How much power should the government have?

By Anthony W.

Think back before your time when people were poor in the government was trying to help the poor .It was around the 1930-1940s when the Great Depression had hit people hard The government was trying to help. How much control should the government have in the lives of its citizens? The government should a significant amount of control over people’s lives. I say this because, historically, the TVA was good thing because they gave electricity to the poor and Huey Long was wise to try to support the poor by taxing the rich. Today, the government should have enough control to ban handguns.

The TVA helped provide the poor with electricity.In the First thing poor people received from the REA service WAs lights.In the tennessee valley region people lacked electricity in water in the government help with that.It’s showing  that the government is improving with the poor.In the document it says that the government is solving some of their poor problems.

The government should be able to help the poor people.Huey Long was doing  right for the poor.I say that because he’s taxing the rich so that they can provide for the poor.I argue why Huey Long is trying to make life better for the poor but also making it worst for some of the rich.

The government should have enough power to ban handguns.In my eyes stuff like this the government should have enough power to ban guns all over.If people is not in the army or police officer they should not have a handgun or a gun period.In argue that the government should have enough power to ban handguns.

The government should have 50% control over people’s lives.TVA was a good thing because they help give electricity to the poor.The government should have enough control to ban handguns.They also should be able to help the poor people.I would argue that my thesis is more accurate then theres.in my eyes my topic is more supportive cause the government is trying make life better for all.I believe the government should have 50% of control because the government is making life better in also worst.In i say this because the government is still taxing the rich to help the poor.  Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 8.21.16 PM.png

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Government Power

By Tyjuan T.

How much power should the Government have over citizens in the U.S? In my opinion I think the government should about half of the control over citizens in the U.S because people should have some control over themselves and not always looking forward for help from the Government.

The government should have some – but not total – control in the lives of its citizens. During the Great Depression, the government had to step in and help poor people. However, although the government should be allowed to tax citizens, it shouldn’t tax them too heavily. Additionally, Social Security had both positive and negative impacts on Americans.

One important thing that was at stake in the great Depression was African Americans’ survival needs. This was the most important thing that was at stake because black women were getting paid very little  even when when they were working 24/7 ( Source2). When they began to lose more jobs, this made things worse because that could drive them into full homelessness. If they were homeless they wouldn’t be able to take care of their family and they might have to sell their body for money. The government should help the poor because nobody should be homeless especially women because they have to go through a lot.

In my opinion I think the government should have some control over citizens of America because, although the government can help the poor people through taxes, the rich should not be taxed too heavily. Huey Long proposed a program that set a limit to how much money people can earn.”.The Government was expanding hospitals, and educational institutions across the U.S”. I also think the Government shouldn’t have control over citizens of America because the people that’s rich honestly earned their money fair and they don’t deserve to get their money cut out because some people don’t want to go and do something with their life and now they poor.

Social Security plays a role in people’s lives that is both positive and negative. FDR delivered a speech saying “we can never insure 100% of the population against 100% of the ups and downs of life, but we have tried to pass a law which will give some protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age” (Doc A). When you lose your job, Social Security will make sure your family is okay. Social Security gives the elderly a lot of money so they don’t have any worries when it come to money. When you retire Social Security gives you money because you no longer have a job to provide for you or your family.

How much control should the government have over citizens in the U.S? In my opinion I think the government should about half of the control over citizens in the U.S because people should have some control over themselves and not always looking forward for help from the Government. Someone might argue against my thesis because people have their own opinion on different things and they might have different researches about it.

Connection between Imperialism in Africa and Imperialism in the Medical Field

By Danielle P.

Social darwinism is the evolutionary process that everything evolved from something to fit their environment.

Imperialism in Africa was caused by Social Darwinism. A line from the poem “The White Man’s Burden” by Rudyard Kipling says, “Take up the white man’s burden, send forth the best ye breed, go bind your sons to exile, to serve your captives needs… Take up the white man’s burden, The savage wars of peace, fill full the mouth of famine, and bid the sickness cease.” (Doc F). This stanza refers to how European countries believed they needed to go into Africa and take over because in the long run they were making it better. It’s saying that the United States should also go in and take over the philippines since they obviously need the help. Kipling was a white privilege english man that help a lot of power. His background  shines a light on how he thinks and why he thinks that way. He believes that what is happening is  right and for the greater good same as most white higher up people during this time.   

