Typical reasons for colonization are to steal natural resources, expand territories and culturally dominate a group of people who are distinguishable by race and/or religion. Although Hollywood films like “Out of Africa” (1985) romanticize colonization as a system for which all participants approve, the system of colonization is never amicable between the colonizers and their subjects.Continue Reading
Colonizers are the sole economic and cultural beneficiaries, while colonized people suffer usurpation of their aboriginal culture and a cycle of extreme poverty due to lack of quality resources. Cecil Rhodes of English decent was an infamous 19th century colonizer in Africa, where he renamed Zimbabwe, “Rhodesia” after himself. In 1888, Rhodes founded De Beers, a diamond cartel comprised of numerous mining operations that continue to extract diamonds from Africa. While De Beers grosses over $6 billion annually and the British economy benefits tremendously, Africans in De Beers' targeted areas like South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia continue to live in poverty.
Modern colonization was at its peak during the 16th through the 19th centuries, a period known as the “Colonial Era.” Violence and rape are tactics colonizers historically used to control a group of people and their land. Under the threat of death and through continued oppression, colonizers force a group of people to submit to their demands. Miscegenation, or racial interbreeding between colonizers and their repressed victims, has established rigid caste systems among colonized people. For example, English colonizers interbred with aboriginal people in India, and in modern times, lighter-skinned Indians with European physical attributes generally receive higher wages and better education than darker-skinned Indians.
Whereas Colonial Era colonizers used more overt exploitation tactics, arguably 21st century colonizers infiltrate foreign lands through military force under the guise of establishing peace and democracy. However, these military operations last for years longer than their specified time frames. The regions in question are destabilized, and the self-professed peacemakers eventually gain control of some or all of the region's natural resources, usually oil.Learn more about US History
Civil rights are the legally protected rights of all people to be treated equally regardless of race, sex, age, disability or national origin. Civil rights can also encompass religion and sexual orientation. This means freedom from discrimination in situations that include education, employment and housing.Full Answer >
The Confederacy lost the Civil War for a variety of reasons, chief among them a lack of resources and manpower. The North had more soldiers, more manufacturing and agricultural capacity, and the ability to blockade Southern ports. The institution of slavery also made it difficult to generate political support overseas.Full Answer >
There are numerous reasons behind the issues that arose in Salem in the late 1600s, including strained resources, smallpox and dislike of the new minister Reverend Samuel Parris. There were many symptoms and signs of witchcraft that had been documented when similar trials went on in Europe previously, most of which could be faked or lied about easily.Full Answer >
The socialist part holds a number of beliefs with some being taxing the rich, promoting democracy, equal rights for all people regardless of race, gender, sexuality or religion, use of alternative energy and peaceful coexistence of all states. People who subscribe to socialist parties across the world believe that a country should direct its efforts at promoting fairness for all in all policy decisions and undertakings.Full Answer >