McCarthyism and the American People: A Paper Proposal

My paper proposal centers around McCarthyism. Inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy, this was a movement which swept through all levels of American society in the 1950s, including academia, Hollywood, the military, and the government. People feared Communism and the atheism it threatened. McCarthy began this movement with his speech “Enemies from Within” on February 9th 1950.

My paper will not focus on the morality (or immorality) of Senator McCarthy or McCarthyism. Instead it will focus on the effects that this movement and his actions had.… Read the rest here

Reflections on Holquist and Thompson

Until the pendulum was introduced in 1658, time was imprecise, a concept foreign to the 21st century. It varied from town to town and from clock to clock. This drew my attention because in 2013, there is a single correct time, which all watches and clocks aspire to. Even after the invention of the pendulum, the concept of time was almost independent from clock to clock.

The device of a clock has progressively evolved from a simple machine to a status symbol and even a portable investment.… Read the rest here

Approaches to the past with Schivelbusch and Davis

Schivelbusch gathers a handful of first hand accounts on the innovation of railway travel, some positive and some negative. He looks at the social effects and reactions of this world-changing form of transportation. Some viewed railroads as a “guarantor of democracy, harmony between nations, peace, and progress” and others viewed it as bad for health. By examining the perspectives of people and countries at the time of the train’s incorporation into society, Schivelbusch is able to hash out a depiction of railway travel which is unique to the nineteenth-century.… Read the rest here

Morals of Tey’s Daughter of Time

The first perception of Richard the Third offered to the reader is in the form of a portrait. Upon viewing it, Grant depicts him as the “monster of nursery stories. The destroyer of innocence. A synonym for villainy” (Tey, 28). The painting, however, displays different emotions to Grant. Having left out the hunched back, the painter depicted Richard III as a sickly and weathered man, brutalized from years of responsibility and illness. His curiosity peaked, Grant resorts to searching for his villain in English history books.… Read the rest here