The talk or speech on Evicted by Matthew Desmond was really good. He seemed very personable and was able to connect with the majority of the audience, although a few people decided to leave once they got their pictures. This is something I would’ve attended regardless of if it were extra credit and would know how good/informative it would be.
Who am I? I am a 18 year old college student at VCU
Who was I before? A teenager at Deep Run High School
Who will I become? A adult with a job and family
Unit 2 Rough Draft
No two sources have ever been exactly alike. This statement can be backed with the two sources I have chosen to compare and contrast. The Mapping of Massacres by: Ceridwen Dovey, a piece of journalism that exposes the tainted history of Australia through the rigorous and extensive research of a historian named Lyndall Ryan. The My Lai Massacre by: History Editors, an article that depicts a proper image of what atrocities Americans committed against the Vietnamease civilians in My Lai. These two sources are similar in the fact that one: they both discuss how the governments behind the massacres attempted to cover them up, and two: they are both attempting to properly display the negative history from two countries.
Both the countries of Australia and America seem to have history that would be detrimental to their systems if leaked to the public. Taking note of this, Lyndall Ryan a historian that spent years of her life dedicated to uncovering the massacres in Australia, sought out to unveil the atrocities performed by her nation in its earlier years. Dovey adds(2017) “How might the atrocities…be publicly commemorated, rather than represented” page 127. Really envoking the thought of how do we know our children are taught the truth and not information that has been manipulated to make the government appear less horrendous. Ryan, thinking this, sought out for funding to back her project and was able to receive it. Even after receiving that funding and performing the research she had hoped to, she barely made a dent in the mountain of massacres that occurred in Australia. The most difficult aspect of uncovering these events was getting everything accurate enough for the public to even be able to accept it as a truth and not propaganda. The Mapping of Massacres makes sure that there is enough information to even entertain the question of ‘did this really happen’ or not and really give good evidence that it did.
A similar action was taken by, Ron Ridenhour a soldier in the war had heard reports of the war and began bringing them to light. Ridenhour began a campaign to expose the truth behind these atrocious events that were being funded by taxpayer money. He personally wrote a letter to RIchard Nixon and many other government officials and bodies. With no response and or reaction from the government Ron agreed to an interview with an investigative journalist: Seymour Hersh who released the story in 1969. Without people like the ones that were just talked about, there would be a great disservice to our future generation in the fact that they would be improperly informed and lied to by their educators.
For the Group Workshop, I feel personally and as a group we could have done more preparation to have the presentation run smoother as a whole. I needed to talk louder and more assertive when asking/directing the students to perform a task. When you are quiet you seem unconfident. I needed to be more active with the class during times in which i wasn’t running the slide if that makes any sense.
For the majority of information I see on social media I am skeptical and don’t believe most of it. However, if I am to trust a cite or source then it must be verified or reviewed by multiple reliable people.
My Lai Massacre Article- History.com
What is the topic of both sources?
- The topics of both sources relate back to a certain number of massacres held in a certain country.
What do they have in common?
- They both discuss the massacres that took place in a certain area.
What makes these sources different?
- The places and times in which they took place.
Australia 1918-1950’s Author: Sarah Mirams and Merredith Southee
Daily Telegraph newspaper posted Sydney Australia, 1935
The Mapping of Massacres focuses on a historian Lyndall Ryan, and her attempt to uncover the massacres that the Australian people and government have covered up for years. The text explains how even after 4 years of research Ryan was nowhere near complete when it came to the research required to be completed to finish off the map she was hoping to complete. Each spot on this map took days, weeks, or months to uncover. Each one with a more gruesome story of bigotry or selfishness behind it.
The extensive research is nearly endless for historian Lyndall Ryan. Ceridwen Dovey (2017), a social anthropologist form New York University, writes: “Four years of painstaking research later…Ryan’s map is nowhere near finished.” (p.128). This quote from The Mapping of Massacres, shows how Ryan had been researching the massacres for around 4 years and still had not even come close to finishing what she hoped to accomplish. Dovey, C. (2017). The Mapping of Massacres. NewsPaper: The New Yorker.
Walking up to the meeting spot for The Carver Tree Project I took notice of the tools used for the whole operation and the immense heat that the day held. There were two carts attached to the back of the bikes that were pulled along the whole trip. They contained the following items: four red hoses, a traffic cone, two bike helmets, vests, a tool bag, and around ten five-gallon blue buckets. Wyatt, the leader of the organization’s community service, directed us to put on these neon orange vests that had two vertical reflective strips one on each side of the zipper. Next we were to hook up a device that monitored how much water we used, for the State to be able to know how much to charge Wyatt. Following that we connected the hoses and walked around to each of the trees to fill up the ‘tree gators’, big green bags that slowly release the 15 gallons of water that they hold. For any trees that were out of range of the long hose we had to fill up the five-gallon buckets and use the traffic cone to funnel the water into the tree gators. After we would had watered all the trees in the neighborhood we would move onto the next area and redo this whole cycle again. Many of the neighborhoods or areas that the trees were placed in had very little to no tree cover. Therefore, these tree’s and their shade provide a great service to not only their community but to the world.