Thursday, April 30, 2015

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963

March on Washington Notes (5 Ws)

Mass protest to raise awareness of issues and put pressure on Washington to do something significant about civil and economic rights for African Americans.

Earlier attempts to plan a similar march never materialized.

At that time it was the largest demonstration for human rights in the history of our nation.

The event was a huge success. No major disturbances. Received immense media attention.

March is credited for helping pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Protest Washington's failure to adequately deal with the "race problem"

Promote Passage of Kennedy's Civil Rights Bill

August 28, 1963
100 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation

Main organizers: A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin

Daisy Bates only woman who spoke; spoke only briefly in a tribute to women fighters for freedom.

Randolph gave the opening remarks.

"The Big 6" CORE, SNCC, SCLC, NAACP, National Urban League,

Organizers planned 10 speakers, King being the highlight and entertainment.

SNCC Rep. John Lewis was asked to soften his attack on the government. At first, refused. Later agreed after speaking with A. Philip Randolph.

King's speech focused on hope, determination, racial harmony, unity. Talked about the African American in the past, present, and future.

250,000 people gathered

Freedom buses (more than 2,000) and freedom trains (more than 30) brought in people from around the country.

Thousands of police and National Guardsmen, security present.

The March not accepted by all, for example condemned by Malcolm X who called it the "Farce on Washington"

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Take the quiz "The Year 1963"

Take the quiz "March on Washington"

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Income Inequality


Social Studies 400 Assignment- St. Norbert/WPR Poll

What do you think is the most important problem facing Wisconsin?
-Gay Marriage
-Health Care
-Income Inequality
-Unions (Breakup of the unions or unions are the problem)
-Voter Fraud
-Welfare Fraud

Generally speaking, would you say things in Wisconsin are going in the right direction or wrong direction?

How well is Governor Walker is doing at his job?
Do you strongly approve?
Strongly disapprove?
Not sure?

Compare your answers to others who participated in the poll:



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cambodian Genocide Notes

In Cambodia, a genocide was carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot between 1975 and 1979.

 One and a half to three million people were killed.

 The KR had planned to create a form of agrarian socialism.

The KR policies of forced relocation of the population from urban centers, torture, mass executions, use of forced labor, and malnutrition led to the deaths of an estimated 25 percent of the total population (around 2 million people).

On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge army marched into Phnom Penh, the modern capitol.  Khmer Rouge soldiers, young peasants from the provinces, mostly uneducated teenage boys who had never been in a city before, swept through town.  They set to their job right away, evacuating Phnom Penh and forcing all of its residents to leave behind all their belongings and march towards the countryside.

One goal, similar to Nazi Germany was to create a “master race”/ purification of the populace.
Leaders of industry, journalists, students, doctors, lawyers as well as the Vietnamese and Chinese ethnic groups being purged.

Journalists, intellectuals, and others were viewed as threats to the state.
Religion banned.

Factories, schools, universities, hospitals, and all other private institutions were shut down; all their former owners and employees were murdered along with their extended families.  It was very common for people to be shot for speaking a foreign language or wearing glasses as these were traits that were associated with the West.  Many were also shot for smiling or crying as it was forbidden to show any kind of emotion. 
Goal was to deconstruct Cambodia back to a primitive “Year Zero,” wherein all citizens would participate in rural work projects, and any Western innovations would be removed.

The genocide was ended following the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia.

Up to 20,000 mass graves, known as the Killing Fields, have been uncovered.

Room 167: Baby Doll Study Revisited

Room 167: Baby Doll Study Revisited

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Recall a time you witnessed an injustice. Briefly describe the incident.
Did you consider intervening to stop the injustice while it was happening?
What influenced your decision for action or inaction?
How did you feel as you witnessed the injustice?
Put yourself in the victim's place. How would you want witnesses and bystanders to respond?
Would you react differently in the future?

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