Research Paper Topics

30 Oct

1. The Scandal, Aftermath, and Influence of the 1919 World Series

First of all, I would like to write this research paper on a historical event or person in sports.  I love sports and believe that I could write a very good paper on something pertaining to sports because that is what I am most passionate about.  The 1919 World Series was the only professional sporting championship that was known to be fixed.  This was a groundbreaking event due to the fact that baseball was by far the most popular sport in America during this time period.  The World Series was biggest sporting event in America during this time period, and that fact that it was fixed shook America and put the whole sport’s credibility in question.

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Black_Sox_scandal_1919-1921.aspx

2. Jesse Owens dominance at the 1936 Olympics

The 1936 Olympics took place only a couple years before the start of World War II.  It also occurred during the reign and dominance of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party.  Hitler planned to use the 1936 Olympics to portray the greatness and superiority of the Aryan race.  Much to the dismay of Hitler, the Olympics were dominated by an African American athlete named Jesse Owens.  The dominance of Owens was so groundbreaking because he beat all the German athletes, making Hitler and his Nazi party look “not so dominant”.  It also gave black people all over the world hope in a time of discrimination and inequality.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/summer-olympics-jesse-owens.html

3.  The Evolution and Impact of Gatorade

I would love to write a research paper on Gatorade and the history of the company.  I actually am a huge fan of the University of Florida, the school where the drink was first made.  I also am very interested to see how a drink made at a University to help its athletes became one of if not the most popular drink in the world.  Gatorade seems to me to be a drink that came out of nowhere, so I want to know all the history of the company and its impact on sports, culture, and people world-wide.

http://www.caryinstitute.org/sites/default/files/public/downloads/lesson-plans/The_Gatorade_Company_Fact_Sheet.pdf

3 Possible Research Paper Topics

27 Oct

1) The 1960’s – How historical events and political ties influenced American culture.

I’ve always been interested in the culture of the 1960’s – it was a time when most Americans started to become socially and politically active. The youth embraced liberal lifestyles and student activists became more radical. The Civil Rights movement, the Space Race, Anti-communism, and the Vietnam War were all a part of this decade. I would love to research more about this time period and understand if and how these monumental events changed the mindset of Americans. It would require historical research as well as many sources to comprehend the rapidly changing society of the 60’s.

http://www.history.com/topics/1960s

2) Banksy: Should his controversial graffiti art be considered a violation of property or a valuable insight on politics, culture and ethics?

Banksy is an English graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter who goes by a false identity. For years, his art has mysteriously showed up on many of the world’s streets, walls and bridges – giving off controversial dark humor. He is famous for using a stenciling technique in his painting, which sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars by art auctioneers. Each picture has a story or message behind it, making onlookers and observers intrigued by his opinions on society. However, his art has become a huge controversy among police and government officials, who label graffiti as vandalism, much to the contempt of Banksy’s supporters.

3) Can modern controversies be explained by the religion of Buddhism?

Abortion, war, sexism, and economic policies are just a some of the controversies that we face today. It seems interesting to find out how to conquer these problems through simplistic Buddhist views. In a world where most religions have rigid opinions and ideologies, I want to see if Buddhism offers a fresh perspective on solutions. Has the philosophy really helped its followers understand overcome consequences of social problems and find “peace within themselves?”

Potential Research Paper Topics

27 Oct

1. Bully Laws: Should the federal and state governments create and put in place laws to prevent bullying?

I would love to do a research paper about this because I am a true believe in anti-bullying.  Growing up being bullied, I know what it is like to feel unwanted and to have the bullies have no consequences for their actions. As a child, I took it upon myself to go see my principal and report the bullying.  In the end, it only made the situation worse for me because the bullies made it harder and worse for me.  If the government created anti-bullying laws, so many children and teenagers would find great relief in their lives and would know that they do not have to worry about seeing that person and being afraid of them making fun of them.  If there were laws in place when I was in elementary school, maybe I wouldn’t have hated it as much as I did.  Putting anti-buly laws into place would also help to teach children that being cruel to others is never the right solution and most children and teens wouldn’ be so harsh n others in return. 

