The definition of “progress” can differ drastically depending on ones outlook on things like necessities, ones goals, and ones perception of what life should entail. In this case comparing Henry David Thoreau and Harriet Noble’s views on these values, they could not differ more. After reading the background and the given situations between Thoreau and Noble with her family, it provided me with mixed emotions on what the term progress should have meant to the American people during this time. I concluded that because America is a nation that prides itself on freedom and individualism, that both views of progress cannot be regarded as wrong. Each person in this country is fulfilling their lives in unique ways, and if the process is meaningful to them, than only within can they define their personal meanings of progress. In comparing Thoreau and the Noble family, they each are in what was described as “a reality of such hardship,” but through such times they found that they became “satisfied with all the disadvantages” because it taught them to seek a new life that in the long term would be more beneficial. Mrs. Noble was a mother of two children traveling with her husband to Michigan from New York. Through her perspective, we see the struggle of what women had to face in this time period. She describes herself as feeling useless and constantly worrying about the safety of her family, going as far as not even sleeping at night in the wilderness of undiscovered America. She had much more luxury in New York, but through the popular idea of westward expansion, they sought a better life for not just themselves, but their children and the generations ahead of them. While there isn’t a direct dialogue from Mrs. Nobles husband, we can infer from the reading that he had an easier time traveling than his wife. She referred to many issues she faced such as “cooking meals in the open air” and even “ only being provided with the bare necessities of life.” Thoreau would argue just the opposite approach to how progress should be attained. He alienated himself in the wilderness in order to have the bare necessities because he believed that this was the correct way for humans to fulfill their “inner richness.” He describes in the reading “ It would be some advantage to live a primitive and frontier life…” He preached simplicity and how our nation was being “ruined by luxury and heedless expense.” In these two situations, we can see how the necessity for progress differs to both individuals. Noble, a mother of two is striving for more luxury and opportunities for her children and family. She views progress as achieving the most out of civilized life as possible involving such aspects as going to church, and the desire to fit in with society. Thoreau intends to escape this fate and believes progress is defined in the freedom that comes with isolation. Lastly, the goals and life’s very meaning to each individual is different in order to reach a desired progress. The goal set out for the Noble family is to reach Michigan and to live a prosperous life with a…
the plains, led to the end of Nomadic Indians.
Fort Marion – St. Augustine, FL- The Fort in St. Augustine that taught classes to captured Indians which showed them English and American culture in hopes to assimilate them to US Culture!
Lt. Richard Henry Pratt- Head of Fort Marion who taught the Native Americans classes about English and US Culture in hopes to assimilate them into modern United States culture, which also facilitating the rejection of tribal way of life and pushed the instruction of…
or carefully crafted for the world to read, told stories that placed blame and laid out
strategies. Newspaper articles written overnight shaped fragments and reports into
narratives of victory and loss. Memoirs, short stories, novels, and histories written
months or years later wove new patterns of storytelling.
Whatever their origins or timing, all these stories tell more than appears on the
surface. They speak, often in spite of themselves, of larger purposes and patterns.
Sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks
What were the roots
of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.’s beliefs in
He based his ideas on the teachings of several people.
From the teachings of Jesus, he learned to love one’s
enemies. From writer Henry David Thoreau he took the
concept of civil disobedience the refusal to obey an unjust
law. From labor organizer A. Philip Randolph he learned
to organize massive demonstrations. From Mohandas
Gandhi, the leader who helped India throw off British rule…
Advanced Placement Untied States History
Dr. Alba 2014-2015 School Year
Course Description: AP U.S. History covers the spectrum of American history from pre- Columbian days to the present. Using chronological and thematic approaches to the material, the course exposes students to extensive primary and secondary sources and to the interpretations of various historians. Class participation through seminar reports, discussions, debates, and role-playing activities is required; special emphasis…
edict, propounded by Monroe in 1823, declaring that the American continents were no longer open to European colonization or exploitation and that the US would not interfere in the internal affairs of European nations
American System Kentucky Senator Henry Clay's plan for economic development; it included protective tariffs, a national bank, and federal subsidies for railroad and canal construction
Made trade between east and west possible
South: raw material
West: internal improvements
Imagining War. Instructor M. Maiwald. WF 8:30-9:45
In this course, we will consider how the experience of war has been represented in American fiction, non-fiction,
and film. We will investigate how attitudes toward war have evolved throughout American history: our timeline
begins with the Civil War—the traumatic event that birthed the modern American state—and ends with the recent
conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In particular, we will attend to the ethics of representation, asking who is assigned…
twelve. Music became the main focus of his later youth. His father sent him to piano teacher Marie Butler, who focused on perfectionism and accuracy. After four years of studying under her guidance, Adams moved on to other teachers, one being composer Henry Cowell. For the next dozen years, the piano was Adams' primary occupation and, by 1920, his intended profession. Although he ultimately gave up music for photography, the piano brought substance, discipline, and structure to his frustrating and…
Houghton Mifflin. Though Silent Spring is without question her best-known book today, Carson was already a national literary celebrity when it came out. As workof social criticism, Silent Spring represented a considerable departure from the natural history with which she had made a name for herself. Whether this would have been a turning point in her career or merely a detour is impossible to know because Carson succumbed to breast cancer only a year and a half after Silent Spring appeared. What is…