Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Directions for posting a blog

Step 1: You will post one blog a week (due on Fridays) Your blog should be a reflection of what you have been reading for the current week and include characters and events, plus any predictions or inferences you have made. MAKE SURE YOU TYPE YOUR NAME!!!

Step 2: You need to comment on at least ONE other classmate's post. You should not mention anything about the writing quality, but on any connections you might make with their story.


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  1. Hi it's Hannah, and in my book The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin Huck and Tom have officially started there gang of "robbers" after Tom convinced Huck to stay with the widow and live with her. Dispite Huck hating the fancy clothes, fancy food, and having lessons.
    After 3 or 4 months of playing robber and lessons Huck was finally getting use to the widows ways he even started to like his lessons and going to school.
    Shocking Hucks father returns in search of his son after hearing about the wealth that he and Tom had acquired. So that he may take not only the money but Huck himself.

    Personally I love this book, and I honestly think that Hucks father is going to steal him away from the widow so he can take the money. So that he can be somber the rest of his days. I personally don't agree with drinking and alcohol abuse, and Hucks father is a real drunk as well as bumb. Hope Huck can escape.

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    1. Im not reading this book, but i kind of understand the beggining plot because you did a good job explaining it. I think maybe Huck will stay with his dad and go back to his old mischeavious ways. I read Tom Sawyer and it seemed to me that he was not ever going to change, but maybe the money could change that. I think his father is just coming back for the money and going to leave.

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    2. I think that you did a good job explaining the book so far, but you forgot to mention a few key events. I agree with your prediction and it is probably correct.

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  2. INVISIBLE MAN- meah matherne
    This book begins with monologue: one explaining the protagonist's current situation. He talks about his invisible-ness and what he realized about his life. It also describes when the IM (invisible man) attacked a white man and left him for dead.
    In the first chapter, the speaker talks about the death of his grandfather and how on his deathbed, his grandfather says that he was "...a traitor all my born days, a spy in the enemy country...Live with your head in the lion's mouth." Though IM doesnt understand what he means, his grandfather's words still haunt him and make the IM feel guilty every time he is "an example of desirable conduct" in the terms of the white man. It then skips to IM's high school days where he is accomplished academically and is chosen to orate his speech in front of a group of successful white men. For some reason, there's a stripper in this scene and IM talks about how he is captivated and sickened, at the same time. Then he is pitted against other black boys his age and when it finally ends, then the boys are forced to fight it out for extra money. IM then gets to speak and afterwards is presented with a scholarship to the "Negro college".
    Chapter two begins with a description of the campus of IM's college and the wealthy founders of it. He is chosen to drive Mr. Norton, one of the founders, around. While driving, Mr. Norton relates the tragic story of his daughter's death and therefore states his reasons for being so charitable. Mr. Norton then sees a log cabin and is deeply fascinated, but the IM has to tell him that that is the house of Jim Trueblood, a black man recently excluded from society. They get out to speak with Trueblood and therefore discover the tale that led to him having sexual relations with both his wife and his daughter, impregnating both of them. I was slightly confused by this narrative because Trueblood said that it was because he was dreaming that he took his daughter.
    Mr. Norton and IM return to the car and suddenly Mr. Norton is grief stricken. IM quickly drives him the Golden Day, an establishment of questionable means. He gets Mr. Norton the whiskey he needed, only to have a rebellion begin against the attendant of a group of ex veterans.
    I think that IM is an unusual character. I believe that he was "normal" to start out with, but then had some kind of traumatic occasion which altered his mind set. I also think that his relationship with Mr. Norton is going to be beneficial to IM in some way.

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    1. Mary Hidalgo: Getting Away With Murder
      I found it interesting about the parallels between our two books. You have a black man killing a white man, while my book is about two white men killing a black boy. Another thing I found interesting is the character of an old man who succumbed easily to the will of white men. In your book it is the grandfather I assume betrayed his people to help racist white man while in my book the character, Mose Wright gives over his nephew to be abused my two white men.
      I also noticed the difference between our two main characters. Your's in youth was smart and abiding while mine was rebellious and ignorant.

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  3. Black Like Me: Mari Hershkowitz

    The book, Black Like Me" does not have defined chapters, however, it is set up like a diary or journal. Each section starting with a date. So far, in the novel, the protagonist John Griffin learned about the way slaves are treated and he wanted the story for the magazines and newspapers; John is a journalist by the way. To show everybody what is really happening down in the South, he changed the color of his skin with a new type of treatment with pigmentation and UV rays. John knew before that, "The darker the Negro, the less trustworthy", at first he dismissed it as a rumor, but later on I think that he will learn the truth.
    So far, he changed his skin color in New Orleans, a place in the heart of the South; after changing the color of his skin, lots of other Negro men and women thought he was actually someone who was Black.
    Even though I am not far into the book, I can still infer about many things... the way that people treat him will automatically change because in the book, he went to the same cigarette girl for a while when he did not change his skin, but when he went to her again, she did not have the same attitude towards him and John could feel a change. I infer that, like in all movies that start this way, someone will find out his secret and will try to tell someone else about it or they will keep it a secret.
    John is learning that Black men and women are much nicer than people say they are. When John stayed in that small cubicle hotel room, men in the bathroom were kind and acted friendly to him like any man would.

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  4. Mary Hidalgo: Getting Away with Murder
    My book so far is about a young teenage black boy, Emmett Till, who got brutally murdered by two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, for disrespecting Roy's wife. According to the author, this was the first event that started the Civil Rights movement: the murder of a black boy that trespassed Jim Crow laws. He was from Chicago and did not realize how racist the South was and how his joke would affect him.
    The reason the author wrote a book about him was because he is not often mentioned in either the media or books. The first Civil Right movement event is often portrayed as Rosa Parks and the bus boycott, but the first spark was the country's outrage of the senseless torture and murder of Emmet Till.

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    1. It is definitely not right that those two men were able to kill him, especially since he's a child. If the role were reversed, and their skin color, and it had been two black men killing a white, they would have been hanged without a second thought. If the public didn't even know about it like you said, what would stop every other white man with a grudge from killing?

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  5. Campbell Freedman Huck Finn
    This book picks up from where Tom Sawyer left off,but you didn't have to read Tom Sawyer to understand the book.It's from Huck's point of view and it shows how Huck conforms to society as he is living in the widow's house and has to go to school.Huck and Tom have their gang of robbers in the book, but Huck realizes that he likes nature more than being high up in society and hears rumors of his abusive dad wandering about so he gives his money to Judge Thatcher but his dad doesn't want his son in school and wants his money for alcohol.I like the book because I liked Tom Sawyer and because it gives you a little feeling of life back then.

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    1. Campbell Freedman continued
      My least favorite character so far is Huck's dad because he is abusive and Huck cannot do much about it and my favorite is Jim because you can sympathize with him the most

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    2. What you said about huck confirming to society because he moved in with the widow and he had to change his ways reminds me of the black person in my book who lives with the finches (white family) she is calpurnia and she is the caregiver and she conformed to the ways of white people and now she even looks down on black people.

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  6. Too kill a mockingbird Danny Pham
    Im on page 50 in to kill a mockingbird. The beginning is very confusing but I get the gist of it. Scout is narrarating as an adult. Even though calprunia is a black she gets to whoop Jem and Scout

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    1. Do you know what year this is taking place? It takes place during the 1920s. Slavery is abolished but there is still grudge against"negros" as they say in the book. She is there mother figure due to the death of their mother.

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  7. Macy H.
    Black like me

    The book Black Like Me is an autobiography by John Griffin and is about his personal experiences. He begins the book as a white journalist and is a respected Southern man. However, he wants to better understand the cruelty and hardships black men and women face. To accomplish this, he changes the pigmentation of his skin so he would pass as a black man. He moves to New Orleans, and finds that most black people he came across were very kind to him, and not at all the stereotype he had heard back home. Although he is not currently being treated like the bottom of a garbage can, and the whites he came across were fairly nice, I suspect he will travel deep into the heart of the South in order to get the juicy details of what life is like in those places.

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    1. I agree with you that he will travel south to find out more about the negro race, and i think doing so could end up badly for him. I think he could be attacked, harassed, and maybe even injured, but i'm exited to red what will happen next!

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    2. Well, my friend, I very much agree with you... but I read it as the whites were not like, HUG HUG HUG OMG YOU GET A HUG nice, they were kind, but not really mean like we've heard about before. BUT, I pretty much took out what you did and I'm super, very excited to continue on... :)

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    3. Aditya Biradar. I agree that even though John has faced a lot of struggle adjusting to the life of a black man, he has barely scratched the surface and has only seen a little of the dark history of the racism between whites and blacks and there is a lot more in store for him. Also just another thing to point out is the true passion John has to find the truth because he's going so much just to do this.

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  8. I am reading the book "Black Like Me" and so far it is very straight forward which I love! The main characters name is John Griffin and he is a white man who is against racism and everything about it. He wants to see the negro point of view by becoming a negro. I think that this wouldn't be a good idea because i think that the white could already see the effect they were having on the negro community. He still wants to do it but first wants to consider it with his friend Mr.Levitan, John's friend who is the owner of "senpia" which is a internationally distributed magazine with a format similar to that of "Look". He is a large middle aged man who has John's respect because he offers jobs to everyone, and all races. I think Mr. Levitan is amazing because despite what others of his race say, he still gives negro fair jobs. He thinks it would be ok but it might be risky. John still wants to go through with the procedure, so he travels way south where he meets a doctor who has agreed to do it. John is taking medicine and staying under a sun lamp until he is dark, and a negro. I predict that the white race will not treat him well just because of his looks, and i think he will regret making this decision. I do believe the idea he had to start a journal on life as a negro was genius nut i think it could and will be dangerous.

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    1. This amazes me because I am reading The Help and though black people aren't enslaved, they are still looked down upon. So maybe they are not beaten, but they are still treated unfair just because of their color. Which I have trouble grasping the concept of.

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    2. Mike I agree with you, I also predict John will be treated differently because of his skin color! I cant wait to we what happens later on

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    3. I agree with you when you say that John will be treated differently by the white because he is a negro. I as well think that he will be treated worse by whites than other negro's are because he hasn't yet learned the social rules on how negro's are supposed to act when in the presence of the white.

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      I am reading The Help and I think that John and Miss Skeeter are similar. Miss Skeeter does not agree with the way that society is treating blacks just like John. Skeeter is so passionate about it that she writes a book about the life of a maid. I agree with you because after she publishes her book I think that she will be treated differently because of her skin color. Even though she is not trying to be a black person, she is standing up for black people and that's why I think she will be treated differently.

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  9. In my book, The Killer Angels, i read the first parts and so far A spy has found out the position of the confederate army, then gone and told General lee about their postion, then plan to go to gettysburg to cut off the Yankees from washington while john buford holds them off until the rest of the union arrives. Colonel Joshua Chamberlain for the Union convinces a regiment to march to gettysburg and help by giving them a speech about the Union cause. I think this book isnt an easy read, but it is interesting. I think after this the book is going to talk about the fight at gettysburg and what happened there and who won.

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    1. that looks pretty good i wonder what will happen to the regiment on their way to gettysburg though.

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    2. It seems like a rather well written book, long with a lot of content. From the way you described it, I personally felt like there several way I could connect it to huckleberry fin. Like the fact that huckleberry fin is post war and killer angles is the war in present. Yet one common thing I found is the fact that you know possible what going to happen and the facts. But it's how the characters change in grow through the book is what's most interesting and important. I also feel like they are both very complex stories with in depth characters. Keep in mind I have never read this book and I am primarily inferencing about what this book is like. Also thank you for the productive comment, this was very well written and I got the primary idea and jist of the story. It definitely sounds like a good book.

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  10. Miguel Russell: I am reading Black like Me and I honestly find it very interesting, this book is about a man named John Howard Griffin and he wants to know what it feels like and how people will treat you if your skin color is dark and you resemble a negro. He goes to new orleans after darkening his skin to see what it feels like to be in the more poor area and he is surprised that the black people are kind to him, Griffins decision was very dangerous because this wqs befre the black people had rights, so he would be treated inferior and less human like, but im glad his has the courage to do it because he will find out more about the black people act and how it feels like to be one of them, in the future I predict he may act more like a black person and his actions and words will change, his lifestyle will be way more different and possibly more misserable, I can't wait to see what happens further in the book.

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  11. Huckleberry Finn: Ben Dodson

    So far in Huck Finn, Huck and Tom have created a “gang” in which they would steal, murder, and ransom people. To be in the gang they have to have a family that would be killed if they told the secrets to others. Huck though doesn’t have a family so he chooses someone to be that person. I have a feeling that they won’t be doing a lot of what they say they are going to do if they do any at all. My thoughts on the book so far are that it will get more interesting as the book progresses. Later Huck’s father unexpectedly shows up after hearing about his son’s fortune. Huck had actually given away all of the money he used to have. I think that Huck’s father is going to be mad at him when he finds out about it. Huck’s father who is a drunk had not been around Huck shows up and wants Huck’s money, I am not thinking that Huck would even give his father any of the money even if he did have it.

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    1. To Kill a Mocking Bird have some similarities Huck Finn and Dill both don't have a family. Also Scout has has a gang just like Tom Sawyer with Jem and Dill

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    2. I've noticed that the way you describe Huck and Tom playing and creating the 'gang', it almost sounds like how Scout, Jem, and Dill play in To Kill a Mockingbird. From how it's described here and from what i remember from Tom Sawyer, the boys all had parts or roles they played when they would play pirates or when the gang was created. It's kind of how Scout, Jem, and Dill play. They all would play different parts from different stories they read or were told. The creativity and play styles from both groups of kids is very similar but also different. It's interesting to me how these groups of kids almost play the same way, in a very make believe way.

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    3. I kind of feel for Huck because its like when you find something that is yours and YOURS only and someone tells you to give it to them you are obviously going to say no to that and besides his father is a drunk and would probably spend the money on more alchohol.

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  12. In the book To kill a mockingbird, Scout and Jem brought a Cunningham home for dinner. Since the book was around the times of the great depression sugar was a delicacy. Walter (junior) cunningham put syrup all over his meat and vegetables which Scout found disgusting and then proceeded to scold him about it. Calpurnia got mad at Scout and gave her a lecture about how rude it was to judge someone by how they eat. Burris was a new character introduced in the book who is to be considered white trash because he lives in the same neighborhood as blacks, and hes also has no manners or education. It turns out he has been in the first grade for 3 years since he only goes to school on he first day and doesn't go back the rest of the year.

