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"Horatio Alger" - Harlon Dalton Essay Notes

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"Horatio Alger" - Harlon Dalton Essay Notes ENG W131

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Notes taken on Harlon Dalton's famous essay "Horatio Alger," challenging Alger's 3-part myth.
Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I
Lindsay Welsch
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Carolyn Simon on Sunday September 13, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ENG W131 at Indiana University taught by Lindsay Welsch in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 32 views. For similar materials see Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I in Foreign Language at Indiana University.

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Date Created: 09/13/15
9 2 2015 Dalton Essay 1 Individuals are judged on MORE than merit race gender age Alger ignores race in opportunities Dalton maintains racial caste system Alger s 3 main points Everyone is judged solely on merit a Best black situation black people are compared to other black people instead to people of other races b Because of one s race there are certain expectationsjudgements that come along with it c White basketball players gt surprises people d Puerto Rican salsa dancer We each have a fair opportunity to develop merits a Underclass is at a disadvantage don t have certain opportunities b Barriers that cause people to fall into lower class ex slavery reconstructionJim Crow laws civil rights c People are not starting from the same point d Deep historical and structural reasons why African Americans aren t judged in the same way Merit decisions achievements accomplishments will always out a Merit based decisions b Merit measured fairly c East vs West coast basketball example d Supreme Court justice Psychologically the myth may be helpful for some people 0 Brings hope and optimism to people of different races However subscribing to this myth can be dangerous because it allows whites to maintain the racial pecking order 0 Enables whites to ignore the reality 0 Allows people of power specifically whites to focus on their achievements instead of racial structures Live in the land of unlimited potential false American dream has been de ated


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