Women Immigrant

The focus on immigrant women and women studies in general has not been a huge part of immigrant history. Immigrant women in immigrant studies and women’s studies had not been shown until a change existed in 1970s and the 1980s. The history of the family, working classes, respect for human agencies, as workers and labor activist are some of the numerous areas where women’s studies and immigration studies combine and could be examined to better represent the history of immigrant women. But this is not happening, instead they history is being developed in opposing fields. During the early 1970s a popular method of study was to look at the documents of notable women’s lives and contributions. For women’s studies this is great but it leaves out such a large group of marginalized women, like immigrants. At the same time, immigrant studies was moving away from upholding the contributions of immigrants. Or filliopietism which is the glorification of the contributions of great immigrants. Another change in the mid-1970s in women’s studies was the focus on the uniqueness of women apart from men, the opposite of immigrant studies who were looking at the family unit as a community. But some felt this did not fully represent women immigrant studies because a woman’s voice is usually no heard in family units. From these examples and to further the study of immigrant women, the next steps are to look immigrant women in new ways than before. Those outside of the home, if they are tied to a family or community how do they identify themselves there, and to move away from putting western ideas on immigrant women.

An example of this is Irish immigrant women. Unlike most women immigrants who travelled to America, Irish women were unmarried and earning wages sending them back home to devastated farms and families. These women were traveling in equal numbers to men but doing so severely from the male immigrants. The opportunities were different also. They were usually working in others homes at the time but did leaned help to later workers movements. The contribution of these lone women are seen also in religion. It was nuns who played a large role in the creation of social welfare institutions in urban America. These women away from home also helped to influence it though they were no longer there. The wages they sent back went to family farms during famine, churches to fund education, and an exchange of ideas like nationalism.

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Hyphen-Nation

‘The Melting Pot’, Home of the Immigrant’, ‘Land of the Free’, there are a number of ways to refer to America and its history as a nation of immigrants. During the 20th century many were trying to redefine themselves as immigrants and look into their own past for a connection to a place they never knew. While their immigrant parents tried hard to assimilate, as in take on all characteristics of American life and society, it was their children and grandchildren who wanted to know about and reconnect to their past ancestors. This brought on the rise of ethnic definition, multiculturalism, pluralism, and an anti-modernist movement amongst other things.

Starting with the 1960s, then president John F. Kennedy’s ‘return’ to Ireland, home of his forefathers. This was an early high point for the romanticism of ethnicity and heritage. Kennedy’s return to Ireland could be seen as the final assimilation for those watching. His ancestors left Ireland to make a place in America and the return of Kennedy shows they were able to make something of themselves to return triumph. The following trend in later years, of white Americans tracing their ancestors and connecting links between America and their homelands. This was reflected in the literature, movies, and tourism of the time. Most literature of the time about ethnicity was on the ‘white ethnic’ showing a distinguish from other whites and people of color. Films, television shows, and TV movies include The Sopranos, The Godfather, and revivals like Fiddler on the Roof and Zorbra the Greek. Heritage tourism, when people including some celebrities, would go to the ‘homeland’ to look into their past. It was also an advertisement ploy by airlines with tag lines like “All of us came from someplace else” (46). These trips were largely for the personal reasons of self-discovery and less education in learning about the history of the area and culture.

The Civil Rights movement brought out this phenomena. This political movement brought out a way to define whiteness, as the movement and plight of people of color was moved aside. In the past, ethnic European whites were different to American born whites who saw them as white, but not enough. Which is what the grandparents and parents of the ethnic European were trying to accomplish when they reached America because they saw how horrible you were treated for not being white and the reason behind the Civil Rights Movement for people of color. The ethnic whites sought ways to distinguish themselves from their American white counterparts and their crimes in America. They too sought images of oppression, as solidarity towards the Movement, to show that the “nations crimes are not our own” (21) and a separation of the privilege their whiteness did grant their forefathers and does grant them now. Instead of trying to define and distant their whiteness they could have used it in conjunction of the Civil Rights Movement and help the cause. Though it would have been hard because they were not seen as totally white by American whites. The roots movement also stems from the popular book series and later television series ‘Roots’ by author Alex Haley on his families slave history into the present. This work spoke to everyone but not for everyone. Meaning it was felt by all who had come from another place and wanted to look at their families past, but not for everyone because not everyone had a story like Haley’s. It was a narrative on assimilation through the generations.

Finally, through the rise in these heritage hunts and self-discovery tours, was a more public and political response of saving heritage sites. Ellis Island had not been used in decades until then president Lyndon B. Johnson designated the station as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, a state sponsorship and insolvent in ethnic revival. After years of renovation and preservation the island was opened to the public in 1990. The opening of the island was like a shorthand trip for those who could not make it back to their families ‘homeland’ and instead wanted to at least walk where they did in entering the country. The biggest problem for Ellis Island though was what message to send, who’s stories were allowed to be told for the museum was more of a “white man’s museum” and less inclusive for today immigrants. In the end the ethnic revival showed the difference in the white European immigrant, the forced migration of slaves, and the new immigrant for removed from places like Ellis Island. It was a geographical movement versus legal standing, citizenship, and civic incorporation.

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The Uprooted to Transplanted

Rethinking immigration as a village means seeing the village as the country of origin and those who leave it as starting a new life with difficulties. The peasant class in Europe were the leading emigrants from Europe. Emigrant, not immigrants because to emigrate is to still take with you the traditions and customs of your old home to the new one and influence that place. The village is a fixed point and how the peasants identity themselves. It is from this village that the peasants learn of relationships and ties to each other. The rules and obligations of the village may include not being alone because to be alone is to not function within the village. Within the village it is usually better for things to stay the same than change because change means a departure from traditions. Traditions are what uphold the village way and are in place for the peasants to look back on in difficult times. Unless those traditions are not helpful then they will look elsewhere.