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    1. What surprised me about the book was that Miss caroline is able to make the rules whether Scout read wrong or not, when she clearly knows how to read well. Where i stopped reading in the book was when Jem,Dill,and Scout were going to give Mr.Radley a letter telling him to try to get out of the house. I think that they will all fail to give Mr.Radley the letter and Atticus would find them and lecture them to leave him alone.

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  13. To kill a mockingbird begins with a fast forward of the time the rest of the book is set in. The main character Jean aka Scout is telling this story when she is older and grown up. The story is set at age 6 jean is just starting school with her brother Jem. Jean is over educated and is very smart for her age. Her and her family are in the middle class, she was educated by her cook (calpurnia). Calpurnia is a negro who is highly respected. She taught jean how to write. Atticus, Jean's father, taught jean how to write.

    When attending school in the 1930's the teacher was considered the person who knew everything and that parents should stay out of their children's learning. Since previously jean learned how to read and write her teacher considered that a disgrace and demanded that her dad finished teaching her.

    Jem is a very curious although smart boy. He really a lot on superstitions to solve the mysterys with no answer. One superstition or "story/rumour" Jem stands by is that the Radley's, the finch's neighbors, are a wicked family who rarely leaves the house. Boo rarely, the son, is rumoured to be unable to speak and is always drooling. The dad, Mr. Radley, is a sketchy man who walks down the street every morning who ends up dying later on in the book with him Ms. Radley dies later on in the book. Therefore Boo's guardian is now his eldest brother. The Radley's become mutual acquaintances later on in the book.

    To kill a mockingbird shows what it is like to live in times that they did and the story of a young girls life.

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    1. Kate Crow-
      I agree with you about that fact that Jem is smart and curious, but in some aspects he is somewhat dumb for thinking he so mighty because he touched the Radley house.

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    2. i agree with what you said about Scout very smart for her age since shes only 6 and in first grade and she already knows how to read and write, most kids at the same didnt get to write till the 3rd grade

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  14. Black like me

    Black like me is an autobiography by John Griffin.The book is about his personal life. He's a white journalist and is very respected in the south. But he wants to see and experience how the slaves lived and how they were treated because of their skin color. What he does is he changes his skin color so he could be black. Then he moves to New Orleans, and the slaves where very nice to him, and the white people he saw where pretty nice to him too. So then the stuff he hears back we he was from were not really true.





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    1. you pretty much said it all Diego but i dont really get that last sentence.

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    2. Diego I agree really good paragraph:)

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  15. This is Cole Freedman, I am reading "To Kill a MockingBird". I am at the spot when the "mad dog" is walking though the town. I think it has rabbis which is why he said it had foam around it's mouth. I was surpise that the father actually had it in him to shot the town's pet. I can predict that they found a new town's pet or something like that.
    My favorite person is Jean because it is hard to tell what her emotions are. I didn't even know she was a girl until page 50 and will some what always have the idea of her being a boy in my head.

    I am now starting to love the book, even though i hated the beggining of it...

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    1. I agree with you, I was also suprised when Atticus had it in himself to kill the "mad dog" that was wondering towards his neighborhood. I think that he didn't want to kill the dog because he felt sympathy for it, but I think Atticus shot it to protect his neighborhood and the people he cared about, otherwise I think he would have let the "mad dog" go.

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  16. Hi it's Zeah, I am Reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I am now on page 64 and so far each chapter is from a different person's perspective.
    One of these perspectives is Aibileen who is a house made who works for Miss Leefolt in a fair sized home. Miss Leefolt has a daughter name Mae Mobley, she is like a daughter to Aibileen. Aibileen respects the wealthy white women, and though she has her own opinions on the matter of an outside bathroom for "the help" (which means black people). Though technically she isn't a slave, the way Miss Leefolt and some of the other women talk to her, you would think she is a slave. They just tell Aibileen what to do and talks like she isn't in the room. Now Aibileen is a rule follower and does as she is told and keeps to herself. She doesn't do anything to risk her job, but her friends mean the most to her. I can tell this is true because her put her job on the line, by lying to help her good friend Minny get a job. Doing this could get her fired with no money coming in the household, which is very risky. This is when I really feel I could see more then just a rule follower. I expect more from her as I keep reading.

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    1. Though not deep into the plot of my book, my protagonist is also a "obedient" negro who does anything to please the white folk, even if he doesn't think the best of the situation. But I feel that throughout the book, his feelings toward white people will drastically change.

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    2. I am also reading The Help and the reason why Aibileen is not a slave is because it is already the 1960's and slavery has been abolished. In a way they still do kind of treat the help like slaves because that's what they have been used to for so long.

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    3. I am reading Black Like Me, and this relates to the main character. When he disguises as a black man, the whites treat him like he need to be obedien to the white man. One time he goes on a bus that is full, and then a white person gets in. The woman expects him to move.

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  17. Erick Amie- What I find interesting about the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Is that early on in the book Jem,Scout, and Dill are very afraid of the Radley especially Boo Radley because Boo stabbed his parents and the parents were trying to defend him to prevent him from going to a mental hospital Dill made fun of Jem for being scared to knock on the Radleys door and so then Jem knocks on his door and when nothing happens they started mocking the Radleys. And saying the they aren't scared of the radleys and running in their front yard. But deep down they're terrified. But scout is telling the event when she was a child she is older now.

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  18. Hi my name is Magnus. I think its weird and it is going to come back and bite them in the butt that Jem, Scout, and Dill all make fun of Boo Radley for stabbing his parents. There are obviously still afraid of him because Jem wouldn't let Scout eat the gum and they still will barely touch the house. I think Scout is a little smarter though. She doesnt make as much fun of Boo Radley and is careful who sees her do make fun of Boo. Then again the story is coming from her perspective. Dill really wants to find out who this Boo Radley guy is but Jem and Scout know better than not to mess with him.

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    1. I agree with you. Dill will probably do something towards Boo Radley that would make Boo Radley dislike Dill.

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    2. I agree with you that scout keeps her distance because in the book later on Jem proceededs to touch the Radley's house after scout is forcefully brought into complying with the situation.

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  19. Ni hao, it's Tyler
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    In To Kill a Mockingbird, the narrator, Scout, is telling a story about her time during the Great Depression, when she was six years old and starting school. I think that this book is confusing in the first few chapters because of the many characters that are introduced in those chapters. I believe that later in the story, Scout will do something that will get her into trouble.

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  20. Aditya Biradar
    I am reading Black Like Me.
    Black Like Me by Robert Howard Griffin is an autobiography depicting his life as he becomes a Negro and learns about their life. John was a respected white journalist in the South in New Orleans but he decides to throw it away to learn the truth.This is all part of his project. He was taking medication to change the inner skin to brown while he exposed his outer skin to ultra violet rays. He then started his journey as a black man. One thing to note was that the black people lived in a different area than the whites in New Orleans.He then tried to find a hotel to be in and immediately noticed that quality of his room was worse. This is not right in my opinion because he should be able to get the same room as a white man. Another example of the racism in it is on the bus John wanted to give his seat to an white old lady and then he got humiliated by her because she called him out and all the whites turned their attention to him while the other negros thought how a black man could be so dumb. It has been hard for John because he has to throw his morals out the window because he's become black and also he will get no sympathy from a white. Another different example is the one with Sterling Williams. Williams is a black shoe shiner that John went to when he was white and then he now as a black man. He changed how he talked to John because he had become black and was no longer because then he was a little hostile to John. This shows the simple malice between colors. Basically so far already the divide between white and black is very apparent in this book.

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    1. Just to clarify on the sentence with Sterling Williams. It should be "and was no longer white".

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  21. So far in Black Like Me, John has decided to become "black" to better observe the racial/societal diffences of the two races and how they interact with eachother. I admire his confidence and comitment to uncovering the truth but i also think that he may have been a little too confident in his planning and rushed in. He stayed at a friend's house in New Orleans, met with a doctor to discuss his plan, eventually "turned black" with cosmetics, and set off to live in the city as a "new person". He stayed in a cheap hotel and is now being guided through his new identity with the help of Steerling Williams a black shoe shiner that shined his shoes as a white man. Already early into this social experiment he has discovered many racial prejudices/ casual racism that are often and easily overlooked. This story has pulled me in and i look forward to finding out what happens to someone that risks everything for the truth.

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    1. I can connect to your book because in The Kite Runner the main character's friend and servant, Hassan is a Hazara, who were people that were considered "lower class Afghans" by some of the "pure" Pushtans, and the person who said this in the book was a half German bully named Assef who, might I mention, also agreed with Htler's point of views.

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  22. Hoa Chan- Uncle Tom's Cabin

    I am 12 chapters in on my book, Uncle Tom's Cabin. A very quick summary would be : The Shelby's household lived in Kentucky. They owned house slaves and were very nice to them. The book starts with Mr.Shelby having a conversation about debt and selling his good slaves to a trader named Mr. Haley. I see Mr. Haley as the bad guy. Two slaves are sold to him, it was a very hard decision because his slaves were very good to him and Ms. Shelby was very close to a lot of her slaves. Uncle Tom was a very very faithful slave that has never betrayed Mr. Shelby, but he ended up selling him along with Eliza's, Ms. Shelby's close slave, baby boy Harry. Eliza had heard of this news and flew with her baby. During the same week, Eliza's husband George, had had enough with his owner and decided to flee and wished he wasn't born, breaking Eliza's heart. Mr. Haley hires people to find Eliza and Harry. Tom says his last good byes and gets taken by Haley on a boat.There are many different views in the book, but they are all connected. I really like the writing style and the format and set up of everything. It is awfully sad hearing all these stories about slave life and every character has their own story that make them unique. A lot of the white families, I'm surprised to find, are very passionate to slaves and runaways. Especially the wives, I hadn't known that till now. What really. Broke my heart was young Mas'r George's last minute departure visit with Tom. It was so touching the relation between a slave and his owner's son. I think this is going to be a great book and a sad one too. I am scared to read about Tom's journey in Haley's hands. So my predictions are that Eliza and her husband will meet in Canada. Though this book was written to persuade readers to go against slavery so they would show the bad things about it, not the good things. There is no use making them reach Canada but it would be really effective if Harriet made one of them die on the journey to stir up people's emotions. I do think someone is going to die or end up in grave misfortune, but I do wish for a happy ending.

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    1. I really feel that these two books connect because The Shelby's household was kind to slaves and in Black Like Me, John, the protagonist was very curious toward the negro and slave life because he had no negativity toward them. He was very clear with what he wanted, and i think that this family had the same message which was that racism has to be put to a end,and i think that you did a really good job of explaining the summary of this book

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  23. its ya boi corbin! I am reading the book "Black Like Me." so far i have only read 30 pages but it is better than i thought it would be. so far their is this white journalist named John Griffin and he wants to feel what a black person would feel like. so to do that he undergoes a series of treatments that make his skin turn darker. once his skin turns dark he goes to New Orliens and see what it feels like to be in the more poor area and to his suprise the other "nigros" are very nice to him and as long as he doesn't either stare at the white people or bother them in any way they wont say anything to him. He then goes to a shoe shining stand where he has been before and the shiner doesn't even know its him because he is used to seeing him as a white person not black. But then they go on this whole thing about Peanuts just confuses me.

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    1. I feel like this story is very interesting and has strong topic about the social class system in the 1920's.

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      This sounds like a great book i kind of wish i had gotten that one but i didn't and i feel like you should have done a prediction or inference or explained it a little more or better because i feel like there should be way more than what you explained if your on page 30 and i also feel a little confused on your explanation but it still seems like an interesting book and really want to read it.

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  24. Kate Crow- To Kill a Mockingbird

    The book is Scout, the main character, memory of her life. It starts out during the summer when she is six years old, and the character Jim and Dill are introduced, JIm is her brother that is four years older than her, and Dill who is the next door neighbor's nephew that is around her same age. Over the course of the summer Dill starts becoming interested in the Radley's, a crazed family outcasted by Maycomb. Once the summer starts her first year of school, but her excitement soon ends when her teacher, Ms. Caroline, a upper class lady from north Alabama, tells her that her father Atticus Finch, a lawyer for Maycomb, has caused harm on her by teaching her how to read and Calpurnia, their black cook who runs the house, for teaching her how to right. As the time is approaching lunch break, Ms. Caroline ask how is eating lunch at home and who how ever brought their lunch to put it on their desk, but Walter Cunningham jr, a poor farmer's son, did not bring out a lunch Ms. Caroline tried to give him a quarter for lunch and said he could repay her the next day, he refused never saying a word, so Scout thought to be helpful she would explain that the Cunninghams never take anything they could not pay for and so he was not going to take the money, making Ms.Caroline mad at her again. When it was time to go back home to lunch JIm let Walter come eat with him for free. When they got back to school Ms. Caroline saw a mouse in Burris Ewell’s hair and told him to go home and come to school clean the next day because she did not what the other kids to get sick, but he said that since he was a Ewell he was not coming back to school the next day and so it did not matter if he showered or not. After dinner when it was time for Atticus and Scout to read the daily newspaper Scout told Atticus what Ms. Caroline said and he made a deal with Scout that is she continued going to school then she could keep reading the newspaper because she wanted to be like the Ewell’s not having to go to school.

    What seems crazy to me is when Ms.caroline says that Scout was ruined because she already knew how to read and write. In today's world teachers would pay if the kids already knew how to read. I have a feeling that Scout won't be able to keep the secret about her deal with her father because she has a hard time keeping her mouth shut.

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  26. Leslie Ochoa -Day Of Tears So far i've read 91 pages and it's a really good book. The book is about this 12 year old girl who is named Emma and was a slave that lived with The Butler Family Plantation(she had her parents their too).The Butler Family is kind of destroyed since the mom left the family because she found out that her husband owned slaves.So she left her two daughters with their father.That's where emma comes in and takes care of both daughters.The oldest daughter is named Sarah and the younger daughter is named Frances.Sarah loves emma because for Sarah, Emma acts like her mother.Frances likes emma too but doesn't show her that since her father wants her to be just like him and one day take over The Butler Family Plantation.There are all these other stories of slaves in the book that doesn't matter but their interesting.

    In my opinion you should love your kids equally no matter if one of them hates you.Also that emma is a really nice girl since she takes care of two young girls like if there were her kids.She is actually doing a better job than the Father which makes the father look bad

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  27. Hi it's Hasher, and I am reading The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini. This book is about the life of an Afghan boy named Amir and his relationship with his servant's son Hassan. In the book Amir is unsure of whether or not he considers Hassan a friend even though they hangout together a lot. I am currently at a part in the book where Amir is remembering about the kite fighting contests that take place every winter in the city of Kabul. Amir is also worrying about losing the contest because he doesn’t want to dissapoint his father yet again.

