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 →

My Opinion On Speeches In Autobiographies

For my English course in the Ron Paul Curriculum, I was assigned to answer this question:  "Should I include reconstructed speeches in my autobiography?"   Here is my opinionated answer. Accurate Information To include a reconstructed speech, article, interview, or conversation in your autobiography can be useful at times.  It could help convey information more... 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 →

Conclusion for: “A Bus of My Own”

I just finished reading the book, "A Bus of My Own"  an autobiography written by long-time PBS news-anchor, James "Jim" Lehrer.  Now, I just wanted to share my favorite story from this book with you. My favorite story in this book is in the very last chapter, when he finally fulfills his one, lifelong goal... Continue Reading →

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