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We are running about two class periods behind.  In order to correct this, we shall not have an in-class discussion on the Identities of Migration.  To be clear, you are still responsible for reading the textbook sections and the text by Yezierska in the History Anthology. Keep up with the reading as you see below.


February 26, 2010: Classes Cancelled


March 1, 2010

Defining Self in an Industrial World

Text: chap. 27 (pp. 672-76); Sources: Marx and Engels, Mill

Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto

1)     What are the social classes according to the text?

2)     What will happen to industrial society in the future?  Why will it come about?

3)     What policies are to be adopted to change society for the better?

Mill, “The Subjection of Women”

Why does Mill think women have been given a lower status than men?


March 3, 5, 2010

Joint Session I: Revolution and Identity (Part A and B)


March 8, 2010

Expanding American History/A Slave’s Challenge to American Identity

Text: chap. 28 (pp. 699-702); Sources: Stanton

1)     What text does Stanton use to craft her “Declaration?” Why do you think she chose it?

2)     What was the legal and social condition of women according to the text?

Frederick Douglas, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas

1)     Identify the most disturbing and most moving/heroic moment in the Narrative.  Why did you choose these two?

2)     Why does Douglas believe that slavery demeans and corrupts not only the slaves, but also slaveholders?

March 10, 2010

Slave’s Challenge to American Identity/“A New Birth of Freedom:” Emancipation

Text: chap. 28 (pp. 701-07); Sources: Free at Last; Gettysburg Address; Lincoln’s Second Inaugural; Reconstruction Amendments.

Frederick Douglas, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas (cont.)

“A New Birth of Freedom:” Emancipation

Free at Last

1)     What were the causes of the Civil War?

2)     What did the Confederacy hope to accomplish?

3)     How did the Union defeat the Confederacy?

4)     What are some of the popular myths regarding the Civil War across the United States?

5)     What do you make of Col. Hugh B. Ewing’s response to a letter from his wife?

Gettysburg Address

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural

Reconstruction Amendments

1)     How should we look at Abraham Lincoln?

2)     From the readings and general knowledge, did he evolve in his thinking regarding African Americans and slavery?

3)     What drove him in his pursuit of the Civil War and Emancipation?


General Question: what would have happened to the institution of slavery if the South had won the Civil War?




March 12, 2010

(Combination of two days)

Imperialism and Redefining Racial Identity/Imperialism in Asia and Africa

Text: chap. 27 (pp. 691-94), chaps. 29-30.

Sources: Darwin, Sumner, Kipling, Hilmi, Morel

Darwin (Anthology and in Johnson)

1)     How does evolution work?

2)     Why was it such a challenge to Christianity and other modes of thought?

3)     Was Darwin right about everything?

William Graham Sumner, “The Challenge of Facts”

1)     What is the vision of humanity presented by Sumner?  Which author we have previously read does he sound like?

2)     How does he consider marriage?

3)     What does he mean by “liberty?”

4)     What is the tone of this text?

Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden”

1)     What are the attitudes expressed in this poem?

2)     Are there any benefits, intended or unintended, from being occupied by an Imperial power?

‘Abbas Hilmi II, “The British in Egypt”

1)     Why was Hilmi such a threat to the British?  What qualities did he possess that made him effective?

2)     What were the attitudes of the British envoys in the Egyptian government toward him?

E. D. Morel, From Red Rubber

1)     What does Morel criticize in this text?

2)     What attitudes can be discerned from his criticisms?