Charles Marsh

Peterson/12:15pm

College Composition

E-Portolio and Self-Assessment Assignment

During my spring semester at Clark Atlanta University I enrolled in College Composition Wise. While in this class I learned how to format formal papers and cite documents within my papers. Coming into this semester my goals as a student was to give a bit more effort and write more then I usually would on all of my written papers and blog’s.  Another one of my goals was to be more descriptive in my papers and think more of a college bound level and try to challenge myself in my writing.I made it my mission to meet my goals by studying more and having others assess my progress along the way. This helped me in many ways because it allowed me to receive valuable advice that has helped me to become a better student. The goals upheld from my professors were also meet as well. Professor Peterson, our Wise English Professor made sure I had the necessary tools needed to ensure that I excelled in my studies. Along with teaching me how to research and properly develop internal citations she taught me the core dynamics of making each of personalizing my work and making each of them my own.  I feel like I meet my goals because I can say for myself when I began  writing  my papers I began to think of myself as the audience more so then the writer because I had to get in the mind set of what would interest the audience. I had to think of how I would react to reading a paper in which I knew nothing of the topic and author, and what I would want to receive from the topic and material that was presented to me. This method helped me to become a better writer because it allowed me to see both points of view while writing a paper, primarily the audience .As I began to write my papers I also had to speak as though I was telling the audience a story.  I wrote it in a view in which the audience could relate, and evoke some type of emotion.  I do feel that I have improved over this course because I see my work as being more detailed and grammatically correct.  I see that I have begun to insert more internal citations in my papers, in addition to this I have changed my writing skills and made them more of my own. My writing skills have also improved over the semester. Many times in the past I would try to take the easy way out by not doing enough to ensure that my papers were thoroughly correct and it caused me to receive a lot of poor grades.  I discovered that taking the easy way  not only affected me  but  my audience  as well because it left out many important things which in returned caused them  a lack of detail and enabled them to fully grasp the concepts I would try to express in my writing. It also hurt me as the writer because I only short myself in the process.  My analytical skills  have improved a lot as well like I stated earlier, I now see  myself as the audience and the writer; this enables  me to think more about how I write and finish my papers. Due to this I now proofread and revise  my writings  a lot more,  which helps me to  see things  in  a  analytical manner rather than taking them for what that appear to be . Now I feel that the analytical part of my writing has drastically improved, and at times it seems to have improved too much due to the fact that I constantly digsect things.

I do not have any regrets for anything I have done through this semester because I think it only helped me grow both as a student and person. I believe that the benefit of it all was getting to the point I wanted to be as a writer by taking steps to ensure that I continue to strive for excellence.  I do wish that I would have taken more time and effort into writing my papers and giving them more thought as to how to make them “A” papers versus good papers. The one thing I do regret is not giving me the credit that my professor did a lot sooner. I think had I found the confidence in my papers that my professor saw early on, I would have done much better in the beginning of the semester.

 Overall as a writer I have gained much more emotion in my writings. I feel that as a writer emotion is what really grabs the attention of the audience and makes them interested in the work.  The fact that I can reach people through the words I express in my writing has been the most rewarding aspect of the whole experience. I have gained the characteristic of being able to dig deeper into my papers for answers I can myself adhere to as well, instead of letting them go unanswered in my papers as I did in the past. As for my progress, I have over come a lot of minor problems such as grammar issues and formatting. In a lot of ways I develop  so many ideas that I just begin  to write ,and at times I am unaware of the fact that I have not documented or outlined my writings. I now take steps to go back to make sure I jotted them down as I intended this helps me to devlop ideas when I get lost because I have a outline.

            This WISE experience will benefit me in my future endeavors because for one I had an excellent professor which taught me that it’s not about what you say in your paper its more about how you say it.  Second, it taught me that my audience should be able to feel as though I’m telling the story through my own mouth as if I was standing right in front of them. It has taught me the importance of citing work because what I say and what someone else says is two different sources and if credit is not given to that  I have stole their own work. Also the blogs have taught me to think a bit more critical about things, as well as being able to hold a “debate” while still getting my point across. Though further more this experience has taught me that the English is in everything we do. It’s in my history and it’s in the present. If I do not search for the answer it will not pop out at me and it will not be a click away. I have to read in order to understand my material and I must understand what I read otherwise it is of no use.

