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Weekly Reflection, 4/20

What was the most interesting thing you learned from your studies this week?
The most interesting thing I learned this week is how during the Holocaust, the Nazis systematically executed more than 6 million Jews and 5 million other “non-Aryans.”

How might you apply something you learned this week to your life today?
I’ve realized that since the atrocities of the Holocaust, many agencies have been formed to publicize human rights and continue to remain powerful forces in today’s world.

What would you like to learn more about? Why might you research more on your own?

I’d like to learn more about the life of the Jews in the concentration camps in Germany during the Holocaust, and how the very few managed to hang on to life and survive.

Write one detailed question about something you have studied this week that you would like an answer to:

How did concentration camp doctors and gaurds justify themselves to the death and suffering they caused other human beings?

Texas wildfires rage from border to border

Texas firefighters continue to battle raging wildfires that sweep the state and have burned more than one million acres so far. The fires are said to have been created due to one of the worst droughts of the century, extremely high temperatures, and gusting winds, all of which are ideal conditions for wildfires to spread.

A wildfire threatens a home in Strawn, Texas.

Several towns have been evacuated after more than 200 homes have been destroyed, and flames are now close to one of the state’s largest cities, Fort Worth. As Sarah Wheaton stated in her New York Times article, “one of the biggest fires, covering parts of Stephens and Palo Pinto Counties, about 100 miles west of Dallas, has destroyed at least 31 homes and threatened more than 600. Four smaller fires converged into one, known as the Possum Kingdom Complex, to cover about 147,065 acres.”
Stated in a BBC News article was a letter to President Obama sent by Gov. Rick Perry, requesting federal emergency assistance and stating that the fires have threatened or had affected all but two of Texas’ 254 counties. In response to this letter, firefighters from more than 34 states nationwide are involved in helping combat these fires. Planes have been dropping water and fire retardant on the burning areas while firefighers submerge threatened homes. Weather forecasters predict a 30% chance of rain over the next few days which could possibly ease conditions, but as of now the Texas Forest Service is currently fighting more than 20 active fires across the state, which continue to grow and are showing no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/us/20wildfires.html?scp=1&sq=texas%20wildfires&st=cse

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13141268

Effects of the New Deal on Society

What I already know…

New Deal policies and actions affected various social and ethnic groups. Although the New Deal respresented many important opporunities for minority groups, what these groups gained was limited. Prejudice and discrimination continued to torment them and to prevent their full and equal participation in national society.

1. American Women: Although many American women were marked by setbacks during the years of the New Deal, they also experienced some victories.

Frances Perkins, America's first femal cabinet member as Secretary of Labor.

Women achieved success in the sense that they began to fill highly important positions in the federal government for the first time ever. For example, President Roosevelt appointed a woman named Francis Perkins Secretary of Labor, making her the first women to serve in the cabinet. Along with Perkins, many women also gained important upper-level administrative positions in New Deal agencies and programs. However, most of these welfare programs were intended primarily for men and offered few benefits to women. They even targeted women by prohibiting the federal government from hiring members of the same family, causing many women to lose their jobs.

2. African Americans: African Americans were particularly hard hit by the Great Depression. Many lost their jobs to unemployed whites who took over, and many blacks struggled to survive. With the New Deal also came more setbacks African Americans.

Mary McLeod Bethune was a strong supporter of the New Deal, and was appoined by Roosevelt to a key position in the federal government.

The Agricultural Adjustment Administration offered white landowners cash for leaving their fields unharvested, however, many whites did not pass on their government checks to the black sharecroppers and tenant farmers who actually worked the land. Even in the North, African Americans found that the New Deal did not treat them as well as the whites. Aside the few setbacks, African Americans did find respect in other areas of the New Deal, such as the Public Works Administration and the Farm Security Administraion, both of which grew more sensitive to the needs of African-Americans. Like women, many African Americans were also appointed to government roles, earning them leadership positions and respect in their national communities.

3. Mexican Americans: Between 1900 and 1930, the number of Mexican people living in America soared from 375,000 to over 1.1 million. Many Mexicans found employment and low paying work on large farms, however, the Great Depression greatly reduced the need for farm labor, causing Mexican American unemployment to skyrocket. In an effort to solve the nation’s unemployment issue, the federal government sent nearly 400,00-0 Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to Mexico. Those who remained in America faced horrible poverty and unfair discrimination with little help from the New Deal.