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Stop the Bull – Bring Joy into the World

Posted: October 23, 2012 
By: Katrina Lowe, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Allison Waters AlbertAt just 14 years old, Georgia teen Allison Waters Albert has become an ambassador for anti-bullying within her community. Earning respect and admiration from peers for her willingness to share her own story, Allison has inspired several teens across her school district to take a stand against bullying. Through extensive work with 4-H, one of the largest youth development programs in the world, and numerous speaking engagements at area schools, Allison’s efforts have spearheaded the campaign for bullying prevention in her Georgia hometown.

Once a victim of bullying herself, Allison says she became involved with anti-bullying efforts through her 4-H membership. 4-H has been very committed to educating youth on all facets of bullying, helping to empower those who have suffered as victims and inspiring those who feel apathetic about bullying to become actively engaged. After attending several club meetings centered on bullying, Allison says she felt inspired to share her own story.

“Through research I discovered how bullying affects everyone. I knew that my story could reach more people if [it] became my 4-H project,” she said. “I wanted to change and help others at the same time.”

After receiving the go-ahead from her 4-H coordinator, Allison set off to complete her 4-H project on bullying prevention, later competing in 4-H’s Junior Project Achievement competition. Allison placed first among eighth graders within her district for her demonstration. Following her success in the competition, Allison became a frequent feature in area schools, speaking to countless youth about bullying and mentoring others to overcome the hurt of being bullied.

Ultimately, Allison desires to simply “help others and bring joy into the world.” Allison hasn’t slowed down her efforts and is currently busy at work on a bullying prevention video for a national competition and coordinating a “Stop the Bull!” project club to help both victims and participants of bullying.

2. Modern Technology: How has modern technology, such as IPhones, IPads, etc., helped to change our society today? Was it a negative change? 

People today depend so deeply on modern technology. Most people go crazy if they are without a cell phone for more then an hour.  In today’s world, cell phones are used for internet services, video recording, video chatting, and as cameras.  People rely on their phones for everything and that has also changed how people sleep and focus.  If people sleep and their cellphones are constantly going off next to them, they never get a goods night sleep.  Also, if someone is trying to work or study and their phone or IPad keeps going off, they never retain the amount of information that they needed to know in the first pace. Today’s electronics have caused many people around the world to depend on them so much, that they would not be able to function without them.

Cell Phone Effects on Society

By Chelsea Fitzgerald, eHow Contributor , last updated April 18, 2012
 
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Cell Phone Effects on Society

Cell phones are very useful in today’s society. It is reassuring to know that when you are in your automobile and the car breaks down or you are in an accident or you left the grocery list at home, you’ll be able to reach someone to help. Everyone is so busy; it seems as though mobile phones are the only way to cope with the chaos. Cell phones definitely affect our society, sometimes negatively and sometimes positively.

 
  1. Availability

    • Knowing that you can reach your loved ones and friends by just the touch of a button is important. If you need someone in an emergency, it is great to know that you can reach her no matter where she is, whether she is hiking in a forest miles from home or sitting in a church service with her cell phone ready to vibrate if an emergency occurs.

    Distraction

    • Cell phones can be a huge distraction. Teen-agers and middle-school children seem to feel that if they are awake, they should be texting someone on their cell phones. New rules have to be applied in families. You must constantly remind your children that cellphone usage is not allowed at the dinner table and during family time.

      Cell phone usage is almost epidemic in our society. People seem unable to walk down the street or sit outside enjoying the sunshine without speaking or texting on their cell phones.

      Many people argue that talking on a cell phone while driving is not any more disruptive than carrying on a casual conversation with an occupant of the vehicle. According to the American Automobile Association, the driver may not be distracted by a lighthearted, casual conversation, but he may be paying less attention to his driving if the conversation is intense, such as during a business conversation or an argument with someone.

