Jazz

Louis Armstrong was one of the most popular musicians in the 1920s in the world of jazz and all around music.  He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901.  He grew up in a very poor area of New Orleans, he had a hard childhood.  Louis grew up with no father and for the most part no mother.  His father abandoned them and his mother was a prostitute.  He left school in the fifth grade to get a job.  The family that looked after him encouraged him the most to be involved with music.  He grew up very quickly, very influenced by music.

Louis was mostly a jazz musician but he contributed to other popular music as well.  Armstrong went through a few bands, but he always stuck to who he was and the way he wanted to be.  His records are now looked at the most influencial and important in jazz history.  During Louis’s career he had a lot of major setbacks, but he never let it stop him.  Louis could sing and play the trumpet and he had a very mellow sound he wanted to put across.

Louis Armstrong was important to society because he made one of the biggest hits in history, “What a Wonderful World”.  He also had a lot of adversity when he was trying to go after his dream and he never gave up.  He used his hardships as fuel towards his music.  Louis showed how important music was to himself and society.

Bio. True Story. (2013). Louis Armstrong. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

Louis Armstrong Photo. (2013). Louis Armstrong. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

Youtube. (2013). What a Wonderful World. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM

Woman’s Rights

The social roles of women changed drastically during the 1920s in North America.  There lives started to be in their own control (Faulk, 2006.)  They started getting involved with things that only men would be apart of previously.  Things they got more involved in were jobs and sports such as boxing.  They started to have more of a riskier social life.  Women started wearing shorter skirts and revealing bathing suits.  Also, women would go to “scandalous” dances (Faulk, 2006.)  Women were working towards a life they always deserved.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union made a positive gain from prohibition.  This union got rid of all production, sale and consumption of alcohol.  They wanted to get rid of alcohol because they thought it was evil (Faulk, 2006.)  Alcohol led to many negative things for women such as; wife abuse, child abuse, accidents, poverty, neglect of family, diseases, wife desertion, and even death (Faulk, 2006.)  Women accomplished prohibition on their own, women were strong.

They achieved other things such as getting the first women to be apart of parliament.  Also the “famous five” getting the Supreme Court and government that they are considered to be a “person”.  Women at that time still faced challenges.  Even though they were recognized for some jobs they did during the war, they still were overlooked.  They didn’t earn very major jobs and if they did they were discriminated against. Women deserved a lot better.

Pre-WW1

Technology

          Before World War 1 there wasn’t a lot of technology but the ones that were around were very important.  If these technologies weren’t made, today we wouldn’t be so advanced.  Alexander Graham Bell the Canadian that is famous for inventing the telephone in the 1870s (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  In these early 1900′s many people did not have the telephone, so ones with a telephone line had to share and go through an operator to be used  (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  Even at that time it was still an important device.

The first telephone was exchanged in Hamilton in 1878 and by the end of that year, Hamilton had 40 telephones.  The introduction of the telephone opened up the eyes to many people to transmit, receive and communicate to others.  It definitely revolutionized communication.  The telephone started a reaction to try and learn more about communicating.  Scientists then became more interested and that’s when different things started to advance.  The telephone started it all.

In the last 5 years there have been many important technologies but researching the Pebble watch was most interesting to me. It wasn’t only interesting but I thought that it has been probably very handy for society.  This watch connects on Bluetooth from your cell phone.  It displays notifications, it performs different types of apps such as a fitness tracker.  This is a hands free device that is safe and easy to use.  Just like the telephone, it is very useful to people.  They both have means of communication.  The telephone is obviously much bigger and cant be travelled around.  Both of these technologies influence our lives today on a day to day basis.

The Canadian Encyclopedia. (2013). Technology. Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/technology

Canadian Telecommunications. (2013). Telecommunications. Retrieved from http://www.telecommunications.ca/bobh1.htm

Technology Review. (2013). Smart Watches. Retrieved from http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/513376/smart-watches/

Telephone picture. (2013). Telephone. Retrieved fromhttp://caspost.com/25-unexpected-discoveries-that-twisted-our-world-for-good/

Canada and Britain’s relationship

At the beginning of the 1900′s Canadians were proud to be British subjects (Cranny & moles, 2001).  The imperialists of Canada strongly supported the British.  Britain made most of Canada’s decisions, they were responsible for the Canadians.  Even after some questionable decisions by the British such as,  solving the Alaskan border dispute but with the United States.  Canada would always be on side with the British Empire.

However,  not all of Canada were imperialists.  French-speaking Canadians believed in being nationalists, they thought Canada need to be more independent (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  The leader of the nationalists was Henri Bourassa.  He was apart of Laurier’s cabinet until he resigned when Laurier started sending Canadians to fight with the British Empire (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  They believed that the British were taking away rights that weren’t their rights to take away.  Bourassa voiced his reasoning for the French-speaking Canadians when the French-language was taken out of Catholic schools in parts of Canada (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  Nationalists had reasons to not believe in the British Empire.

Canada and Britain’s relationship today is close but not as close as it was in the beginning of the 1900′s.  Today they still share the same sovereign, Queen Elizabeth ll and also the traditional parliamentary democracy.  We share a relationship of security in the military, law enforcement, and intelligence incorporation.  They share the same values such as, international development in health and education.  Together, we want to improve economical conditions, so we can continue to do international trade and investments.

Government of Canada. (2013). Canada International. Retrieved from http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/united_kingdom-royaume_uni/bilateral_relations_bilaterales/index.aspx?lang=eng

Canada and British Flags. (2013). Flags. Retrieved from http://www.crossed-flag-pins.com/Friendship-Pins/Great-Britain/Flag-Pins-Great-Britain-Canada.html