Gatsby Day Reflection

When I first walked into the library, I didn’t see many decorations but I liked the lights on the table and thing to walk through. There were a lot of different kinds of foods. First we had to wait for a while for the people that were in other classes. Once everyone arrived, we started the fashion show, then danced, ate caviar, and ate the rest of the food.
First was the fashion show. For the fashion show, girls lined up on one side of the room and the boys lined up on the other side. The boy and girl at the end of each line would meet in the middle and walk down through the rest of the people. At the end they would pose for a picture and then get back in line. I liked watching the fashion show because some people added something creative to it while they walked down.
After the fashion show, the dance committee divided up the boys and girls and taught us the Charleston. Salwa taught me and she did a very good job. I learned that the Charleston consists of taking steps forward and back, steps with kicks, spins, and moving your knees. I also learned that the boy and girl parts of the Charleston are the same except they start with different feet. After everyone learned the Charleston, there was a dance contest. Nat and Ruby won the contest and they were also in the dance committee.
After the contest, everyone had to try caviar on a cracker. They are little black fish eggs that taste very salty. I didn’t think they tasted bad, but just salty tasting. After trying the caviar, you got to walk through the entrance again and eat the buffet of food everyone brought. Everyone had to sign up to bring a certain food for a grade. I signed up and brought the tea and lemonade. I thought all the food was delicious, but some of my favorites were the spinach dip, chicken minis, and homemade truffles. Lauren made the spinach dip and Alex Blose made the homemade truffles.
I loved reading The Great Gatsby and thought it was a great book. I like how we get to learn more about the 1920’s with the Gatsby Day activity. My favorite things were learning the Charleston and getting to eat all the food everyone brought. . It was a very fun experience and I would like to do more things similar to it.


Civil Rights and Vietnam

Second Red Scare: The second Red Scare occurred after World War II (1939–45), and was popularly known as “McCarthyism” after its most famous supporter, Senator Joseph McCarthy.

HUAC: The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) was an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. It was originally created in 1938 to uncover citizens with Nazi ties within the United States.

McCarthyism: McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism”.

Alger Hiss: Alger Hiss (November 11, 1904 – November 15, 1996) was an American lawyer, government official, author, and lecturer. He was involved in the establishment of the United Nations both as a U.S. State Department and U.N. official. Hiss was accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948 and convicted of perjury in connection with this charge in 1950.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: Julius Rosenberg (May 12, 1918 – June 19, 1953) and Ethel Greengrass Rosenberg (September 25, 1915– June 19, 1953) were American citizens executed for conspiracy to commit espionage, relating to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

Hollywood 10: The Hollywood blacklist—as the broader entertainment industry blacklist is generally known—was the mid-20th-century practice of denying employment to screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals because of their suspected political beliefs or associations.

Ronald Reagan: Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was an American actor and politician. He was the 40th President of the United States (1981–89), and served as the 33rd Governor of California (1967–75) prior to his presidency.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail:

He says “On the basis of these promises, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and the leaders of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights agreed to a moratorium on all demonstrations.” to support his points with religion.

He is talking to the people in Birmingham and asking them to support him so they can get justice.

A metaphor he uses is “Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid”.

We  have laws to protect other races and get justice now. A lot of what he said would not need to be said today.

Group 2:

Nation of Islam: The Nation of Islam (NOI) is a syncretic new religious movement founded in Detroit, Michigan by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad on July 4, 1930. The Nation of Islam’s stated goals are to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans in the United States and all of humanity. Its critics accuse it of being black supremacist and antisemitic.

Malcolm X: Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.

Black Panthers: The Black Panther Party or BPP was a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1982. Initially, the Black Panther Party’s core practice was its armed citizens’ patrols to monitor the behavior of police officers and challenge police brutality.

Elijah Muhammad: Elijah Muhammad (October 7, 1897 – February 25, 1975) was an African-American religious leader, who led the Nation of Islam (NOI) from 1934 until his death in 1975. He was a mentor to Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Muhammad Ali, and his son, Warith Deen Mohammed.

Assassination of Malcolm X: Malcolm X, the 39-year-old leader of a militant black nationalist movement, was shot to death in a ballroom in Washington Heights. Shortly before midnight, a 22-year-old Negro, Thomas Hagan, was charged with the killing. The police rescued him from the ballroom crowd after he had been shot and beaten.

Muhammad Ali: Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.) is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience

Successful or not?

US Doolittle Raiders:The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was a group of eighty men who flew into history on April 18, 1942. They were all volunteers and this was a very dangerous mission. Sixteen B-25 bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet, led by Jimmy Doolittle. They were to fly over Japan, drop their bombs and fly on to land in a part of China that was still free. Things did not always go as planned.

German Invasion of Russia:The Battle of Stalingrad (July 17, 1942-Feb. 2, 1943), was the successful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad in the U.S.S.R. during World War II. It stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union and marked the turning of the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the bloodiest battles in history, with combined military and civilian casualties of nearly 2 million.

US Manhattan Project: The Manhattan Project was the U.S. project during World War II to develop an atomic bomb. It was initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt out of fears that Nazi Germany was developing similar weapons. The project was successful.

Operation Paperclip: Operation Paperclip was the codename under which the US intelligence and military services extricated scientists from Germany, during and after the final stages of World War II.  An aim of the operation was capturing equipment before the Soviets came in. The US Army destroyed some of the German equipment to prevent it from being captured by the advancing Soviet Army. The operation proved successful.

Battle of Coral Sea: The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought in the waters southwest of the Solomon Islands and eastward from New Guinea, was the first of the Pacific War’s six fights between opposing aircraft carrier forces. Though the Japanese could rightly claim a tactical victory on “points”, it was an operational and strategic defeat for them, the first major check on the great offensive they had begun five months earlier at Pearl Harbor.