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Philippe Égalité’s Final Address (1794)

Written by Louis Philippe II, or Philippe Égalité Final Address “Unbelievable. After supporting the revolution and striving for reform for so long, I was executed by the people I agreed and helped out. Now I’m just a dead body in the Madeleine cemetery, slowly decomposing with the likes of Louis and Marie. Isn’t it sad how I ended up here? I thought I’d be able to watch France blossom into the.. Read More

Letter #2: Imprisoned (1793)

November 2nd, 1793 Diary Entry by Philippe Égalité A lot of things are running through my mind right now… I’m currently locked in a cell and I can’t communicate with anybody. I’ve managed to find some paper and a pencil in this condensed room, but there’s hardly any room to breathe in here, let alone write. Oh well. It’s sad and disappointing to think about how I got myself into such.. Read More

The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”   The Social Contract (also known as “Principles of Political Right”) is a book written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In the book, Rousseau essentially argues against the monarchy, or any government that gives all of its power to only a select group of people. From the well-known quote shown above, Rousseau is saying that although men can initially appear to possess equality or.. Read More

Letter #1: A Revolutionary Spark (1789)

December 11th, 1789 Madame de Genlis, There are a couple of things that have been on my mind lately. England has been a unique and interesting place to venture; it’s certainly less chaotic than what’s going on in France. Has anything new happened since I left? And how are you doing yourself? How about my children? I hope to chat with you when I return; I miss your intelligence and.. Read More

DOL#2: To Be or Not to Be Rightly Convicted

An African-American was fatally shot by a police officer.  I doubt this is the first time you’ve heard a news headline like this one. But the protests that resulted from this particular shooting were quite different from the ones that resulted from similar shootings. To cut to the chase, I am talking about the shooting of Akai Gurley, which happened on November 20th, 2014. Although the shooting happened over a year ago, Peter Liang, the.. Read More

DOL #1: Columbus and Disparities in Power

Last year for my Socials Final, I made a 20-slide PowerPoint, with each slide being 20 seconds long. I didn’t have control over when the slides changed, so I had to plan pretty thoroughly in advance. Despite being nervous, I think I did a pretty good job. I remember talking about being Copperfield for Eminent (that feels like a really long time ago), Canadian Confederation, PLO B2, and some good habits.. Read More