The Great Depression and the Great Recession

The Great Depression and the Great Recession were both an economic downfall.  The Great Depression was worse in the way that many starved and died from it, everything was “depressing”.  The Great Recession was when it went from a boom to a bust.  The leaders of both the Great Depression and Recession thought that these economic downfalls would solve themselves, they were wrong.  They were both an economic phenomenon but are different in some different ways (Forbes, 2013.)

The Depression and Recession are similar in many ways.  First, both had a lot of job loss.  Second, many job shortages with companies.  Third, a falling income that lead to poverty.  Those were the three major similarities.

There were also differences between the Depression and the Recession.  The Great Depression led to death of many but the recession just led to a lot of poverty.  The Great Depression was also in a total different time period compared to the recession.  The Depression was just all around excruciating, people were suffering and there was no help for a long period of time.

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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.

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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.

War Measures Act

The War Measures Act was made by the Canadian Government.  It was made to let Canada have anything necessary “for the security, defense, peace, order, and welfare of Canada” (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  The federal Government of Canada could now have a lot of control of their country for the first time.  They could finally intervene right into the economy, transportation, manufacturing, trade, and agriculture production (Cranny & Moles, 2001). They had too much power to soon.

This act was placed when they were in a difficult spot with enemy aliens.  Canada put many restrictions on these people just because they were not from Britain.  These enemy aliens could be arrested or searched whenever, and most were sent to an internment camp in areas of Canada (Falk, 2006).  These people were treated with such disrespect for no reason.  Also, with the War Measures Act censorship was introduced.  The Canadian Government banned publication of book and magazines in enemy languages (Falk, 2006).  This act didn’t make Canada look very good.

The NSA and the War Measures Act is similar in many ways.  First, they’re keeping a close eye on civilians that haven’t done anything illegal or threatening.  Second, both look through information that should be private.  Third, innocent people are feeling like criminals in their own country.  Differences are that obviously the NSA is more futuristic.  I do not agree with what the NSA is doing because people of the United States are being watched for doing nothing at all.  I understand to be suspicious but not going through people’s privacy.

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World War 1 cause

World War l was caused by a death of a Crown Prince in Austria-Hungary,  Archduke Ferdinand.  He was killed by a member of the Serbian terrorist organization the “Black Hand.”  From that, a lot of disagreements started to come from different alliances.  Germany became involved first by giving Austria-Hungary the “Blank Cheque” (Cranny & Moles, 2001).  Austria-Hungary then gave Serbia an ultimatum, give us your terrorists or face war.  They took Serbia’s response as rejection and declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914.  Russia thought this was all a German plot and started mobilizing their army against Austria-Hungary.  Germany declared war on Russia.  France was in an alliance with Russia, joined war against Germany.  Germany felt threatened, declared war on France.  Germany then thought they were the masterminds and they could come up with this plan “The Schlieffen Plan” without Britain getting involved.  They were wrong,  Britain joined war against Germany when they invaded Belgium.  That’s when the First World War began.

Canada became involved in the war when they’re good friends from Britain joined.  It was automatic of them to fight with the British Empire (Cranny & Moles. 2001).  Many joined for the patriotic feeling they had but others joined because they had no job at home or they thought war would be short.  War was thought to be a great and heroic adventure for the Canadians.  Canada’s idea of war was definitely changed by the end of it in 1917.

Canada joined for all the wrong reasons in my opinion.  They automatically joined when the British did even though Canada had nothing to do with the outbreak in the European countries in the first place.  Men thought they were being heroic but how were they heroic if they were leaving their families behind to starve and have no financial help.  I understand them feeling patriotic but many sacrificed their lives for an empire that wasn’t even theirs.  Instead of going to war we could have taken more of an initiative to become more independent and deal with problems that weren’t solved when everyone went to war.

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          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.

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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.

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All About Me

Hello, My name is Samantha Donald.  My middle name is Elizabeth.  I like Sam better then Samantha though.  I was born here in Surrey, and have never moved.  I went to Berkshire for my elementary school life.  I’m half Filipino and the other half is Scottish. My mom is Filipino and my dad is Scottish.

I have a family of 4 including me.  My mom, my dad and my little brother.  He goes to Johnston Heights as well in grade 10. And I wish I had a dog.  My family is a psychotic soccer family everyone plays it.  I play for the Whitecaps girls team. That’s what I do everyday except Friday and Sunday so it gets pretty tiring.

My favorite things are hanging out with my friends. Going to the movies on cheap Tuesdays.  Getting frozen yogurt.  Watching all my favorite tv shows like Vampire Diaries, the Vineyard and the Fosters.  And going on vacation.

That’s me