The theory being applied to James McBride’s family is Sigmund Freud’s Psychodynamic theory. This theory is based on the grounds of the importance of early childhood experiences that shape personality and behavior (Lifespan). Applying this theory to James’ family we can begin by looking at the time period in which the children grew up. The family grew up in a time where black and whites did not marry and it was unacceptable for them to be together. This caused some of the family members to develop a defense mechanism. A defense mechanism is the denying of reality and projecting feelings on someone else (Lifespan). Because the mother was a white female, the children sought to understand, but where protective of their mother. Ruth uses the defense mechanism to hide or suppress her past and race from her children. Many times the children ask Ruth are they black or white and where she comes from. Ruth suppresses these thoughts and reacts by telling her children not to worry about it or don’t ask questions.
The young prophet, Imam Hussein once said, “death with dignity is better than love with humiliation.” In Ernest Gaines novel A Lesson Before Dying, presents the importance of dignity through the journey of a young black man and his wrongful conviction. The lesson that dignity comes from loving and being loved through the actions and thoughts of Grant Wiggins, Reverend Ambrose, and Jefferson is taught. Who these characters love, who they care for, and how and individuals that love them, define the dignity they feel and experience in their lives.
Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash were two great country songwriters and singers. They had their similarities and differences in their time on earth. They both had similar lifestyles as a child and singer, but they each had a different way of controlling their drug and alcohol use. The ups and downs in their life made them who they are today.
Elvis inspired and influenced rock musicians like Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Bruce Springsteen. Elvis’ early life was mostly in Memphis, Tennessee with his cousins. His middle life was full of music. Presley’s late life had a downfall, but, he kept on going forward. To truly understand Elvis Presley, one must understand his early, middle, and late life.
“They found themselves in the middle of a tug a war between federal and state power”(Kirk). The students hunger for equality sparked a change that would affect America greatly. Little Rock Nine inspired many African Americans to stand up for themselves and stand against racism. They also helped desegregate schools which later lead to the desegregation of other public areas. Little Rock Nine was an inspiration to the 1960’s as seen through their background, impact, and contributions.
According to the 1900 census Bessie was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Laura and William Smith. His dad was a laborer and a part-time Baptist in Moulton, Alabama. Bessie’s dad died when she was a little girl. When she was 9 years old her mother and brother died, the older sister of Bessie (Viola) took care of her siblings. Bessie would earn money by impoverished household, she and her brother (Andrew) began singing on the street of Chattanooga, she would dance and sing. Her brother would play the guitar while she was doing that. In 1904 the oldest brother from them left home to join a small traveling troupe. When he returned he took his Bessie to audition the troupe. She was hired for a dancer not a singer because the company already had a well-known as a singer.
Charles W. Chestnutt’s the Passing of Grandison is a tale that sheds light on southern slavery in a time where a movement to free slaves was a rebellious act. The author uses specific locations and dialogue to portray the reality of the era. The theme of the story is addressed through the acts of both of the main characters. On one end, Dick’s determination and courage is driven by a hidden motive that benefits himself; while Grandison’s courage and determination are led by his hidden motive to concur opportunity for himself and his family. Ironically, both men address the topic of what a man is willing to do for the person or people he loves, but the initial reasoning behind the both of the similar yet differing situations leads to a very unexpected outcome.
I define my family more like Robert Hayden than Linda Hogan; I define my family as my mother, my sister, my grandparents, and house where I grew up. Linda Hogan’s family was a nomadic tribe that moves from place to place, and she wrote about problem of perception of herself as a part of one race; Robert Hayden in his poem describe don’t understanding of parents’ love in a family; while I can describe my family issue as a misunderstanding the role of the father in the family because I grew up without the father. My mother got divorce when I was a child, and couple years late my father was killed. Like Hayden I can say about my house that I felt “fearing the chronic angers of that house” because my dad was alcoholic, and I saw a lot family violence
Susan Lee Johnson in her book, Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush, gives a collections of histories of the same event from multiple sources’ perspectives. She does not try to decipher which interpretation or version of events is the accurate one. Johnson believes that the multitude of versions is more telling of the actual themes that were bing played out in this area of the southern mines of California. Johnson tackles issues of labor in these mining camps throughout her book. She pays close attention to the Anglo-American migrants and their disgruntled claims against the system of peonage employed by Sonoran and other Latino patrons. At this time in the eastern United States labor systems and the use of immigrant labor
Emily Griffith was a life changing teacher for all who wished to learn. Welcome to the life of Emily Griffith and her world. Emily changed the lives of many families and students and this story will tell How It All Started, Accomplishments While Being A Teacher, and Legacy & Contributions. Anybody who wished to learn would usually accept Emily’s life changing opportunity.
Soror Esther C. Peyton a loyal lifetime member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated served in many positions during her time in Zeta. Soror Peyton the third Eastern Region Director, 1936-1945 and under her administration, Zeta thrived. Her influence in the history of Zeta was felt past her term of office, she continued to render service her sorority.
The Seeger family have been the front runners of American creativity for almost a century. They are known for their many contributions to music in America. After their time in the spotlight they seemed to fade in to the background of the whole music scene, they did not disappear they just all went their own ways in terms of life and jobs. The Seegers have enriched the American way of life with their music and scholarships.
During James A. Garfield’s early life, he built a strong, likable foundation that would carry him to many places including the President of the United States. Garfield faced many barriers, but his intelligence, diligence, and perseverance helped overcome these barriers. Garfield’s parents, like any other parent would, wanted Garfield to get a good education. Unfortunate for his mother, Garfield “longed for a life at sea”. Eventually, he started doing canal work at the Erie and Ohio canal. Soon he contracted a terrible sickness that was almost fatal. He went home and soon recovered. He realized that canal work wasn’t for him, he switched tracks and continued his education. Garfield was so persevered to learn that “convinced the school to allow
In the midst of the Great Depression was the birth the Dionne quintuplets, comprised of five identical girls, they were the first ever surviving quintuplets in history, sparking their exploitation. Since the world had never seen anything so unique, it led society and many of those involved with the quintuplets to offer up the children’s lives for publicity and fame. The children were helpless in their own lives, leaving many to blame for their poor uprising. Those who were blamed for the mistreatment of the daughters included their father Olvia who signing away the rights early in their lives to an attraction in Ohio. Their doctor Allan Roy Defoe, who looked after the children, and the government for taking the children away from the care of
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from you should read J.D Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”. It’s an explorative memoir into the author, his family and the culture of the people in the Appalachian Mountains. I would recommend this book to anyone who has experienced violence, drug abuse, and loss of a loved one. While its topics are hard to dive into J.D Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” writes about the realities of life in the Appalachia, and the many traumas and roadblocks he went through to get where he is now.