Monthly Archives: January 2016

Research Paper Blog Post #3

Another very interesting source I found for my research paper is called The Women of Watergate, and it is comprised of multiple chapters each of which focuses on different women involved in the Watergate Scandal. Each chapter includes the women’s personal stories, interviews and opinions. The prologue of this book is short, but it is extremely dense with reasons for which exploring the roles of women in the Watergate Scandal is so important. The prologue also explains how women such as secretaries, wives and even a female lawyer on the Watergate special prosecutor’s staff played a larger role in the events than people assume. The prologue of this book even says “So different are these women- and their viewpoints- from each other that it is hard at first to think of them as a group at all.” This very accurately explains the importance of the differing viewpoints in researching this topic. I think this will be a very helpful resource because it gives a less obvious but still very relevant and interesting perspective on this event. These particular differing perspectives create and support an unusual outlook which is a strength of this source. On the other hand, one weakness of this source is that it includes chapters about nineteen different women who played some role in the event, and specifying the most relevant information and people from this book may be difficult. Looking at Watergate from different perspectives will add a very interesting and unique aspect to my research paper.

Research Paper Blog Post #2

Another source that will be helpful in writing my research paper is called Watergate, A Brief History with Documents, edited by Stanley I. Kutler. I think this will be one of my most useful sources because it is split into seven sections and it has a specific section for some of the main things I want to focus on. First, this book has a section that gives general information about the Watergate Break-In and what really happened, which will be useful for important background information. I think the most helpful section will be the section about how the White House responded and covered up the scandal, and especially about the CIA involvement in this. This will be a crucial source because it’s most closely related to what I originally wanted to focus on which was the role of organizations like the CIA in secret government events and scandals. It is a very useful section of this resource because this is what I am most interested in, in my research about the Watergate Scandal. This source is also very helpful because as the title suggests, it has a lot of historical documents that are relevant to this event. Some of these documents could be helpful primary sources to examine for my research paper. For example, this book includes speeches given by Richard Nixon, and transcripts of the testimonies and hearings involved in the Watergate Scandal case. This book has a lot of strengths as a source for my research paper, and after skimming through it I have not found significant weaknesses, so I think this will be one of my most helpful resources.

Research Paper Blog Post #1

In regard to my research paper, one of my sources is a book called Nixon (Reputations), by Iwan Morgan. As the title suggests, this book focuses on the reputation of Richard Nixon in the years following the Watergate Scandal. I think that it is extremely important to understand Nixon’s character when talking about the Watergate Scandal which is one reason why this book will be helpful in my research. One weakness of this source is that it doesn’t address the Watergate scandal itself directly, but it is a strong source of interesting information about how the scandal affected Nixon’s reputation. The book is split into 8 chapters, but after looking through these chapters, I think I will find the most useful information in chapters 1 and 2. The first chapter is called “Nixon and reputation”, and it focuses on the negative opinions of Nixon after his resignation. The second chapter is called “The Nixon character”, and this chapter focuses on Nixon’s resulting determination after resigning from office because of these negative opinions surrounding him. The rest of this book could be helpful in looking at certain accomplishments Nixon had after his resignation, but for the most part the first two chapters hold the information that I believe is most closely related to my topic. Although Watergate is not a specific focal point of this book, it’s an important resource because it explores Nixon’s personality and nature after the scandal. This could effectively connect the event, Watergate, with a person, Nixon.

Huck and Jim’s Relationship in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The dynamic of Jim and Huck’s relationship is an integral part to understand when reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, especially throughout the second half of the book. Mark Twain forces the reader to relate to the characters in this book through their relationships with family members. Early in the second half of the book, we see the relationship between Jim and his family when Huck explains seeing Jim “moaning and mourning to himself” (226) because of how deeply he misses his wife and his children. This small passage exposes many important aspects of the book including Jim’s value in his family, and Huck’s recognition of Jim’s feelings. The passage also indicates the common and significant difference between the black and white people at this time when Huck says “I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their’n,” (226). Huck often makes observations about Jim such as this, or when he says “he was low and homesick; because he hadn’t ever been away from home before in his life,” (226). Even early in their travels together, Twain shows us in these small ways how strong the relationship between Huck and Jim is. Another specific example of the strength in their relationship is when Huck reminds himself how much they mean to each other after writing a letter to Miss Watson revealing where Jim was after escaping from being her slave. Huck says “I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world and the only one he’s got now,” (262). In subtle and obvious ways, Mark Twain constantly reminds the reader of the strength of Jim and Huck’s connection, which is consequently a defining and vital part of this book.

Racism in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Before even beginning The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it is evident that racism is a distinct and predominant characteristic of this book. Throughout this book, it is clear that the story highlights issues of racism and slavery that were prevalent during the historical setting. These issues are directly portrayed through the way Jim is spoken to or about because he is an escaped slave. Many other clear examples of racism come from Huck’s father Pap. Although he is not very well respected, he is still a white man in a society where having white skin makes you naturally superior. Because he is so often drunk, Pap does not hesitate to vividly illustrate his attitude towards black people. In chapter six, Mark Twain uses strong imagery to exhibit this attitude. Pap describes a “free nigger” (147) of mixed white and black ancestry as a seemingly well-educated and respectful person, probably significantly more than Pap. Twain uses imagery to illustrate a picture of this man being “most as white as a white man” (147) and having “the whitest shirt on you ever see” (147). After drawing an image in the reader’s mind of the whitest-looking black person you could imagine, he continues to recall this man’s respectful and positive qualities. He says that the man “could talk all kinds of languages and knowed everything” (147), which depicts how this man seems significantly smarter than Pap even just through the word choice in the way Pap speaks. Following all of the positive things Pap recalls about this man, the reader is reminded he is still black and undeserving of even having the right to vote in a state where slaves have been freed, no matter how smart or respectful he is. This is a seemingly small example of a very large, widespread view that black people were not appreciated solely because of the fact that they are black. This specific example of racism envelops the much larger issue throughout the book.