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    Disrespect

    • Cell phones can be a detriment, for instance, when you are enjoying a dinner out with friends you have not seen in a while. Your dinner partners construe the ringing of your cell phone and the fact that you answer it or text someone as rude.

      A cell phone that is constantly ringing or vibrating in your pocket is a huge distraction. You simply cannot call up every friend or family member and instruct him or her that for the next few hours, you will be busy and should not be called. The time needed to do this would be ridiculous. You never know when a phone call will be an urgent matter, or if it is just someone calling to tell you the latest gossip. This causes cell phone users to leave their phones on and available at all times.

      Sometimes you intend to keep the phone conversation brief, and before you know it, you have chatted for five or 10 minutes. Even this short amount of time will give the person you are with a bad feeling while he sits there twiddling his thumbs waiting for you to finish your call. Or it might make him think he should get up and leave the table or area because it might be a personal phone call. Either way, he feels neglected and abandoned.

3. Gay Marriage: Is it constitutional to laws against gay marriage?

I am a firm believer in the right gay marriage. I think that humans are humans and all should be treated equally no matter what race, gender, size, public affiliation, religion, or sexual affiliation they are. I think that it is demeaning to have laws against the right to gay marriage.  There should be no say in who decides who you are able and who are not able to marry.  Many people disagree with my point of view, however, I do not think that most of those people understand that even though our bible says that gay marriage is a sin, everyone is also supposed to be equal and be treated equal.  If gays are not legally allowed to be married in certain states, then they are not being treated equally.

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The Life of Ebenezer Black-Reflection Narrative

24 Oct

Kaeli Hager

Mr. James Casey

English 110

24 October 2012

 

This research paper was something very new to many of the student in class.  I have never realized how difficult it is to try to know so much about a person that society knows none to little about.  All the people that we have been researching over the past week and a half have done so much for out society and should never be forgotten.

When I first began researching for this paper, I was having a hard time discovering any involvement he had with any organization and then I started to panic.  After asking for help and digging up as much information as possible, I realized that to find out what you wanted to find out about your person, you have to act like a detective.  I had to retrace Ebenezer Black’s steps and figure out who and what he was connected to so that I would be able to find out who he was and what he did.

I was able to find out more about his family and personal life that I was able to find about his involvement in the African American community.  However, the little information that I did find out about his involvement in organizations said that he was extremely involved in and helpful to those organizations and because of his wealth, he may have been a huge contributor to the organizations in order for them to stay running.

As I was writing, I had thought that my potential audience would be someone who was doing much research on the types of organizations that Ebenezer Black was involved in and how they effected the society back then.  I used formal language because this would be used for historical information and an adult would most likely be using it.

Although there were many difficulties when it came to finding out all the information that I needed for this paper, I found it extremely gratifying after being able to discover so much about someone that society knows so little to nothing about. This research paper was definitely difficult, but definitely worth it in the end.

 

 

The Life of Ebenezer Black

24 Oct

Kaeli Hager

Mr. James Casey

English 110

24 October 2012

 

The Life of Ebenezer Black

Ebenezer Black was a major benefactor in the life of the slaves during the mid to late 1800s.  He was a man of true morals and worked extremely hard to be able to succeed. He had a wife, Jane, and was able to have five healthy children with her, including two older boys and three younger daughters. He had major involvement with various African American organizations, but spent most of his life time being involved in the Colored People of Philadelphia.  Ebenezer Black was also involved in the National Colored Conventions and in this organization where he was a delegate from Pennsylvania, although we do not know much more about what he did in the organization.  

