“Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World,” by Jack Weatherford, is a book about the American Indians and their contributions to the rest of the world. The book goes into great detail about the changes that occurred from when settlers first arrived to the Americas and began interactions with the Indians to the modern century of when the book was published, which was 1988. Weatherford did an outstanding job as putting into perspective how much the world has learned and obtained from the American Indians and their land. The book sheds light on these topics with a positive mood, yet also points out some failures of the Indians and their legacy.
This research proposal relates closely to the textbook, Garbology, Our Love Affair with Trash. Edward Humes discusses how current landfills are constructed to protect the environment from leachate in several chapters, but in Chapter 4, “The Last and Future Kingdom,” he writes about the dangers of landfills built before the 1990s (2013). Landfills built before the 1991 regulations are not required to install barriers that protect the groundwater from carcinogens. According to the American Cancer Society, prolonged exposure to carcinogens in the environment can lead to cancer ( “Known and Probable,”2017).
Isabel Allende’s short story, “And of Clay Are We Created,” has a similar presentation of humanity compared to Matea Gold and Maggie Farley’s article, “World Trade Center and Pentagon attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.” In both stories humanity is seen to look for answers from the media. For example, in “And of Clay Are We Created,” humanity is seen to cling on to hope when ever Lily was seen on tv. For them, Lily was a symbol of hope that the media explioted. Another example is, in “World Trade Center and Pentagon attacked on Sept. 11, 2001,” when people saw the learned of the attacks, it was through the media. The people of America were watching through the media to gain an understanding of this situation. In these stories humanity is seen to
When you see a litterbug throw the rest of their half-eaten lunch on the ground or dispose of a cigarette out their Hummer window, you might be disgusted by the fact that, that someone negatively impacts the environment. Most human beings know that our negative actions towards the environment have a ripple effect like a drop in the ocean. However, not everyone cares or sees the impact that we all individually have on the earth. In the essay, Our Unhealthy Future Under Environmentalism, John Berlau, an American economist, debates that conserving and preserving our environment is unnecessary and environmentalist should chill out with this save the planet bull crap. This essay comes directly from Berlau’s book called, Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism
Native Americans have been depicted as primitives and salvages since they were discovered by of non-natives in the Americas. These stereotypes were created through oral tradition by explorers and settlers and remained to in the present through books, radio, television, and film. This prejudice has caused Native Americans to suffer this backlash throughout their life. They have been coined noble savages or murderous heathens, especially in western movies, films, and television shows. Native American men were considered a good Indian brave, the villainous warrior, or mystic nature priest. The Native American women were depicted as the angry, defiant or the compliant squaw. In movies, on television, or on film, Native Americans were viewed as wild and uncivilized, even if they were good or evil.
Nixon enacted the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The purpose of this act established protection of the environment. NEPA created a Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Agencies of the Council on Environmental Quality, and White House officials got together to develop environmental policies to protect Earth. On April 22, 1970, American people celebrated Earth Day for the first time.
During the 16th and 17th century, Europe went through political disputes regarding government which created uproar and conflict. English philosopher Thomas Hobbes published his document Leviathan during the War of Religion in 1651. The War of Religion was a time period in which Europe was trying to establish its religion between Catholic and Protestant (Huguenot). The Holy Roman Empire in particular had tension about religious beliefs due to the Peace of Augsburg which entailed each ruler to establish a religion for their state, also known as a confession. The Peace of Augsburg also entailed that when a new ruler came into power, they could keep or change the confession of that state and its practices. This caused an uproar in Europe between
Have you ever seen a yellow river? Golden river, not so golden after all. In Colorado there was a mine spill in the Animas River that affect many people, animals and their land. The Animas River was polluted with with toxic chemicals that have left an environmental disaster and people can get diseases, from the water, leaving people to wonder if their way of life will ever be the same. The Animas river flowed a yellow color through several states contaminating hundreds of miles of land and the biggest indian reservation in the nation.
In recent times, there has been controversy over using Native Americans as mascots for various activities. It has influenced several teams to change their mascot in an attempt to please the Native Americans they have offended, but there are still many teams that have yet to change their mascots. It is inhumane to target a race of people and imitate them in such a disrespectful way, using stereotypes that have no relation to who they are or what their culture is.
Jay Rosentein took a look at the long time practice of honoring Native American’s as mascots and team names in sports whether professional levels or college teams. He gives us insight that it is not only about using the natives as mascots but the issue at hand of racism, minority representation and stereotypes. This film is more than the practice of utilizing Indians as mascots, it is about culture identity and how we should all change to make a difference.
“Gasland” is a documentary on natural gas and how its drilling affects people. It really lets you see what these natural gas companies are doing. The toxic fumes and chemicals are ruining people 's lives to the point where some of them are dying. “Gasland” makes you grateful for what you have and how clean it is. Think about having to get your water every day and it was 30-50 miles away. The thing that I reacted to the strongest about was when the people were able to light their water on fire because of all the natural gas and chemicals in it. Imagine putting that into your body and yet these companies think that it is absolutely harmless to the environment and people. Another thing that caught my attention was how cattle and animals were affected
This documentary opened my eyes to many of the things that occur in my own country. I knew that politicians were looking for a way to use the resources that we have here in our own country instead of having to buy them from others, but I would have thought they would have done it while in the best interest of the people. Before watching this documentary, I was not familiar with natural gas or any of the processes that it takes to make it. I just knew that it was an efficient energy source. With any resource that we remove from the earth, we risk hurting people and many other things in the process. Hearing that these people were having to live off of contaminated water due to the chemicals that were inappropriately disposed was no surprise
There have been many dilemmas with America with continuous problems today. In the progressive era there were many problems that we had to deal with like unsanitary meat, child labor, and voting rights for women. Those have been fixed with the Meat Inspection act of 1906, child labor laws, and
The Indutrial Revolution began in Britain in the 1700’s and spread throughout different parts of world. During this peiriod, vast amounts of people started moving from rural areas to urban areas looking for better job opportunities. Prior to the Industrail Revoliution, manuafcturing was often done in people’s homes. Slowly indutrialization established new machinery including the devlopment of the steam engine along with iron and textile industries. This was a great advancemt for the United States. Factories helped produce more goods, in less amounts of time. However, it led to the development of numerous enviromental hazards.The use of factories and mass production casued a depletion of certain resources such as coal and iron. It increased air polution, water pollution, population growth, and disrupted rural villages with the construction of railroads.