Practice: Annotated Bibliography

“Report of the Tribunal Appointed to Inquire into the Events on Sunday, 30th January 1972 [Widgery Report].” CAIN Web Service. N.p., n.d. Web.

The Widgery Report, written by John Passmore Widgery, was a British investigation into the events that occurred on January 30th, 1972, otherwise known as “Bloody Sunday,” in which over twenty citizens were either wounded or killed by British soldiers. John Widgery wrote the report for the purpose of finding the culprit, or culprits, of the tragic incident and the ensuing consequences that should be put into action as a result. The report is unfortunately a difficult and boring read; however, it is broken down into sections that make finding individual information easier.

It is important to note that the author of the report was a widely recognized former British officer in the military division. Thus, because of the potential ties between John Widgery and the very people who were being tried, the Widgery Report cannot be completely trusted, and as a result, it is not a very effective source by itself in summary of the events. Still, it serves a multitude of other purposes, such as showing the turmoil and lack of trust in the government during that time in Great Britain.

 

Anzaldúa, G. (2012). Borderlands : The new mestiza = la frontera (Fourth edition, 25th anniversary.. ed.). San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books.

Gloria Anzaldúa’s book, Borderlands, offers a unique experience to the reader. The novel commences with background information of the U.S.-Mexico border history, namely statistics. She then adds her personal experiences and opinions regarding the culture of the borderland and the repercussions she had to endure as a result. Because she often does not speak the native tongue of where she is located, Gloria Anzaldúa is the recipient of abuse; even her mom gets angry at her when she speaks the ‘wrong’ language. Her book is a testament to her ability to remain true to her identity in spite of the oppression.

Furthering the individuality of her book is the language in which she comprises Borderlands of. She utilizes both English and Spanish in the text. Although this makes it nearly impossible for the majority of readers to understand every point she is attempting to make, this mixture strengthens her voice and ethos. Borderlands is a great read that can easily be used in language and history classes.

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