A fugitive slavery advertisement is something that I never knew had existed. I found it pretty shocking to learn that these advertisements were made. Slavery on its own is awful enough, but these advertisements are similar, in my opinion, to what people now make for their lost pets… minus the abuse. So these people were looked at as less than animals. As we learn about slavery, I am still amazed that this type of behavior toward another person was completely acceptable at one point in time. It’s very interesting to see how society, for the most part, has positively evolved over time.
A recurring theme that I see in media about slavery (and rightfully so), is the separation of family and loved ones. Having read Frederick Douglass’s narrative, it was interesting to compare to the movie Django. Douglass mentions that slave families were separated basically at birth, probably to avoid attachments, but also tells how his mother would walk miles after performing hard labor just to lay down with him for a short while before he would fall asleep. The common theme that I keep seeing is love, and the bonds that tie people together. In Django, the main character (for whom the movie is named) is also looking for his loved one: his wife.
Django and his wife, both slaves, are heart-wrenchingly separated, something that seemed to happen far too often during this time. Frederick Douglass also mentioned that slaves who got into trouble were sent ‘South’. By the end of the movie, Django has reunited with his wife, though he was unable to run away with her discreetly like he’d hoped, and is instead thwarted by the perceptive plantation owner. To me, it was interesting to see a mainstream film mirror something like Frederick Douglass’s narrative in certain aspects, and it really solidified the atrocity of slavery, especially in separating families and loved ones.
“This is about what all through the night and morning of June 2 when Harriet, Montgomery and the colored soldiers overran the Combahee.” Conrad Earl. In this brief summary of a daring raid led by Harriet Tubman and Colonel Montgomery is an exciting look at a lesser known skirmish at least for me during the American civil war. Despite what some historical revisionists say the US civil war was about slavery and it was great to read a story of Harriet Tubman in action.
Why is it that our brains choose to remember bits and pieces of information we learn throughout the years? I have always remembered the saying “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” However I guess I never really knew why this saying was famous or who made it famous.
The reading on James Otis was an interesting one for me to read and actually gain some knowledge out of. I enjoyed this article because it has early on information about the government that many question the change in today society.
If you have been keeping up with North Korea and there H-bomb testing then you know that it could be a matter of time before they make a strike on the United States. Over the weekend North Korea had a nuclear test that on record is the most powerful nuclear weapon so far. Reading at 120 Kilotonnes (264.55 million pounds worth of TNT). Some experts are even claiming that it is an advanced Hydrogen bomb that might not even be in the category of being a Hydrogen bomb.
I understand people and countries hating each other and the whole who ever has the biggest and baddest weapon is the most powerful country. I do not see myself as an expert of anything; so I know that I can be wrong with my opinions but everyone has opinions. I think bombing another country is idiotic. We may live on the other side of the planet or somewhere that seems far but we all live on one planet. So if Armageddon happens on one country it will some how effect the country that is doing the bombing. I mean when a volcano erupts somewhere in the world it does not just effect that part of the world but other parts as well. Yes it does matter on the size of volcano or bomb. But if North Korea is trying to bomb all of the United States then most of the world is kind of Fucked as well. I mean did we not learn from the United States bombing Japan!?
Until recently, I didn’t realize there was a motion to remove confederate statues at all. According to an article on usnews.com, protesters and local governments have been tearing them down. I feel that this is an over-reaction, or over-sensitivity, as I don’t believe in tearing down historical monuments of any kind without some kind of preservation efforts made first. I feel that these statues are not necessarily condoning what these ‘white men’ did so much as serving as reminders of the past. It’s not possible or ethical to try to remove figures from our past just because we don’t like what they did.
One thing I didn’t appreciate very much about this article was the blatant bias of the author, though it is an opinion piece, so I guess it’s not right to throw stones. Regrettably, I find myself on the side of Condoleezza Rice and Donald Trump: the statues should not be torn down. I do believe that monuments should be preserved, and I believe there should be consequences for protesters who vandalize public property. I believe that monuments and parks serve as reminders of our violent history, and are the cornerstone of our nation’s atonement. That being said, I wouldn’t mind more statues built to honor ‘non-white men’.
Out of this weeks readings, I found the article by Lambert about The Great Awakening to be most interesting. As I said in my introduction post, I’ve never been too interested in history, so The Great Awakening is something I have heard about but never really learned about so this was a good opportunity for me. I found it interesting because I had no idea that religion was something that was “advertised” as much as George Whitefield had made it. I also thought it was a little strange that so many people listened and agreed with what he was preaching when he traveled to the colonies. He seemed to create quite the following. I’m not a person that usually discusses religion or takes an interest to religion topics but I did find it interesting that this revival for these groups led them to being able to stand up for themselves when it came to their government. I think it helped give them a sense of power and confidence that maybe they didn’t have before.
I found this weeks reading on the evangelist Whitefield to be most fascinating. His rise and use of the media showed a very savvy understanding of marketing and the best way to target crowds and demographics. In many ways he reminded me of the american born evangelist S. Parkes Cadman who was one of the first to heavily use the new radio technology in the 1920s and 1930s. All and all it was a interesting read and a glimpse into the 18th century that I had not previously read about.
To explain myself in a few short words I was born and raised in Pueblo and can tell you a lot about the history in this town. However history is not my strong point when it comes to learning and retaining the knowledge. When asked the question why is history important, it all comes down to allowing us to understand the past, which in turn allows us to understand the present.
Columbus sailed the ocean blue in the year of 1492. However, in 1493 this was “America” to be. Following the voyage and the “build-up” of the new land new trade, this was known as the “Columbian Exchange.” Bringing a plethora of goods, and possibly bad during the voyages gave trading and bartering a different take. Transporting goods such as livestock, domesticated animals, and different types of agricultural plants and food can bring a lot of their own problems. Diseases from people, animals, insects, and plants now lurk around, and there is a huge epidemic now of different illnesses in America, according to the reading. Understanding that there is a lot of history here, but can one truly pin-point weather or not illnesses and diseases would have never been in America if it were not for Columbus and his journey? Some could say that this was the greatest discovery ever, but some would beg to differ and say that this ruined the “Americas” and destroyed native heritage. Opinions are how we view our world and I would like to know what is in your world.