Final Essay Assignment (Due Thurs., Dec. 17)

Please complete your final post (listed below this one).

For your final essay (2-3 typed pages), I ask that you focus on an author and work you found particularly interesting. Explain the work’s importance and interest to you as well as its relevance for its time and, perhaps, for today. For example, an essay on Alexander Hamilton could connect to his own background and achievements, while also speaking to the larger story of American immigration and perhaps their treatment today.  I encourage you to work from a previous post or our final post (see below) and to email me regarding any questions you may have about the assignment at:

Upload your essay here. [Double-spaced, 12 font, with a title, an introduction, 3-4 body paragraphs, and a conclusion]. If you get the essay in before the due date, I am happy to review it for you. Please also consider meeting with me on Zoom before the semester ends. It would be excellent to have face time with you if you haven’t joined a meeting yet. It would also be an opportunity for us to discuss your work this semester and for you to ask any additional questions you may have.


  1. Koko Dirta

    Powerful Women
    Women in the early 17th century went through many difficulties especially African American women. Even though women paved the way for a lot of things they were still looked at less, why? Simply because they were women. Three important women that were slaves and made a way out were Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truths, and Harriet Tubman.
    Phillis Wheatley was a well known poet in the 1700s. Although she was a slave, she became educated by her slave owners. She was enslaved by John and Susanna Wheatley. Mrs. Wheatley bought it when she was just seven years old, as the captain of the slave ship wanted to make a profit for her before she died. She was brought to the New World from Western Africa, specifically Senegal or Gambia. The Wheatley’s children, Nathaniel and Mary, were the ones who taught her how to read and write. She soon became interested in the Bible, history, literature, etc. She was the first African American and the third women to publish a book of poetry. Her first ever poem was called An Elegiac Poem, on the Death of that Celebrated Divine, and Eminent Servant of Jesus Christ, the Reverend and Learned George Whitefield … (1770), which she wrote when she was thirteen years old. Soon enough she was writing poems about friends, deaths of relatives, and writing poems by people who paid her to do so for them. When she was eighteen, she had about twenty-eight collections of poems, and was able to publish them in Boston newspapers with the help of Mrs. Wheatley. As she got older she married John Peters, a freed African American man. Although she was enslaved, she was supported by the family who had purchased her and they were like family to her. They did everything they can to get people to support her poems, even though it was looked down upon at the time
    Isabella Baumfree was born into slavery in 1797, she then changed her name into what we know now as Sojourners Truths. Truths became one of the most powerful advocates for human rights in the 19th century. During the mid 1840’s Sojourner Truths became involved in the growing antislavery movement and by the 50’s she was involved in the women’s rights movements. Truths also continued to speak out for the rights of African Americans and women during and after the civil war. Sojourner Truths delivered one of the most famous abolitionists and women’s rights speeches in America “Aint I a Women”. “That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And “Ain’t I a Woman?” Truths is telling us that these men are saying that women need to be protected, and how they deserve these special treatment’s but she doesn’t get any and she’s a women as well. Truths being a woman and African American in the 19th century is a huge reason for her and many women like her to be mistreated unequal. Truths tells us how black women get treated horrible when they can do everything a man can do and even more, women are the stronger gender. In Truths speech she also talks about “intellect” which is the ability of reasoning and understanding as of one’s gender or skin color has a part of the way intellect works.
    Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland, she escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. Tubman was known for the underground railroad, she helped hundreds of slaves to freedom, she was a “conductor” in 1849. She was a leading abolitionist before the Civil War, she also helped the union army during the war working as a spy, scout, nurse, and cook. Tubman helped the army rescue more than 700 people from slavery. Tubman was also involved in the women suffrage movement.
    In conclusion these three women Phillis Wheatley, Sojourners Truths, and Harriet Tubman had a huge impact on many peoples lives. These African American not only stood up for what was right but also made things happen for African Americans and women.

    • Mark

      Koko, This is thoughtful and thorough discussion of three major female powerhouses of the 19th century. Nicely done. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to also see the film “Harriet.” I highly recommend it.

  2. Jannatul Fateha

    A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
    “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” is a “self-reliance” book written by Eckhart Tolle.One of the best books I’ve encountered currently. I consider every single person needs to study this no matter their age. It genuinely gets in your head and makes you not assume in fact. Due to the fact, you’re the entirety that it already says. It’ll alternate your ways of reacting, reflecting, accepting, acknowledging, pursuing things, people, methods of living, dreams, imaginations, life. Surroundings.
    In the book, Tolle asserts that everybody can discover “the freedom and joy of life” if they stay in the present moment. The book describes human dysfunction, selfishness, tension, and the inhumanity we inflict on each other, as well as people’s failed attempts to locate lifestyles that mean and cause material possessions and bad relationships. It asserts that the mind can have an effective and useful “impact on the recuperation manner”, and puts forth a concept of “revolutionary transformation of human attention” which prompts the reader to participate in “sincere self-evaluation that could lead to high-quality alternate.”
    There is a line from his book “In the eyes of the ego, self-esteem, and humility are contradictory. In truth, they are the same.” If I want to explain this line, Loss of life becomes a seeming fact and a chance. “You live with an intellectual image of yourself, a conceptual self that you have a relationship with. Existence itself becomes conceptualized and separated from who you are when you communicate of my lifestyles. Words and ideas split life into separate segments that haven’t any fact in themselves. We should even say that the notion ‘my life’ is the original fable of separateness, the source of ego.
    The essay “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. His essay shares many of the same concepts. There is a quote from his essay “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string”. Emerson explains pretty explicitly what he means by using this comment. In writing on the virtues of individualism and self-reliance virtues which have been championed by many preceding poetic actions, such as Romanticism-Emerson is stipulating that we have to believe in ourselves due to the fact anybody’s heart “vibrates” in line with one’s personal values and resolution. The “energy” inside anybody, a strength which units the string of one’s heart trembling, is absolutely distinct from any energy that has previously existed in every other person. Emerson makes use of musical imagery to underscore this fact: simply as a string will vibrate to a special pitch depending on how loosely or tightly it’s far tuned and could sound in another way relying on the “strength” with which it’s far struck, all and sundry makes a distinct impact upon the arena and is guided by using one’s very own specific feel of self.
    A New Earth helps readers apprehend where their internal-turbulence comes from and how they could deal with their ego to reduce the violence, both inner and out. Once you are clear about your life purpose, it’s much easier to meet it and stay a more meaningful life. Move down to the extra certain stages of perspective. Use your life motive as the guiding force in defining your vision, desires, and areas of obligation so that your tasks and daily moves continue to be consistently focused on what’s most vital to you. And keep in mind to check your existence periodically. Nothing is everlasting, everything changes.

    [A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose published in 2005. Since the book was published, it has sold five million copies by 2009. I guess till 2020 the book is on everyone’s favorite list. Also, I recommend this book Identify your life purpose, and live accordingly. We must address our ego to confront the violence inside of us. Our ego makes us see the world in a way that is not true. Every book of Eckhart’s has important messages about life that teach us we should follow to live spontaneously. Every book is inspiring and interesting in a unique way. If you are ready for a meaningful change in yourself. Then the book is for you.]

    • Mark

      This is an excellent comparison, Jannatul. Nicely done.

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