Use of Contrasts In 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave is an autobiography written by Solomon Northup.  He was a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  His book chronicles those twelve years as a slave.  Solomon was an amazing writer and very good at using contrasts to tell his stories.  However, when it comes time for me to... Continue Reading →


Solomon Northup and Hope

Solomon Northup's autobiography told the story of the separation of Solomon from his family.  Solomon met a woman named Eliza whose children were ripped away from her by slavery.  Both reacted in different ways and I've found one of those reasons why. Hope  Before being kidnapped and sold into slavery, Solomon was a freeman whereas... Continue Reading →

Negative and Positive Sanctions

John Thompson, an escaped slave during the 1800's wrote an autobiography about his 25 years in the slave system.  A main theme throughout his book were his views on positive and negative sanctions in the slave system.  While he was in the slave system, he saw the consequences of cruel treatment from some owners, and... Continue Reading →

Darwin’s Autobiography

I just recently finished reading Charles Darwin's autobiography.  He was an interesting man.  His autobiography, in respect to assessing its autobiographical impact on me, is not what I expected it to be.  In my assessment I found one thing I'd like to share. While Charles Darwin's autobiography was a great book to read, I found... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Writing an Autobiography

I've been considering preparing myself to write my own autobiography in the future.  However, to find if this was something I really wanted to do, I asked myself this question:  "What good things could come from me writing my own autobiography?"  Here are some of my thoughts. Learn About Myself Autobiographies are way that we... Continue Reading →

Twain: Organization Troubles

Mark Twain - whose real name was Samuel Clements - was a very skilled and creative author.  His books will forever be classics and enjoyed by many for years to come.  During the later years of his life, he wrote his autobiography.  However, his skills in writing and organization did not translate into his autobiography.  Here... Continue Reading →

Plunkitt: His Success

George Washington Plunkitt was a New York businessman and politician during the 1800's into the early 1900's.  He enjoyed much success in his life and was very open about it.  He wrote about his success and life in his autobiography. He shared how he made money, and even gave small tips about how to be... Continue Reading →

Plunkitt: Patriotism in Voting

In George Washington Plunkitt's autobiography, he proclaims his belief that there is a patriotism relationship to obtaining a job after Tammany won an election.  This patriotic connection was fostered through the spoils system. The spoils system is a political tool used to reward those who join a following or candidacy.  Usually the reward for faithful... Continue Reading →

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