    I really like this book because of the fact it is written really detailed, and because of the way the author wrote the book with some words that have not been translated from Farsi to English. This makes the reader feel like they are in Afghanistan with Amir. Another thing that I would like to add that I believe later in the book that something will happen between Amir and Hassan that ruins their friendship. The last and final thing that I would like to add is that I believe the title of the book is The Kite Runner because in the book Amir talks about how whenever the kites from the contest were cut, and would start falling to the ground, Hassan would always run to the exact spot that the kite was going to land, and so Amir called him the kite runner.

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    1. THIS IS NUMBER DOS.You described the book "muy bueno" in my opinion. What is "farsi". According to magnut it is a language. I could relate this to the freindship with Dill and Jean. They hangout alot and play alot.

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  28. Getting away with murder by Chris Crowe is the story about Emmett Till a 14 year old African American boy who was brutally murdered in 1955 after whistling at a white woman. The two white man who committed the murder were found innocent which put the spotlight on the South and how they became catalyst for the Civil Rights movement. Till's case spurred the Civil Rights movement forward in a way no other event had done before. As I read I notice this period of time the South was getting a lot of criticism when it came to blacks (slaves) issue. In the introduction of the book I feel like the purpose for the author writing this book was to recieve enough attention in history education. It's really frustrating how the mureders Roy Bryant and his half brother J.W Milam get away with the death of Emmett Till. The night Emmett was kidnap his uncle Mose Wright and other families relatives couldn't do anything to save him, everything was just unfair for the African American race. Till was a regular kid who had sense of humor , easygoing personality and had a close relationship with his mother. His childhood was near Chicago in a lower-middle class family, his friends, family and neighbors enjoyed him. When his uncle Mose came to visit from Mississippi is when Till decides to spend the summer with his unlcle in the South. His mom was not fully convinced with the idea she feared that Emmett wouldn't know how to behave when white people were around. What makes me mad but still keeps me reading this book is the events that accur through Emmett's life before his death.

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      Im reading I hunt killers and a woman named Jane was found murdered and they people they thought that killed her were found innocent , well at least for now. Just like your book.

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      Im reading I hunt killers and a woman named Jane was found murdered and they people they thought that killed her were found innocent , well at least for now. Just like your book.

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  29. This is M.E. Harp and I am reading the book The Help. This book takes place is Mississippi in the 1960's so slavery had already been abolished. The help is referred to black maids helping out in white families homes. The book starts out with a maid named Aibileen who works for the Leefolt family. Mrs. Leeflot is part of an organization called the Junior League. The Junior League is mainly for upper class white women. One day Mrs. Leefolts friends Hilly and Miss. Skeeter where talking about some new ideas to put in the Junior Leagues paper and they brought up the idea of having the help in a different restroom of the house then the guests. Mrs. Leefolt thought that it was a good idea but Miss. Skeeter did not. Miss. Skeeter has different views about the help unlike her friends and especially her mother. Miss Skeeter thinks that the help shouldn't be treated differently then white people and she talks to the help like she would talk to anyone else. In this book it shows the difference of how white people treat black people. Aibileens best friend Minny got a new job and started working for Mrs. Celia. Mrs. Celia lives out in the country so she doesn't know how normal people treat the help. When Mrs. Celia interviewed Minny she offered her a seat and Minny thought she was going crazy. She was going crazy because a white woman had never treated her with this much respect. One of the reasons why I really like the book is because in about every other chapter it has a different characters point of view. It's cool how you get to see what other people say about one another and how they really feel. I predict that Miss Skeeter will stand up for what she believes in which is believing that one day the help and white woman will be treated the same.

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    1. So I'm reading To Kill A Mockingbird and my book, like yours, also shows how different (white) people treat black people. For example, the main character in my book, Scout, has a black maid, she's more like a cook, who she treats the same as any other adult. Although she doesn't base other people on skin tone that doesn't mean other people in her don't.

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  30. Hey it's Charlotte, and i'm reading "To Kill a Mockingbird". As of right now i just got past chapter 8 and i'm really enjoying re-reading this book.
    The big thing in this chapter is that Miss Maudie's house burned down after she had tried to keep some of her flowers warm in an attempt to keep the freeze from killing them. She left the fire going and her house ended up burning like a match, it almost spread but was put out effectively and quickly.
    The point i really want to focus on here is the aftermath of the fire and Scout and Jem's reactions to it when Miss Maudie was left with nothing. They both of course walk over and ask if she's ok and whats going to happen to her. But what we also see here is a side of Scout that shows this kind of child-like innocence and concern for others, not like her feisty and more hyper/playful side we see a lot of the time. Also, through Miss Maudie's actions and positive attitude about her house burning down, we see this strong and iron-willed nature that not only she possesses but everyone else in the community as well(especially Scout).
    I hope to see more of this kind of nature from Scout and others in the community together in the future. It's nice to see people coming together through hard times. Well as they say, it takes a village.

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  31. Hey, it's Kara. In the book to Kill A Mockingbird, the main character, scout, is telling a story about how her life was like during the Great Depression. During this time, slavery was supposed to be over, and segregation was beginning to form. There was also a lot of economic struggles going on within the United States. She tells random stories of going to school and hating it, messing around with the Raley’s deserted house, and her dad’s distressful court case about a young black boy named Tom Robinson. The book doesn't seem to have a flow yet, and the events are scattered and random. As the plot begins to form, I think that she will say something later on that will get her into trouble, and all the scenes will start to connect and make better sense. Scout is a fierce and fiery character who is not afraid to open her mouth to voice what she is thinking. because of this, I wouldn't be surprised if she said something that would upset a certain group of people and cause her to get in trouble.

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    1. My book is after the Great Depression and segregation has really set in. I agree that slavery was supposed to be over but it didn't seem like it. Most people in the South are trying to get a separate bathroom for the help(colored people). I think our books may be similar because I think there is also going to be a surprise in my book that will get some people into trouble.

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  32. Hello, it's Max, I am reading the book to Kill a Mockingbird. In the first chapter of the book it introduces the character. The main character who is a girl named Scout, her brother at the beginning of the book who is 13 named Jem, and then the Ewells,Dill, Boo, and Cunningham's. The book takes place in 1930 which is around the great depression. In the book it still talks about slavery but not a lot and in 14 years slavery will be abolish from the USA. The main character scout tells the story like she an adult now. The whole story is all flashbacks. When scout goes to 1st grade she already knows how to read and write. Most of the other barley know how to say the alphabet. Other people do because they failed this class many times before. When the teacher calls on scout she read it perfectly and by doing that the teach felt like that is a insult. The more she answer the questions correctly the more the teacher would feel insulted. During school we we introduced to 2 new people a Cunningham, people who pay back with food and Burris Ewells, a person who doesn't know how to spell his first name. The Ewells attends only the first day of school every year and then never shows up again. At the end of school they walk by a house. The house was the Radley's house but no one lived there. I'm not really sure what will happen next I haven read enough to make a prediction yet.

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  33. Thanhy Nguyen
    To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    The book starts off explaining how the Finch family came to Maycomb County, which is where the main characters live. The story is told from the perspective of Jean Louise, otherwise known as Scout, and her adventures in her life. The story starts in the summer Scout is 6 years old and her brother, Jem, 10 years old and their adventures. Along the way the story introduces new characters, for example their father, Atticus, is a lawyer and their cook, Calpurnia, takes care of them with the absence of their diseased mother. So far in the summer they meet a boy named Dill who has sparked in them a interest in the Radley Place, a place no one goes and the creepy house with a creepy family. Later on summer has ended and Scout starts school excited, only to find out that everything she was taught by her father is considered wrong because her teacher has precise ideas of what should be taught to students. Time passes and summer starts again. Dill comes back and him, Jem, and Scout start messing with the Radley Place again. School starts again, and Jem and Scout are still finding interesting things at the Radley Place. It snows for the first time in years and everyone in the neighborhood has fires burning to keep warm. A fire breaks out and destroys a house. The owner of the house moves in with a other neighbor for awhile before moving back into her house. I suspect the fire is the first of a chain of events that leads to a new adventure for Scout and her friends and family.

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  34. Lexi Moidel
    How To Kill A Mockingbird
    A fantastic novel written by Harper Lee that takes place in Alabama in the midst of the Great Depression. One interesting thing about this novel is that it seems like the narrator, who is also the main character named Jean Louise Finch (Scout), is reminiscing about her life as a child. She lives with her brother, Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem), and her father, Atticus Finch, along with their paid house maid, Calpurnia. Her family isn't considered poor since they have a maid and, as I said previously, this book takes place during the time of the Great Depression where the unemployment rate rose dramatically. Also the only one in the family to make any money is Atticus Finch, the father.

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  35. Mariana Gutierrez
    Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

    In this book, A white male by the name of John wondered what it would be like to be a negro. After some consideration he decided that he would go and stay at a friend's house and visit a doctor to help him pigment his skin to a dark shade, shave his head, and head out into the world knowing that we would be treated differently by all of his fellow whites. Once he headed out into the big city, he immediately noticed some racism around him. He stayed at a cheap hotel and he only had duffel bags and pigmentation medication. The people that he had met so far were quite nice to him and have helped him seek the shortcuts of the city and where negro's usually go to find their needs. Along the way he stops at the same shoeshine stand he visited when he was a white,and with no recognition of his old pal, Sterling Williams, John told him it was the same man who he had shined his shoes for when he was a different color. Sterling helped him find his way around the big city without getting caught. I've only read up to here but at first I did not believe that I would enjoy this book as much as I have, it pulls you closer and you just want to keep reading and reading.

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  36. Victor Trejo- Huckleberry Fin

    So far in Huckleberry Fin he explains and talks about his friend Tom Sawyers book which we have all read and it's a great book and then he transitions and starts talking about the Widow Douglas about how she wont let him get dirty or smoke and how she makes him pray in order to get spiritual gifts and he doesn't like it and then he transitions again and starts talking about how hes going to join Tom Sawyers gang and how they are going to kill people and kidnap people to keep them as ransomed even though they don't know what that is. I inference that Huck is going to leave the gang because he gets bored and goes back to fishing and smoking and getting dirty and i predict that somebody is going to kidnap the Widow Douglas and Huck is going to get the gang back together to save her.

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    1. Wow! Tom's gang is planning on killing people? Though I am not reading Huck Finn, I can tell from Tom Sawyer's book that Huck does have a care for the widow and I agree with you that he will show that more towards the end just like Tom did with his Aunt. I can also see why he would leave the gang because I think Huck has a higher level of maturity than Tom and the others since he has been through much by himself. It's Hoa Chan btw.

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  37. My name is Anna S and I picked the book "Black Like Me" written by John Howard Griffin. The book is based on the true story of a white journalist (John Howard Griffin) who transformed into a Negro. The doctors gave him pigmentation pills and tanned by UV rays to achieve the dark pigmented skin. John wants to become a negro so then he can write a story about how they are treated. After his transformation he goes to search for a colored hotel that he can stay in. He finds himself surprised when he sees how small and windowless his room is. The hotel room he was given was basically a big box. Because of the way John dresses he is considered a high class negro. When he goes to ask a white male for directions he finds himself surprised when they help him. Even though he is an educated and a well dressed negro he still has trouble finding a job. He reveals his identity to Sterling, a black man who shined his shoes (and sells peanuts). Sterling allows him to work at the peanut stand. John soon realizes that to fully understand what it is like to be negro he has to travel to the heart of where negro's are hated most; Mississippi. On his train ride to Mississippi he was misidentified as a priest, almost had his cover blown, and was given tips on how to survive in Mississippi. When the train stopped for a restroom break everyone got off but the negro's weren't allowed to use the restroom. They had to go back on the long train ride without being able to use the relieve themselves. Once he arrives in Mississippi, John Griffin is instantly the victim of violence as a tangerine is hurled at his head. John Griffin starts to feel lonely and sad because he is away from his family ,but once he tries to write a letter to his wife he realizes he has nothing good to write about. In fear John Griffin calls upon his white newspaper friend (P.D) to come pick him up. When his P.D arrives he feels uncomfortable to sit in the front seat with him. Once he gets to P.D's house he thinks " I could not accustom myself to sitting in their living room as an equal." This was the first big attitude change that we see in John Griffin. He starts to mentally inhabit the Negro's perspective instead of viewing himself as a white man in a negro's body. I infer that as a result of John Griffin being at PD's house PD and his family will be attacked. As well I think that John Griffin will start becoming more and more comfortable with negro's that he will one day forget to take his pigmentation pills and have is cover blown.

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    1. I love your description of the book, it makes me want to read it. And the thing that caught my attention the most is the fact that he started forgetting his old self, and so that makes you wonder, does that outside affect the inside?

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  38. Sergio C.
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Now starting chapter 5 I can see the great divide during the 1930's between blacks and whites. But first of all I would like to explain the plot. Jean Louis (Scout) and Jeremy Finch (Jem) are two siblings who live in Maycomb ,Alabama. Scout is entering the 1st grade and is excited about continuing to learn about reading and writing which she has already been learning with her father Atticus and her nanny Calpurnia. When she goes to school she soon learns that the school system moves at the slowest level. This is where my main point comes in place. Burris a born idiot goes to school (only the first day) and has the chance for an education blacks only wishes for but puts it away into a trashcan. This truly shows the unjustice of the time.

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    1. I really agree with that perspective of the book and that there is division between the blacks and whites

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    2. In my book The Help also, is kind of big on the perspective on blacks and whites. The blacks would have their own neighborhood and the whites would too.

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    3. In my book Columbine, Eric and Dylan (the shooters) didn't care about race, age, or beliefs. The shot everyone they saw.

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  39. The book I am reading to kill a mockingbird is told from the perspective is scout; a young girl during the depression who lives in a small town called May comb Alabama. She lives in a middle class neighborhood with her older brother Jem, her father Atticus and calpurnia who is black and kind of a mother figure to the children ever since the mom died, but she is paid. Scout just started going to school and her teacher was upset at her because when she came to school she already knew how to read and write and for some reason that offended her. I found that surprising because today kids do a lot of learning outside of school and it is encouraged. Back then they thought only teachers could teach. -Ava Shea

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    1. In the book, is has Scout been home schooled? Since you said that she got sent to school and already knew how to read and write.

