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Analysis Of Casablanca
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... that he could take Hemmingway's worst novel and turn it into a good film. The result was a success - though the film is a far cry from the novel - so far the film's title doesn't even make sense. To Have and Have Not has every necessary ingredient for success: sex, violence, suspense, and the occasional musical interlude. Hawks gives us a little of everything in his hacked-up version of Hemmingway, and when the sparks start to settle he has Bacall do a little number at the piano bar which may be irrelevant, but Bacall's lovely and libidinous manor far makes up for it. The film may lack class but it's all the more entertaining because of it. ...

The Grange
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... most: the South and Midwest. As a group (strong in member) they made their statement to the world on an appropriate day, Independence Day 1873. The framers Declaration of Independence informed those listening they were ready to fight back. The Declaration stated they would use "all lawful and peaceful means to free themselves from the tyranny of monopoly". Many of the members opened stores and other businesses so they could begin to buy and sell to each other. However most of these were farmers, with families, not businessmen and many companies didn't survive because of their lack of real business knowledge and the pressures of the middlemen who wanted them to f ...

The Salem Witch Trials
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... historical perspective of what occurred is that in early 1692, the Rev. Samuel Parris's 9-year-old daughter Elizabeth and his 12-year-old niece Abigail Williams, “began to fall into horrid fits” (“Witch”). The village doctor William Griggs gave his opinion that the girls were the “victims of witchcraft” (“Witch”). There has been discussion as to whether these fits were true in nature, or if the girls were acting. There has also been some discussion as to the possibility that the girls were caught in behavior that they knew they would be punished for, and they chose to make up their ‘illness’ so as not to be punished. When the girls were pressed as to an explan ...

Photographic Portraiture
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... to 35mm cameras at the beginning of the 60's. The SLR camera Bailey purchased in '61 allowed him the flexibility to loosen up the fashion genre. For example on of his early fashion shoots for Vogue 'Young idea goes west' featured Jean Shrimpton in the chaotic urban environment of New York. These photographs epitomized a new street realism and marked a drastic departure from the Static formally posed fashion and portrait photography of the previous decade. Bailey's mapping of the '60s was marked by two collections of portraits; David Bailey's Box of Pin-ups in 1965 and Goodbye Baby and Amen in 1969. Powerful portraits of musicians including Mick Jagger, Lennon and ...

The Watergate Affair
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... top White House aide, to “plug” leaks from the White House to the press and consisted of former FBI and CIA operatives. It comes to fact that these plumbers were involved in illegal break-ins and wiretapping before the Watergate scandal. On June 17, 1972, the night watchman at the Watergate complex discovered adhesive tape on the basement doors of the complex. Five men were arrested that night and began a series of inquiries and investigations into the possible corruption of White House Officials. (Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, Volume 13, page 1603) Among those arrested on the night of June 17, 1972 were James McCord Jr., security coordinator for th ...

Labor In America
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... They believed that sooner or later factory workers would be exploited and would sink into hopeless poverty. Economic "laws" would force them to work harder and harder for less and less pay. THE LOWELL EXPERIMENT How, then, were the factory owners able to recruit farm girls as laborers? They did it by building decent houses in which the girls could live. These houses were supervised by older women who made sure that the girls lived by strict moral standards. The girls were encouraged to go to church, to read, to write and to attend lectures. They saved part of their earnings to help their families at home or to use when they got married. The young factory wo ...

The Dust Bowl Of North America
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... consequently, farmers have learnt many valuable lessons from this dilemma. The European settlers who first arrived at the Great Plains found hardy grasslands that held the fine-grained soil in place in spite of the long recurrent droughts and occasional torrential rains. A large number of the travelers settled down in this area and built farms and ranches. These land uses led to soil exposure and great erosion. The cattle ranches were very profitable for the settlers; unfortunately, this led to overgrazing and degradation of the soil. In addition, farmers began to plow the natural grass cover and plant their own crops. Without the original root systems of th ...

History Of Philippine Cinema
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... in other countries from the 1930s to the 1990s. The films may be silent pictures or talkies, black and white or color. They also include films such as documentaries, animation, experimental or alternative films and other types of films. This paper has three purposes or objectives. It intends, first of all, to provide a comprehensible background of the art of film in the Philippines. It provides insights on how the Philippine film has influenced Philippine culture and vice-versa. This is done by documenting the important events and important films in the area of film for the past ninety years. Second, it intends to explain the different trends and styles comm ...

For Another Man's Freedom
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... thoughts is that these were not the thoughts that were in the heads of the soldiers at the time. During the fighting these soldiers not only did not see this as the rebirth of a nation, but had "forgotten the cause" altogether. I do not believe that these men were necessarily fighting specifically for the rights of the slaves, but rather for the rights of all men including themselves. These men were thought to be "privileged", and at the time I am sure they believed that they were taking part in an inconceivable historical event. I am sure that at that time they did not realize that this would be an ongoing struggle even three-hundred years after their existe ...

The Treatment Of Women In Trifles
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... This power enables them to succeed in protecting Minnie, the accused. "Trifles" not only tells a story, it shows the demeaning view the men have for the women, the women’s reaction to man’s prejudice, and the women’s defiance of their powerless position. Throughout the play, Glaspell uses dialogue which allows us to see the demeaning view the men have for the women. Mr. Hale declares that "women are used to worrying about trifles" (958) trivializing the many tasks and details that women are responsible for. In his ignorance of how crucial their duties are in allowing a household to function smoothly, he implies their unimportance. The remark from the County At ...

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