Ebenezer was born in about 1806 in Philadelphia, most likely as a free slave.  He married his wife, Jane on October 25, 1834. Ebenezer had six children with Jane, one of which died when he was only an infant in August 1835, named Joseph Henry.  His eldest son, Henry was born in 1836, his second child, Charles, was born in 1843. His oldest daughter, Jane was born in 1848, followed by Maria, born in 1850, and Susan, born in 1852. He was very lucky to have all of his children enrolled in and complete school, which was extremely rare especially for his daughters because not many girls were able to go to school during those times.  He owned various real estates and owned quite a bit of personal property.  He was a wealthy man, although it is not stated how he made his money.  His son, Henry, served as Banneker Institute’s librarian, lectured on many science topics, and served on the Banneker Institute’s governing board for many years.  

Ebenezer lived on 14 Barclay Street in Philadelphia and was able to be actively involved in everything that was going on.  He enlisted into the Armies of the Union for African Americans, which was also known as the Federal Army during the Civil War.  He wanted to be involved in as much as he could that would help the African American society be equal.  He was the voted secretary in the organization Colored People of Philadelphia for the first time in 1838 and continued to stay involved in it and was eventually appointed Vice President of the organization in 1864.  

Ebenezer was an also an agent in the North Star which was an African American newspaper.    The North Star was an antislavery paper which was published by Fredrick Douglass until the mid 1800s.  Ebenezer Black was also mentioned multiple time in the newspaper known as The Liberator which was also an antislavery paper.  He continually fought for the rights of African Americans and became extremely successful doing so.

Although there is not much information regarding the personal life of Ebenezer Black, it may be concluded that because of his involvement in the antislavery organizations and the antislavery newspapers, that he was a major contributor to some of the proceedings leading up to the Civil War. It may also be concluded that because of his extreme wealth, he may have been a sponsor for many of these organizations and helped to provide funding. Records show that he signed a Civil War recruiting poster, which shows that he was a very important factor in antislavery army. Also, the poster was written by Fredrick Douglass who was the former publisher of the North Star.  If people saw that Ebenezer signed the document, then they thought he was important and powerful enough to follow in his footsteps. 

Although we do not know every detail about Ebenezer’s life and there are many holes in his history, it is known that this man’s life was extremely important to many people in the 1800s and he was willing to fight for his family and for the rights of others around him.  He was not afraid to fight the battle that so many needed to end and he was a major benefactor to the events leading up to and during the Civil War. He was a strong man that has made an astounding impact on the world today.

  

Resources

http://www.cyberussr.com/hcunn/q-douglass.html

http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=ROOT_CATEGORY&rank=1&new=1&so=1&MSAV=0&msT=1&gss=ms_f-2_s&gsfn=Ebenezer&gsln=Black&mswpn__ftp=Philadelphia&uidh=ub2

http://www26.us.archive.org/stream/philadelphiadire1805phil/philadelphiadire1805phil_djvu.txt

http://www26.us.archive.org/stream/mcelroysphiladel1851amce/mcelroysphiladel1851amce_djvu.txt

http://www.accessible.com.proxy.nss.udel.edu/accessible/print?AADocList=10&AADocStyle=&AAStyleFile=&AABeanName=toc1&AANextPage=/printFullDocFromXML.jsp&AACheck=1.11.10.1.1

 

Reflection Narrative

24 Oct

I found the research for this assignment to be quite difficult at times.  I did anticipate having some troubles finding an abundance of information for this essay, so I was open-minded and determined during the process of researching my delegate.  The first data base I used was the Accessible Archives.  I typed in Addison Lively many times using the different techniques I learned from the Boolean Research resource on Sakai.   I changed the order of his name, excluded his middle name, used the “or” and “and” techniques, and used other names of famous African Americans to facilitate my research findings.  After trying Accessible Archives, I searched around on all the African American Newspapers, Oxford English Dictionary data base, and the abolitionist archives, and was still unsuccessful in my research.  I attended Jim’s office hours and he introduced me to “Google Books” and ancestory.com, which is where I was finally successful in acquiring some information about Addison W.  Lively.  He was mentioned in numerous censuses, a Civil War registration form, a death record, and in a historical book about African Americans in Philadelphia.  The book was very helpful because it mentioned his affiliations with Jeremiah Asher and Elizabeth Greenfield.  With knowledge of these connections, I was able to find information about Elizabeth Greenfield and Jeremiah Asher which helped me discover more about Lively.