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  40. Mona Darvishi

    I am reading I hunt killers. The main character in the book is Jazz and his best friend Howie. They have found a body and the body was a girl named Jane. A lot of cops were surounding the female body. The dody was found naked and with her fingers chopped of. She only had a few fingers left. The police broght the body back to the lab and examined it. Jazz was trying to get in to the case and try to solve is but the cop said no because his dad was a major cerial killer. Jazz refused to take no as a answer and made a wax key and came into the building during the night. He took the file and examined the body very closley, he also moved the body around. He came with his besr freind Howie. Howies nose started to bleed very bad and Jazz was scared to leave any evidence behind. Jazz helped Howie to stop bleeding and his nosed stop after a while. In the middle of thier investigation one of the main police men came into the building and caught them. Jazz and Howie were arested and were never allowed to come back. The cop let them out of jail only if they promised to never come back. I infer that in the next few chapters Jazz is going to come back to the lab and try to finish the case, but them the cops are going to find out and hes going to go back to jail for a while.

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  41. Jonathan Horton-Columbine

    In columbine Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold plan to kill everyone in their school. They plan to bomb the lunch room will large propane bombs and shoot all the survivors, and then themselves. Fortunately, the propane bombs do not explode saving the life of hundreds. After their setback the travel through out the school and gun down everyone they see. This really changes the view on school shootings, normally its someone who is bullied or an outcast who wants to get back at the jocks. But columbine really changed this, Eric was a popular, athletic, straight A student. Why in the world would a boy like that kill 13 people and injure more? He is a psychopath. Out of ten traits that show a psychopath, Eric showed 9.

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    1. Makes you afraid because you never know who is crazy and who is sane.

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    2. This really shows that anyone can do this.

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    3. In my Book columbine, Dylan did not show signs of being a psychopath, just emotionally unstable.

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  42. Black Like Me by Omar Diaz
    The book Black Like Me is an autobiography by John Howard Griffin. John, a white journalist living in Texas, decides that he will go to the deep south disguised as a black man to see how the black man really lives. He saw a report that "mentioned the rise of suicide tendency among southern negroes...It was that bad, then despite the white Southern legislators who insisted they had a 'wonderfully harmonious relationship with Negroes'" He leaves his family and goes to unveil the truth.
    He goes to New Orleans, where he is provided housing by a friend. He starts taking a drug that darkens his skin. Griffin shaves his hair to make himself and he gets shocked. “The transformation was total and shocking. I had expected to see myself disguised, but this was something else. I was imprisoned in the flesh of an utter stranger, an unsympathetic one with whom I had no kinship. All Traces of the John Griffin I have been were wiped from existence. Even the senses underwent a change so profound it filled me with the distress. I looked to the mirror and saw reflected nothing of the white John Griffin's past.” John starts freaking out and thinks he goes too far and that all his white family and friends are lost because of his darkened skin. He goes to a Hotel where he talks with two black men in the bathroom and he feels less lonely. He realizes that black people can work in low and high paying jobs, but the whites stop them. He then travels to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. There he goes to a Catholic church, which he thinks it seems suspicious. He goes to the bathroom and finds ads of prostitution of black girls. He finds out that some of the people who hate blacks take advantage of them. He then hitchhikes all the way to Mobile, Alabama. Most of the people who pick him up asks sexual questions about blacks, and the same people hate the blacks too.
    The blacks were both discriminated and taken advantage of. The get used and then get thrown away. The southern whites treat the blacks like animals, being curious of what they do when out of sight.

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    1. This summary is very good ad i feel like you got all the important details about what you have read so far. Good job - Mathew Ortega

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  43. I agree, you said it all, and Griffin does encounter a ton of racial issues along the way

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  44. Dylan and Eric's goal (or at least Eric's) was genocide of the human race. Eric felt that he was supreme and all the other humans (excluding Dylan) and that he needed to smite everyone. But even a psychopath knows his limits. Eric realized that he can't kill everyone, so he tries to kill all the students of columbine. Eric knows that he will die, but does it anyway.

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  45. Cole Freedman is aqui. I am reading the book to kill a mocking bird and i love it. I am at the point during Tom's trial and it feels like i know everything about a trial now. It relates in my opinion to the OJ Simpson trial because all the whites thought he was guilty and the blacks thought not. Like in Tom's case and trial.

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    1. My book also shows racism in the courts because when my character was murdered there was clear evidence against the killers but the jury was composed of all whites and set them free.

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  46. Mary Hidalgo Getting Away With Murder Post 2
    In the part I'm reading it's the trial for Emmett Till. It's amazing that only sixty years ago the majority of the white population legitimately thought that black people deserved to be murdered. You can see the white people's thoughts in the courtroom and the author takes pains to describe whenever they got angry. And that was when a black person was either confident or brave. This happened only sixty years ago. Sixty years. Most of us know someone who was alive back then! The judge made unlawful decisions, the audience hated any black person who accused the killers, and when a black reporter shouted something, the books says she received angry glares from the white audience. The book makes it very clear that when any black person said what they truly believed and it was something that was against a white person that they were risking their lives. A black reporter shouted something and the book says that she risked her life to say that. A black man accuses a white man of kidnapping and murder and the book had two paragraphs about the consequences of it. In conclusion a quote from the book sums up the gravity of the situation: "He sat down hard against the chair back with a lurch which told better than anything else the cost in strength to him of the thing he had done. He was a field Negro who had dared try to send two white men to the gas chamber for murdering a Negro. He had come to the end of the hardest half hour in the hardest life possible of a human being in these Untied States."
    I found it so appalling that this happened sixty years ago. In terms of human history, that is not a long time at all. It makes me so furious that for most of American history, black people were seen as lesser and deserving of punishment, and it makes me even more furious that so many people think so today!

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  47. I am reading Huckleberry Finn, the continuation of the book Tom Sawyer. This book takes place after Huck and Tom found the treasure of the recently deceased Injun Joe and Huck has been Taken in by the Widow Douglas. Huck then joins Tom's newly formed band of robbers and starts school. Huck slowly gets used to living a normal life and even starts to like going to school. However, one day he finds boot prints in the snow. As he studies them, he notices a cross surrounded by big nails in the left heel imprint. He quickly ran to Judge Thatcher and begged him to take all of his money. Confused, Judge Thatcher decides that Huck wants to sell the money to him. So Huck sells his money to Judge Thatcher for one dollar and goes back to the Widow's house. When he gets to his room, he finds his father (pap). Pap had heard about Huck becoming rich and had come to take the money and Huck. When Huck explains that he only had one dollar, pap is infuriated and takes the dollar and gets drunk. A few weeks later, pap steals Huck from the Widow Douglas and brings him to their old home. A couple of months later, Huck find an old saw with no handle in the house, and, since pap locks the door whenever he leaves the house, he begins to saw an exit, but pap returns before he can finish it. a few days later, when pa lets Huck out of the house to have Huck help him, Huck spots an abandoned raft. Huck quickly hides the raft and goes to help pap. A couple of days after that, pap leaves the house to go to town to sell fish and other goods. Huck then takes the chance to escape. He finishes sawing an exit, takes everything in the house, fakes his death, and escapes. Huck then goes to Jackson's Island to hide. He lives there alone for a while, but then he stumbles across the Widow's slave, Jim. When Jim first sees Huck, He is very scared because he thinks that Huck is a ghost. After explaining that he isn't a ghost, Jim tells Huck that he ran away because he was afraid that the Widow was going to sell him to someone from the deep south. Huck and Jim decide that they will help each other to hide from everyone and start a new home together on Jackson's Island. I think that Jim and Huck are going to be found and returned to the Widow or they won't be found, but will have to go North so that Jim can be free.
    -Augie

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  48. Jan Barrett, Getting Away With Murder:
    Emmett Till was a 14 year old Black kid who lived in Chicago. He was helpful of his single mother and living his life as a teenager. After being invited to go to Mississippi with his Uncle and cousins, he would have some fun in the small town of Money. His cousins dared him to go flirt with the "crossroads Marilyn Monroe" who was the clerk of a grocery store, because Emmett thought he was a ladies man. He was quickly puled out of the store because the women was furious because after being talked to like that from a black person. Emmett and his friends quickly drove away.
    The husband of the women Emmett flirted with heard that some black kid flirted with his wife, he wanted to punish Emmett. He tracked Emmett down, and took him to a plantation, and tortured him. After this he shot Emmett and left his body in a river. He and his Half-brother were taken to court, but after a long trial, were found innocent.

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  49. Daisey Bueno
    The Help
    In the book The Help a maid called Aibileen works for the Leefolt family. One day Mrs.Leefolt’s friends came over to her house: Miss Hilly Holbrook, Miss Hilly’s mother, Miss Walter, Miss Skeeter work for an organization that's called The Junior League which was mainly for upper class woman. The woman were talking about some new ideas and came up with having a different restrooms for the help but Miss.Skeeter didn't like the idea. She thinks that the help shouldn't be treated differently than the whites. When Aibileen’s best friend, Minny, got a new job with Mrs.Celia. When Mrs.Celia treated Minny with much respect she was very surprised because no one had treated her with very much respect...well a white woman never treated her with very much respect.
    I like this book because it has a very unique point of view and the wording is very different from other books too.

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  50. In my book Getting away with Murder a 13 year old boy named Emmett Till goes to Mississippi to visit some family, but he is from Chicago and is not used to the more extreme segregation between whites and blacks so he whistles at a white woman to impress some friends. This lady tells 2 men that a black boy did such a thing so the drive around trying to find this boy. When they finally find him the take him a brutally beat him and throw his body in a river, which is found 3 days later by fishermen. This case gets global coverage from media and is the poster for people who fight against segregation.
    -Jake Gollapalli

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  51. The Kite Runner- Danielys Lara

    The Kite Runner is a book about a boy, Amir, who is trying to impress his dad , Baba, because he feels that there is a need to please his dad in every way since his dad doesn’t seem like he’s a fan of Amir. So when his dad starts to be more obvious about not liking Amir that much, Amir tries to be the best son, a son that Baba can be proud of, a son that plays soccer like “real men and boys” do, a son that can defend himself when he’s being picked on instead of letting the servant’s son defend him while he puts his head down in shame, a son who doesn’t read/write poems instead of being like the other children in the neighborhood. So Amir tries to do anything in his will for Baba to think that Amir isn’t the reason his mother died when she gave birth to Amir, that Amir IS his son even when they’re both so different from each other that you wouldn’t be able to tell that they’re related. And to be the perfect rich son, who has a self-made father and a dead mother who was royal, you’re supposed to act a certain way since you catch people’s eyes, so Amir’s logic is that he should stop being friends with the servant’s son. He tries to cut all ties with his best friend in order to gain someone who blames him for his mother’s death.
    And as Amir is trying to figure out what he will do next he will experience the importance of friendships, the consequences of betrayal and much more.

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  52. dark water
    Laura McNeal
    This book is about a fifteen year old who lives with her mom at her uncle guest house in Fallbrook, California. Pearl (the main character) is very curious and adventurous. Every day she would go to the store with her uncle Hoyt and was drawn to this guy (a migrant worker) who would always be juggling balls. She convince her uncle hire him since he own a grove of 900 avocados and needed workers. The reason why she was drawn to this boy was because he couldn't talk. she decided to write him a note asking him why he couldn't talk and he reply by saying he had an accident but didn't say what kind of accident. all of this events lead to pearl getting grounded for going to the river instead of going to school.In the chapter im on right now pearl gets a phone called from her dad and he offers her to take her to paris which has being a really big dream of hers but she told him he would think about it. The reason why she didn't say yes was because of Amiel and she didn't know what her mom was going to say since her parents don't get a long (they're divorce)

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  53. Mathew Ortega
    I really like the book Black Like Me so far because it’s very interesting. The book so far is about a man named John Griffin who wants to see how life would be as a black man. He does by going to the doctors and getting prescribed skin pigmentation so that his skin could become darker. The process was to take a couple of weeks. John didn’t look in the mirror until the process was over. John was scared of the man in the mirror. John was having second thoughts about what he had done but realizes that it’s too late. He also realizes that the John Griffin he once was is no more, that the man in the mirror is a stranger. John feels very lonely thinking that the day he goes back home his kids won’t recognize him and nor will his wife. Later in the book, John is walking in the streets as a Negro and realizes that he is in the ghetto. People are looking for the cheapest way to liver or tomatoes and he says that people are being really loud and he sees a man drunk on a curb throwing up. John walks into Dryades and he’s having a conversation with the man behind the counter and the man tells him that sometimes he takes a bus to where the whites live just so that he can get away from the nasty of the town and to feel nice out there. A little afterward John takes a bus and realized that white people didn’t want to sit next to black people. There was a white woman standing next to John and John feels bad for the women so he makes eye contact to tell her that the seat is open but the woman told him, “What’re you looking at me like that for?” and another white woman told her,”They’re getting sassier everyday”. All the blacks on the bus gave a look as in he failed.

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    1. Your book seems very interesting. It seems to relate to my book that has a lot of segregation in it. Whites and blacks could not sit on the same side of the bus, and also in my book Miss Skeeter actually found a book stating what black people can and can't do. Everyone is judged by their skin color and nothing else!

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  54. Sereena Olguin
    The help
    In the book the help Abilieen is an African American maid who works for the Leefolt family. One day Mrs. Leefolt invites her friends from the Junior League which are a group of upper class white women who get together and talk. While playing cards one of the lady's named Miss Hilly brings up the idea that the "help" should have their own colored bathroom so they don't have to share it with everyone else. Minny one of Abilieens friend who is also a maid recently got fired from her job and is looking for work. She sees an ad and goes for a job interview for a lady named Mrs. Celia. She goes and gets the job and she realizes that Mrs. Celia has never owned "help" and is new to the whole thing. Minny teaches her how to cook and how to clean. I really like this book because of the dialect.

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  55. Dylan Dial
    Getting Away With Murder by Chris Crowe
    In my book, the author tells the truth about the case and murder of 14 year old Chicago native, Emmet Till, who's body was found brutally mutilated and almost unrecognizable in the Tallahatchie River. The reason for the murder was because Emmet apparently whistled at a white woman. His case is well known among other black people but not white people.

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    1. This is a great example of racism. This is so unfair for Emmet because all he did was whistle and had no relation to the murder.

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    2. Nowadays people whistle all the time and they don't DIE for it! Also did the white people not know or they knew but didn't care?

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    3. I'm reading the same book and I agree with Macy and Magnus is just no fair for someone to die for whistling, people today don't really pay attention to stuff like this. I wonder how racism impacts society these days.

