List examples in history where cival disobedience has been constructive.

There are many ways in history where disobedience has been constructive but here are a few. One is fasting, One man named Mahatma Gandhi. He fought for India’s liberation from Britain. He organized boycotts  and other ways of using civil disobedience.

Another man named Martin Luther King junior became the first black man to become a leader of a nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the US. He then created the bus boycott, they would not ride the busses. This boycott was nonviolent and lasted for 382 days. After this, Congress passed laws that would desegregate buses. During this time he was arrested, and his house was bombed. This would only further his cause. He also organized a peaceful march on Washington D.C where over 250,000 marched with him for his cause. He gave his ” I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D.C which influenced many people. He conferred with the president John F. Kennedy and campaigned with president Lyndon B. Johnson. He was the youngest man to ever win the nobel peace prize. He used the prize money to further his cause.

These were two very powerful movements that would go down in history as moments where cival disobedience has been constructive.  They ignited a fire in everyone who heard of these influential people.



What is peer pressure? Have you been in situations in which you felt compelled to go along with a group? Describe those situations and why you acted as you did.

Peer pressure, it happens everywhere, all the time. To me, peer pressure is persuading someone to do something, and once they do it, the group accepts them. Whether the situation is good or bad. I have been in many situations where peer pressure was present in the situation. For example, when I was little, I used to go to the playground a lot during the summer. All of the neighborhood kids used to go there; I remember this one time in particular. I was swinging on the swing-set with a couple of my friends and this boy came up to us and asked if he could swing too. My one friend told him that the only way he could swing is if he steals popsicles from the freezer for each of us. At first, the boy said no, but my friend persuaded him to do it more and more, and he finally did. Another example is drugs, smoking, drinking etc. Many teenagers are pressured into doing drugs every day, a big reason why is because they want to be accepted, to be “cool”. Last year, I was invited to a party. Everyone was talking about it, mainly because there were going to be no parents and alcohol. Instead of going I said no, because I knew what would likely happen if I did go.  Also, the consequences of what could happen if something went wrong. The day after the party, I heard that the parents found out about there being alcohol, all the kids’ parents were called and basically every kid that showed up got grounded. So make sure you know what the consequences are before you do something, especially if someone else wants you to do it.


What is propaganda? How is propaganda used to “sell” people on a viewpoint?

  1. Propaganda is a term that means writing that is one-sided, biased, the spreading of ideas and information, rumors, and are often misleading.  Propaganda could also be considered an opinion.
  2. Sometimes, propaganda is used to “sell” people on a viewpoint by different articles such as newspapers, magazines, books, media, art, music, etc. and the propaganda that is used in those specific articles would try to lead the reader to that one side that the author is trying to get you to join.  The hope for the author would be that that one reader would tell his or her friends about it and try to get their certain friends on “board” so that the author could spread his or her propaganda around the world.  The goal in the end for the author who is trying to spread the propaganda would be that every person in the whole country, or even the whole world, would join his or her group (which would be highly unlikely).  Media would probably be the biggest propaganda “seller” above all because mostly all people use media every single day. Whether you watch TV, use an iPod, have a phone, use a laptop, etc. you would be using media.  Music and art would be another big propaganda “seller” because in music and art, you can express your feelings.