Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Exploration 2 Allen Jones

            Hello, my name is Allen Jones, but everyone usually calls me A.J. If i could travel anywhere in the world, it would have to be Paris, France. Paris seems like a beautiful city, and french culture has always seemed to be interesting to me (especially since i took four years of french!) Not only that, but i LOVE the idea of traveling. I would be perfectly content with my life if i could spend the next 10 years just traveling the world, meeting new people, and learning new languages/different cultures. I am a graduate of Harding High School here in Marion, and i graduated last year. I played football, basketball, and I ran track; all of which were very enjoyable. I originally was not going to come to OSU Marion. I actually was going to be put on scholarship to play football at the university of Akron, but i broke my left clavicle in a football game, which resulted in me getting a career ending surgery. I now i have nine screws and a metal plate in/on my collar bone. 
        I chose Frederick Douglass as my author to research. An interesting fact i found out about Douglass, is that he was nominated for Vice President of the United States as a member of the Equal Rights Party in 1872. The reason i think that this is so interesting  is because it is an amazing feat for any man to be nominated for vice president, let alone a former run away slave in the 1800's.
         My favorite poem would have to be "Bury me in a Free Land," simply because it talks about real hardships of people of color and minorities in the early development of America. The author didn't need to make up an extreme story to get their point across. The language they used painted us a very vivid picture of what life was like for slaves and people who weren't white, which brings out a ridiculous amount of empathy from its readers. Simply put, the author simply told us what they would like and what they wouldn't, and that made it an excellent, powerful story with a very strong message. 

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