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  56. Melody sanchez ✌️-
    Hey! Im reading a book called Getting Away With Murder, based on a true story of the Emmett Till Case by Chris Crowe. This book has been really interesting so far, it's about a black boy that was fourteen years old. He was from chicago and was visiting his family in a small town in mississippi during the summer of 1955. One night he was sleeping and he heard knockings really loud and a man saying “preacher! preacher , get up and open this door!” . Then the preacher (MR. Bryant) opened the door and the white men asked if there was a two boys from chicago here, he nodded and said “they're sleeping. The men asked for the boy that did the talking in in money, then the boy came out and they asked him if he was the one talking and he said “yeah”, then the man (Milam) said “don’t say ‘yeah’ to me, i'll blow your head off”. Then the preacher asked “where are you taking him” and all that the men said was “nowhere if he's not the right one”. This pissed me off because the preacher asked where they were taking him and they answered but without answering the answer completely without respect. So these men actually had kidnapped the boy just because he whistled at carolyn bryant. I've been reading about this book and some articles say that she lied, and they still killed him. bruhh

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  57. Xavier Mares
    Huckleberry Finn
    This book takes place after Tom Sawyer but you don’t have to read that to understand this but it would help. Huckleberry is living with the widow who makes him go to school, church, and do chores. Then at night he meets up with Tom Sawyer and his other friends in a cave to make a group of robbers and murderers. They always talk about it but they never commit and rob/kill people. Then one day he returns home to find his FATHER sitting in his room looking half-dead telling him that he doesn’t want Huckleberry to go to school anymore or live with the widow. He told him that he only came back because he heard that Huckleberry was rich and that if he didn’t give him money he would abuse him. Once the widow hears about this she tries to take Huckleberry’s father to court to keep Huckleberry away from him but she loses and he gets taken to this cabin in the woods.

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    1. This sounds like a great book! It is hard when you are trapped in a situation and don't know how to get out. In my book "The Help" Aibileen feels trapped between should I say something or not. If I did, would it be worth losing my job!

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  58. Magnus Damborg
    Jem and Scout are jealous of other kid's fathers. Atticus isnt the normal father and they are wondering want Atticus can excel at. Atticus is stealthy, resourceful, and I think he has a master plan behind it all. Scout and Jem go to Mrs. Moudie and ask if Atticus is marvelous at anything because to Scout, all he seems to do is read the paper. They find out that Atticus is the best at checkers and the best shot in town. I think that later in the book, Scout and Jem will find more things Atticus is fantastic at.

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    1. i think that Scout and Jem really just underestimate Atticus because of his old age. I feel like if Atticus was portrayed as more of a young man, the plot of the book would probably be very different. I agree with you that they would find more things Atticus is great at but also learn to appreciate him more because of those things

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  59. Hi this is Sarah, I am reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The Help, so far is a series of stories about being the help, narrated by different people. The stories have been narrated by Aibileen, a house maid, Minny a house maid, and Miss Skeeter a white woman. It is the 1960s slavery was over, yet the help were almost treated as slaves. Aibileen tells the story of working for Miss Leefolt a cold hearted person, and how she raises Mae Mobley Miss Leefolt's daughter. Aibileen bites her tongue at most of Miss Leefolt's comments. Miss Leefolt decides to get a colored bathroom for the help, so she won't get diseases from them. Minny however talks back to her employers, so they spread a lie about her and make it very hard for her to get a job, luckily she found one but she is possibly risking her life for it. Miss Skeeter, a writer, just came home from college, she has a different perspective on the treatment of blacks, having been raised by them. I think Miss Skeeter is going to change the mindset of the South by writing, maybe with the help of house maids.

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  60. To kill a mockingbird ( SPOILERS)
    Im currently midway through the book and I have found that the law in Maycomb is extremely biased. During Tom's trial Atticus does an amazing job to defend Tom and all evidence points to Tom being innocent of all charges but the jury votes other wise and tom is sentenced. Atticus hopes that he can get an appeal but it does not happen because Tom is shot during prison and the guards says he tried to escape. I personally think that this is so dumb because the people in Maycomb are god fearing and respecting people and correct me if im wrong but god created everyone to be equal. -Danny Pham blog 1

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    1. Charlotte R.
      You're definitely right about the jury being biased. Keep in mind this is the south we're talking about, and as Atticus states that it was a white man's word against a black man's word, and of course then and especially where they were this means no matter what almost always the white man wins. And in this case it's sad because there was no clear evidence and it was like listening to a child tell a white lie to his or her mother sadly. It's painful to think that this was how society was but it's the truth, and they say the truth is painful and in this case this was the truth to how courts were run and judged in.

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  61. INVISIBLE MAN--Meah Matherne
    IM is expelled from his college because of the incident with Mr. Norton, but he does not know this yet. Dr. Bledsoe sends him to New York City with several letters all addressed to benefactors of the college, suggesting that they should help IM to locate a job, but that he was kicked out of the college. IM feels important as he is delivering these letters around the city but soon gains a feeling of betrayal when he realizes that he will never finish college. IM then begin a job at a paint factory where he first fixes the paint that had gone bad and then is sent downstairs to operate the paint making vats.

    Using my context clues, I think that IM will harbor a terrific grudge against Dr. Bledsoe which will eventually lead to some actions against him. I also feel that IM will continue to work in the basement of the paint factory and perhaps take over the job of his higher up after his death. Additionally, I feel a big event is on the horizon which eventually triggers IM's emotional state in the prologue of the book.

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    1. Sounds like an interesting book. In my book The Killer Angels Robert E. Lee continues to make poor descions for him and longstreets army due to his clouded judgement from his illness. Longstreet thinks that lee just lost the war for them, and i could understand if he holds a grudge on lee, like the Invisible Man and Dr Bledsoe.

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  62. To kill a mockingbird pt. 2

    The beloved friend of Jem and scout, miss Maudie, was ripped of her home after a terrible fire on a cold night. All the men in the town go and help her retrieve her belongings through the fire, while Jem and scout wait and watch boo radley had supposedly put a blanket around scout without her knowing. Miss Maudie decides to stay with a friend and she griefs in a way of humour so she doesn't have to face the fact of what happened.

    Jem and scout attempt to know more about Atticus's negro case but they are let down. Atticus, being the good man he is still brings hope to the negro Whig Jem and scout admire.

    The finch family comes together and we meet the family in chapter 9. Scouts uncle, uncle Jack, is a witty man who treats scout with respect and expects the same from her. Aunt Alexandra is a very judgementle women who expects to have the family abide by her wishes. Alexandra judges scout for being a tomboy and later in the book decides to go and stay with them to influence scout in being a lady. While at dinner with her family scout is treated as a chil (because she is) and she is forced to sit with the cousin she despises, that cousin pushes scouts buttons when he persists on the topic of Atticus defending a negro. Scout being the tough girl she is attempts to beat him up but he runs away. Atticus and uncle jack end up finding out and disapprove of her actions although they do not know the full story.

    After a traumatic experience with a mad dog scout and Jem end up respecting their father and gaining pride for his father killing the dog.

    Since Jem is getting older he is acting more and more as a teenage boy. Jem becomes infuriated with her that he destroys some of her property in result ms Dubois's forces him to read for her everyday for a month. Jem refuses but Atticus forces him to. Later on ms dubose dies because she was a morphine addict.

    Jem becoming older and wiser with age realizes that scouts tomboy appearance is not a good appearance for a girl to have.

    Aunt Alexandra goes to live with scout and Jem. Atticus starts changing his actions according to her. Scout and Jem are mad because he is giving them less freedom

    The day of the negro trial arrives and no one knows what the outcome is going to be

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  63. Black like me #2
    by Macy H.

    Currently in Black Like Me, John has just made it to Alabama. He is trying to make it to Montgomery, so he takes many taxis. Each taxi driver is different, and many talk about some topics that I need not go into. The final driver agrees to let John stay at his house as long as he doesn't mind sleeping on the floor.
    In the days before, John has been trying to find a job, but no one wants to hire him. One man said it wasn't personal to him in particular, but to his race. He said that no one wants to hire one of "his people" which I think is a disgusting mindset. Whenever John went into a cafe and asked for a glass of water, the employees would always point him three miles down the road to a "black cafe". I can't believe that people can be so blinded by a so-called social hierarchy, that they would write off FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS. I think John will continue traveling around the South, and will continue to be rejected by whites.

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    1. Well, when I read this part of the book, I thought that the taxis you mentioned were not taxis, but they were people who picked him up while John was hitch-hiking on the side of the highway

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    2. Yeah I agree the whites in this book will continue to reject John but the whole point of John's project is to see how Negroes so he is just exposing the whites. Also the taxis were in Mississippi and the man that took John in was not a taxi driver to my knowledge.

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    3. I completely agree with you when you said you were disgusted by this mindset, I am as well! I find it hard to comprehend that someone could strongly believe something so disrespectful and it was classified as common, and this was only less then 70 years ago! It gives me hope though that one day this mindset will be fully gone since we have already made strong steps towards this goal.

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  64. Mari Hershkowitz - Black Like Me
    *I have finished the book but this post is not about the entire book
    From where I left off:
    John had just decided to go to Mississippi after he heard about the outcome of the murder case in a prison. An African-american man was in a Mississippi prison where other white inmates pulled him out of his cell and down the stairs by his legs and then killed him. The court case decided that the African-American man was guilty because Mississippi was a state full of racist men and women. The jury in the court did not even want to see the evidence provided because they found it unnecessary. All african-americans in the deep south were very disturbed and angry when they saw this headline in the paper. John decided to take a Greyhound bus into Mississippi. When he went to the ticket counter to get a ticket for the bus, the lady behind the counter was greatly disturbed by John, nothing he was doing, just his skin tone. When he was purchasing the ticket, the lady said that they did not accept $10 bills because they were too high so when he brought up talking to her supervisor, she yanked the bill away from him and threw his ticket and change so hard at him, it fell on the ground. Before he went to the train station in New Orleans, John was completely broke, besides his traveler's checks which he wanted to cash. All of the banks were closed until Monday so John went from store to store asking to cash out his check but the store clerks ushered him away in ways that varied from nice and sweet to releasing all of hell upon him. John pretty much gave up until he went to a religious book store where the lady was so nice to him, after she exchanged his check, he bought books with $10 out of his $20 check. The other $10 went into buying the bus ticket.

    As soon as John was heading to his bus in the station, an elderly white woman started screaming, "BOY, YOU BOY?!" She wanted John to take her bags from the car; and John, being a polite African-American man, happily obliged with a return of a hefty dime.

    On the actual bus, things did not get any better, every thing was smooth sailing until they got to the outskirts of Louisiana, where they picked up a man named Christophe, who smelled of marijuana which led everyone to believe that he was high. Christphe immediately got into a fight with two brothers who were sitting behind him... the fight led to screaming so Christophe stood up and sat down next to John where he just started crying on him. When Christophe was getting on the bus, he looked dignified, but then he started hating on his race and the people in the back of the bus where he said that he should not be forced to sit in the back of the bus where the dirty African-Americans were sitting. Christophe said that he has a gift of guessing people's lineages, so he tried to guess John's. After a few minutes of waiting, John was getting nervous that he would find out that he was a white man in Black-Face, so just as soon as John was going to tell the truth, Christophe blurted out, "Florida-Navaho!!" So John was pretty relieved when he did not guess correctly. However, John agreed to what he had said and started having a small conversation with him until he left the bus. When he was leaving, Christophe asked John if he would want to shoot up a town with him, after saying no, everyone on the bus watched as Christophe slowly staggered out the front while making the bus trip a whole lot more bearable.

    I feel that John, along with the rest of the bus, had a disturbing experience with Christophe. But, John found out that people in the deep southern state of Mississippi, do not really like African-American people and are trying to push them out of the state.

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  65. Getting away with murder chapters 3-4
    In these chapters Till's brief life is set against the context of history. His childhood in and near Chicago was in a lower-middle class family. Chicago's sizable and growing black population meant there were businesses employing blacks and catering to them in a way that was not happening in the South. Emmett had a sense of humor and easygoing personality, and had a close relationship with his mother. He enjoyed helping those around him like family and friends. In the spring of 1955, Till's uncle Mose Wright came to visit from Mississippi and that's when Till decided to spend the summer with his uncle. Till’s mother worried that he would not “know how to treat white people” and warned him, “If you have to get on your knees and bow when a white person goes past, do it willingly.” Till and his cousin Curtis Jones left for Money, Miss. in August 1955. It was a tiny rural community, nothing like Chicago, the residents were poor, blacks worked for white sharecroppers, and blacks were routinely punished for violating Jim Crow laws. His arrival brought many attention in the small community mostly the young ones. He was treated like a celebrity and was having a great time, until August 24 when he crossed a boundary he never really understood. Till was dared to enter Bryant's Grocery and Meat and ask Carolyn Bryant out on a date. Emmett either forgot or ignored his mother's warnings and broke one of the south's biggest taboos, the mixing of races, especially a black man and a white woman. Emmett decided to go with the dare without knowing it was going to lead him to his death.
    At this point of the book I honestly had to take a break from reading because I was getting so mad the reasons why he was murder and how the people especially those in the south reacted. Just to image that his vacation with his family had to end up in such a tragedy. To think that he was a kid just like all of us making stupid jokes to have fun with his friends had to end his life.

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  66. Hi it is Zeah, I'm reading "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett! I am on page 267 and I love the book. Right now Minny and Aibileen are helping Miss Skeeter with her book, even though there was a close call. They would be in big trouble if anyone found out that they have been telling stories about the white families. All three of them want to show how maids are treated and how white families really are in their own homes. Minny and Aibileen have tons of motivation to work on this book, and that is the past couple of violent issues involving the idea that whites are superior. That is not the only thing going on, Stewart who was a jerk to Miss Skeeter three months ago, thinks he can come back and apologize and hope they can start over.

    I predict that Miss Skeeter and Steward might have future dates. Also Miss Skeeter is having trouble finding other maids to interview, because they are all scared, but it think more are going to start coming forward and be willing to talk.

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    1. My book, To Kill A Mockingbird, also has to do with the differences between how black people and white people are treated in Southern society. Most older white people and other white people who have been influenced by the white older people judge the main character's father for helping a black man with a court case, and of course the main character and her brother try to defend their father, but of course more and more insults get hurled at them. In the end they do use a bit of violence to defend themselves, but no one is killed.