Research Reflection:

I’ve learned that while the New Deal was created in an effort to combat the effects of the Great Depression for all Americans, different social and ethnic groups weren’t always treated equally. While some groups flourished, others remained inferior and helpless. However, I think that the New Deal definitely made a lasting impact on increasing the government’s role in the struggle for equal rights.

Sources: http://millercenter.org/president/fdroosevelt/essays/biography/8

Weekly Reflection, 4/12

What was the most interesting thing you learned from your studies this week?
The most interesting thing I learned this week is how Franklin Delano Roosevelt used many government programs in the New Deal to combat the Great Depression after becoming president in 1932.

How might you apply something you learned this week to your life today?
I learned that Americans still benefit from programs begun in the New Deal, such as bank and stock market regulations. Second New Deal programs continue to assist homebuyers, farmers, workders, and the elderly today as well.

What would you like to learn more about? Why might you research more on your own?

I’d like to learn more about how the New Deal policies affected various social and ethnic groups.

Write one detailed question about something you have studied this week that you would like an answer to:

How did the New Deal make a lasting impact on increasing the government’s role in the struggle for equal rights?

 

Air France jumbo jet clips small plane at NY airport in collision

On monday night, an Air France Airbus clipped the tail of a commuter plane while taking off at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport. Captured videos of the collision show the smaller plane spinning violently out of control on its wheels as showers of sparks fall from the impact point just after Air France hit.

Damaged left wing tip of the Air France Airbus A380 after the collision

The Paris-bound jet carried 495 passengers including 25 crew, and the Comair jet carried 62 passengers and 4 crew. Fortunately, passengers on both planes were not injured during the accident, however pilots on the Comair Flight ordered passengers to make an immediate emergency exit on the tarmac. The fire department was called for cautionary purposes shortly after. Both aircraft were towed to a nearby hangar for inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration, where the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, which is said to have been capable of causing serious damage. Air France has agreed to co-operate with the investigation.

http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2011/04/air-france-a380-comair-clip-photos/155668/1

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13052948

Weekly Reflection, 3/25

What was the most interesting thing you learned from your studies this week?
The most interesting thing I learned this week is how the worsening conditions during the Great Depression caused the government to become more involved in the health and weath of the people.

How might you apply something you learned this week to your life today?
I learned that the Great Depression has had lasting effects on how Americans view themselves and their government.

What would you like to learn more about? Why might you research more on your own?

I’d like to learn more about the social and psychological effects of the Great Depression because I think that would be interesting to research.

Write one detailed question about something you have studied this week that you would like an answer to:

In what ways did the Great Depression affect people’s outlook on American life?

Virginia Tech fined $55,000 over 2007 shooting

Officers rush to the crime scene after a gunman shot dozens of people at Viriginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007 in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The U.S. government has fined Virginia Tech University $55,000 for not promptly warning students of a shooter on the loose at the start of the 2007 massacre that occured on campus, killing 32 people. A December 2010 report says that the school did not notify students as soon as possible, which is required by the Clercy Act, after a shooting that left 2 students dead at West Ambler Johnston residence hall on the morning of April 16, 2007. The shooter, identified as 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui returned to the same hall more than two hours later and killed 30 more people before pulling the trigger on himself. The Clercy Act was established in 1990 after 19-year-old Jeanne Ann Clery was raped and murdered while asleep in her dorn at Lehigh University. The law requires all universities to disclose information about crimes on or near their campuses, however the $55,000 for two violations of the act is the maximum allowed, says Federal officials. “Because Virginia Tech failed to notify its students and staff of the initial shootings on a timely basis, thousands continued to travel on campus, without warning,” the education department wrote in a letter announcing the fine. “Had an appropriate timely warning been sent earlier to the campus community, more individuals could have acted on the information and made decisions about their own safety.” According to officials, the school waited two hours and fifteen minutes before issuing a vague warning about the shooting, after students had already left for morning classes, meaning there were a number of students still on campus before Cho began his second rampage. It has been reported that Virginia Tech will repeal.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/03/29/virginia.tech.fine/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12900196