In the medical field Blacks were basically the testing tools. They were being tested on for everything from syphilis to lead without their consent. In the 1930’s us public health services researchers  decided to test to see how syphilis kills. So they recruited hundreds of african american men with syphilis to watch them die slowly and painful deaths that could have been prevented. The blacks were uneducated and the researchers offered them things the needed such as free physical exams, hot meals, rides into town for the clinic and fifty dollars for the burial fees. They choose black people to experiment on because at the time they were thought to be a notoriously syphilis race. Doctors withheld fundamental information from their patients sometimes not even given them a diagnosis saying it was best not to confuse or frighten the patient with words that they probably wouldn’t even understand like cancer. Because of the fact that black people didn’t question white people’s judgement. Most were just glad that they were getting treatment. John Hopkins researchers started a research in  the late nineties on lead poison. The research was apart a study examining lead abatement methods and all the families that were involved were black. They had tested homes for high lead levels then encouraged the homeowners to rent the homes to black families with children so that they can monitor the children’s lead levels.  They did investigate and found out that the consent forms “failed to provide an adequate description.” of the different level of lead in the homes.

It was believed that although all humans evolved from monkeys people of color wasn’t as evolved so they were basically monkeys. That mindset made it easier to take over africa and enslave africans. When they decided to run test that could and would harm people researchers torned to black people to experiment on. Social Darwinism made it easier to experiment on people because they already didn’t see them as fully evolved people so to them we were just another animal to experiment on for the greater good.  

The Amount of Control of the Government

By Ty W.

These are hard times! It is the era of FDR and the Great Depression. Unemployment rates are high, jobs have been lost, and people need money to take care of their families. Should the government step in and help or should the government leave its citizens to help themselves? The government  should have enough control over the citizens to help with unemployment and poverty.

FDR developed the Works Progress Administration to provide direct support for the unemployed and their families. By employing workers, the program helped poor families so they could provide food and clothing and education for their kids and themselves.

Franklin D. Roosevelt also created the Social Security Act to provide for retirees in their old age and people with disabilities. FDR gave a speech saying, “We can never insure 100 percent of the population against 100 percent of the ups and downs of life but we have tried to pass the law which will give some protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and and against poverty ridden old age” (Doc A). People with disabilities also need Social Security and the government. Without Social Security, people who have retired wouldn’t be able to support themselves. For example, my mom needs Social Security to support my family. One bad thing about Social Security was that it excluded poor African Americans, sharecroppers, cash tenants, and domestic servants who lost jobs because of discrimination (Doc B).

The government should have enough control over the citizens to help with unemployment and poverty. Someone could argue that the government should have less power because it put Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII. This was wrong because the Japanese Americans had caused no trouble for the US government. In conclusion then, the US government should have enough power to help those who need it, but not so much power to mess with citizens who have done nothing wrong.

GREAT DEPRESSION

By James M.

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Unlike Donald Trump, FDR was a savior for the U.S during the Great Depression! Because Donald Trump seems to favor the rich while FDR provided programs to help the less fortunate. “The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. In the United States, the Great Depression began soon after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors” (history.com). FDR wanted to make America great again during the Great Depression. He created programs to help create jobs and re-start the economy. At the time, it was necessary for FDR to take control and expand the government because the nation was going through hard economic times. But how much much control should the government have in the lives of its citizens? The government should have enough power in order to help children and secure the nation through Social Security.

During the Great Depression, the government needed to step in to help children. For example, some children’s parents were migrant workers, so they moved all the time to look for work. These parents weren’t able to take care of their children. Some children did not have clean clothes and were unsanitary (Photograph A1). During the Great Depression, other children had to get their meals from school, especially young African Americans, because their parents couldn’t afford food because they didn’t have jobs (Photograph A2). One girl was so poor that she couldn’t go to school because she had no clothes. She wrote a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR’s wife, asking for clothes: “I am writing to you for some of your old soiled dresses if you have any. As I am a poor girl who has to stay out of school” (Letter from a thirteen year-old girl from Arkansas). Parents were either so poor because they were unemployed or they were so busy trying to find work that they were not able to meet their kids’ needs. The government needed to create programs to help kids by providing food and clothes.

FDR designed Social Security so that old people would retire, creating more jobs for young people. Social Security also provided pensions for young people so that when they get old, they will have resources to support themselves. President FDR gave a speech about the Social Security Act on August 1, 1935: “Today, a long-held hope is largely fulfilled. The civilization of the past 100 years, with its startling industrial changes changes has made life insecure. Young people have come to wonder what would happen to them in old age. The man with a job has wondered how long the job would last” (FDR’s Speech; Doc A). Social Security created pensions for people so that they would have money when they got older. Without Social Security to help them retire, old folks would have kept working, so there would have been fewer jobs for young people. This also helped older people, who had the young people to help lift them up.