As a writer I have gained a bit more emotion I feel. I feel as a writer and a reader emotion is what really grabs someone into your work. How I can reach them in the ways my words are told is the best part for me. I have gained the aspect of being able to dig deeper into my papers for answers I can answer myself as well instead of letting them go unanswered in my papers. As for my progress I have over come a lot of minor problems such as grammar issues and formatting. In a lot of ways I get so many ideas that I just start writing and don’t go back to make sure I jotted them down as I intended, but now I see myself reading them over and saying them in my head as I go along.

            This WISE experience will benefit me in my future endeavors because for one I had an excellent professor which taught me that it’s not about what you say in your paper its more about how you say it. Because my audience should be able to feel as though I’m telling the story through my own mouth as if I was standing right in front of them. It has taught me the importance of citing work because what I say and what someone else says is two different sources and if credit is not given I have stole their own work. Also the blogs have taught me to think a bit more critical about things, as well as being able to hold a “debate” while still getting my point across. Though further more this experience has taught me that the English is in everything we do. It’s in my history and it’s in the present. If I do not search for the answer it will not pop out at me and it will not be a click away. I have to read in order to understand my material and I must understand what I read otherwise it is of no use.

March 4, 2010

 

Aunt Betty : The Life of Bethany Veney

In our natural state of mind, we would all hope to be born with the God given rights given unto us upon birth, but to the many slaves during slavery, this was only a dream many sought far too distant to call a reality. Too much of more so then anythign the women would find this to be the one sigificant change they also sought of.  It was upon this time in slavery that the difference between those of animals and the African American race was but slim besides our domestication. That waking up to a life of freedom, could not be thought of, and that hopes of soon one day becoming someone would not even be heard of. Slaves were supposed to learn one thing and one thing only, work or die. For decades, our brothers and sisters plowed fields, picked cotton, and worked until the blood in their knees broke their balance. Not only had they been treated inhumanely, but they soon began to be treated like little to nothing at all. Not only had slavery been a common thing, but it had taken up most of the population of those native to their own lands. All of this information should lead the reader to a point, so please connect. Chained, tied, and sold one by one, they began to disappear, a Negro gone here, a negro gone there. Broken bones, flayed skin, starved to death without food soon began to tell the sad truth of our ancestors. Among the many slave owners who had occupied slaves. they were treated on two things: age and sex. No one race had a better way of life over the other, but each had a way to overcome their struggles in order be what they wanted. The answer many could think of soon became the question to remember them by, why would God create this life for me, for my family and my liberty? Why would God let this happen to our most valuable creature, the black women?

Bethany Johnson was born a slave in Luray Page County, Virginia in 1815. She had four brothers and sisters. Bethany never met her father Joseph and her mother, Charlotte, died when she was nine years old. Her master, James Fletcher, died soon afterwards and Bethany became the property of his daughter, Lucy Fletcher.  Bethany married Jerry Fickland, a fellow slave, after both of their masters consented to the marriage. Bethany and Jerry were unable to make traditional vows because their circumstances as slaves could distance them at their owners’ wills. A few months into their marriage, Jerry was arrested he managed to escape and run away. (The Narrative of Bethany Veney, A Slave Women). After attempting to avoid being caught, he was captured and sent away. He and Bethany never saw each other again. Bethany gave birth to her first child, Charlotte, and with Lucy’s help, found someone to buy her and Charlotte. They were bought by a local man named John Prince. Under John Prince’s ownership in the 1850s, Bethany met and married Frank Veney. She was then sold to David McKay and was employed by George James Adams under McKay’s supervision. George Adams was an activist in the anti-slavery movement in Rhode Island. In December 1858, he purchased Bethany and her second child Joe Veney for $775 and sent them to his home in Providence, Rhode Island, resulting in a permanent separation from her husband Frank. Joe later died in Providence. In the beginning of the Civil War, Adams gave Bethany permission to go wherever she pleased. She went to Worcester, Massachusetts, and made gruel for the sick Union soldiers in Brookfield (Beyond Aunt Betty’s Story). She also worked as a laundress and went door to door selling bluing solution, which was used to whiten clothes. After the Civil War she returned to Virginia with sixteen relatives with her, including her daughter Charlotte and her husband Aaron Jackson. In 1889, Bethany published her autobiography (Aunt Betty’s Story: The Narrative of Bethany Veney, A Slave Woman). Bethany died at the age of 103 on November 16, 1916 in Charlotte and Aaron’s home. Charlotte died on February 14, 1921 and was buried near her mother at Mt. Hope Cemetery.  

