Clara Barton and the American Red Cross “I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past. ” Clara Barton was a fighter.
In every town she lives in, someone in her family gets into trouble and they all have to skip town. Because of all their moving around, Jeannette does not have a stable childhood. Also, when they move to new houses, they always lack something important like electricity, running water, and basic furniture. Not only is she always left in these dilapidated homes, but sometimes, she is left in them alone to take care of her siblings and provide for them. Her mom occasionally gets a job but prefers to sit home and paint, leaving it to her children to get money for dinner.
When he denies them and Mayella’s father comes into the yard tom runs away because he knows something bad will come from this. After tom is gone Mayella’s father forces her to say that Tom Robinson abused her. Mayella is powerless because of her gender, the class she lives in, and the respect she gets from those around her. Mayella has never really been respected before. When in court she is examined by Atticus and he does nothing but call her “ma’am” and “miss Mayella” and she sees it as him mocking her.
After losing her father, she then loses her home, and everything she has ever loved. She must start over physically when she and Mama leave everything behind and move to the United States. "Do not be afraid to start over." (p. 15) Abuelita, who is Esperanza’s grandmother, says this to her and later, Esperanza utters these wise words herself. They are both speaking about the process of knitting, which serves as a metaphor for overcoming fears and reaching dreams.
In her autobiography, I Came a Stranger Hilda Polacheck reveals the conflicting role of women in the late 19th / early 20th century as workers, caregivers, and social activists in a conflicting age of progress, hardship and missed expectations. Coming from a very traditional Jewish family in Poland it seems that Polacheck was destined to be a full time mother and wife never having immersed herself in the American society where women were becoming more and more relevant. The death of her father changes all of this forcing herself, her mother, and her siblings to fight for survival. This fight is not only what transformed Hilda Polacheck into the woman we remember her as today, but into an American . At age thirteen and even much later after her husband’s death forced Polacheck to go to work to keep her family fed and clothed.
All things are going well until mother has to do the check-in with one of the teachers at the school, where she has to give her address and finds out that she has her daughter at the wrong school, meaning the wrong school district for where she lives at. The mother begins to argue about why her daughter should attend this first school and why her daughter cannot go anywhere
“Love you, mama, Miss you”(Aviv, 2), the words of three year old Adam to his mother who was placed with the Orange County Social Services. In Rachel Aviv’s article “ Where is your mother” thirty-nine year old, single working parent Niveen Ismail, “begged” them to return her son after she left Adam unsupervised at home whilst she was out. Niveen mentions that on this tragic day that, “It was mechanical- I wasn’t thinking anymore... I was just trying to survive” (Aviv, 6) she was overworked, undernourished and had just reached a “breaking point”.
In the story, The Painted Door by Sinclair Ross, the protagonist, Ann suffers from many mental issues caused by isolation and depression. She is first revealed as a farmer’s wife, insisting her husband, John to stay with her during a storm, but John ultimately makes the decision to leave and visit his father. This act made Ann feel insignificant because she felt that she is “as important as” John’s “father”. This is the not the first time John was not there when Ann needed him most, seven years married and he “scarcely spoke a word” during meals. Ann who is his wife and the only living person within a “2 mile” radius is constantly rejected the simplest freedoms and of all people, her husband.
Her four children were born in Los Angeles: Frederick LuShon White, Jr. (Aug. 12, 1952), Annette Trudy White (Sept. 4, 1953), Nancy Susan White (April 3, 1955) (all born at the Japanese American Hospital in East Los Angeles, CA) and Phillip Jamal White (March 12, 1964) (at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Hollywood, CA). Phillip was her surprise baby. Her granddaughter ZaKiya remembers the family saying Trudy walked around the house for weeks in denial saying, “I can’t be pregnant.”
The other one is called Angel House of North Georgia which houses nineteen girls ranging from age 12 – 19. They teach the girls skills that they will need to be successful in their future (North Georgia Angel House Inc. - Welcome. n.d.). Cherokee Family Violence Center is a crisis center and safety shelter for victims, usually mothers and their children, of domestic violence. (Cherokee Family Violence Center - Help, Hope, Heal. n.d.). In 2013, this center serviced a total of 2,056 clients (Why It Matters,
LeBron Raymone James, son of Gloria Marie James and Anthony McClelland was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio. At the time of James’ birth, his unwed mother, Gloria, was only 16 years old. She had a hard time raising the child on her own and kept shifting apartments across the neighborhoods of Akron in search of steady work, bouncing between retail and accounting jobs. She also battled personal problems during much of LeBron’s childhood, resulting in a much struggled life for both of them.
Elizabeth continued to raise her children. On March 25, 1809, Saint Elizabeth Seton pronounced her vows poverty, chastity, and obedience, binding for one year. Now referred to as Mother Seton, Elizabeth established two orphanages and another school by 1818. For the last three years of her life, Elizabeth felt that God was getting ready to call her, and this gave her true happiness and gratefulness. Mother Seton died in 1821 at the age of 46, only sixteen years after becoming a Catholic.
Hundreds of people in the crowd all chanted “Starlites! Starlites!” the music pounded in our ears. What made us the most nervous, however, were the other teams, from all over the country, their eyes burning into us, watching our every move. Many of the teams were composed of girls from different racial ethnic backgrounds.