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  67. Aditya Biradar
    "Black Like Me"
    To find out more about the truth John decides to go to Mississippi. When John goes to buy a ticket to Mississippi more racism is clearly shown. At first the white woman would not John's money but he stood and she finally took it but when she gave the ticket and change she just hurled it and it landed on the ground and also her tone the whole time was so rude. At this point we can all see how indecent the whites are. While on the way to Mississippi John is sitting in the back with the rest of the Negroes when a well dressed Negro named Christophe comes. He was high on drugs and pit himself against the Negroes. This isn't very smart in my opinion because you are going against your race and the whites would never accept so there is no benefit from that. Later another example of racism and intelligence is shown. When there is a restroom break the bus driver doesn't let the Negroes except one who claimed he didn't hear him when called. Since the Negroes couldn't get off the bus one of them decided to pee in the back of the bus. Next when John goes to Mississippi he starts going crazy one night. He would later go the P.D. and read transcripts when. P.D. was a friendly abolitionist and didn't mind helping. After that he went back to New Orleans but would head back to Mississippi. This next part shows how insensitive the whites are. John was taking taxis around Mississippi at night because he couldn't just be out on the streets at night without getting in trouble. Since white men thought Negroes were different they asked a lot of questions about Negro sex life. This is completely wrong and disgusting. Eventually he took a taxi to Alabama to continue his research.
    I infer that Alabama won't be as bad as Mississippi overall but something big could happen. So far I think that this book has been great.

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      Ugh, it's so awful and something I will never understand. Even if you haven't been physically abused or haven't had your child taken away from you, you still suffer from the discrimination as a slave or even a person of color back then and even today. The white men asking about 'negro sex life' just shows how ignorant slave owners were. I mean sex basically serves the same purpose in most all creatures. Some white slave owners in my book, Uncle Tom's Cabin have the same mentality. The mentality of seeing slaves as another species or something. Some of the characters in my book think a slave mother loving their child is not the same as a white mother loving their child. I mean that's so wrong and absurd. Black like me sounds like a very interesting book so far.

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    2. In The Kite Runner the main character's servant Ali and his son Hassan are always bullied and called names by some of the neighborhood boys just because they believe are Shi'a Muslims ( which is a sect in Islam).

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  68. Charlotte R. How To Kill a Mockingbird

    In chapter 23 in To Kill a Mockingbird, Bob Ewell starts to throw threats at Atticus and when Aunt Alexandra, Jem, and Scout catch wind of what had happened it worries them. The only one who seems unphased by the threats is Atticus, he assures the kids and Aunt Alexandra that Bob Ewell had gotten everything pent up out at him and that it was only from when Atticus had made him look like a fool in court. Even though he reassures them it’s nothing to worry about and it’s blown over they all agree to drop it (but it secretly still worries them that something might happen to Atticus still). Meanwhile Tom Robinson is moved 70 miles away to a different prison because his case is going to a higher court, Atticus feels strongly that Tom will get a pardon for the accusations. Scout asks what would happen if he didn’t get the appeal and Atticus (as always) responds truthfully and says he’ll be sent to the electric chair if he doesn’t win because in the state of Alabama rape is a capital offense (which is what Tom Robinson is accused of by Bob Ewell, just to clear it up a little).
    The conversation shifts to Jem and Atticus discussing the trial, court rules, fair punishment for things, and how they had gotten lucky in court because the jury was out for a while (meaning there’s a chance Tom Robinson will make it out of this and back home to his wife and kids). Atticus also gives some deep advice about how in court (during this time at least, what they had as evidence was only words and lies) a white man’s word always beats a black man’s word in the court system of Alabama. One of the Cunningham’s was the reason for the court being out so long because he wanted to acquit. As Scout soaks up this information she turns to Aunt Alexandra and exclaims that she wants young Walter Cunningham to come over for dinner, and with a stern response and an iron will Aunt Alexandra says that the Finches do not associate themselves with trash.
    This gets Scout worked up and jem takes her upstairs. They both talk about Jem wanting to try out for football next fall and him growing up. But then the conversation turns them talking about the class system and why Aunt Alexandra dislikes the Cunninghams, so on and so forth. Then after not being able to come up with an answer that explains why everyone hates everyone (which I relate to this because I think about this kind of thing a lot, but then you realize not everyone’s the same and all that, but i found it interesting that i can relate to this train of thought somehow), Jem has a realization that maybe Boo Radley doesn’t want to leave just because. This is an interesting chapter, I also don’t want to spoil the next few but this chapter has that calm before the storm vibe to it if you really pay attention to how still everything is and how everyone has gone quiet.

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  69. Tyler Sun
    To Kill a bird
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    In part two of To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem, Scout, and Dill attend the trial of Tom Robinson, who is being defended by Atticus. I believe that Tom Robinson will be voted upon as guilty by the jury, just because he is black and against white people in the trial.

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    1. It's Kara-- I agree with you, I think Tom Robinson will be deemed guilty no matter how convincing Atticus's case is to save Tom because at the time, severe segregation was beginning to form, and black and whites will not be equal at this trial. I think the jury will completely disregard Tom's testimony, because black words were not as valuable as white words at this time in history. Also, I doubt the jury would choose Tom over Mayella because they wouldn't want to be judged from others in society as Atticus was earlier in the novel.

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  70. So far in To kill a mockingbird where i left off, Calpurnia took Scout and Jem to her black church. Since black and whites didn't really share a church together, seeing Scout and Jem (whites) was a rare and weird thing to see. Lula, a black lady who only liked and enjoyed to cause trouble judged and made comments to Calpurnia about how white children did not belong at that church. After church, Calpurnia took the children home and found that Aunt alexandra came to pay them a “visit”. Aunt Alexandra said that she was going to live with the kids and Atticus for a little while because the kids supposedly needed a “feminine influence” because they were growing and becoming older.
    I think it's a little odd that Aunt alexandra staying with the kids just for the sole purpose of wanting to influence them is strange. I think there is another important reason why she wanted to stay over that isn't mentioned. I can probably predict that since Aunt alexandra is going to give Jem and Scout her “feminine influence”, Scout would be forced to dress and act more like a girl (since Aunt Alexandra hates Scout dressing like a tomboy), I don't think that Jem would be very affected by having his aunt over but maybe only be slightly affected by hearing her call Atticus a “nigger lover”.

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    1. I think Aunt Alexandra will try to become a second mother to the children and epically fail. She'll be way too misunderstanding and strict. But maybe she has good intentions. I think she knows it's hard to grow up without a mother and is trying to fill that gap. I think she sees Scout's masculinity and is trying to repair that. Or maybe she doesn't want the kids to grow up with only a "nigger lover" father and wants to bring up the kids "properly." I find her intentions very interesting.

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  71. Hodo here, Uncle Tom's Cabin- Harriet Beecher Stowe

    WARNING: SPOILERS

    I've read 13 chapters since my last post. I am on chapter 24.
    I believe I inferred in my last blog that I thought Eliza and
    George were going to meet in Canada, but they ended up meeting literally in the next chapter I read. Their story left off when they were about to drive to the next post after their stay with the Quakers. On the way they get caught by the slave hunters, and we see George really being prideful and protective in this scene. There is sort of a little battle against slave hunters, Quakers and slaves. George and Phineas ( Quaker/ guy that helps them escape) stand on a hill with guns. Anyways, at the end Tom Loker gets hurt and pushed down the hill. The enemy retreats, leaving Loker injured at the bottom of a rocky hill! Of course, the slaves and quakers patch him up and bring him to safety. You know, it's always the people who are treated the worst who treat people the best.
    Now this is what's happening to Tom: (A very good fate)
    Tom ends up saving this girl named Evangeline (I'll get more into her later. She is my favorite character.) from drowning and makes friends with her. She urges her dad, Augustine St. Clare to buy him and he does. If you were a slave, you'd want him to own you because he is very nice. I will have to mention that he is not religious and his wife is an awful 'sick' lady. No words can describe Eva. Eva is my favorite character because she is a literal goddess. They say she's an angel in the book, but she is a goddess to me. Just to give you an idea of who she is, here is what she says when her father asks her why she wants to buy Tom, " "What for, pussy? Are you going to use him for a rattle-box, or a rocking-horse, or what? "I want to make him happy.” " ( p. 166) HQ,KODENJVBRD , DOESN'T THIS MELT YOUR HEART?!
    (I know, I was alarmed too when her father called her the p word) Anyways... so they go to Marie's house (the mom) a big place with lots of slaves. Another new character named Miss Ophelia is St. Claire's cousin who helped out since her wife is 'sick'. Marie and St. Claire are in a rough relationship ( HA that's because he never loved her in the beginning). St. Claire has a long background that had an entire chapter to explain. Basically, he loved another woman but her guardian sent him a letter saying she'll be marrying someone else. He got so broken he ended up marrying a shallow, selfish, opposite being from himself which is Marie ( the witch ) But then, his lover sent him a letter saying that she is waiting for him...... OHHH THE AGONY. He says it's too late and figures out who Marie really is. Life goes on living in that mansion. There's more that goes on but it's too much, so here's a list: some crazy poor servant slave lady dies, Tom writes a letter to Aunt Chloe, Chloe convinces Missus to allow her a job to pay for Tom's freedom, St. Claire gives Miss Ophelia a troubled slave child, Topsy.
    Let's get into Evangeline. My dear Eva. She is such a special
    person that loves everyone and everything. I love her so much. Everything she says is gold and every person she meets is immediately blessed with angel dust. She is a product of heaven and I think you get that.

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      BUT SHE's GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!!! 😭😭😭

      Can you imagine how saddened I am about that? I cried so
      much while reading her health get worse and worse. She hasn't officially died yet. I specifically stopped at chapter 25, which is titled DEATH, to get all my feelings out before she dies. She doesn't compare to anything/anyone in the world. She knows she is going to die ( oh by the way she is like, what, 9 years old? Very young, poor child), and she wants too die. People believe she is from heaven and heaven wants her back. She has wishes after she dies that her dad promised to fulfill. All of her wishes are about treating slaves well and freeing them. Isn't that so sweet? I mentioned before that St. Clare wasn't religious, but I know he going to be after her death. Eva had a special connection with religion and God. It came so naturally to her, and she was very spiritual. I think that will definitely rub off on her father because she says that she'll want to see him again in heaven. By the way, her nick name is pronounced eeeeeva not Ava.
      I've expressed most of my opinions in my summary. Here are
      some of the rest.
      Why do I keep on saying Marie is 'sick'?
      Because she is not! She is such a wimp and a hypocrite. She has ' chronic migraines ' at most. She always says stuff like 'I never complain', 'why does my husband not care about me' , 'slaves are unthankful spoiled children that complain so much', ' slaves are the plague of the earth'. She makes me so mad. I mean she thinks Mammy ( her personal slave ) is given too much slack and spoiled because she sleeps soundly ON SOME NIGHTS instead of tending to her missus's 'headaches' 24/7. Ugh I hate her so much....
      One thing I notice about Miss Ophelia is whenever she is
      spoken too she says little back. Haha, I know that's a weird observation, but it has stood out to me. Marie had a long talk about slaves (not a good one) with her, and she replies with very little. In that conversation, I know she tries to avoid talking ( I can see why ). Then St. Clare had a long conversation with her also, ( these conversations are not short. they say SO MUCH. Reading both conversations take like 30-40 minutes each ). Anyways, I just noticed that she replies with one sentence to everything. It kind of bothers me because when a person talks to you or text you with emotion and depth you don't respond with a few sentences! I now realize most of my feedback is just rants.
      Ok this is getting so long. Nobody is going to read mine ....
      sorry if you did. If you got it to the end, thanks!

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  72. blog #2
    This is M.E. Harp and I am reading The Help. Some of the main events that have happened in the book since my last blog was that Skeeter has started a book about the life of maids working for white women and their families. Skeeter is now dating the senators son, and more horrible things are happening to black people getting punished. Now that Skeeter is trying to get more maids to help with her book one of the people that would have really helped, Yule May is now in jail for stealing. Minny almost got fired for yelling at Mrs. Celia because Minny thought that Mrs. Celia was drinking whisky. When Minny came back to apologize to Mrs. Celia, Mrs. Celia was having a giving birth to her dead baby in her restroom. There is blood everywhere and hopefully Minny wont have to grab a dead baby out of the bloody toilet. Miss Skeeter has started going to Aibileen's house every night now to get the stories for her book. Aibileen and Miss Skeeter have lots of hope in the book, but if someone finds out they could be getting in serious trouble. When Skeeter was at one of the Junior League meetings she accidentally left her red bag which has ALL of the interviews, and everything about her book. Mrs. Hilly was snooping around in Miss Skeeters bag but hopefully she didn't see any of the interview information. Mrs. Leefolt is having another baby but in the beginning of the book Aibileen said that once May Mobley grows up, Aibileen will no longer work for the Leefolts so I think that Aibileen will stay with the Leefolts to raise their other baby. When Skeeters family was meeting Stewarts family, he tells her that he wants to read one of the things that she is writing. This is bad because his family is the one that are making the segregation laws and she is writing a whole book about how they are wrong. I predict that she will eventually tell him, he gets furious breaks up, tells on her, and then everyone will get in trouble.

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    1. I agree with all of the things that are said in here. I also think that if Stuart does break up with Skeeter than all of her plans for her book will be leaked and her and the maids will be in a lot of trouble. I think that is interesting that Skeeter is thinking about letting Stuart read her some of her book because Stuarts family works with the government so that could turn into a really bad situation. The predictions the M.E. predict sound pretty good and could happen later in the book, I guess I have to finish it!!

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  73. Hi it's Hasher, and I am reading The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini. So what has happened in my book is that Amir won the kite fighting tournamenthe was scared about. After he won Hassan runs off to catch the second place kite and gets cornered by the neighborhood bully, Assef. Amir follows Hassan to the alley but doesn't show himself to anyone and doesn’t stand up for Hassan even though Hassan stood up for him countless times. Amir then runs away while Hassan gets sexually abused. Amir believes that Hassan knows that he was there and didn't do anything, so he starts driving Hassan away from him and soon Hassan's father, Ali decides that he and Hassan leave even though he had been with the family ever since he was just a tiny boy. The next thing that happened in the book was that Amir and his father decide to leave after five years because the Russians invaded Afghanistan. After they escape Afghanistan they move to America where Amir marries a lady named Soraya, and where Amir's father died. Ten years later, Amir gets a call from his dad's old friend, Rahim Khan, who is really sick and is asking Amir to come visit him in Pakistan. Once Amir arrives Rhim tells Amir that Hassan is dead but his son is still alive. Rahim also tells Amir that Hassan is Amir's illegitimate half brother. Rahim then tells Amir to go to Afghanistan to find Hassan's son and bring him back to Pakistan, wherehe will be given to an American family working to make the lives of orphans affected by the war better. The last thing that I read was that Amir agreed to this after some thinking.

