Tutor profile: Krissie W.
Subject: World History
What were the causes of the French Revolution?
King Louis the 16th wasn't a qualified leader. He was a weak decision maker. He preferred to spend his time gambling and celebrating with his friends rather than running the nation. He supported the American Revolution by sending the troops and supplies. This drained the French treasury significantly. France's social class was divided into three estates: The first estate contained clergy and they did not have to pay taxes. The second estate contained nobles and they did not have to pay taxes. The third estate was made up of peasants and the bourgeoisie, a group that were wealthy merchants. The bourgeoisie resented the second estate because they did not have the privileges of the second estate although they were wealthy. When meetings were called with the Estates-General each estate only had one vote each. This was unfair because the third estate made up 98% of the population. The first and second estate would always outvote the third. In addition, there were a series of bad harvests that crippled France's food supply resulting in massive starvation.
Subject: US History
What were some of the negative effects the successful capitalists caused during American Industrial Revolution?
The American Industrial Revolution produced robber barons, or greedy capitalists that were ruthless in business such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie. They monopolized their markets through horizontal and vertical integration. They often used their power to get revenge on each other at the expense of their workers. For example, when Rockefeller wanted to punish his competition, he closed down refineries in Pittsburgh, PA to cripple Tom Scott who owned the Pennsylvania Railroad. He didn't care about the loss of jobs that the workers would incur. They also paid poor wages to their employees resulting in extreme poverty.
What examples can you provide in Malcolm X's childhood that shape his views about whites in his early adulthood life in The Autobiography of Malcolm X?
From a young age, Malcolm experiences acute trauma at the hands of whites in his town. He moves frequently because his father is deemed a troublemaker due to his affiliation with Marcus Garvey, a prominent African-American activist during that time. He also witnesses his house being burned down by a local white supremacists. In addition, in his autobiography he often demonizes the white social worker assigned to his family for splitting his family up when they had to enter the foster care system due to his mother's mental illness.
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