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Thesis Statements

Almost all of us—even if we don’t do it consciously—look early in an essay for a one- or two-sentence condensation of the argument or analysis that is to follow. We refer to that condensation as a thesis statement. Why Should Your Essay Contain a Thesis Statement? To test your ideas by distilling them into a sentence or two to better organize and develop your argument to provide your reader with a “guide” to your argument.

Essay Writing Skills. How to Write a Topic Sentence: 5 steps. English Help Sheets. Purdue OWL. Teen Ink. Iconic Images. Famous, Infamous and Iconic Photos. Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Its title was mirthless: “Es gibt keinen jüdischen Wohnbezirk in Warschau mehr!”

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Fall of the Berlin Wall. Anthony Suau is a longtime Time magazine contract photographer.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Bhopal Disaster. From 1976, there were harbingers–excess pollution and toxic attacks on workers were occurring on a regular basis at the Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal, India.

The Bhopal Disaster

On the midnight of December 2nd-3rd, 1984–exactly 25 years ago today–gas leaked from the factory and unleashed menthyl-iso-cyanate poison into air and water in an industrial diasater that would eventually kill over 30,000 people and maim hundreds of thousands more. It was estimated within the first 24 hours, some 3,000 people were killed. Hospitals could barely cope with the survivors. Gravediggers had to work through the night and multiple people were buried to a grave. Twenty-five years on, Bhopal’s population has tripled to 1 million people but scars remained.

Winston Churchill by Yousef Karsh. It was one of the most famous portraits ever made.

Winston Churchill by Yousef Karsh

Some say it is the most reproduced image in history. Lee Harvey Oswald shot. On November 24, 1963, two days after Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the assassination of President John F.

Lee Harvey Oswald shot

Kennedy, he was about to be transfered police headquarters to the nearby county jail. Oswald was handcuffed to Dallas detective Jim Leavelle. At 11:21 am, stepping out from a crowd of reporters and photographers, a nightclub owner Jack Ruby fired a Colt Cobra .38 into Oswald’s abdomen on a nationally televised live broadcast. His motives for killing Oswald were not clear. There is some evidence it was on a whim, for Ruby left his dog, Sheba, in the car. Ali vs. Liston. The first Sonny Liston-Cassius Clay fight in 1964 when Liston was the world heavyweight champion ended in controversy: during the fourth round, Clay started complaining that there was something burning in his eyes and that he could not see.

Ali vs. Liston

It has been theorized that a substance used to stop Liston’s cuts from bleeding caused the irritation. Clay won the match on a TKO. A rematch was set in May 25th 1965, this time with Liston as challenger; Clay was now Muhammad Ali after joining the Nation of Islam the previous year. Due to the fightt being staged in a small auditorium in remote Lewiston, Maine, only 2,500 fans were present, setting the all-time record for the lowest attendance for a heavyweight championship fight. Woodstock Couple. From August 15th to 17th 1969, the largest rock festival in US history was held in Bethel, New York, at which the leading rock groups performed to a crowd of half a million in what is now known as ‘Woodstock Festival’.

Woodstock Couple

Vulture Stalking a Child. In March 1993, photographer Kevin Carter made a trip to southern Sudan, where he took now iconic photo of a vulture preying upon an emaciated Sudanese toddler near the village of Ayod.

Vulture Stalking a Child

Carter said he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn’t. A Soldier’s Despair. During the 1991 Gulf war, media access was limited by Pentagon restrictions.

A Soldier’s Despair

President Bush was merely continuing the practice used by Reagan when he invaded Grenada in 1983: the military left reporters and photographers behind. The pool resources arrangement allowed a minimal view of the fighting and the military handlers held back some images until they were too old for publication. Despite the Pentagon ban on taking images of soldiers’ deaths and coffins, David C. Burst of Joy. The Falling Man. “The Falling Man” is a photograph taken by Richard Drew at 9:41:15 a.m., on September 11, 2001 of a man falling from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks in New York City. The man in the photohraph remains unknown. The picture is deceptive, however, as it suggest that man was falling straight down, however, this is just one of many photographs of his fall.

It is evident from these other pictures that he tumbling out of control. An Execution at Sing Sing. The person on the chair was one Ruth Snyder, a woman convicted of killing her husband for insurance money. It was the sensational story followed by a tragic verdict–Ruth Snyder would become the first woman to be electrocuted since 1899. [Her adulterous partner Gray met the same fate]. “Ruthless Ruth,” the press called her; her story would become a Hollywood blockbuster with ‘Double Indemnity’. However, it was “the most famous tabloid photo of the decade” (as TIME-Life put it) that immortalized Ruth Snyder. Photographers are not permitted into executions in the United States. That day’s Daily News’ cover simply said, ‘DEAD!’ Like this: Like Loading... The Immolation of Quang Duc.

In 1963, after suppressing internal revolts, President of South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem was widely seen as a totalitarian. Though he depended largely on US aid, Diem refused to be counselled by them on his handling of the war, which was leading to genocide. In June, Buddhists revolted at Hué and Saigon, which Roman Catholic Diem used military force to disperse. Flower Child, Pentagon. The March on the Pentagon on October 21st 1967 was not the first, the last or the largest of anti-Vietnam war protests by activists, hippies, students and draft resisters. However, the rally was envisioned with one adamant purpose: to shut down the war effort, if only for a day — and on that October morning the crowd of some 100,000 confronted 2,500 rifle-wielding soldiers for just that.

The organizerorganizer Abbie Hoffman held a mass exorcism, hoping to levitate the Pentagon 300 feet off the ground, turn it orange and vibrate out any evil spirits. French photojournalist Marc Riboud noticed a lone girl posturing inches from the soldiers’ sheathed bayonets. She was trying to start a dialogue with them. Migrant Mother. Dorothea Lange was one of the photographers hired by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to document the social condition as a result of the Depression. Exhausted from photographing farms in Nipomo, California, Lange turned down a dirt road to investigate a migrant camp of pea pickers. In less than fifteen minutes, Lange was back on the road after making five exposures of a woman (Florence Thompson) and her children in the camp.

Lange thought Thompson’s nervous gesture of placing her hand on her mouth as dignified and framed one of the photos to echo Madonna and child, and American values of endurance in the face of adversity, and submitted it (titled Migrant Mother) to her agency. Napalm Attack. The Execution of A Vietcong Guerilla. Feb 1, 1968. The Fall of Saigon. Exposing of A Gestapo Informer. In Dessau, at a camp of displaced persons waiting for repatriation, a Gestapo informer who had pretended to be a refugee is discovered and exposed by a camp inmate.

The Tank Man. This is a picture that needs no caption. The Death of Omayra Sánchez. What makes an image unforgettable? Joe Rosenthal's 1945 photograph of U.S. troops raising a flag in Iwo Jima during World War II remains one of the most widely reproduced images. Five-Paragraph Expository Essay Model. 10 tips for writing an essay. Rather than worrying about an essay for weeks, suggest to your child to read through these 10 points, get in some early preparation and have the self-belief that they can do it. Read the essay question carefully Highlight key words. - Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues.