Elizabeth Salas’s piece Soldaderas in the Mexican Military is a historical nonfiction work which addresses the role of the soldadera in Mexican warfare. Written from a modern perspective, the piece intends to expose the true lives of the soldaderas and dispel preconceived notions that many incorrectly hold regarding these women. Thus, Salas writes in an argumentative and persuasive manner in order to propagate her claim that the soldaderas played a more imperative role than what history gives them credit for. Her writing is intended for those who have no background knowledge on the soldaderas or those who hold incorrect preconceived notions about them. Myths that surround the soldaderas stem largely from an era in which the only people who
Throughout history, the United States have only drafted soldiers in two wars, World War II and Vietnam. Thousands of teenagers who had just turned 18 were selected to go fight overseas in Vietnam. Soldiers only had eight weeks to prepare before getting deployed in enemy territory. The young soldiers that were drafted were assigned to infantry positions. The horrifying eyewitness accounts the soldiers witnessed led to psychological changes in their behavior for the rest of their lives.
Chica da Silva, a well-known historical figure of Brazilian historiography, is an excellent example of “race democracy” in Brazil. Born of an African slave and a military nobleman of Portuguese descent, Chica da Silva won her social status and prestige by her licentiousness and sensuality that is a characteristic attributed to the black or “mulata” female in the Brazilian popular culture. In the eighteenth century in the gold mining region of Minas Gerais, Brazil, women, especially white, was scarce. “Concubinage” was a common practice and many slave-owners freed their slave mistresses upgrading their social status. Chica da Silva was the mistress of João Fernandes de Oliveira, who was the king’s representative in the region, he was also
As more men began to enlist, women stepped in to take their place. Due to their vital roles in the workplace, they were able to gain more independence. In order for Robert Borden, former prime minister of Canada, to pass conscription, the 1917 Military Service Act was passed. Mothers, wives, and daughters of soldiers had the right to vote. Not only did their rights change, but their fashion as well.
In the Latin American culture, especially during a period of violence boys were raised to be “machisomo”which means tough in Latin American. Many of these men, including the character Captain Torres in “Just Lather And Nothing Else”, demonstrated rebellious behaviour because of it.
Fifteen years has passed before he could be able to openly face and write about his memories, which he finds all throughout Lisbon, in a continuous swing that brings the reader back and forward between past and present. In Billie August’s movie denial is explored on two levels: in a strict sense, as we see it in the story of the Portuguese characters, and in a wider sense, as it emerges from Raimund’s past. On the one hand denial is the strategy used by the main characters to cope with the death of Amadeu which had occurred on 25 April, 1974, the day of the Revolução dos Cravos, an important day for the group of friends who were at the time young and engaged in the resistance against the regime of the Estado Novo. Even if many years have passed, we guess twenty at least, people are not willing to remember the past: João only accepts to talk to a foreigner
During the conscription crisis of 1917, Canada was still a relatively young and inexperienced country, and did not yet have the capability or independence to deal with such an issue. However, one question was made clear to all Canadians… could national unity be maintained throughout the crisis? In 1939 Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King made the same promise to that of his predecessor Robert Borden; in Canada, there would be no conscription and all military service would be voluntary. “Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription” was a statement made by King during the Plebiscite in 1942 and just like Borden, he too had broken his promise to Canadian citizens. Twice now in Canada 's history, conscription has demonstrated to be a poor “solution” that is not only destructive to the patriotism and unity that Canadians had struggled to build, but also resulted in the division of families, the separation of francophone and anglophone
Throughout history, countries are inevitably pulled into conflicts that result in war. These conflicts usually occur because of interests in: economic gain, territorial gain, religion, and nationalism. America, like every country, needs a military to defend itself, especially when tensions arise in other parts of the world and when militia numbers start to decrease. This then allows the government to draft its population to serve in the military. People argue that young men and women’s bright lives are often cut short, and not allowed their Constitutional right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”, but there are many benefits for the nation and the individual by serving one’s country.
Racial disparity in Brazil is best explained in Abdias Nascimento article, Quilombismo: An Afro-Brazilian Political Alternative. “I believe that the Black and mulatto the Brazilian of colour must have a racial counter-ideology and a counter position in socioeconomic terms. The Brazilian of colour must strive simultaneously for a double change: socioeconomic change in the country, and change in race and colour relations.” In 1968, through these words, Afro-Brazilian scholar, artist, and politician Abdias Nascimento called attention to the potentially divergent but essentially related nature of the two main objectives of Afro-Brazilian activism: first, to effect concrete change in the distribution of social and economic power in Brazil, and second,
"When the protofascist Estado Novo dictatorship was established in 1937, one of its major new policies was the brasilidade campaign"; by these new campaigns we start to see how the Japanese-Brazilians were not welcomed into Brazil (Lesser 410).There was new legislation created to prevent the entry of the new immigrants coming into Brazil; "constitution of 1934 established a quota system, and while the immigrant stream from Japan slowed between 1933 and 1950" (Lesser 410). "By the 1930s, Nikkei visibility in the Brazilian economy created some resentment; the first generation Japanese-Brazilians were looked upon as insignificant to the Brazilian culture" (Lesser
In Laura B Pryor’s critical article on Tuesday Siesta, she argues that in Colombia in the mid twentieth century good and evil was almost indistinguishable. Instead, there is only powerful and weak. With the corrupt government and drug trade in Colombia at the time this is exactly right. Those who were courageous enough went and took power while those scared to try were left behind without a moment's notice. She also writes about how this is shown through Tuesday Siesta.
According to Nathalie Lebon the black presence in Latin America which until recently was socially ignored is now becoming more visible and integrated into society. The cultural, historical, and sociological relevance of Afro-Latin America is now the subject of vigorous examination. In Lebons Article Beyond Confronting the Myth of Racial Democracy: The Role of Afro-Brazilian Women Scholars and Activists he states that “Women of African descent represent nearly a quarter of all Brazilians (AMB, 2001: 10). Despite this incontrovertible fact, until recently very little research had been conducted about this segment of the Brazilian population.
Conscription, also known as drafting, is a law that the government made for people to go to war. This law stated that anyone who was old enough and was able to fight in the war had to go, whether they wanted to go or not. People thought conscription was very beneficial, I on the other hand disagree. Personally, I do not think conscription is a good idea. It is unfair to force people to go to war, by forcing men to enlist in the army, the army force will not be as strong as it could be, and if conscription occurs, there’s an emotional toll to fighting.
The debate as to whether a country should have mandatory military conscription has been discussed and practiced in places all over the globe. For the United States, implementing this would have several benefits from which the country could profit on. With this required aspect, there could be a promotion to the nation’s unity in which people would have a sense of equality to one another. Also, it would ensure all receive basic skills to place themselves further within other job careers. Finally, the mandatory service brings better awareness and participation with the government.