no enforcer of such agreements, so there will always be a fear of the other party looking out for its own interests. Therefore, according to Hobbs, there are two players in the scenario: individuals who need security, and an ultimate ruler with which all the power lies.
The second theory looked at about security is from John Locke.

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Sling Blade Anaylsis

Sling Blade Anaylsis

In the 1996 film, Sling Blade, a criminally insane man, Karl (played by Billy Bob Thorton) is released from a mental institution and sent into the world to fend for himself. He finds himself back in his small hometown filled with stereotypes and small-minded people. The film does an amazing job at analyzing his relationships, both new and old. Each of his encounters strengthens the storyline, and the themes and stereotypes parallel the unfolding plot.
The story begins at the mental institution with an interview Karl has with college students. It is here that the audience is informed that Karl was placed in the mental institution for killing his mother and his mother?s lover out of what he thought was protection for his mother. It becomes obvious that Karl would kill again in order to protect someone he loves. The proceeding scenes show Karl?s release from the institution and his settlement in the town. It is then that Karl meets Frank, a young boy who has seen more sadness than his age should have allowed. They meet at a Laundromat and Karl helps Frank carry his laundry home. Frank instantly befriends and accepts Karl. The storyline unfolds as

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AfricansAmericans In An America Civil War

AfricansAmericans In An America Civil War

Blacks and the Civil War
The foundation for black participation in the Civil War began more than a hundred years before the outbreak of the war. Blacks in America had been in bondage since early colonial times. In 1776, when Jefferson proclaimed mankind?s unchallengeable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the institution of slavery had become firmly established in America. Blacks worked in the tobacco fields of Virginia, in the rice fields of South Carolina, and toiled in small farms and shops in the North. Foner and Mahoney report in A House Divided, America in the Age of Lincoln that, ?In 1776, slaves composed forty percent of the population of the colonies from Maryland south to Georgia, but well below ten percent in the colonies to the North.? The invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney in 1793 provided a demand for cotton thus increasing the demand for slaves. By the 1800?s slavery was an institution throughout the South, an institution in which slaves had few rights, and could be sold or leased by their owners. They lacked any voice in the government and lived a life of hardship. Considering these circumstances, the slave population never abandoned

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Vietnam

Vietnam

By the late 1960s, the conflict in Vietnam had escalated to a limited war involving approximately half a million military personnel and billions of dollars a year. The American presence in Indochina had steadily increased from the Truman administration to Kennedys decision to initiate greater American involvement in 1961. The peak of 543,000 American forces was achieved in 1969 and was the culmination of US aid to the nation of South Vietnam. The US policy since the beginning of the Cold War had been containment of Communist aggression and advances. US intentions of ensuring democracy throughout the world had not changed, however the US did not support the right of self-determination in Vietnam in scheduled elections in 1956. Rather an incorrect analysis of the Vietnam situation: inaccurately identifying it with the previous Korean quagmire and the overall attitudes of indiscriminate fear of any communist movement, regardless of circumstances, prevailed over American foreign policy
and helped begin an ill-advised escalation of American involvement into the Vietnamese civil war. The brief excerpts from The Arrogance of Power address these sentiments. J. William Fulbright discusses the reasons for American involvement in Vietnam as stemming significantly from previous American experiences, namely Korea and McCarthyism.

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Sling Blade

Sling Blade

In the movie ?Sling Blade?, directed my Billy Bob Thornton, the whole aspect of what is moral is brought to our attention. A hero is a person noted for special achievement in a field, courageous, helpful, rescues or saves a person. Karl Childers fits the definition of a hero and proves this by saving Frank.
Growing up as a child for Karl was hard. His parents were abusive, being so young and naive he did not know any better. Karl parents also made him do horrific things, such as giving him his baby brother and telling him to get rid of it. After Karl spending several years in a hospital institution because he killed his mother and her boyfriend. Karl is let loose. Despite all of the events that happen in his childhood and life, he turned out to be a humble, kind and gentle person.
Karl will now begin his new life in the world.
While out in the new world Karl meets a little boy name Frank. Karl helps him with his laundry bags carrying them for him home. Karl is placed in a world where he is confused and has no sense of direction where to go. He has