Like many African-American women in slavery Bethany Veney endured many hardships. However, she did not allow this to determine her destiny. It can be theorized that slavery taught African American women to be self reliant, compared to their white counterparts whom were dependent both financially and socially on men. This is not to say that African-American women didn’t have partners, but due to the demeaning experiences of slavery, many African-Americans were enabled to be providers, if at all present in the community. Many women of the plantations had equally as much labor as men. Women also were placed in other crafts such as seamstresses, cooks, and house servants. Because of their strength, many women were admired for their leadership and wisdom. These points can be related to The Narrative of Bethany Veney. With this being said, one can make the connection of The Autobiography of Bethany Veney and the era in which she lived.

.Cooper, V.A. The Narrative of Bethany Veney, A Slave Women. Worcester, Mass. 1889.   Electronic Edition.

Dunaway, Wilma A. The African-American Family in Family in Slavery and          Emancipation: Reproductive Exploration and child morality. New York City        Cambridge University Press, 2003.Print.

Dunaway, Wilma A. The African-American Family in Famiyl in Slavery and

Emancipation: Slave Household Subsistence and womens work. New York City

Cambridge University, 2003. Print.

 

Genovese, Eugene D. Rebelliounes and Docility in the Negro Slave: A critique of   

The Elkisn Thesis. Chicago: University of Illionois Press, 1971. Print.

 

Lane, Ann J. The Debate Over Slavery. Chicago: University of Illinois Press,

1971. Print.

Academic Affairs Library, UNC-CH Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Documenting the American South.” 1997. <http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/veney/veney.html>.

Davis, Veronica A. “Inspiring African American Women of Virginia.”.2005. Pgs..281-283. iUniverse, Inc. Print.

Moore, Robert. “”Beyond Aunt Betty’s Story””. Feb. 9, 2009. “Too Long Forgotten.” <http://toolongforgotten.wordpress.com/2009/02/09/beyond-aunt-bettys-story/

Charles Marsh

English Composition II Wise

Professor Peterson

Prospectus for

Aunt Betty’s story

Aunt Betty’s story is written by Bishop Mallalieuand illustrates a young woman’s life during slavery, although she was born a slave- she was born into common wealth. There were roles that women in slavery had to adhere to, and that brings me to the topic of my research. I decided to research the significance of gender. Being that the story was about a woman, there were obstacles she had to overcome. Therefore I would like to focus on the women’s role during slavery. What’s the research question? What’s the methodology? What types of sources will you use to answer/address your question? Please see the assignment sheet. Remember, your prospectus outlines your plan for your research paper. You must write to suit the rhetorical situation, so no first person is allowed in your research paper or in this paragraph.

 

 

 

Sources

Cooper, V.A. The Narrative of Bethany Veney, A Slave Women. Worcester, Mass. 1889.    Electronic Edition. Where’s the publishing information? If this is an online book, you must note it according to MLA. Please see chapter 19 for all of your entries.

 

Where are the annotations for these sources?

Dunaway, Wilma A. The African-American Family in Family in Slavery and          Emancipation: Reproductive Exploration and child morality. New York:   Cambridge University Press, 2003.Print.

Dunaway, Wilma A. The African-American Family in Famiyl in Slavery and

Emancipation: Slave Household Subsistence and womens work. New York :

Cambridge University, 2003. Print.

 

Genovese, Eugene D. Rebelliounes and Docility in the Negro Slave: A critique of   

The Elkisn Thesis. Chicago: University of Illionois Press, 1971. Print.

