Rochefort and La Rochelle: Model Ships, Moules, and Merchants

The port of La Rochelle. Photo C. Davis

The port of La Rochelle. Photo C. Davis

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Ravensbrück: Week 6

Ravensbrück

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Filling in the Blanks – Research Update #5

What began as difficulty gathering the thoughts and ideas necessary to write a meaningful research paper has turned into a challenge of navigating which concepts can actually fit while still pushing the intended argument forward. Investigating broad-reaching systems like neoliberalism and colonialism has thrown the possibility of my discussions wide open, which is both a positive and a negative. My primary objective is to explore how the structures I mentioned previously have intertwined throughout American history and contributed to (and reinforced) an increasingly dispersed hegemony. This process has resulted in the widely accepted beliefs that 1) success and effort are directly correlated, meaning those who struggle financially have only themselves to blame and 2) economic or social achievement at the expense of others is still valid and even applauded, which, under hierarchies of power established by settler-colonialism, often results in further exploitation of marginalized communities.

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