The spinning wheel—few material objects so succinctly represent patriarchal oppression under colonialism. The wheel was once the expedient implement to create thread and yarn, and pondering the vast demand in the 18th century before the industrial revolution rendered it obsolete, to make a capital fortune in cotton required innumerable wheels and an equal representation of labor.
This class has shed light on the fact that the two very different countries of India and Mexico have many similarities. From initial colonization, to castes systems, to revolutions, and more, studying India and Mexico in one class has made many connections never before thought possible from two countries on opposite sides of the planet.
Since the early 19th century, photography has been a crucial means of communication for citizens, governments, writers and artists. With the rise of photography during periods of colonial rule, however, came a new racial ideology (Ball-Phillips, Lecture). By examining photographs from similar periods in India and Mexico, cross-cultural connections about women, gender and historic dress
From divergent gender roles, to class systems, to religious beliefs, to monetary values alike, true equality has yet to exist. This division has endured throughout history and is almost unavoidable due to the way in which they assist societies to function as a whole in their respective countries. Merriam-Webster defines equality as, “the quality or
Women’s importance to society is paramount, with their accomplishments being under-appreciated for much of history. In all aspects of life, this truth is profound with society only grasping this as a norm recently. To help understand why, a case-study between India and Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is necessary. The economic
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This photograph is titled “A Parsee Family” and was taken by William Johnson sometime between 1855-1862 in Western India. The photo depicts a family of four- a mother, father, and two young children. The mother is sitting with her two children standing on either side of her. The father stands to the far right of
Although the title of this photograph is unknown, this image speaks for itself. Winfeld Scott, a provocative photographer at the time, took this photo of four young Mexican women. At first glance they appear to be braiding each other’s hair, but upon closer look, they instead seem to be picking the dirt out of each