Hamilton…. Thingy

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

“In New York you can be a new man”

  • The idea that if you travel to a new place and try to start again in a new world showed that many people and immigrants have the chance to have a new life. This influenced them to attempt to cross seas and have another chance.


Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.

And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away
Across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up
Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of
The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter”

  • Hamilton was born into the lower class of society and it was hard for him to get certain needs such as food. In any other environment, Hamilton might not have been the founding father of the USA as he didn’t have to “beg, steal, borrow, or barter”


Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.

“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”

  • Hamilton started off as a very poor person, with nothing and no one to help him. People who were close to him started to pass away and he was left with nothing. The fact that he became a founding father of the USA, shows that his identity has changed tremendously.


The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

“Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned, our man saw his future drip dripping down the drain. Put a pencil to his temple connected it to his brain and he wrote his first refrain a testament to his pain.”

I am not exactly sure,  but I believe this means that although Hamilton had a very hard life, He was able to turn it into something good by writing stories to help him with his pain.

Document of Learning — The Wheels of Revolution


Comparing Revolutions to the English Civil War, the American Revolution has the most in common. Both the English Civil War and American Revolution ignited into battle because of unfair taxes that was brought upon the people from their rulers. Charles I imposed taxes on towns in order to fund his expensive desires and show off his wealth, while the British Government also taxed the American colonies to pay off their war debts. This infuriated the people on both sides, who felt that they were being forced to pay unnecessary taxes. Eventually, this made the citizens rise up against their rulers, causing riots, battle and chaos. In addition, the French Revolution sparked up because the Government was corrupt and in crisis and Charles l wasn’t doing any better either.

 The end of the English Civil Wars may not seem like justice was served. The Monarchy, Charles I, was punished accordingly by being publicly executed. However, the amount of deaths and property damage which occurred over all three wars was devastating. Many citizens and farmers were left in poverty after their houses were destroyed and by the end, more than 200,000 men and women died including 50,000 royalists and 40,000 parliamentarians. On the other hand, Oliver Cromwell, alongside the parliament, formed a new government that is now known today as a Republic. This had a huge positive impact on England as it started to lead England towards a fairer government, allowing all citizens of all classes to live more equally.



What is the story of the French Button

The significant object that I have chosen is a small button that a soldier wore in WWI. It is a circular, dark pin with what looks like an octopus design on the front. It was found at Lochnagar Crater near Albert in Normandy and belonged to a French soldier. This a primary source of World War One as it was produced and made for a uniform during the war. The fact that there is still sand, dirt, and grit stuck behind the needle, suggests that this soldier fought on the front line but was killed. This inference tells us that he may have been part of the first line and led a squadron into battle.  The material of this button is brass which could potentially mean that the soldier was not a very high rank. After a bit of researching and looking closer, I have found out that it is not an octopus design but a “flaming bomb”. The flaming-bomb button was used in the French Artillery from 1845 – 1902 and over 100,000 buttons were made in 1933 for World War One. There is an American version called the “Shell and Flame” so it is quite possible that it belonged to an American soldier. I can’t explain why it was found in France and how it is still in good condition. 75 to 170 years later and it still looks perfect! This is significant as it’s a primary source of an event we all know about. in years to come, we might not know exact battlefields but how the presence of metal objects in the area will lead future historians and archaeologists to discover more about history. In conclusion, this old piece of brass can tell us a lot about World War One and the state of the French Military.




MSD Blog Post #1

How do our emotions influence our perceptions of the world around us?Consider these ideas: How do we act when we’re in love / angry/ecstatic? How do we see the world differently in these states?


in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare’s, we see that our emotions have many different effects on people, causing our behaviour to alter depending on the emotion being portrayed. It can affect story character’s judgement, worldview and perceptions. A very good example of this where our emotions take over from the book was when Helena tells Demetrius about Hermia and Lysander’s plan to run away from Athens. “I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight” (1, 1, 246) and “Then to the woods will he to-morrow night” (1, 1, 247). Helena spoke out because she wanted to get some affection from Demetrius but sadly, she ended up betraying her best friend, Hermia just so she can win over Demetrius’s heart, She was in a very selfish state of mind, doing anything that must be done for love and one that she probably wouldn’t have made if her emotions weren’t clouding her judgement. Another example is when  Lysander and Hermia decide to run away. They believe that running away will make them happy and solve all of their problems. However, love seems to be blinding them: There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee; / And to that place, the sharp Athenian law / Cannot pursue us.” (1.1.161-162). Although Lysander states that the Athenian law cannot pursue them there, love and affection are blocking them from the fact that Athens will be off limits as they would never be able to return for they are criminals. Their eagerness to get married ignores the case where their love for one another may not make them happy at all.


As we can see from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, emotions can have a huge impact on the way we look at the world. Under the influence of emotions, people begin to do unthinkable actions and start to drift away from reality. It is ideal to learn how to control our emotions when they take control as it can have an effect on our own lives, the lives of others, and the world around us.