Imperialism can be viewed in a negative or positive way depending on how one feels about the opportunity at hand. Imperialism starts with many different aspects which seem to always find its way back to war or conflict. As best describe by wordnetweb, Imperialism is, “a policy of extending your rule over foreign countries.” Around the 19th and 20th century imperialism was at its peak in United States history. The start of imperialism seems to be on a trend of taking over foreign areas that may serve as a massive benefit in some kind of way. In my opinion America does not take on the role of still being a imperialistic nation. Although the country may help its allies or take over a situation that seems to be damaging future connections with the country, America does not go in and try to take over anything just to get ahead. At this point in time the nation seems to be fine with the assets they have at hand, there is no need for more. Previous history does not seem to show any imperialistic trends with the country. The only thing noticeable is the helping hand it gives out constantly. Imperialism may have led to the expansion of the machine gun, new medicine, technologies,, etc but it also led to the negative aspect of each. In conclusion one would say imperialism is not an issue with the United States.
Jefferson made many points throughout the text about how he felt Africans or blacks were inferior to whites. Many of the examples that were given allowed anyone reading his statements to feel as though he was downgrading the African race as a whole. When Jefferson stated, “with them to be more an eager desire, than a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation. Their griefs are transient. Those numberless afflictions, which render it doubtful whether heaven has given life to us in mercy or in wrath, are less felt, and sooner forgotten with them.” I feel as though he is saying the negative aspects that the Africans had to experience were not as important or significant to ones life. Therefore it was easier to be forgotten and was of less importance. A second example that stuck out to me is when he said, “Whether they will be equal to the composition of a more extensive run of melody, or of complicated harmony, is yet to be proved. Misery is often the parent of the most affecting touches in poetry. Among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry.” This statement is a very strong statement to make because he is basically saying Africans are full a misery but to even think in your mind that they had any form of being capable of writing poetry is out of the question.
The weakness and problem I see in this whole document is that he is stating statements that are absurd. Who is he to judge what the African American race is capable? The so called “facts” that Jefferson states are simply opinions and are not very valuable when it comes to proving whether or not they are.
My name is Sierra Williams. I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. I am a freshman at Clark Atlanta University where I am pursuing a major in Psychology. I enjoy writing poetry, shopping, traveling, and hanging out with friends
First semester freshmen year has reflected many meaningful things. My past as well as present writings show the improvements WISE has help make in them. There are many things that I felt very unconfident about when I first encountered the assignments. As time continued to press forward I became more comfortable with what I was doing. My first semester of Composition has turned out to be an extremely rewarding one. My skill as a writer has improved tremendously. Of the many assignments assigned there are three that serve as the most notable to me; the Film Critique, peer interview, and the most difficult one, the Cultural Analysis. The transformations of my writing skills have been displayed tremendously through these three specific papers.
The first assignment was an interview that was conducted throughout the class. The objective was to get to know fellow classmate while at the same time learning how to gain art factual facts about the person. This assignment was important to as well because it showed everyone how to look deeper into questions instead of simply there surface answer. I was able to learn about one of my classmates that I probably would have never spoken to. I became informed on things that were important to her and some of her most prized possessions. I was able to look at her for more than the image she embodied. I was able to understand her more as the person she is. From this particular paper I became more informed how we often look at a person and automatically assume their life story, yet we fail to realize a glimpse can be the most insufficient thing life can offer when judging someone. The peer interview was an introduction to what I was compelled to do next.
The Film Critique was one of the most difficult papers for me this year. Although I struggled to reach a conclusion, I was surprised to reach an end so fulfilling. The purpose of the paper was to critique a film from ancient history with a more analytical approach. The Mummy was the movie of choice. There were many aspects that covered a historical approach which allowed me to expand on the things that were already shared in the film. The film critique helped me to look at the movie with a whole new viewpoint. I discovered things that I would have never thought of before. I was able to understand the history of ancient Egypt while understanding that every part of the film was not deemed to be true. Through completing this critique I learned that simply watching a movie may enhance the way you think as well as look at things.
The last and most complicated task I had to accomplish in English Composition this semester was most defiantly the Cultural Analysis. I have never in my life had to write a paper with these specific directions. An analysis was absolutely new to me; my writing history can only show a host of reports. The analysis is what contributed to my growth as a writer the most abundantly. After this assignment the language of my essays has changed. There is deeper meaning in everything I write about and there is most defiantly a purpose for each sentence. My past and present papers can be compared in no kind of way. There is honestly a reason to why I write now. My past can most defiantly not reflect a true meaning in my writings because there was no focus or important conclusion I was forced to accommodate.
In conclusion, the focus of the WISE program was to improve my writing skills in a way that were noticeable. I improved more than expected and I regret nothing about this semester. Although there were times when I felt like I was not involved in a class with as much writing, I felt a valuable feeling of accomplishments by being a part of it. There were numerous of times when I didn’t know how I would see my way through the next paper. I can doubtlessly say this has most defiantly prepared me for my future career plans. This will not only help me with the job I am preparing myself to have but it will also help with the classes I have to take, in order to accomplish this long term goal. The WISE program has been a long and difficult journey. It has brought me from my lowest writing moments to the best a have accomplished thus far. I am most defiantly glad I took the course. I am no less than sure this will serve to be exceedingly beneficial.