    So far I believ that the book is just absolutely amazing, and I love the fact that the book doesn't just talk about Amir's childhood, but also his adult life. I believe that Amir is going to find Hassan's son, but instead of giving him to the American family, he is going to adopt him himself. I also believe that part of the reason why Amir agreed to going to find Hassan's son was because he is trying to redeem himself because of fact that he never stopd up for Hassan even though Hassan stood up for him.

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  74. Blog 2
    This is Jade I am reading The Help. Some event that have been going on in the past few chapters I have read include miss Skeeter starting to get interviews for her new 'book'. She is constantly needing more maids but few will help her because the maids do not want to get caught and they do not want to help a white women. Minny is working for miss Celia and is still urging miss Celia to let Johnny know that they have a maid. Little does Celia know Johnny and Minny have already met unexpectedly. This does make Minny feel a bit better about not having to be scared to come to work everyday. Minny went upstairs one day to see what Celia was doing up there and she thought she was drinking whiskey. Minny ended up yelling at Celia and then Celia fired her. Minny comes back to work like a normal day and Celia doesn't even remember firing her. She then tells Minny that it is not whiskey it's catch tonic which is a remedy for women who can't get pregnant. Celia has the baby and it was dead and she had it in the toilet at her house and the doctor came to examine it. Skeeter left her bag with her book about the laws of blacks and whites and Hilly snoops through her bag and finds the book and is really surprised at Skeeter. Hilly is trying to ignore Skeeter because she has the weird book. I believe what will happen next in the book is that when the Leefolts have their baby Aibileen will be a big help. I do have a feeling though that Skeeters plan will be leaked more than it already is in some way and I have a feeling someone will be in big trouble later. Hopefully Elizabeth's baby is sweet unlike miss Leefolt.

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    1. I think Ms. Hilly will try and get Skeeter in trouble for having that book and probably kick her of the committee and i also hope that Miss leefolts baby turns out nice

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  75. To kill a mockingbird Blog 2 Danny Pham
    Still trying to cope with the loss of Tom. I found out that boo radley saved Jem and scout from Bob Ewell. He is the unsung hero because during the book he gives gifts to the children because he feels lonely and also when there was the fire he was the one to wrap the blanket around scout to keep her warm or else she would have gotten frostbite. If word were to get out that he saved Jem and Scout from bob ewell then the town would send him gifts but he wisely refuses the fame because it would be a disaster for his reclusive personality.

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      I really think that this is really awesome and that we get to see more of this boo radley character because all this time he has been shrouded in mystery. I think the children will respect and like boo radley in the days that will come

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    2. I agree but after reading this i don't really see why bob doesn't want the fame even when he was starving or cold.

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  76. Hey it's Kara. In the book to kill a mockingbird, the long awaited trial has finally occurred. Everyone in Maycomb had been bothering scout and Jem about being a “nigger lover”, and how Tom Robinson is guilty of rape on miss Mayella Ewell. As the trial began, Atticus was in the lead with his wise leading questions to all 3 witnesses. Despite him obviously proven Tom Robinson innocent without doubt, the jury's final decision was to accuse him guilty and sentenced him to death because on top of rape, a black man kissing a white girl was also illegal. It took the jury several hours to Decide their statement, so although Atticus lost, it was a step towards all men becoming equal on trial. A couple chapters later in the book, Atticus had found out the Tom Robinson had run and been shot 17 times and died, because he had lost all hope in humanity.

    Later on I was thinking about why this book was called “to kill a mockingbird”, and I thought about Tom Robinson and realized that he could be considered the mockingbird at this part of the book. Earlier in the novel, Atticus was telling Scout that it was illegal to kill a mockingbird, because all mockingbirds do is gift us with their beautiful voice. All Tom wanted to do was help mayella, but because he was black she took advantage of him, and landed him in trial and sentenced to death. I suspect that in these last few chapters, scout and Jem will finally realize why Boo Radley stays inside his house without coming out, and all of the scenes will fit like puzzle pieces in the end.

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    1. I love your way of thinking about the title of the book! I have read this book and hadn't of thought of this before. Like in my book, the titles directly correlate with the content. Additionally in my book, the black characters are taken advantage of by the white characters.

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  77. Sereena Olguin
    The help
    So far in the book The Help Ms. Skeeter one of the main characters in the book decides she wants to write a book about the life of the "help". She needs maids to interview and she asks Abilieen Ms.leefolts maid. At first Abilieen is hesitant because she knows the risk of getting caught talking to a white women, but she decided to agree and talk to her beacuse she wants people to know the truth.

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    1. Its a bit vage, but i get the general idea. With the book i m reading the main charecter Huck is going on a truth search of his own. He is finding him self becoming friends with a run away slave by the name of Jim, so he strugles with the conflict of such bonds being frowned apon in the day. Worst of all he has to wrestly with the fact that he is help a slave escape to freedom. Over all you did a good job of explaning.

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  78. Lexi Moidel (2)
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Scout and Jem accompany Calpurnia to church when their father leaves for a trip. Calpurnia goes to the First Purchase African M. E. Church so Scout and Jem feel a little out of place. I can relate to this since I'm Jewish, but all my half siblings are Christian, and one of my half-sister's got married in a Church, which I went to. There I felt so out of place, probably like Scout did.

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    1. i agree with your comment on how they felt out of place. I believe that they also were very shocked about how calpurnia was acting around her aquaintinces. They didn't understand why she proceeded to talk like a negro because she never does in front of them.

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  79. max gao #2 blogger
    on a walk home from school Scout always passes the Radleys house. One day she notices something in a tree which is in the Radleys yard. He went up there and found out that is was a chewing gum. She goes and get the gum and quickly puts it in her mouth. Jem is not happy on her actions and forces her to spit it out. After summer they spot some tinfoil in the hole and behind that they fin 2 indian-head pennies. Later Jem makes a game new game : acting out the life and times of boo radley. Later scout says she heard a laugh in boo radleys. Dill comes home and “steals” Jem. The boys start spending more time together and less time with scout. So Scout spends her time with Miss Maudie Atkinson who is an old lady. Miss Maudie Atkinson tells Scout more about Boo Radley. She told her that Boos father is a foot-washing Baptist. Later they try to look into the Radleys house. They try to look into the window but they are too short. Atticus spots them and he was not pleased. He tell them not to go in the Radley yard again. I think what gonna happen later in the book is they are still gonna they to look in the the Radleys house and they’re not gonna stop until they see him.

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  80. Mike Mohr Black Like Me (2)

    In "Black Like Me" John has made the procedure and has went out into the city to research not only contact with whites, but also with blacks for his project. He traveled to Mississippi to find out more on how the negro race is treated. While on a train, a negro man got very violent, but he was not right in mind. This caused trouble for the rest of the negro people on the bus. Mississippi was very bad and helped his research. He is traveling to Alabama and i'm exited to see the outcome. I think that Alabama will be worse than Mississippi because he is traveling far south, but im exited to read, and see the outcome!!

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  81. Sergio's second blog comment

    Going into chapter 17 I can see something big is about to take place. After seeing Atticus getting cornered outside of the prison you can see the fight is in more places than the courtroom. Luckily Scout was there to put some sense into the mob. I love how the author is able to use the dynamics of a small town. At this point you know almost every citizen and counting. You really get a personal relationship with even the most questionable characters such as Ms. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose you even start to sympathize with her after her death. That is why I think the small town is a very setting.

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    1. I agree with you when you say Harper lee use of the dynamics of a small town is great and how she describes all the characters in amazing detail.

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  82. Anna S. Blog 2.0
    So far in my book John got P.D to take him back to New Orleans. John hitchhikes to Alabama ,where he gets very few rides during the day, but once it turns to night he gets ride after ride. The only reason he gets multiple ride at night and not during the day is because the drivers are too ashamed to bring up these "topics" during broad daylight. He then is offered food and a place to rest by a man who discusses religion with him. John then once again goes on a mission to find a job but fails his mission. He then hitchhikes again but this time to the swamp between Mobile and Montgomery. He stays the night with a nice man and his family. He shares his milky way bars with them and as a result the kids love him even more. He travels to Montgomery and feels the determined spirit of negro's who are fighting for their rights. Even though he feels encouraged by the other negro's spirit the "hate stare" is everywhere he is. John starts to go into a state of exhaustion and depression. He is tired of being a negro and waits for the medicine to leave his system. He starts to go back and forth between races tricking anyone he sees. John travels to Atlanta and declares the end of the experiment. He calls a photographer down to take photos of his life as a negro. They have to take photos secretly because if a negro and a white were together it would be suspicious. As the book goes on you notice John referring to himself as apart of the negro community. His attitude changes drastically due to his time as a negro. I infer that once he is becomes a white permanently he will feel stuck, unsure how to feel about the current events.

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    1. In the first few sentences, you talk about how he fails to find a job. It is truest sad to see that when a john asked if he could get a job a man told him that they weren't hiring black people, that they wanted to get rid of the ones with job so that they all move out of the state.

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  83. On the first battle day Buford holds off the confederates until Reynolds troops arrive, while general Ewell tries to capture high ground near gettysburg but fails. the second day, Lee rejects longstreets plan and sends troops to attack the union flank while trying to get high ground. Meanwhile, chamberlains troops are helping defend the flank, and they lose a lot of men but still win. I think later on in the book chamberlain will fight at gettysburg with lees troops, and maybe lee will win one. Im still waiting for Picketts charge to happen, and i wonder who wins. Im sure the military tactics have changed over the years, but the planning seems to be fairly similar to modern day attacks.

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  84. Im done with Huckleberry Finn but after the beginning I really did enjoy the fact that there was no plot what so ever like how Huck goes from finding Jim to being on one adventure after the next adventure, all while being dead.Since the story has no plot the book is able to run smoothly from event to event but all makes since.I liked this book better than Tom Sawyer because a lot happens in the book.

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  85. To Kill a Mockingbird- Kate Crow- Blog 2
    In the beginning of chapter 4 Scout finds gum in a tree at the Radley place, and over time the prizes they find in the tree become more and more valuable, but one day the whole in the tree is filled with cement. During summer Dill shows up again and shares more stories that are filled with BS, they create a game about boo radley’s life. Jem believes Atticus doesn’t know what they are playing, but Scout has a feeling he does. In chapter 5 Dill ask Scout to marry him, but overtime the boys started excluding Scout from their activities, so Scout is forced to spend more time with Ms. Maudie. Ms. Maudie ends up telling Scout more about the Radley family. Scout is finally allowed to join the boys activities, but when she hears their plan, she starts trying to back out of hanging out with them. Their plan was to use a fishing pole to get a note to Boo Radley inviting him to come outside. Atticus busts the kids while in the act and tricked Jem into saying what they have been playing.

    I have a feeling that Jem and Dill will not give up on getting Boo Radley to come outside, and they will end up getting in trouble while trying. I also predict that once school starts back up again Scout will once again be bored.

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  86. Hi, it's Hannah.G and i am reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Currently i am on chapter Chapter 16. From where i left off on my book i made quite a bit of progress as did Huck. My predictions were quite accurate, Huck did end up running away and his father did try to take him and the money. In fact one evening Huck's pa got such a stir that he thought his own son was some spirit that was tormenting him. So Huck's pa tired to go and kill him, and it turns out Huck's pa was hallucinating and dropped off back to sleep, and when he woke he didn't remember a gosh darn thing.
    So when Huck's pa went a hunting and locked him up in his old shed house, Huck went straight to work on the part of the house that he had been sawing with an old saw. He finishes his work and climbs out, he then finds an old skift and decides to have a bit of fun while he's running away. So he decides to pull a Tom Sawyer and fake his death a second time. He takes the dead pig that his pa got somewhere along the line and spreads the blood every where . so he gets the skif that he founds and escapes to jackson island like he and tom did before. This time he finds jim and run away slave who accompanies Huck. Mid travel Huck and Jim get separated and the almost lose each other. But Huck finds Jim asleep on a sandbar by their other boat and so Huck plays a prank on him and when Jim wakes up a flurry of surprise and joy to Huck again. Huck tells him it was a dream, and Jim gets mad at Huck because he was honestly worried. Huck starts to realize that Jim is actually his friend. He ponies up and apologizes to him. Butt as they travel along Huck discovers that Jim is actually running away. Unsure of where they are Jim believes that they are in the free states. When Huck sees another boat he goes up to it, and ask the men aboard to help him tie the boat to shore. The men ask if the other man on board is black or white. Huck lies and says that jim is white, and somewhere along the lines of Huck's lies the men some how puzzle together that Huck's “pa” has smallpox. The warn him not to let people guess what his pa has, and tell to wit twenty feet away and both men give huck and jim twenty dollars each, and the two sial off. Huck starts to wonder why he didn't turn Jim in.
    Since Huck and Jim are still on the river it's kinda hard to infrance what will happen next. Butt so far, i think Huck and jim will make it to the north but not without encountering a heck of a lot of trouble along the way. It really is a wonderful book, and there are so many ways to connect this to the real world. Like temperance, and how the overuse of alcohol affects people today, or how some effects of racism re still around today. This book has personally brought to life the true story of slavery, and how the south was affected by the civil war. The real story of a piece of america's past, told by a young boy named huckleberry finn.

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  87. Hi this is Sarah, I am reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I am on page 264, and the book continues being narrated by Minny, Aibileen, and Miss Skeeter. Miss Skeeter has gotten a job writing a column in a paper about cleaning which she knows nothing about, so she needs some help. She goes to Aibileen for help. Long story short, the two get to know each other and Miss Skeeter is struck with an idea. Miss Skeeter is being encouraged to come up with out of the box writing ideas by Elaine Stein a newspaper editor for the New York Times. Miss Skeeter came up with a novel idea to write stories of what it was like to work for white people from the help's(colored) point of view. Miss Skeeter needs maids to tell their stories, so she begs Aibileen, and she agrees tentatively and the two start writing. Miss Skeeter’s friends are suspicious of her because they found a “colored rights” book in her satchel. Meanwhile, Minny is working for the odd Celia Foote, who hasn't told her husband she hired help yet. The days are getting closer to when Miss Celia promised Minny she would tell Johnny Foote, her husband. Before Miss Celia has the chance to tell him, Minny and Johnny accidentally meet. To Minny's surprise he was actually a nice guy, but they decide to keep their meeting a secret and wait for Miss Celia to tell. Elaine Stein ends up liking the novel idea, but she says she won't even consider publishing it unless there are 12 different people's stories. So Miss Skeeter asks Aibileen to recruit other maids, she asks 30 other maids except Yule May. Eventually Minny agrees to tell her stories. Miss Celia usually lays around all day long and Minny found out why, it’s because she's a drunk. Minny gets into a fight with her about it and she gets fired. Abileen asks Yule May and she actually shows interest. In Mississippi, at the time many colored people were being killed for no reason. It was very risky for anyone to help Miss Skeeter with her book, yet they did. I think that there will be many more surprises to come in the book. I predict that the popularity of helping Miss Skeeter with her book will increase and more maids will come forward and tell their stories.

