Monthly Archives: December 2011

Was the Civil Rights Movement successful?

Most of us take our civil liberties for granted. But there was a time when those rights were refused to certain races, and this wasn’t so long ago. The Civil Rights Movement happened 50 years ago, and it even took … Continue reading

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MLK without Malcolm X

It is safe to say that Martin Luther King is the figurehead of the Civil Rights era in the United States. His non-violence campaign gave a brand new display of protest for people in the U.S; in contrast to most … Continue reading

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Semester Top 10 Concepts

Everyone loves (or hates) a good 2011 Top 10 list, and they are rampant among social media and the blogosphere right now.  They tend to be fun because they judge highlights from the year, all in one convenient spot, and … Continue reading

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American ideas in the Chinese Student Movement

In this class we have broken down the issues of democracy as the pertain to the American lifestyle. From Kemis and Rand to Shklar to Madison, all the topics have drawn on American History. The exportation of American Democracy to … Continue reading

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Political Science 307: A Civic Republican Class

As our last class is quickly approaching, I started to reflect on what we have learned this semester. I thought about our discussion on what makes a faction and whether or not they are valuable according to Madison, Calhoun, Lincoln … Continue reading

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Violence Justifiable?

In reading the last two authors for our course, Henry D. Thoreau and President Abraham Lincoln, several questions were raised on the issue of violence.  Is violence justified? If it is, how so or in which cases? Why some violence … Continue reading

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Whiteness as Privilege: A Quest For Inclusion

In reading American Citizenship: The Quest for Inclusion by Judith Shklar, I couldn’t help but think about another Political Science Course and how we discussed the quest of inclusion of former black slaves.  Shklar believed that citizenship was not equal … Continue reading

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Thoreau(l)y Disgusted

  This video gets me (and I’m sure all of you) every single time… I feel completely awful for not picking up my phone and calling the number on my screen immediately, yet in a few minutes time I’ve completely … Continue reading

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Who Should I Vote For?

We all have read Malcom X’s speech named the Ballot and the Bullet. In case you haven’t, it is a speech that stresses the importance of voting as a solution to ending discrimination against blacks. Malcolm X addresses how the … Continue reading

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Thoreau, Lincoln and Co-Ed Housing Drama

The majority (if not all) of the blog posts so far have dealt with applying course themes to events in the news, sports, big issues or some other part of popular culture, but I think a huge number of blogs … Continue reading

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