Northup, Solomon. Twelve Years a slave (New York: Penguin Books, 2012). (461)



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Shenk, Gerald. Domination & Resistance: Twentieth Century US Histories, A Conceptual Framework. CSU Monterey Bay, 2012. (5)
The highlighting of major theoretical and ideological flaws within the American political and social system is, as Shenk works with throughout Domination & Resistance: Twentieth Century US Histories, A Conceptual Framework, a necessary road to dissecting the culturally induced binary opposites within systems of power.211 Shenk’s piece looks into the brevity of various American political and social systems which have worked, some better than others, to create realms of oppression which still touch the reality of the present day. These systems are narrowed down into five sections – patriarchy, white supremacy, heterosexual normativity, capitalism, and imperialism – and are mildly expanded upon throughout the piece. Though the United States as a nation seems idealistic in its framework its seemingly positive growth is reliable thoroughly upon these five systems of domination, lending themselves to the advancement of the United States as a nation but the degradation of America as an ideal.212 The resistance of these systems is, perhaps, the most critical dose of information within Shenk’s piece, offering a counter to the brutal reality which is the foundation of the nation. Overall Shenk’s piece acts as a critical piece which seeks to educate a populous which may remain unaware of the rhetoric of the oppressed.



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