The Government should have enough power to provide for the needs of its citizens through programs that support children and programs like Social Security. Some people might say that FDR had too much power because he bullied Japanese Americans by putting them in internment camps. Even though this was wrong, FDR still cared for America because he provided for children, provided for the unemployed, and provided for the elderly. Overall, FDR was a good president. It’s important to think about the balance of the power that the US government or president has because if the government has too much power, it can hurt its citizens. However, if the government has too little power, it won’t be able to take care of its citizens.

THE GOVERNMENT IN THE USA

By Tre’Von H.

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The Great Depression was a severe world wide event. People all over the world where going hungry because they had  lost their money, jobs and houses. During the 1930s, the Great Depression was going on. People needed electricity, food, money, and other kinds of help. The government provided help by creating Social Security, the TVA, and food programs at schools. All these programs were part of FDR’s New Deal. How much control should the government have in the lives of citizens? The Government should have a lot of control over citizens in the US. During the Great Depression, it did good things like providing Social Security and electricity.

FDR created Social Security during the Great Depression in order to provide benefits for those who could not work due to disabilities or old age. In 1935, FDR delivered a speech after he created the law to make Social Security: “This social security measure gives some protection to 30 million of our citizens who will receive direct benefits through unemployment compensation, through old-age pensions, and through increased services for the protection of children and the prevention of ill health” (Doc A). Social Security gives people assistance when they become unemployed or sick so that people could survive even though they were unable to work.

FDR created the TVA during the Great Depression. The TVA created electricity, better homes, flood control, and construction jobs to help the poor and unemployed in Tennessee. “The TVA was created to raise to raise the standard of living of a half a million people” (Doc B). One citizen living in Tennessee wrote about how excited her little boy was to see their new electric lights in their home: “The first benefit we received from the REA service was lights, and aren’t lights grand? My little boy expressed my sentiments when he said, ‘mother, I didn’t realize how dark our house was until we got electric lights” (Doc C). This quote shows that the government cared because they’re providing better services. In some way TVA was not helpful because it made people move out of their homes so that they could build dams in those areas. However, this way okay because the TVA gave people better homes in other places.

The Government should have a lot of control over citizens in the US. During the Great Depression, it did good things like providing Social Security and electricity. Some people might say that the government should not have control over citizens in the United States because they want their freedom. However, I said that they should have control because the government can only help people if it’s powerful. It is important to consider how the government created programs to help people because we need these programs to survive, both in the past and now.

How much Control should the government have?

By Brooke B.

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The Great Depression started in 1929 and lasted until 1939. It was the longest lasting downturn in the history of the western world.The Great Depression began soon after the stock market crashed in 1929.Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing levels of unemployment as failing companies had to lose workers.

How much control should the government have? The Government should have a Great deal of control in the lives of its citizens,Without control the world would be crazy.If the government does not control guns, anyone could get killed at any time.”The Government should have the power to ban handguns, because its citizens are responsible to use arms for self defense is not a fundamental constitutional right”.”Limiting gun violence is legitimate governments purpose to help save the lives of its citizens”.The Government has the right to ban guns because less people would be dying.Also Citizens have arms for self defense they don’t need guns.

The Government does take money out of your paycheck but the money goes for older people, which they deserve.”This social security measure gives some protection to 30 million of our citizens who will receive direct benefits through unemployment compensation, through old people”.”Young people have come to wonder what would happen to them as old age”.”A law that will take care of human needs and at the same time provide the united states a sound economic structure”.Older people can’t work ,older people worked hard when they were younger.The money out of your paycheck will help you when you’re older.

The Government controls the education of young people.”The original department of education was created in 1867 to collect information on schools and teaching that would help the states establish effective school systems”.”Education is primarily a state and local responsibility in the U.S”.The Government needs to control the schools so that there are excellent teachers to give good education to young people.The government also gives funds and loans for people to go to college.

How much control should the Government have?The Government should have some control of its citizens.The Government should have control of guns, social security, and education.Some People may believe that the government should have no control at all, and they should live their life how they want, but with the governments control the world is more organized , people are getting positive results with the government control and help.

The amount of control the government has in the lives of its citizens are very important.Too much control will make citizens unhappy and not able to live their own life.No control will make the world crazy and turn upside down.The government should just control the important things.The Depression changed the role of the federal government fundemtally. It is important today so our government has a stronger role in the decision making for our country.

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By Gerald H.

