The return of Martin Guerre is a true story dealing with identity theft. This event took place in Artigat in Southern France. Martin Guerre was a peasant that disappeared for several years and was believed to have returned. However, it turned out to be an imposter. People believed the imposter was Martin until a few people stated they knew that it was not him. The imposter was later executed. At the same time the real Martin Guerre showed up. In this era peasants did have some power in shaping and re shaping their own lives. Some of the best examples come from the Guerre family. The kinds of power they had were: being a part of a village with no manorial dues or owed manorial services (), being a rural merchant, and owning enough land
In the mid-nineteenth-century, the economic power switched in the South from the “upper South” to the “lower South,” which was expanding agriculturally. This switch resulted in the growth of a cotton-based economy. Economically, the change from cultivating tobacco and rice to cotton helped immensely. The high demand for cotton led to tremendous profits in the South and this drew the population to move to the prospering agricultural lands. The increase in cotton farming made African American slaves a necessity to the white males. These slaves were required to obey their masters and work the fields all day. The increase in slavery changed the social systems down South; the order now went African American slaves, poor white males, and at the top was wealthy white plantation owners.
Economic System: The economy in the region was mainly subsistence farming and drove local sales. Trades were inherited from the preceding parental generation. Slaver was also a means for production in the area although most production was family labor.
The next social class was the Nobility. The Nobility included both hereditary nobility which had power over others through blood lines and Non-hereditary nobility who were lower and had to gain their power by working.
In the 1600s, there were some pros and cons between the American and the British colonial. The colonist had an idea and they called it democracy. Democracy is an organization that the state government control. The colonies had several laws and they would rule themselves. King John of England, had said that they had to obey some laws of the citizens. Around 1620, there was a compact that would allow some contract to have some good protection law.
During the rule of Qin Shi Huangdi during the Qin dynasty, China’s government was based upon the philosophies of legalism. Legalists believed that all people were created amoral, and morality could only come from harsh punishments in society. As punishments, hundreds of thousands of peasants were forced into slave labor. Due to the extreme conditions, many slave laborers died from malnutrition and exhaustion. Today, China is still one of the most frequent instigators of human rights violations, which can be described as the deprivation of the most basic rights that all people are entitled to on birth. Those who are deemed “enemies of the state” can have their families tortured by the government without recourse, and activists can often be attacked
“Women are supposed to cook and do house chores… Women should be responsible for raising children… Men should tell women what they should do… Men are superior than women.” Gender expectations are evident in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and the society in Korea. Due to their different culture and lifestyle, The Youngers, the African American family, in A Raisin in the Sun have gender expectations that are different from the those in Korea. Gender expectations in the Youngers and Korea and are mainly noticeable in these three categories: occupation, personality traits, and physical appearance.
Wealth gaps in America is something that people do not know much about causing them to not realize how severe it is getting. In America, the top 10% of people (the very rich) are holding 50-80% of the wealth. This statistic is very scary and hard to grasp. Another scary fact is that the top 1% of the population holds around 35% of the United States net worth. People may ask what do these facts mean? They mean that the wealth gaps in America are getting further apart. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The wealth gaps in the social classes in the United States are getting worse because the haves and have nots are widening, the American dream is getting harder to do, the rich are taking more of the pie and, income inequality is on a record high.
Behind every mainstream cultural representation, there are private stories and local memories that are silenced and forgotten. My cultural memory project is a puzzle that includes representations of mainstream historical narratives along with memories of individuals that are associated with the Manong Generation. The puzzle reflects the challenge and importance of putting pieces of information together to correct common beliefs and create a voice to silent narratives. The Manong Generation refers to Filipino immigrants who came to the United States during 1920s-30s. Their historical narratives only focus in their agricultural life style. However, memories of these manongs show that they were not simply farmers, but individuals who made great
Japan’s rich history of power, wealth, and influence had many remarkable eras. One of the more notable periods in Japanese history was that of the Tokugawa Period (1600-1868). The Tokugawa Period was talked about in Musui’s Story, an autobiographical book, written by Kokichi Katsu. (Katsu ix) Katsu wrote Musui’s Story for three main reasons: to share how he had transformed from a low-ranking samurai to a well-known hero, to show his sense of self, and to serve as a cautionary tale for his descendants. He showed his sense of self when he became his own person with spirits, shrewdness, and imagination. (xviii) His transformation was proven in his journey of risk taking, danger, family, and friendships that can be told the next generation as well
The Sumerians developed a social order with 3 classes. People of each class had different roles within the society.The highest class included the ruler, his top officials, powerful priests, wealthy merchants, and owners of large plots of land. The middle class had farmers and skilled workers.The lowest class was mostly slaves. The city-states’ governments and Sumerian religious beliefs, which were connected, helped support this social order.
The Stono Rebellion was the largest slave revolt to take place in the colonies. About 20 whites and 40 slaves were killed, after about 100 slaves decided to run away to St. Augustine to acquire freedom. The Spanish in St.Augustine had offered freedom to any slave that came to them, and the slaves were also free to follow their own religion there. The promise of freedom was not the only reason why the slaves wanted to escape from British rule. A boom in the production of rice had caused for the amount of slaves in South Carolina to increase drastically. Men were put on rice fields to work, which caused conflict. The background of the slaves also held a great deal of importance. The slaves knew how to fight, which would be a problem
About three to four million years ago, the first humans classified as hominids lived in Africa. Australopithecines were bipedal and were able to make simple tools out of stone. Louis and May Leakey discovered a hominid that they named Homo habilis. These hominids were the first to make tools. With a larger brain, they were able to make better decisions when it came to searching for food. Around 1.5 million years ago, a new variation of the hominid emerged. They were named Homo erectus and were able to make more sophisticated tools. They were the first hominids to leave Africa and travel to parts of Europe and Asia.
Probably the only country in the world that totally rejects globalization, North Korea, upon becoming a separate country in 1948 when the Korean peninsula was divided into two separate countries in the aftermath of WWII, has emerged today as the world’s most enduring isolated totalitarian socialist society in recent history, according to Freedom House.
In the Luxun’s short story of kongyiji, he described a person who lived in the Qing dynasty, which was a particular time. Kongyiji was scholar at that time, but he did not get a good score, so he didn’t have a work, money, and status. He usually went to the pub to drink, and he often was derision, because his work was to copy down the books for people who did not recognize words, however he usually stole books, so he had a bod reputation. At last, kongyiji was dead also because of that. Actually, as for as the meaning of this story, I think luxun was in order to show the influence of the imperial examination system, I agree with his opinion that he wanted a satire on the feudalism, and to awake people who pursued the imperial examination system.