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  88. Thanhy Nguyen’s second blog
    I am reading the book To Kill A Mockingbird. In chapters 17 to 21 it talks about a court case that Atticus, Scout the main character’s father, was working on. He is defending a black man that was accused of rape by a white man. During this time period it is very unusual for a black man’s word to be taken over a white man’s, so when the black man, Tom Robinson, denies the accusation no one really believes him except a select few. Generally white people look down on black people saying that it would be typical of a black man to be a savage, liar, and monster, so when Atticus is chosen to defend Tom in court and Atticus does so because he wants to the whole town starts to look down on and be disgusted with Atticus and his family. However during court, Atticus being the good lawyer he is, manages to bring light to the situation, but in the end the court decides Tom is guilty. The people in the town most likely know Tom is innocent but because he is a black man the town refuses to let a white man lose against a black man in court. However the white man’s reputation is dragged in the mud and the court takes hours deciding the verdict when usually a black vs white case would be solved quickly.

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  89. Erick Amie- I'm reading to kill a mocking bird and where I'm at now it's starting to pick up and the book is getting good they are getting to mrs.Dubose and when jem destroys her lawn and his punishment is reading to her for 2 hours but in the middle of Jens reading he gets inrupted by Jessie and says mrs.Dubose needs to take her medicine and they leave also Atticus's brother arrives for Christmas and Scout uses foul language to try to get out of school

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    1. When I was reading TKAM, I found Scout to be quite the rascal. She is the definition of tomboy if there is one during her childhood days. She reminds me of St. Clare (Augustine) from my book. He is witty and manipulates the rules in peculiar and funny ways.
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  90. Arwen Lineberry
    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Through the chapters I read this week, the story mainly followed that of Tom's new life at the St. Clare estate. St. Clare's history was explained to readers, including his family relationships and original fiance. His wife, Marie, suffers from chronic headaches and other dramatized medical issues. She has been unable to maintain the order of the house, and requires a slave named Mammy to watch her at night in case of a flare. Because of this, St. Clare was bringing home Miss Ophelia (to kpeep order in the house) in the same voyage he bought Tom. She is a very logical and sensible woman from Vermont, where slavery does not exist. Seeing the slaves all around St. Clares estate troubles her, and she speaks of it when Marie is explaining the house duties to her. She says the way the servants work is "shiftless" because St. Clare does not care to advise them strictly. The kitchen, run by an old African American woman named Dinah, is always in a mess. Miss Ophelia organized the kitchen the best she could, but determined there is no order to a slave's mind.
    Another significant change to a story was made. The story of George and his family's escape to freedom. One of the Quakers from the family who hid them had overheard slave hunters' plans to capture George's son and sell Eliza. They knew what route the runaways would take, and so the slaves had to go armed. When the slave hunters spotted them, they took for a small cave near the road. The lead hunter was shot and taken to the Quaker house to heal while the slaves continued their journey.
    I have a premonition Eliza and her family will soon be caught, or come too close to capture for comfort. I wish the best for Tom and the Eliza's family.

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  91. Blog 2
    In my book black like me so far Griffin stays with a very nice man and the kids love Griffin. He goes to Montgomery and he sees how the negroes are fighting for their freedom. Even though he looks like a negro he still feels white. Griffin is getting sick and tired of being black so he's just waiting for the medicine to get out of his body. Then the photographer visits him so he can see the life of a negro, but they do it secretly because if they see a white man with a negro that'll be a bit suspicious.

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      This book sound very interesting and i would like to know more but i did get a little confused in who is who but otherwise sounds very interesting and want to know more about how he does with the new man he stays with.

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  92. Mathew Ortega
    So far in Black like me, John is looking for a place to cash a traveler’s check but is faced with racism. He is at a store called Dryades and he asked the the young white girl if he could cash a check. The girl responded with “We don’t cash any checks of any kind,”. John believes that she won’t accept because of safety reasons. He tells her “But a traveler’s check is perfectly safe,” and she responded with “We just don’t cash checks,”. They went back and forth for a bit until the girl called up the bookkeeping department on an mezzanine. The woman said “Hey! Do we cash traveler’s ch----” but was interrupted abruptly by the white woman with “No!” John went into more store trying to cash his check but was turned down. John knew that it was because they had manners. He then became desperate and he realized that the stores would have cashed a check for a white man without hesitation. John faces a lot of racism which is one of the reasons why he decided to become a black male. A little afterward John faces racism again. He is trying to get a ticket to Hattiesburg but has to pay with $10. The woman said that she couldn’t change a bill that big and then walked away as if it was over. Later he said “Surely, in the entire Greyhound system there must be some means of changing a ten-dollar bill. Perhaps the manager--” the lady took the bill and hurled the change at him and put the ticket on the counter. Yet again John is hit with another act of racism. John was on the bus to Hattiesburg when the bus driver pulled over for a ten minute break. All the white people got off and when the blacks got to the door the bus driver asked them where they thought they were going. A black man slipped through him and got off. The bus driver was calling him but he ignored him. John was then going to get off but the bus driver didn’t let him because of his color; not just him but the other blacks as well. A lot of the blacks had to use the restroom but they couldn’t. In rant, a black man said “Well, if i can’t go there, then I’m going in here. I’m not going to sit here and bust.” He urinated on the floor of the bus loudly. Black people started to cheer and decided to join in but were stopped by an older man that said “No, let’s don’t. It’ll just give them something else to hold against us,”. Everyone agreed. John was thinking to himself that it was true. That the Whites would see them as unfit. John is learning more and more about how to act as a black male. He learns that there are things that he can’t do or say because of his color.

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  93. Getting Away with Murder chapters 5-6
    Preparations for Till's trial , tension surrounds the nation. The local sheriff told the press that the body wasn't Till's and that Till was probably alive. Defense lawyers strategy was to find a way for the white jurors to declare the killers innocent, and present them to the audience as " Patriots" leaving them with good reputation. In the courtroom black were sat in the back and white in the front. The jurors were only white because only registered voters could be jurors and there no registered black voters in the county. The description and outcome of the trial comes along, Judge Swango was handling the process in a way that earned him respect from both sides. Mose Wright Emmett's uncle who identified the two killers in front of the whole courtroom which was a pretty risky situation for him ,because he was accusing two white men of murder. Emmett's mother was questioned about her ability to identify the body. Another sheriff was called to testifiefy , he said that the body ha likely been in the river for 10-20 days and was impossible to identify. The identification of the body and the identification of the killers were both questioned. An hour later, the jury found the accused not guilty.

    My hopes all went away , is so hard to believe how people were blind or not aware of what was really happening. I just can't image the pain and frustration of Emmet's mother having to see the murderers of her son walking with freedom.

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    1. Yes, this reminds me of my book to kill a mockingbird. The trial of emmet till like the trial of Tom Robinson the evidence was all there and it should have been obvious. And In today's court system there would have been a completely different result, but unfourtunatley this was a time of white mans word over a black mans word. -Ava Shea

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    2. like Ava said, the trail of Emmet is very similar to the trial of Tom robinson. I agree with you that people were just too blind to know how bad the situation really was. All the evidence in the Emmett till trial led to the two white males who clearly committed the murder. In the Tom robinson trial, there was no evidence whatsoever that said Tom had raped Mayella but he was still found guilty. On both trials the jury were all white so the choice was clearly biased; Tom was found guilty, the two white males in the Emmet till trial were declared innocent. Nowadays, trials like this would have a court with both black and white jury’s so the choice made would not be biased.

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  94. Victor Trejo-Huckleberry Fin

    So far in my book Huckleberry Fin and Jim are headed to Cairo, where they can sell the raft and take a steamboat to Ohio, one of the free states where Jim won't be in danger of being sold back into slavery but then a heavy fog rolls in and they got separated but they find each other again and then they find each other again and then they start wondering how they would know when they would be at Cario so they paddle ashore to ask and then Huck has a crisis and starts thinking on how Miss Watson helped him with religion and manners and in return he steals her property and that's about as far is i got but i infer that they get to the north and Jim becomes free and i predict that Huck gets sent to jail for stealing Miss Watson's property but he uses his money to get out.

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  95. In my book Black like Me the steaks are higher now that he goes into Mississippi and that's the state where Black people have absolutely no rights and White people can kill Blacks in the matter of seconds with out facing any concequences so he feels really scared and unprotected by police and he feels like he could get killed at any moment.

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    1. That's exactly what happened in my book my character was killed in Mississippi for talking to a white woman and they killers were pronounced innocent.

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  96. in continuation to my last post, John realized that black culture has been getting overrated and misused only for industry and money. Black people are so used to being the understudy of white people, they are always under their shadow and always do as they are told. He knows that this in any point of view is wrong, but the rest of the community doesn't know it.

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  97. Where I have read recently, Tom Robinsons trial is nearing and Tom is to be moved to the jail. So that evening, while Atticus is at work Jem scout and Dill sneak out to go pay him a visit. When they get to town they see that Atticus is surrounded by a group of hostile men in front of the jail demanding that Atticus move away from the jailhouse door but he refuses. Then suddenly Scout shows herself in the circle of men, she recognizes Mr. Cunningham, the father of her friend Walter Cunningham. She starts talking to him about his entailments and asks him to say "hey" to his son Walter for her. Everyone is blown away, and then an ashamed mr. Cunningham squats down and tell her that he will tell his son "hey". Then he tells the boys to clear out and they leave. I found this part quite intriguing what scout did. As Atticus says later, the events of the night prove that "a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they are still human." -Ava Shea

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  98. To kill a mockingbird: Continuation to where i left off, the Tom robinson trial ended and Tom was eventually pronounced guilty. There was no medical evidence shown that Mayella had been raped, nevertheless raped by Tom himself. After the court case ended, the negro population of Maycomb gave gifts to Atticus as a thank you for fighting for Tom robinson’s case. Bob Ewell starts threatening Atticus because he helped defend Tom, which leads to Scout, Jem, and Dill worrying about Atticus’s safety. I can probably predict that both Scout and Jem would get in trouble for defending Atticus against the Ewells by using violence.

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    1. My book also featured a trial and the trial was sparked by a lie. Most people can take advantage of the court system and the minorities.

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  99. Emmett Till inspired Rosa parks to stand up for her rights.

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  100. Ben Dodson- Huckleberry Finn Blog 2
    In Huckleberry Finn Huck and Jim have been staying at the Grangerford family's house but then they have all been killed by the Shepardson family because of a 30 year feud that has been occurring over a lawsuit over land. huck and jim move on to find a "Duke" a "Dauphin" and a "King". Huck and Jim then go to Arkansas where a man named Colonel Sherburn has killed two people while they were there the crowd is angry at sherburn and is riled up and I think that they are going to try to lynch or kill him.

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  101. Melody sanchez
    Getting away with murder blog 2

    I expected my book to be told by emmett till, but instead it's a biography/nonfiction.
    In my last blog i said what the emmett till case was about and now i'm going to tell you more about his personal life. Throughout his life he always had a TON of friends, and was known very well. His friends describe him as funny with an amazing sense of humor and a person who loved to make pranks. His neighbors and family describe him as a hard worker with a big heart. His mom tells a story about emmett till and his friends in the book; every fridays he and his friends would go play baseball and his mom took them all in her car, she says that her car would be so full that some kids would go in the trunk and sat on top of each other. His mom also tells us about this one time that emmett till told his mom that he would get a job and take care of her and the house. She thought he was playing but the next day he had 18 dollars that their neighbor had given emmett till for cleaning her house, painting the balcony and washing her cloths. He was a normal boy he loved the latest released song, show and he also loved the white sox's, and Mc Donalds. This makes me so sad because he didn't deserve what happened to him, and bc he was an amazing person. If he was still alive i would really love to meet him.

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    1. I have a similar character in my book in to kill a mocking bird Jean Louise who is a prankster and is very playful and fun a very bubbly person and also in How to get away with murder there is a lot of racism and stereotypes and the same with to kill a mockingbird. The blacks in both books are treated below other whites in real life and they are pretty close in timelines.

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  102. in the book black like me the main character john Howard griffin. a white man who uses skin pigments to darken his skin to see how bad life for the blacks really is.so far in my book john has heard tell of the worst place for blacks is Alabama where they lynched Parker after being convicted of a crime in jail.he meets up with a close friend named p.b. a white who is helping him with his dangerous research.so far he has learned life for blacks is tough as they go through the shame disapproval and denial of the whites that choose to unacknowledged them. this is tahlil

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  103. my first blog


    john howard griffin is a author who seeks knowledge about the daily struggle of the blacks for a book.
    he slowly shifts his skin tone darker and cutting off his hair to blend in with the negroes.he stays a nght at a cheap hotel and has his first interaction with a black while being a black. it shows a good impression of the blacks. this is tahlil

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  104. After meeting Jim, Huck and Jim decide to search the middle of the island for a better place to live, and find a cave. After moving into the cave, a rainstorm starts, and it lasts for ten to twelve days. After it had stopped raining, Huck and Jim start exploring the island again. A few days after the rain stops, they find an old house. In the house they find a dead man and several goods. Jim tells Huck not to look at the dead man and they then clear the house of its goods. A few days later, Huck finds a rattlesnake skin and picks it up to show Jim, but Jim says that touching a rattlesnake skin will bring you bad luck, so Huck puts it back down. Later, Huck finds a dead rattlesnake and puts it in Jim’s bed to play a joke on him. That night, when Jim goes to bed, he gets bitten by the dead rattlesnake’s mate. Jim is alright later, but Jim says that the incident was caused by the rattlesnake skin, and that won’t be the end of their bad luck.
    -Augie

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  105. After Emmett Tills trial, everybody was in shock that the brother were found innocent. Lots of people wrote to Mississippi, wanting justice for young Emmett. The brothers celebrated getting away with the murder. It gets worse. Bryant's wife, later said that she exaggerated. She just wanted Emmett in trouble, but she never expected him to die. I would never try to get some one in trouble deliberately. The lying shocked me and made me think if my friend got killed because some one lied a little. I would be out raged.

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