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Is Your Food As Important As The Worker Preparing It?

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Who handled your food, or what it would be like to make what is on your plate? Working with food is harder than most people think. For example a slaughterhouse, which is a place where meat is produced and packaged. A meat packing plant or a slaughterhouse is a very dangerous place where living animals go in and meat comes out.

Working in a factory is exhausting and can be dangerous. A slaughterhouse has something called a assembly line which is also located in factories. The job of a assembly line can be dangerous; workers are tired and holding sharp tools at their fingertips, one wrong move could result in major consequences. "The line is so fast there is no time to sharpen the knife. The knife gets dull and you have to cut harder. That’s when it really starts to hurt, and that’s when you cut yourself." The workforce is a dangerous and unfair place and that needs to change.

The slaughterhouse is also a very unfair place to work. You could be scheduled to work a 7 hour day and then right when its time for you to get off they tell you that you have to work 2 more hours. That is just rude and disrespectful to that worker. One worker stated; “The last hour of a regular shift is hard. You’re tired and it’s hard to concentrate. Then they tell you to work two hours overtime. That’s when it gets downright dangerous.“ People need to stop worrying about when the food will be ready and start thinking about where it came from and the safety of the people who produced it.

Dear Future Americans

October 22nd, 1918

Dear future citizens of America,

This is Alice Paul the woman who tried to win back her rights and was successful. I have some advice for you to help make our country a fair and happy place. If you take my advice you will succeed but it won't happen right away, things take time and you just need to believe in yourself.

First off people are going to disagree with you and go against you but all you can do is fight for what you believe in. Just like I did, I believe that women and men should be treated equally so I fought. I even went to jail because I didn't give up. In jail I was so determined that I refused to eat and since the government didn't want a murder on their shoulders they force fed me. You may suffer but you have to keep fighting for what you believe in.

My second piece of advice is to persuade people to be on your side. Let me tell you not everyone is going to agree with you. Did you know that there was a woman named Carrie Chapman Catt the was not a supporter of me or the things I was trying to do. She tried to stop me many times, but in the end I was able to persuade her. She even gave me her chair and started standing when I was released from jail. She knew I had suffered and she realized that I was doing what was best for the citizens of America. You can persuaded people to get what your fighting for.

Lastly, never let anyone tell you can't because your a woman, man, child, boy, girl, etc because you can. Just because I was a woman people didn't think that I could win back women's rights. You can't let it stop you. It didn't stop me because I knew not all women were mean't to to be at home taking care of the children, cooking, and cleaning. So if you're a teen, boy, girl, man, woman, who cares, never doubt yourself and never let anyone tell you that you can't, because I know that you can.


Alice Paul

The Monopoly Monster

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A monopoly is when one business takes over other businesses and takes their customers. In this cartoon the monopoly monster is the big business that is taking over all the city and the businesses that lie within it. A monopoly is illegal crime and there are consequences if you commit the crime.


Spain has done a horrible thing! They are murderers! Spain has blown up the War Ship Maine, killing 260 sailors! Taking the lives of innocent men who won't be going home to their families. The Battleship was sent to Havana to protect the lives of Americans and property, but instead of respecting us, Spain decides to take the citizens protecting our country. President McKinley is even demanding that Spain gives Cuba their independence because of how bad this tragedy is. All we can do now is make sure everyone realizes who the true enemy is. "REMEMBER THE MAINE!"
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"I Want YOU For U.S. Army"

Alert we need all young men to register today! The Selective Services Act was just passed requiring any young man between the age of 21 and 30 to register for the draft. We will see you at your local draft board. See you soon!

1890s-1920s Classifieds


Some new weapons were recently introduced in WW1.

There are gas masks to help for the new weapon called poisonous gas. During a battle or attack soldiers use the gas to kill their enemies. The gas enters the persons eyes, nose, mouths, and throats and kills them within a matter of minutes.

Another new weapon is a hand grenade. The hand grenade is usually thrown at "advancing troops" to help the soldiers efficiently win the attack or war that is going on at the time.

Lastly there is a new weapon called barbed wire which is sharp and hard to cross. Barbed wire was used a lot in trenches to keep the enemy out and the wire could sometimes be 30 to 40 meters wide.

Express of The Blues

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The Life of Bessie Smith

The amazing Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 15th, 1894. As one of seven children Bessie was raised by her mother most of her life when her father died shortly after she was born. Then Bessie was raised by her loving aunt after her mother and two brothers died. Around the time that her mother and brothers died Bessie started street singing with her brother and his guitar by her side. In 1912 Bessie started dancing in the Moses Stokes minstrel show. Another person that was in the show was a person who helped Bessie unbelievably. Her name was Ma Rainy. Rainy and Bessie performed together at various theaters and events and after that Bessie career boomed. One of her big roles was a part in the movie St. Louis Blues. Later in life Bessie married a man named Jack Gee and they shared a home with their beautiful son Jack Gee Jr. Bessie died on September 26th, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She will be loved and cherished forever and her music will never die.
Bessie Smith - ST Louis Blues (Live Queens NY 1929)
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The King Of Swing Babe Ruth

A man who is now one of Americas most known major league baseball players was born on February 6th, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. His name is Gorge Herman Ruth Jr. but you probably know him as Babe Ruth. Growing up he was one of 8 children and kind of a trouble maker. His parents Kate Jr. and George Sr. were working a lot so they didn't have as much time to raise Babe and his siblings which gave him the freedom. With that freedom Babe would skip school and cause trouble around his neighborhood. At the age of 7 his parents decided to send him to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys because of his mischief. The school really helped shape Babe's future. At the school Babe developed vocational skills as well as his passion for baseball. Babe practiced baseball all the time at St. Mary's and he became so good at it that the Brothers that ran the school invited Jack Dunn to come watch Babe play. Jack Dunn was the owner of the Baltimore Orioles and was very impressed with Babe and his passion for baseball. Dunn was so impressed that after just and hour of watching 19 year old Babe Ruth play he offered him a contract in February,1914. Of course Babe accepted and became a player for the Baltimore Orioles which is where he was called "Jack's new babe" by the other Orioles players. That's how George got one of the most famous nicknames in American sports history, Babe Ruth. After that his career spiked, Babe played number 3 as an outfielder for the New York Yankees. He was number 3 and pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Also he was an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. In Babe's major league baseball career he played 22 seasons from 1914 to 1935. He also got married and had two kids; Dorthy Ruth and Julia Ruth Stevens. Ruth was always an inspiration to everyone and will always be remembered for his passion and love for baseball. "You just can't beat the person who never gives up."



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