Sydney McIntire and Chris Woodbury


It’s difficult to escape oppression because there will always be people worried about improving themselves and not the success of others.


Ben Harper Oppression

Oppression ^^

Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/benharper/oppression.html

Subtitle/How it relates to theme: The song is talking about how oppression causes a lot of trouble in peoples lives and it makes things in their lives hard to do. It relates to the theme because oppression is weight on peoples shoulders and keeps them from succeeding in life.

Bob Marley and The Wailers - The Oppressed Song

The Oppressed Song ^^

Lyrics: http://www.songlyrics.com/bob-marley/the-oppressed-song-lyrics/

Subtitle/How it relates to theme: He talks about how a man is oppressed and how he deals with it. Talks about how oppression makes things hard to do in life and how the man copes with being oppressed and how he does things in his life.

Elton John - On Dark Street (Studio Version)

On Dark Street^^

Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/eltonjohn/ondarkstreet.html

Subtitle/How it relates to theme: Talks about how a guy is trying to take care of his family when he has no money. Compares to theme because the man has no money and is trying his best to take care of his family and oppression is hard to escape when you don't have enough money to take care of your family with.


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Nelson Mandela

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become and outlaw.”
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Martin Luther King Jr.

“Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever.”
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Napoleon Bonaparte

“Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.”


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White people want to keep blacks down. The whites took everything away from the blacks and the blacks were left with the leftovers of what they didn’t take and that left some of the african americans in oppression and poverty.
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A white supremacist tried to squash the hope of the blacks by killing one of their highest figures.
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Some of the riots ended with government officials, local or not, beating down the rioters commonly with firehoses.

News Articles

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“A New Front in the War on Poverty”

The article “A New Front in the War on Poverty” talks about how the poverty rates in senior citizens has gone down since 1960 but things are still bad for them.

“27 percent of seniors were living in poverty more than 40 years ago, compared to only 9 percent today. There are 3.7 million seniors living in poverty today as compared to 5.2 million in 1969, while the number of seniors has more than doubled during that time, up to 40.6 million.”

Nearly One-Third of Americans Were in Poverty During Downturn

This article talks about what the statistics were of poverty in certain types of people.

“More than half of all families headed by single women slipped below the poverty level during this same stretch, and roughly one in 10 were in chronic poverty. In addition, poverty far more heavily affected minorities than whites. Roughly half of all Hispanics, 49.6 percent, and more than 45 percent of blacks experienced episodic poverty, compared to only 25.4 percent of non-Hispanic whites”

Short Stories

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

This connects to the theme because in the book Huckleberry and Jim run away from where they live and jump from place to place trying to find somewhere to live. Jim is Huckleberry’s slave and they escaped and ran away together. Jim ran away from slavery to save his family. but the richer people still chased after him not caring about his family.

Excerpt: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/books/excerpts/2004-09-28-huckleberry_x.htm

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Between Shades of Gray

In the book a little girl is taken away from her family and forced to go work in a working camp far away from her father and forced to follow the orders of Stalin. This relates to the theme because Stalin is forcing people to do work for him for his benefits and he doesn't care if these people are taken away from their family.

Excerpt: http://www.betweenshadesofgray.com/im/BetweenShadesOfGray-excerpt.pdf


Poor Kids (Insert Author Here)

Its a show about kids growing up in poverty and they talk about how hard it is. it relates to the theme because the kids are worried about what will happen in their future, and how they will grow up.
Holiday From Poverty - Why Poverty?

Holiday From Poverty (Author Please)

This clip is about how families grew up in poverty and how hard it is to grow up with little or no money to go around for supplies for the family. And also what other people might think of them because they didn't have any money.


Black Panthers- Originator: Huey P. Newton

Link: http://www.blackpanther.org/

Summary of what the organization does: Used “any means necessary” to obtain equal rights for blacks.

Subtitle/Connection to theme: Connects to the theme because they did anything they could to keep equal rights for the african americans if they were in poverty or not.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Link: http://www.naacp.org/

Summary of what the organization does: make sure that political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all people and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

Subtitle/Connection to theme: some of the people that get discriminated could be poor and in poverty. that connects to the theme because some people could be more worried about what they do with their money to make themselves happy instead of helping others.