This blog post is about the government helping children, old and disabled people, and the poor. During the Great Depression, which happened during the 1930s, businesses couldn’t afford to pay their employees, so they had to fire workers. These workers became poor and they couldn’t afford to pay their household needs. The government came up with a few ideas to fix the problem: FDR’s government wanted to help people by creating Social Security and helping children, and Huey Long wanted to tax the rich to help the poor. How much control should the government have in the lives of its citizens? The government should have control because the  government needed to pay old or disabled people and the government tried to help children during the Great Depression. Also, Huey Long had the good idea to tax the rich and help the poor.

The government needed to pay old or disabled people through Social Security. “Because social security measure gives some protection to 30 million of our citizens who will receive benefits through an employment compensation through old age pensions and through increased services for the protection of children and the prevention of illness” (Doc A). I got this out of the document A president franklin D he gave this speech on August 14, 1935 when he signed the social security act.

The Government tried to help children during the Great Depression. I am writing to for some your old soiled dresses if you have any as I am a poor girl who has to stay out of school on account of dresses and slips and coat very bad.Source A2 shows you that they provided food for the children at their school.

  Huey long had the good idea to take the rich and help the poor. Huey long was a charismatic southern who represented the poor and he also made highways so that people can get bain and forward to the girls but both hospital is an educational institution was expanded this set limits to how much money people could earn. “It included a 100% tax on income over 1 million and allowed the government to take and redistribute fortunes over 5 million” (class notes). Heny long had the good idea to tax the rich and help the poor. The government had to pay old or disabled by social security and the government tried to help people during the great depression.

Lacks Vs. Europeans

By Jade Y.

Countries colonize other less fortunate countries for free labor, resources, and money. Like when Europe colonized Africa because Europeans saw an opportunity for new resources and trade routes back in 1870s.

Europeans stole the Africans land and resources without asking, that’s imperialism. But imperialism in 1870s is not different from imperialism in 1951 for “Africans.” For example Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman that was a science/cancer experiment for doctors. This woman was used for cancer research for doctors without her consent. “ so when TeLinde offered him a supply of cervical cancer tissue in exchange for trying to grow some cells, Dr.Gey didn’t hesitate. And TeLinde Began collecting samples from ANY woman who happened to walk in Hopkins with cervical cancer. Including Henrietta.”(pg 30). This institute was using black women to grow cancer cells. Does that sound familiar? The story of Henrietta Lacks and The history of The Europeans and Africans are related, they both involved Africans being used for their resources by people that think they’re gods.

How Imperialism Affected Henrietta Lacks

By Walter N.

Nationalism is a love for your country so intense that no one or no lace could compare to its greatness. Nationalism is a natural driving force for Imperialism, which is the conquering of other countries and colonies for the power and respect. Imperialism makes you blind to other cultures, and the ways of the people but your own. By culture it could mean music, art, or even a race. Henrietta Lacks was a victim to the influence of imperialism of others, because white people wanted to conquer the colored people for intimidation with gruesome intentions with them. In a metaphorical sense, the whites wanted to imperialize the colored people to have them under their own power.

As Britain colonized Africa they would take resources and not care about the native people.Their resources were of value to them such as copper, zinc, lead, gold, and especially diamonds. (doc.D) to take their resources it would have made it much easier for them to conquer the land at once from whom it originally belonged too, only if it were to of value of them. As in Henrietta Lacks, were just as ignorant with taking possessions as in times before. For example when Henrietta goes to the hospital for her diagnosis, the best doctors of Johns Hopkins were predominantly white with the same mindset of opportunist. They would take her immortal cells without her consent and her knowledge, which in comparison could be like the colonies of ancient times.

This idea of imperialism reaches even farther than Henrietta’s scenario. There was once an activity to whites called the “Tuskegee syphilis Act.”They would diagnose black people with the STD Syphilis to record the behavior of the disease and a cure to it. This Act is most gruesome related to imperialism because it shows that they did not care about colored people or how they would continue with their lives. Unless the whites benefit from it for themselves they didn’t care or wanted no part in what were to happen, selfish with it. Which in a proportional scale would be the same as Britain imperialized African countries.

So if you compare both they would be the same actions with the same intentions. The Britain empire wanted to oppress the African countries for everything they could get out of them. This mentality was passed through colonization and through generations, as the whites of America would do the same to oppress the colored people of America. Just how the white doctors and white researchers would do to Henrietta Lacks and more colored people of this time. Although all the attempts to put down, stop, or to oppress the colored people throughout the generations, we all stood strong being able to overcome it all and still spread the knowledge of ancestors who made history for us in our own lane.