Cultural Conflict as Evidenced in Contemporary Native American Literature

An 11 page discussion of cultural conflict as is evidenced in Thomas King’s “Green Grass, Running Water”, Leslie Marmon Silko’s “Ceremony”, Gerald Vizenor’s “The Heirs of Columbus”, and Sherman Alexie’s “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven”. The author notes the underlying theme of the differences in the way the environment is viewed by Native Americans verses Non-Natives and suggests that in pre-contact cultures the villain in Native American stories took the form of witchcraft while in contemporary literature it takes the form of non-Natives. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

"The Viking Art of War":

This 5 page paper presents a summary of each chapter of this book. These summaries highlight the important points of each chapter and thereby focus on the main theses of the book. Bibliography lists 1 source.

African Americans: Their Course Through United States History

7 pages in length. Examines major contributions made by African Americans, leaders and heroes in the African American community and the immigration treatments received by the African Americans including how they came to the United States, their treatment and major events experienced by this group. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Tall Tales

P. McCabe This 5 page paper explores the art of tall tales and what constitutes a tall tale. The original innovator of tall tales is mentioned as is the beginning of tall tales in America. How tall tales begin is discussed, for instance, sometimes the actual deeds of real folk heroes are exaggerated, other times, the character is purely fictional. Those mentioned include Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Commodore Isaac Chauncey And The War Of 1812

This 5 page paper discusses some of Chauncey's actions and command at Lakes Erie and Ontario. Chauncey established his main site at Sacket's Harbor by Lake Ontario. His aim was to prevent communication between the British forces along Lake Ontario. He succeeded in doing that although Chauncey is not perceived as a great naval hero. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

The CIA / American Intellignce During The Cold War And Beyond

5 pages in length. C.I.A. involvement during the Cold War extended far beyond the exploits of heroes in Clancy or Ludlum novels. The apparatus of the intelligence community has extended into each of our lives far beyond 'halting the threat of communism.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Importance of the Past in Lawrence W. Levine’s “Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought From Slavery to Freedom”

An 8 page paper which examines how the African-American present culture is influenced by the past, with particular emphasis on the chapters “The Rise of Secular Song” and “A Pantheon of Heroes.” No additional sources are used.

The Wisdom Of Yoda

The wit and wisdom of the character, Yoda, from the Star Wars trilogy is appropriate to many different situations and individuals. This 6 page essay is based on sayings that are credited to Yoda, but are appropriate to the understanding of more modern media representations, ancient tales of heroes and Chinese legends of note. No bibliography is included.

Paul Bernal - An American-Indian & Hero

4 pages on Paul Bernal-- a genuine Native Indian and historical figure presented in McCutchen & Gordon's '[The] Taos Indians and the Battle for Blue Lake.' The writer describes Bernal's heroic qualities, admirable leadership skills, and many accomplishments in helping his people to retain their sacred land which was threatened by the United States government. No Bibliography.

Davy Crockett an American Hero

This 22 page paper discusses Davy Crockett’s life, his political career, some of his speeches, and his death at the Alamo. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Nathan Bedford Forrest; Villain or Misunderstood Man?

This 5 page paper examines the life and works of Nathan Bedford Forrest, and the controversy which surrounded him in life as it does in death. From his poor roots as a frontier farmer and then slave trader to his rise as an army general the reasons for his success and his violent reputation are considered, as is his role in the foundation of the Klu Klux Klan, and his later split from it. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

Henry Ford and the Automobile Revolution:

This 9 page report discusses the life and times of Henry Ford (1863-1947) and the ways in which he completely revolutionized both the automobile and the manufacturing worlds. Ford’s reputation became one in which he was both a folk hero and a tireless crusader. He was also a perfectionist with a determination to see his vision through to the end and was more than willing to drive his employees with a certain degree of mercilessness. He was accused of being an anti-Semite but he was also thought of as a contributor to the advancement of “colored people.” Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Washington's National Cathedral

A 6 page paper providing a brief history of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and then focusing on some of the special national events that have taken place there. The National Cathedral has provided the setting for prayer services for the country during World War II and following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and it has been the site of the funerals of presidents and national heroes. It was the last pulpit appearance by Martin Luther King, Jr. before his assassination in 1968. It has provided a consecrated venue from which to appeal to God in response to events requiring secular response, and in so doing providing all Americans with a sense of hope and destiny that may not have been possible to attain in another setting. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Modern Mythology of Star Wars - 'Phantom Menace'

This 7 page report discusses the upcoming 'prequel' for the 'Star Wars' trilogies of movies and the role of 'Star Wars' as modern mythology. Throughout the earlier movies, Luke Skywalker traces a path that can best be described in mythic terms as "the hero's journey." 'Phantom Menace' now shows the audience the world in which the myth was created and the circumstances that made it unfold in the ways it did. Numerous mythic elements play important parts in 'Phantom Menace,' all of which combine to create a new, mythological 'classic.' Bibliography lists 7 sources.

The Cuban Revolution

26 pages in length. The Cuban Revolution was initially waged as a means by which to end General Fulgencio Batista's totalitarian takeover; in it's purest sense, the conflict was a quest to re-establish the Cuban populace with the inherent human rights that had been stripped so many years before. Fidel Castro, a lawyer who was determined to overthrow Batista's autocracy, was initially the hero in America's eyes but ultimately became the enemy when, after he took political control as Prime Minister, he embraced Communism. The writer discusses the nature of revolutions, Batista and Castro as they relate to the Cuban Revolution. Bibliography lists 25 sources.