FC: Unit 5 Assessment A Troubled Nation | by Nick Greene
1: Industrialization | Steamboats -the advent of the steamboat allowed for the upriver travel of shipments, allowing for increased interconnected trade, especially along the Mississippi River Rise of Factories -increased number of factories were built, especially in the North, also creating a significant increase in manufacturing jobs. | Society became more complex and civilized, although the Midwest remained as a frontier area with a lack of schools. Culture was often transfered through traveling showmen. | Image of the Lowell Mill in Massachusetts | The Era | An Image of a Steamboat, Which Allowed for a Drastic Change in Lifestyle Along the Mississippi River
2: The Era | Manifest Destiny - is the idea that God's divine authority called for America to stretch from sea to sea. James K. Polk -advocated Manifest Destiny and acquired part of Oregon country and fought the Mexican War to gain California and much of the Southwest. The Gadsden Purchase -in 1853 completed the continental United States by acquiring a small sliver of land from Mexico as a possible transcontinental route. | Manifest Destiny | Emanuel Leutze's Westward the Course of Empire Takes It Away This Painting Shows the Pride Americans Felt in Expanding Westward.
3: Slavery and Its Westward Expansion | Missouri Compromise of 1820 -set the 36 30' line in which slavery was not allowed north of. Compromise of 1850 -further expanded the slavery issue by admitting California as a free state and offsetting the Senate balance of North and South states. It also provided a strict Fugitive Slave Law that angered the North. Dred Scott v. Sandford -stated that slaves were not citizens and lacked legal rights as well as declared the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional. This case ultimately allowed slavery in all territories due to the Fifth Amendment. | A Horrid Image of the Brutality of Slavery
4: Characters | Huckleberry Finn (Huck) | Characteristics ---of a lower class background, making him more simplistic as well as skillful in nature ---considers himself to bad, especially in saving Jim, but is truly a good person (he also warns a girl of the King and Duke's attempt to steal her inheritance) ---willing to go against society, such as by helping the runaway slave Jim and faking his own death to run away | Symbol -symbol of the common man -symbol of true goodness | Role -protagonist, round, dynamic | 1974 Movie Cover Depiction of Huck Finn
5: Pap (Huck's Father) | Characteristics ---is an abusive drunkard who spends his money on intoxication and often hits Huck. ---is jealous and does not want Huck to get an education to be better than him ---is independent as he lives on the outskirts of town and leaves when he desires, also attributing to his mistrust of society and government | Symbol -symbol of societal evils -symbol of the common man -symbol of self-betterment (in attempts to steal Huck's money) | Role -antagonist, supporting character, round, static | A Depiction of Pap
6: Resisting Conformity -Huck and Jim run away and drift down the river together as runaways. Huck faked his own death and Jim fled from slavery. -When Jim was captured as a runaway slave, Huck was willing to help him escape, even though he knew it was wrong in society. He was even willing to go to hell for it. | Conformity to Society | The Raft Was the Ultimate Symbol of Resisting Conformity, as Jim and Huck Used This Raft as Their Home in Their Adventure as Runaways.
7: Theme From Huck Finn | Accepting Conformity - For some time, Huck tries to follow Miss Watson and decides to go to school and read, as well as attempt to be well mannered. - People will join a mob and go with the crowd so long as they feel safe with numbers, but are individually scared and easily dispersed. -Society will form mobs to chase out con-men, who they see as bad. These people conform to the idea of punishing those who unjustly take advantage of others, such as the King and Duke with their play and ploy as "Englishmen". | Huck's Attempt to Read While With Miss Watson Shows an Attempt to Conform
8: -1906, showing the troubles of many American immigrants, especially in the meatpacking industry -book led to the adoption of laws such as the Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection Act under Teddy Roosevelt -went against the corruption of unfettered capitalism and greed -reflects the Nativism, or anti-immigrant belief of the time, especially against Catholics | The Jungle by Upton Sinclair | Immigrants in the Crowded New York City | Meat Inspection in Chicago 1906
9: Societal Reflections in Literature | Spirituals | -show the deep pain of the slaves as well as their deep anti-slavery feelings -some songs, such as "Follow the Drinking Gourd", give directions as to how to escape slavery -songs show the adoption of the Christian faith as well as traditional African roots through the use of rhythm | An Image of Slaves Working on a Southern Plantation, Which Was Often Where Such Spirituals Were Sung
10: Essential Question | What Role Has Literature Played in Defining the American Dream? | Spirituals -idea of escaping slavery -idea of growing closer to God The Jungle by Upton Sinclair -improving the living and working conditions for immigrants -immigrants came to America for a better life -corrupt businessmen took advantage of workers to enhance profits over safety | The Rural Farm Symbolizes the Quest for a Happier Life.
11: Reflects Idea of Improving One's Condition | The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain -Huck and Jim run away to be happy, with Jim fleeing slavery and Huck fleeing Pap -Huck and Jim are happy on the raft together, even with just the most basic of amenities -the King and Duke show how some manipulate others to gain money, such as pretending to be Englishmen to steal some girls' inheritances and even selling out Jim as a runaway slave | The Money Represents the Corrupt Ideals of the King and the Duke as well as the Capitalistic Factory Owners.