Research Papers on Historical Figures

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  • Trouble at Work Sexual Harassment by Co-Workers and Supervisors

    This 3 page paper discusses a case of sexual harassment and its potential outcome; it also discusses the case from the point of view of a company trying to prevent such incidents. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Elitist Poetry of Langston Hughes

    A 5 page paper which examines three of Langston Hughes’ poems, illustrating how he is actually an elitist more than a socialist. The poems examined are “Walkers with the Dawn,” “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” and “Dream Deferred.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Poetry of Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes During the Harlem Renaissance

    A 3 page paper which examines poetry from the Harlem Renaissance. The poems discussed and compared are Langston Hughes’ “Dream Deferred” and Countee Cullen’s “From the Dark Tower.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Maya Angelou: Her Works and Her Life

    This 5 page paper discusses Maya Angelou’s life and four of her poems, and argues that many of the things that happened to her in her life are expressed through her poetry. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Historians Phillips and Woodson and Slave History Recording

    This 5 page paper compares and contrasts these two historians. Their personal lives are looked at to try to decipher just why their views are so vastly different. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Life and Art of Jacob Lawrence

    A 6 page paper which provides a look at the life and works of the African American artist Jacob Lawrence. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Culture, History and Artistry of Black America

    A 5 page paper which examines Paul Beatty’s “The White Boy Shuffle” as it involves a somewhat irreverent look at African American history and culture. The paper then compares his presentations with the outlooks provided by Addison Gayle’s “The Black Aesthetic” and Larry Neal’s essay “The Black Arts Movement.” No additional sources cited.

  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs and History

    A 4 page paper which examines and analyzes an excerpt from Harriet Jacobs’ “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” as they pertain to historical context. No additional sources cited.

  • Websites on Black History and Information Verification

    A 5 page research paper that contrasts and compares sites on black history. An Internet site entitled "History Notes" lists numerous articles by Runoko Rashidi. Two of these articles were selected for comparison with other Internet sites for verification of information and to discern if contradictions exist between the articles selected and other Internet sources. The two articles chosen were "Ancient Africa and Early Rome" and "The Moors in Europe." Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • African American Education Throughout History

    In this 4 page paper, the writer encapsulates the struggle for education for black children between Colonial America and the 1930s. Major persons, dates and events are presented. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Child Developmental Psychology and Roots The Book and Miniseries

    A 5 page paper which compares Alex Haley's book, Roots (Chapters 1-42), with the 1977 miniseries to determine the major differences in terms of how each addressed child development, the difference in the socialization process between Kunta Kinte's tribe and that of Anglo-American children in the U.S., the classification of Kunta Kinte's society from an American cultural orientation, and the development of a child in Kinte's culture with the same aged Anglo child, from a specie perspective. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Methodology of Anna Julia Cooper

    A 3 page research paper that offers a brief biography of this African American educator and then discusses her methodology of teaching. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Biography of Harriet Tubman

    A 7 page paper which provides a biography of Harriet Tubman along with 2 pages of quotes from and about Harriet Tubman. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Racism

    This is a 7 page paper discussing racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. Joseph Conrad’s novella “Heart of Darkness” (1901) is highly controversial in regards to its racist perspective towards the African native. Although “darkness” within the story is also used to describe the darkness within all men and societies, even those within England and Europe, overall Conrad, through the character of Marlow whose background is very much like his own, shows the racist perspective which was generally accepted at the time in that Africans were considered “prehistoric”, “frenzied” and the environment in which they lived appeared “unearthly” and at times the natives appeared to be nearly “inhuman” in their differences and contrasts to the white man. Europeans, on the other hand, while they may have apparent elements of darkness within, are described in terms of purity, fairness, orderliness, and are civilized and those who, including Conrad, can only appreciate the African native in his own environment but in no means could extend that appreciation beyond that in comparison with Europeans and European society; a racist attitude which was reflected by Conrad within the story. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Slavery Abolition in England