Another way to re-imagine emigration is as transplantation. Transplantation is the movement or transfer of someone or something to another place or situation. The relationship between immigrants and capitalism is divided into two groups. One group, the larger of the two works menial jobs while the other smaller group had pursued person gain and leadership. These are the working class and the middle class. The middle class possess relatively more power, places high value on individual freedom, looks for personal gain accompanied by political power and an improved future. Working class immigrants aren’t able to indulge in the same pursuits, whether public or private, for long. The separation of public and private life also is seen in the working class because the focus on the work is so large. The mentality for both groups is a combination of past and present and the attainable and just out of reach.

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Military Histories

History writing early on was either military or writing on the monarch to legitimize their reign. The change in which military history is written can be divided into three sections. The first being the old way of writing on military history. These historians only wrote about the battles. They did not focus on the reasons they were fighting but on the formations. A change happened later when historians started to look at the social aspects of war and the technological advances of war and weapons.

The writing on wars changed with the Civil War and the change from looking at soldiers and the formations. The first change was looking at inclusion of those who are not usually talked about in war writing. The first were the black slave soldiers who fought on both sides and how what they were fighting for was different than what the white soldiers were fighting for. The black slave were fighting for their own definition of manhood, “black soldiers not only had to fight to get into the war, they then had to fight to get into the history of the war.” (1073) the stories of race in the army, women in and off the field, and civilian life were starting to emerge as part of the narrative. Another not talked about narrative was the soldiers themselves. Those before the battle, during, and after whether they survived, died, or captured.

Those who wrote for the earlier military history though were already writing further than just the battles that took place. Medieval historians were looking at the technical advances of the time and how those effected the outcomes of battles. Early war historians were also able to write in-depth about the acts of war that happened too. Going in-depth on the memories of war while looking at other sources allowed them to wring fully about the battles from all viewpoints.

Military history today should best be defined as a social history of what brought the war on and how this affected those involved while also looking at the battles themselves. Focusing too much on the battle and campaigns is not bad, but when you forget the people fighting in them and only focus on the movements it makes it harder to understand the war itself.

Military History Old and New

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Journal 6: anaphora

I remember back when

Grandpa used to take us fishing.

He was so full of life.

Our trio sitting in the boat.

Bass basically jumping in

How simple the day had been.

If only the three could be

together again.

Old Reynold is gone.

The third is off in college

and Ryan is just barely

getting into his own.

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Journal 6: I Remember

I remember how you used to like jawbreakers.

I remember how we used to go to McDonald’s

and order fries and sweet tea

as an after school snack.

I remember your eyes and how they sparkled

every time they met mine.

I remember the way you smiled, the way you laughed.

I remember so clearly the way you laughed,

how it infected everyone in the room.

I remember loving you so much that I though my heart

would explode.

I remember wondering how we ended up this way.

I remember thinking we would always be in love

and even after that,

I remember thinking that we would always be friends.

I remember wondering what happened.

I remember wondering where you went.

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302poetry – Global Posts 2017-03-02 12:31:20

Everything is fucked up as usual.

Talk, talk.

Dour faces radiate gloom,

They can see their reflection in the red solo cup.

Wearing loneliness like a bandana,

They perfect naked dances under strobe light.

Shattered expectations mingle with poor grades,

Minds over schooled and under used.

A generation of cheap liquor and missed due dates.

 

Everything is fucked up as usual,

Topics of conversations gone delusional.

Dour faces radiate gloom,

Half filled red solo cups in bloom.

I’m in the kitchen fixing up a remedy,

Lying on the counter dreaming of sobriety.

We perfect naked dances under strobe light,

Our trite ritual sharing our shattered dream-delight.

Minds over schooled and under used,

A stagnant rebellion void of movement brewed.

 

Everything’s fucked up and delusional,

Grades that chain become institutional.

Girl in the black tights,

Wasted somber nights.

Sharing the lonely dark as usual

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Journal 6

Prompt 1:

Rhymed Couplets:

The diner is where we hang out,

hear what the town talks about.

Not food your mother could bake;

french fries, burgers, and a shake.

Poodle skirts are what the girls wear,

cans of hairspray in their hair.

I crave it as soon as I wake –

french fries, burgers, and a shake.

Hand jiving to jukebox music,

in a cadillac we cruise it.

Wearing all leather on my date,

French fries, burgers, and a shake.

Limerick:

French fires, burgers, and a shake,

having lunch by the lake.

A fish jumped out the water

and got all over my daughter,

now she’s so mad she could shake.

Iambic tetrameter:

The place to be on Friday night,

burgers and fries and seeing guys.

I see him there hanging with friends.

He turns and sees me at the door,

gets up and makes his way towards me –

I hope he asks me to the prom!

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Daddy

I want to know why I was never

enough for you. Why you were the man

who was supposed to show me that

I deserved the world, but you showed me

that I needed to grovel for love.

I need you to realize the damage

you caused, to my heart, to my

mind. Now when he asks me to call

him daddy, I ask him to hurt me

in a different way

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Joural 6

Rule: Always start with I and end with an e

 Oh No

 

It was a struggle,

It was utterly irreversible,

I had made a mistake,

I had taken the last one,

Instead of leaving the

Incredibly wonderful mac and cheese

In the fridge all alone

I ate

It.

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