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African Dance

African Dance

The African aesthetic dance form has many characteristics that have influenced the dance forms of The New World, starting with the sacred circle in Dahomey to the Vodun ritual, Ring Shout, up to Minstrelsy, Vaudville, and musical theatre. The characteristics include the Di-bod philosophy which is an emphasis on the joints, and the movements are centrifugal in which the pelvic region is emphasized. They dance in a crouched position and are always barefoot giving them more of a connection to the earth. The dances were rhythmic, they didn?t dance with out drums for the drums were symbolized as a heart beat, and were hermeneutic, interprets life and feelings. The movements were dynamic; continuous and percussive, as opposed to static, holding a position as done in the Hindu religion. The movements also imitate animals in a realistic detail, and are polyrhythmic; all body parts are moving to different drum beats. Also improvisation was of great importance for it was historically used as a survival technique.
The sacred circle in Dahomey was the beginning of all circle dances. The circle in the circle dance had great meaning, it represented life and how it keeps moving as if in

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Urban Transportation

Urban Transportation

Urban transportation

The development of urban transportation has not changed with the cities; cities have changed with transportation. In the early years of transportation it was the mass transit of horse and buggies or electric rail cars that shaped cities. Then as the automobile became affordable to the public, personal transportation redefined the city as it was known. It is the automobile and the movement to the suburbs that has public transportation a buggy. Now four to six people could be carried at one time. These horse and struggling to make money today.

The very first transportation was with the horse. Then someone came up with the idea to pair a horse up with buggies began to be common sight in cities and public transportation was born. Before the horse and buggy people were confined to the distance they could walk, so cities could not grow much. People lived in the central business district because that is where they worked. Now with the simple horse and buggy, people that can afford the transportation can move a mile or two out of the central city (Guathier 174).

The big explosion of growth and increased ridership came at the turn of the century. The cause

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Star Wars Episode 1

Star Wars Episode 1

The story is a science fiction story about two Jedi knights, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who were sent to settle the conflict between the Trade Federation and the small planet of Naboo. The Jedi knights arrived to a spaceship where the Trade Federation attacked them. They managed to get to the planet of Naboo where they met one of the residents Jar Jar Binks, who helped them to escape. By the time the Jedi knights got to Queen Amidala, the ruler of Naboo, the Trade Federation captured her. They managed to save her and escape for a while. While they were escaping from the spaceships in the space, their ship was damaged and they landed on the planet of Tatooine, a cruel planet where everything is abounds gambling and slaving. On Tatooine they met a boy named Anakin Skywalker, who was a slave on that planet. The Jedi knight Qui-Gon Jinn saw that the Force* was unusually strong in him, stronger than any Jedi he knew. They freed the boy and when they fixed their spaceship

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African Americans In The Colonial Era From African Origins

African Americans In The Colonial Era: From African Origins Through The American Revolution

African Americans in the Colonial Era: From African Origins through the American Revolution was written by Donald R. Wright and published by Harlan Davidson Incorporated. Donald R. Wright is a Professor of African American History at Suny Cortland. His other works consist of African Americans in the Early Republic and The World and a Very Small Place in Africa. Wright received his B.A. from DePauw University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Wright progresses the book along a chronological time frame studying the African plight from the shores of Africa to the coast of the British Colonies. Once arriving at the colonies he breaks up his discussion based upon geographical location and explains how slavery in each area evolved. Finally Wright concludes with the African Americans in a post revolutionary America and how the ruling class would create a second class citizen. Throughout the book Wright is trying to develop a theme that racism was not only based upon ethnicity, but the south?s belief that only through slavery could the region survive economically.
The slave trade lasted from 1450 through 1808. During this time frame estimates range from five to twenty million human lives

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Human Rights And Liberties

Human Rights And Liberties

Throughout the course of history, we have continually sought out to define our human rights and liberties. These rights include freedom of life liberty and property. In addition, the freedoms of expression, speech and press are included. Human rights pertain to everyone, yet not all societies have successfully acknowledged them. At points in history at times, it could be said, perhaps, that as one person receives appraisal, another is delivered limitations. However, it cannot go without saying that some have tried to correct these errors and defend basic human rights. Such cases in world history involving violations against human rights include Jews in Nazi Germany and imperialistic Africa.
One of the most riveting events in history has been the Holocaust. Not only were freedoms and rights being extremely violated, millions of people were killed in the mass genocide induced by Hitler. Groups of people including, Jew, Gypsies, Slavs, and the mentally ill or disabled were all discriminated against and were considered sub-human. They had no rights, no liberties, and certainly no property. Nazi Germans believed they had no right to even exist. Synagogues were set on fire, businesses were destroyed

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