    This 5 page paper discusses the involvement of various British citizens in the anti-slavery movment. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Websites on Black History and Information Verification

    A 5 page research paper that contrasts and compares sites on black history. An Internet site entitled "History Notes" lists numerous articles by Runoko Rashidi. Two of these articles were selected for comparison with other Internet sites for verification of information and to discern if contradictions exist between the articles selected and other Internet sources. The two articles chosen were "Ancient Africa and Early Rome" and "The Moors in Europe." Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Analysis of "I Have a Dream" Speech by Martin Luther King

    An 8 pages analysis of Dr. King's famous speech, drawing on Kenneth Burke's Theory of Dramatism. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Social Change and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Arguments

    This 5 page paper discusses the predictions that Martin Luther King, Jr. made about the fate of America based on events which were taking place at the time. His political observations/arguments are included from the book, "Where do We Go From Here" and "Why We Can't Wait". Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Rosa Parks

    A 4 page paper on Rosa Parks. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Civil Rights Movement

    This 9 page paper discusses the contributions of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The writer recounts Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 and also explains the segregation laws concerning the buses in Montgomery. A small group of black women then distributed flyers asking blacks not to use the bus on the following Monday. A new committee was formed with a relatively new resident of the city as its leader - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The writer then recounts some of King's remarkable work and achievements on behalf of the civil rights movement. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Comparison of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

    A 5 page paper which examines the lives and contributions of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, arguing that Martin Luther's life and works had a more understandable vision for change in relationship to the impact made upon the African American population. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Maya Angelou: Her Works and Her Life

    This 5 page paper discusses Maya Angelou’s life and four of her poems, and argues that many of the things that happened to her in her life are expressed through her poetry. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Phenomenal Oprah Winfrey

    A 3 page paper which discusses why Oprah Winfrey is a phenomenal woman. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Elvis Presley's Last Days

    This 5 page paper assesses the issues and events surrounding the death of rock icon Elvis Presley, and considers the possible factors that may have lead to his death. This paper considers whether drugs, alcohol, obesity, or a combination of factors were complicitous in the sudden death of the singer. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Biography of Giambattista Bodoni

    5 pages in length. The biography of Giambattista Bodoni, the great typography born in Italy. Credited with creating beautiful and flowing typefaces which are famous to this day. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Style of Leadership

    This 6 page paper looks at styles of leadership, focusing in on transformational leadership. Charisma is also discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Depression of the 1930s and Black American Artists

    (10pp)The Harlem Renaissance watched the flourishing of African American literature, music, dance, art and social commentary in the neighbor- hood newly transformed by the great migration of African Americans to the North during WWI. The renaissance was a time when Black Americans had a chance to demonstrate the creative and intellectual abilities that they possessed. Nightclubs, community centers, cafes, publishing houses and galleries sprang up in Harlem amongst the enormous level of energy and excitement. 'It captured all that the wild young things of the 1920s wanted to be.' Bibliography lists 10 sources. (sources follow)

  • Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison

    (3pp)We might say that the major theme of this narrative work, "Battle Royal," (1947) by Ralph Ellison is about "place." For this author, the idea of place relates to the place of a person in a dominate society, the place of a person in a family, the place of a person with his peers, and the place of the person within himself. Bibliography lists one source.

  • Contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

    (5 pp) Faith Ringgold (1998) a folk artist and author, tells in her children's book, My Dream of Martin Luther King "This time we had come to mourn Martin Luther King's death by trading in bags containing our prejudice, hate, ignorance, violence, and fear for the slain hero's dream. We emptied the bags onto a great pile, and as the last bag was dumped, the pile exploded into a fire so bright that it lit up the whole world. There,emblazoned across the sky, were the words: EVERY GOOD THING STARTS WITH A DREAM." This book, supposedly for ages four through eight, simply states one of King's greatest contributions: the ability to dream or envision how things should be. Dr. King's life continues to teach us that with courage, vision and determination, every one of us has the power to help change the course of our nation and the world. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

 

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