The Real Cost of Rubber #4

By watching the presentations of other groups topics, the theme of people, places, and power became more and more evident. In the case of labor vs big business, it was individual people who had power over the masses. Insanely wealthy businessmen like Rockefeller, JP Morgan, Carnegie, and Pullman monopolized all the money within their corporation; […]

The Real Cost of Rubber #3

Working with a group of people who each had the opportunity to individually form their own understanding of the topic helped me to personally clarify and expand my own understanding because they brought to light new perspectives that I had never considered. For instance, we, as a group, added the key terms ‘Imperialism’ and ‘The […]

The Real Cost of Rubber #2

Introduction: This updated version of the project contains primary source evidence to further enrich and focus the main ideas behind my study of the European Imperialization of Africa. Through reading primary source accounts of this event, it was clear what key terms and ideas are more relevant than others and what different perspectives could be […]

The Real Cost of Rubber #1

Introduction: Over the course of history, it has been the actions of the people that shape events, the places that they are in that determine these people’s economic opportunities or handicaps, and those economic opportunities or handicaps that determine who gets power and ownership over places, resources, or populations. This project, exploring the connection of […]

The Bystanders

As Elie Wiesel once famously stated, “the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” Since the beginning of time, people across the globe have been doing horrible things to one another– but what if the greatest offence of all was standing by and doing nothing? Yes, the man spreading terror through violence and chaos […]

A Whole New War

The battle of Gettysburg is considered a turning point in the Civil War because for both sides, the outcome of the battle meant either great success or great defeat. Going into battle, the Confederacy knew that a success at Gettysburg would ensure a much-needed boost in southern morale and would also provide their troops with […]

The Little Known Slave Influence

Contrary to common belief, enslaved African Americans gained their freedom more as a result of their own risks and hard work than from the alleged generosity of the political leaders above them. Through a series of small, rebellious, and self-motivated actions, enslaved African Americans made themselves a nuisance for the Union army in order to gain […]

To Fight or Not to Fight

Below is a narrative from the perspective of an 18 year old boy who lived in Reading in 1861. He is in the mists of the civil war, and now has to decide whether self preservation or service to one’s country is more important. Day by day, it keeps getting harder and harder to ignore […]

The Hunt for History

In order to learn about all of the battles of the civil war without having to research each one individually, we were each were assigned one battle to research and create a short summary of. When we finished researching our topics, we all created a google doc with the information. The google docs came out […]