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Poojan Patel 2/17/2012 Byrnes Seminar Journal #1---George S. Patton: An American Hero and a human being Before this first session, I knew very little of George Patton. From this session I have not only learned who this person is but also a lot about his character. Many regard George S. Patton as a one of the greatest generals in American history. He was best known as the commander of the United States Third Army in World War II, and led invasions at Casablanca in Morocco and southern Sicily. There is perhaps no one who can match his efforts and charisma on the battlefield. Besides being a general, Patton was also a human being. He had various character flaws and issues that he needed to work on. An example of this is the famous slapping incident where he slapped a soldier that was under medical care even though he did not have battle wounds. This incident almost cost him his post and he received some serious reprimand from the president of the United States. From the tape that we watched in class I learned that Patton was a very emotional person. I also learned that Patton was a man of contradictions. While he was a ruthless general, he was also a very sentimental and thoughtful person. He wrote poetry, which for a man of his post and caliber was very unusual. These contradictions made him a very unstable person. He was not always in the right state of mind. The soldiers who worked under his command either hated him or liked him. With Patton there was absolutely no middle ground. Luck had a lot to do with Patton’s success as a general. However, it was his never-dying will power that made him who he is. There has yet to be another man who can match what Patton did on the battlefield. I think that America was lucky to have such an experienced and intelligent man on their side during the war.
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Poojan Patel 2/17/2012 Byrnes Seminar Journal #2---The birth of a nation, Glory, Malcolm X The birth of a nation was a very controversial film even for its time period. The film was an effort to suppress African Americans to the manner in which they lived before the Reconstruction. Griffith positively portrayed groups like the Ku Klux Klan because he wanted to make a statement. His message to whites was that they are above all other races. It was also a movie where he wanted the viewer to sympathize for those who are racist. A particular scene that stood out for me was the one where the black man
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