 

Lane, Ann J. The Debate Over Slavery. Chicago: University of Illinois Press,

1971. Print

 

 

 

Blog’s :

“The Amercian Dream” •April 8, 2010

During todays presentation of the “American Dream” I did find it that gentrification was a form of discrimination because it’s a mark that separates the old history and compares it to future history. I think there are one thing that should last in a community for sentimental purposes and its historic piece it adds. For instance the buildings in Harlem which were built during the Harlem Renaissance; which were seen as monumental pieces because once a building is replaced it takes the blood, sweat and tears with it. For so long the men and women that were apart of that movement worked so hard to keep their stores and buildings which housed music classes and restaurants in them it would be a slap in the face to tear them down because there not the modern store or company with high-tech equipments. Though I will say that some areas of a community could use a bost are a new life to them there are somethings that just should be classified as historic. To me the idea of gentrification is nothing but an area or city/town to gain a higher class of people to make their area look expensive or “high-class” when most times it evicts its current tenets, and forces them to go else where when most time many for them have put all their earnings into the home they have lived in so long. If your mother or father or even grandparents owned a home or a convenience store would you feel a certain way about it being torn down for a condo or plaza? If you had the chance to renovate or destroy a community would you first ask your community and get a majority vote or give them the motive to move or pay more?

Beauty and the new face… •April 6, 2010

As beauty has changed from generations from the Greek to the 21st century it has become the leading factor in many ways unimaginable. It seems that beauty has hit so many ages that the real beauty from its natural state has somewhat became lost or tainted. In today’s world there are so many things that can change the original face of beauty that normal or natural has become a thing of the past. In the earlier years dealing with the Greek women and men women with bigger bodies or with curves were seen as the superiority, while men with athletic bodies and longer torso where ideal. As time progressed I think that as the world changed so did society and society plays a big part in the way people operate or carry themselves. As a celebrity does things to them or buys certain clothing their fans feel the need to do the same. They feel like sometimes having or doing the something will get them that much closer to them I guess, but it wont.  To me real beauty has to come in the form of what you make it. Beauty can be seen as structural, classical, original, or couture. It seems that it changes like fashion does. Some things are for everyday wear when ont he other hand somethings should be just for certain days. Why do you think beauty has become the face of ones identity? If beauty has changed so much then what would it say about the person you want to be or become?

Dubois vs. Washington..? •February 25, 2010

In this debate the role or path of the black man was determined by either what you what one considered to be or not to be?  On one side Washington believed that the black race should continue to do what they’ve always done but seek pride in it and be free at least. He believed that the whites should let the work we’ve done in the past be the light for what keeps their businesses flourishing for the future. He instilled that freedom was more the key for what we had sought out for so long.  He argues heavily to the whites of the North and South that role of the black worker and what we could do as a people. While on the other had Dubois gives a whole new outlook on the black race. though he does not oppose of Washington’s view, he gives a much better out look one that could not only give blacks a chance but also give them something a bit better than what they would be use to. Dubois counteracts with the role of education. That blacks should go to historically black schools and university’s as the black man taught at and gave experience to.  I think this debate exudes the different stand points to which are more important to one. To some the role of education, and self growth would be a factor but to another finding pride in their farm work and being free would be their ideal life. Do you think this debate was a good debate? If you had been a slave during this time set could you make a choice between what you wanted and what you needed? And if you had made a choice why would you have chosen to it versus the other?

Jeffersons Notes on Virginia

•February 25, 2010

After reading Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia I found it a little bit disturbing. When I began reading it sounded like he was going to make a good description but the more I read it more like a compare and contrast type and more than other we as a race are being more compared to versus contrasted. Though at times he makes good points that we are no different from the white man, by god given rights and physical makeup we are still man. Then, he contradicts himself; by saying we are inferior to the whites “in both body and in mind.” He considered the Negro people to be untrustworthy and unfit to live in a free world along with the white counterparts, but, how could one think so little of the black race then instill so much trust in them with the safety of (his) children and food preparations and even guests? He also believed we should be free but would not set his own slaves free. ” We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him nor safely let him go. Justice is on one scale and self-preservation is on the other.” Today if this same belief was once believed true, has the black race proved the rightous of our names? Has the balck race compared each others character and made it easier for the white man to judge us or has it just been soley on the white mans assumptions?

 Charles Marsh Final Eportfolio

~ by cmarsh09 on May 2, 2010.

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