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one time in my american studies class this girl started angry tweeting about a project that we were working on but some other girl thought she was subtweeting her instead so there was this big twitter argument from all of this popular girl’s friends at this girl in my amstud class so basically what happened is that our entire class got together and subtweeted at this popular girl for the entire hour and a half class and that’s not only the story of how everyone in our class became friends but it’s pretty similar to the material we learned about the american revolution

Here it is at last! What ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ did for black slaves, 'The Jungle’ has a large chance to do for the white slaves of today. It is brutal with life. It is written of sweat and blood and groans and tears. It depicts not what man ought to be, but what man is compelled to be, in this our world in the twentieth century. It depicts not what our country ought to be, or what it seems to be in the fancies of Fourth of July spellbinders - the home of liberty and equality, of opportunity - it depicts what our country really is, the home of oppression and injustice, a nightmare of misery, an inferno of suffering, a human hell, a jungle of wild beasts.
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Jack London on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle [1906].

In 1906, author Upton Sinclair published this scathing exposé regarding sanitation practices in the meat-packing industry and the brutal condition of the workers’ lives who labored in that industry. Though Sinclair’s main purpose was to incite support for workers in general (and the Socialist Party in particular), The Jungle shocked the American public and led to clamorous calls for federal legislation to protect consumers from such health hazards. Sinclair later said “I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.”

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Vlogbrothers in class is cool.

Agh today in AmStud Smallwood played this video as an intro to Gatsby and she was all “Who’s heard of John Green?” and my hand flew up like Hermione’s in that one potions class scene, and it stayed there when she asked who knew about vlogbrothers and DFTBA and Crash Course and it was glorious and now Ms. Smallwood is a bit less unfavorable in my eyes. 

*because I am quite satisfied with my own spin of this poem

Just Because I am Christian

Just because I’m Christian

            I’m not intolerant

            I’m not judgmental

            I am not close-minded.

Just because I’m Christian

            I’m not superficial

            I’m not extremely political

            I’m not perfect

            And my life isn’t perfect either.

Just because I’m Christian

            I don’t hate homosexuals

            I don’t bash on those who are Pro-Choice

            And I won’t shove my religion down your throat.

Just because I’m Christian

            Doesn’t mean I’m super religious       

            Doesn’t mean I’ll reject science          

            Doesn’t mean I’ll disrespect your opinions

            Definitely does not mean I think I’m better than you.                                                          

Because I am a Christian

            I will try my hardest to treat others with respect

            I will try my hardest to live out the words I speak

            And I will try my hardest to love everyone.

For what is a Christian without love? 

Michael Shaara’s Killer Angels  has sold some 3.15 million copies, about 90 percent of the total copies sold since it first appeared, 40 years ago. It’s popularity was not due to the Pulitzer prize that it received in 1975. Ken Burns’ PBS series The Civil War helped spike its readership, and Ted Turner’s made-for-TV Gettysburg only helped increase its popularity. “Making the Killer Angels” goes into more detail about the history of this classic novel.

And, below you will find more references on the impact of this novel:

Cayton, Andrew R. L. “Insufficient Woe: Sense and Sensibility in Writing Nineteenth-Century History.” Reviews in American History 31:3(2003): 331-341. JSTOR. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <http://0-www.jstor.org.iii-server.ualr.edu/stable/30031341>.

Gallagher, Gary W. "Gettysburg." Journal Of American History 81:3.(1994): 1398. Jstor. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. http://0-www.jstor.org.iii-server.ualr.edu/stable/2081620.

Leigh, Phil. "Making Killer Angels." Opinionator. New York Times, 28 June 2013. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/making-killer-angels/>.

White, Nicolas. "The Killer Angels, Popular Memory, And The Battle Of Gettysburg Sesquicentennial.” Journal Of Popular Culture 45.5 (2012): 1090-1108. SocINDEX with Full Text. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <http://0-search.ebscohost.com.iii-server.ualr.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=sih&AN=80236005&site=ehost-live&scope=site>.