Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Puerto Rican Journey was a "survey" about Puerto Rican migrants during 1947. It was one of the first efforts by the Puerto Rican government to stop rascism going on in the U.S. towards Puerto Ricans. It was called the "Puerto Rican Problem". The article was written by  C.Wright Mills, he later became one of the best writers in the 1960's. This was just a small step to improve how they were treated. It deffended the Puerto Ricans being in the U.S.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Annotated Bibliography

Derek Green, Puerto Rican Americans

This a great source, it provides so much information. This is truly an ideal scholarly source. It provides information about everything such as its history, modern era, immigration waves, early mainlanders etc.

Edgardo Melendez Velez, The Puerto Rican Journey revisited: Politics and the study of PuertoRican migration

This source is about the Puerto Rican struggle assimilating into the United States, it argues political goals are more important than scholarly ones in launching this project.

These two sources are perfect for my research paper because I have information about PuertoRicos past and current events and also have information of what my argument is going to be about how PuertoRicans were treated when we migrated to the United States.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I was only able to find one source, it was about aspects of puertorican migration to the united states. It was difficult for me to find good articles today because I am not used to using google scholar and don't know how to work it. Although when I searched my topic allot of articles would pop up when I would click on them it would say its a book and wouldn't be able to find the link to actually read it. I am clear on what I want to focus on in my essay. I'm looking for information on the U.S. after WWII and why they welcomed puerto ricans to New york and how puerto rican culture assimilated into the United States, now i just need a way to find more sources.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hearts And Minds

Watching this film honestly broke my heart.  To see the effects of war and the graphic images the film shows of death and sometimes even worst than death, being barely alive and practically dead. Seeing families destroyed by their losses, one part that truly touched me was seeing a mother driving into her son’s grave. I could almost feel her pain and grief. This film came as a shock to me because I had never seen footage this raw, everyone knows were in a war but its almost as if Americans have become blind to what war really is and the damage it causes to people just like us. Then I start to think to myself, why we are shielded from these harsh images when in reality that’s what is really going on. My professor tells me everything were seeing has been shown on the news and I cannot believe it! I have never seen anything that graphic on the news, people living surrounded by death, beyond doubt I know NBC CBS NY1 CNN or ABC would not show the things I saw in the film. I understand completely why they wouldn’t show this these days on television; Americans would go crazy just like they did during the Vietnam War. I believe the anti-war movement would be even more powerful now than the one at that time. This is the opposite of what the government wants obviously so they hide what is really going on. I see this film and no longer wonder why soldiers come home with mental illnesses, who wouldn’t? I feel scared from just watching it on a screen in my classroom; imagine what it must feel like to live through it. These images were extremely powerful and I suppose did serve there purpose. Before this I had this image in my head of war, just a bunch of good soldiers put somewhere to fight and only hurt the bad guys, this is what we are taught to believe. After seeing the film I will never think that way ever again.