When creating my playlist I decided to take on a theme that relates to equality, peace, and justice. I wanted to find songs that address the rights of the people. Many of my songs relate to the civil rights movement. I chose the song Glory by john legend because the message that is sent in that song relates to the fight for equality among African American people. The theme of equality and justice also encompasses women's rights and love for one another. Respect by Aretha Franklin sets a position of equality for women and equal treatment between the 2 genders. All you need is love by the Beatles is a song that relates to the love for one another and this correlates to Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World where he sings, "I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do. They're really saying I love you." More recently, Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis demonstrates the equality of homosexuals in the American society. The beg for acceptance is in the words, " I can't change, even if I tried." Overall, these songs demonstrate the need for equality, peace , and justice.

Unit 8 Interesting topic - Kent State Shootings

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In 1968, Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States and he promised to end the war in Vietnam. The public opposition to the war increased when photos of the My Lain Massacre were exposed. These photos depicted the the death of hundreds of civilians in Vietnamese villages. As the war progressed, Nixon issued the order to bomb certain areas in Cambodia to gain an advantage in the Vietnam War. This caused protests in the American public. The Kent State shooting was one of the most well known acts of protest that resulted in violence in the 1970s. On May 4, 1970, 4 unarmed students were killed and 9 were injured by the Ohio National guard after they fired upon the protesters with live bullets. Most of the students that were protesting at Kent State were speaking out against the Cambodian Campaign that Richard Nixon announced.This lead to an increase number of protest and strikes throughout the United States in high schools, colleges, and universtites and added to the controversial American presence in Vietnam.

Unit 7 Interesting topic - Japanese Intermittent Camps

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Following longstanding racial discrimination in the U.S., the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor killing over 2400 Americans sparked the internment of over 120,000 Japanese immigrants living in America. Fearing the Japanese population as an internal threat, recommendations from government officials pushed FDR to issue Executive Order 9066. This order rounded up Japanese families, mainly on the west coast, and sent them to holding camps run by the War Relocation Authority. While not all Japanese were interned, the years following internment would be filled with anti-Japanese sentiment and propaganda. Many families were separated during this time period, which lasted roughly 2-3 years. The camps were made up of makeshift buildings, dining rooms, and small cramped housing units. The primary purpose of these camps was to hold those interned until eventual relocation. Violence was uncommon, but riots did occur in many camps in which some Japanese immigrants were killed. While interned, the homes and possessions of the Japanese were left behind and often looted. A mass exodus back to their homes did not occur until two years later, when court and legal battles led to habeas corpus writs being granted to the Japanese Americans, allowing them to leave the camps and return home.

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The Boston Tea Party-

Taxation was a big problem in the colonies. The Boston Tea Party was in response to British Parliament's Tea Act of 1773. The Tea Act basically served as a monopoly of the East India company which gave them exclusive rights to sell tea and avoid exportation Tax. This infuriated colonial merchants and led them to an alliance with Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. The Colonists were in full protest of taxation.

In cities like Charleston and Philidelphia, tea merchants began to resign or cancel orders. However, In Boston, the royal governor Thomas Hutchinson was determined to make sure that three arriving British ships would dock and deposit their cargo without any trouble. The Colonists had something different in mind. on Dec 16, 1773, 60 American patriots disguised as Indians marched to the port. They boarded all 3 ships and dumped 342 tea chests into the water. It resulted to $18,000 worth of damages. In response, Parliament passed the Intolerable acts which was used to punish Massachusetts.


When learning about the American Revolution and all the events that lead up to it, the Boston Tea Party was always one of my favorites because of the message that it conveyed to all people during that time. A great deal of pride and nationalism always stirs inside of me as I read about those who risked their lives to prove a point, to try and make a difference with all consequences in mind, and in the end after relentless efforts, they succeeded in freeing the American people from the unjust ties of England. It doesn't stop there either. The American revolution was only the start of a series of colonies casting out their unjust rulers and establishing freedom for their people. The French Revolution followed shortly after America's, then the other colonies in the Americas became inspired and gave light to the Haitian Revolution, Mexican Revolution, Simon Bolivar who freed Venezuela, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, etc. So many great things came from the Boston Tea Party and other acts against the crown because it eventually led to the American Revolution, and ultimately a lot of the world we live in today. It shows that even small acts like dumping tea into the ocean can have a far greater impact than one could ever imagine.
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H.H Holmes's "Castle"

During the 19th century, one of the first serial killers was born in New Hampshire. His name was H.H Holmes. Before his daily murderous activities, he was a man studying medicine at Michigan Medical School. It was there where he became interested in death. He would steal dead bodies from the lab and experiment with them. in 1884 he moved to Chicago and purchased an empty lot where he built a 3-story hotel known as the "Castle". H.H Holmes was also a con man. After recruiting workers, he would require them all to have life insurance policies with Holmes as the beneficiary. His employees would suddenly "disappear" and Holmes would collect the check.

In 1893, Chicago was the host of the World's Fair to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovery of America. Holmes knew that there would be millions of people coming to Chicago so he took it as an opportunity. Holmes constructed his hotel for the intent to kill. He even had his own dissecting table and crematory. Holmes made the hotel look pleasing to the arriving guests looking for a place to stay. Once they went in, they never came out. When Holmes was caught, he confessed to 27 murders but only 9 were plausibly confirmed.