The biggest obstacle I faced while researching was that I was not able to find Lively mentioned in the dialogue of the convention, in any newspapers, or historical essays.  This was problematic because it made it hard to discover the significance of Lively’s life.  Also, without newspaper articles and historical essays I was only able to use one quote, which made it hard to back all my claims about Lively and bolster the credibility of my research.  Even with only one mention in a literary work, I was able to find a significant amount of useful information about the life of Addison W. Lively.  I concluded that Lively was not an incredibly famous African American during this time, but he was known in the African American community, especially in Philadelphia, and his delegacy at the National Colored Convention is testimony of his relevance.

Addison W. Lively: The Influential Musician

24 Oct

Greg Cella

James Casey

English 110

24 October 2012

Addison W. Lively

Addison W. Lively was a historical figure in the African American community.  In 1855, a number of influential African Americans, including Lively, were called from every state across the east coast to attend the National Colored Convention.  Many of these African American leaders were abolitionists, property owners, escaped slaves, or even wealthy African Americans that were born free into educated families in the North.  During this convention, the elected delegates discussed numerous political and social issues that specifically pertained to the equality and freedom of African Americans nationwide.  This particular convention was called during the time leading up to the start of the Civil when slavery and racial discrimination were at their peak.  Delegates discussed and negotiated many different actions African Americans could partake in to gain equality in America.  Addison W. Lively’s name was not mentioned in the logging of activities and discussions during the convention, so it is assumed that he was more of a spectator to all the conversations that went on at the convention.

Addison W. Lively was born in Virginia in 1829 to Addison and Susan Lively.  It is unknown whether he was born into slavery or if he was born free.  Historical records state that he presided at 723 Lebanon Street for most of his adult life, which is now Lebanon Avenue, in northwest Philadelphia.  It is known that Lively was married to Mary S. Lively and together they had four daughters, Celestine, Jane, Rebecca, and Sarah.  Unfortunately, Celestine, Jane, and Rebecca all died before their second birthday, while Sarah died unmarried at the age of 28. Addison Lively was a musician in Philadelphia, and it ultimately was his excellence at his craft that earned him his reputation in Philadelphia and delegation at the National Colored Convention in 1855.

Addison W. Lively was a delegate representing the state of Pennsylvania at the convention.  While many of the delegates were nominated for their work as politicians or abolitionists, Lively made his impact on the African American community with his talents in music.  He was a member and leader of the choir at the prominent Shiloh Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   The Shiloh Baptist Church was one of the most famous churches among the African American community during this time.  Many famous African American leaders including John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King have attended service there in the past.  During his time at the church, Lively worked with the renowned musician Elizabeth Greenfield, also famously known as “The Black Swan”.  Greenfield was a famous African American musician who traveled all around the world performing.  After years on the road performing, Greenfield reunited with “her original accompanist” and took special interest in Lively’s choir, helping him organize it and singing recitals at the church.   Also, Lively was accompanied by Jeremiah Asher, the pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church during this time in history, at the National Colored Convention in 1855.  Even though Asher was more well-known than Lively among African Americans, the eminence of the Shiloh Baptist Church, the reputation of Lively for his excellence in music, and his leadership ultimately facilitated his nomination of delegacy to the convention.

By 1860, Lively slowed his political work and took up teaching music along with organizing the choir at Shiloh Baptist Church. Addison W. Lively died of natural causes on December 31, 1877.  Although he did not write any famous literary works or have any memorable speeches, his reputation and great influence on the African American community is demonstrated by his nomination to the National Colored Convention of 1855.  Addison Lively was not particularly one of the most famous and decorated African American leaders of his time, but his hard work and excellence in his field of work shows that anyone can make a difference, no matter what field of study or profession you take up.  Addison W. Lively was an extremely significant in the African American community and is remembered for being a quality individual and inspiring many people with his great work.

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