Dissenting Is American


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Dissenting Is American

  1. 1. Dissenting is American
  2. 3. Historical Background <ul><li>The English Colonies. </li></ul><ul><li>Patriots of the American Revolution. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proclamation of 1763 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Taxation without Representation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abolinitionists. </li></ul><ul><li>The Trascendentalists. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Henry D. Thoreau </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When there is an unjust law like laws legalizing the institution of slavery, then it is the duty of every just man to break that law. A true patriot would not allow injustice to stand.  </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Historical Background (II) <ul><li>Spanish-American War </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carl Schurz on Am. Imperialism in the Philippines and Puerto Rico </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Certainly, every patriotic citizen will always be ready, if need be, to fight and to die under his flag wherever it may wave in justice and for the best interests of the country. But…woe to the republic if it should ever be without citizens patriotic and brave enough to defy the demagogues’ cry and to haul down the flag wherever it may be raised not in justice and not for the best interests of the country. Such a Republic won’t stand long…” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>W W I </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Theodore Roosevelt on Woodrow Wilson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To announce that there must be no criticism of the president or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong , is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Historical Background (III) <ul><li>The Civil Rights Movement (50’s thru 70’s) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rosa Parks: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I did not want to be mistreated, […] there was opportunity for me to take a stand to express the way I felt about being treated in that manner. I had not planned to get arrested. […] when I had to face that decision, I didn't hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in , the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sixties Counterculture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hippies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beat Generation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feminism </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. Historical Background (and IV) <ul><li>Both Iraq Wars </li></ul><ul><li>The Patriot Act </li></ul><ul><ul><li>U niting and  S trengthening  A merica by P roviding  A ppropriate  T ools  R equired to  I ntercept and  O bstruct  T errorism Act of 2001 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 8. Ron Whitehead <ul><li>He is poet, writer, editor, publisher, organizer, scholar, and professor from Kentucky. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1992 Ron and Kent Fielding founded The Global Literary Renaissance </li></ul><ul><li>Ron has produced over 2,000 music and poetry events throughout Europe and the USA </li></ul><ul><li>Ron has edited and published over 1,000 titles including works by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, Seamus Heaney, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, John Updike, BONO, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Amiri Baraka… </li></ul><ul><li>For the past 20 years Ron has been Going non-stop. He is the author of 19 books and he has work on 25 CDs. </li></ul><ul><li>Ron was recently nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature by New York City professor, James Joyce scholar, music critic, and author of many books, Dr. John Rocco </li></ul>
  7. 9. Said about Ron’s poetry <ul><li>Volatile and important verse that has given a new presence to American poetry. </li></ul><ul><li>In the tradition of the Beat Generation but also deeply influenced by R’n’R, the legacy of the European avant-garde and his own native Kentucky. </li></ul><ul><li>He is at the same time a regional and universal writer; Kentucky is his home but the world is his subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Whitehead's poetry is a powerful summation of the American spirit . </li></ul><ul><li>His work is profoundly engaged in critiquing the control modern American culture has over the individual and the planet. </li></ul><ul><li>Whitehead is a tireless promoter of poetry and its power to heal the world . </li></ul><ul><li>I WILL NOT BOW DOWN </li></ul>
  8. 11. Bibliography <ul><li>www.wikipedia.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.associatedcontent.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://hnn.us </li></ul><ul><li>www.merriam-webster.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you!! </li></ul>