The final exam study guide can be found here. I will be taking questions in class Wednesday of this week (5/18), but feel free to ask me questions outside of class ahead of then.
Write a post that includes 2 videos (or a link to video/audio). One should show a protest song produced between 1960 and 1970. The other should be a protest song produced between 2000 and 2011. Both songs should be new to the blog. Write 1-2 paragraphs comparing and contrasting the two songs. Explain what is being protested in each song and what terms are used to express protest. What has changed about social protest between the 1960s and the 2000s, and how specifically do these songs show that change?
1) Read Foner, Chapter 25
2) Pick one important political, social, cultural, or economic change discussed by Foner that occurred during the 1960s, which you can argue has roots in 1950s era change. Write 1-2 paragraphs discussing the connection between the change of the 1960s and what came before it in the 1950s. Use images or video to prove your point.
Leave at least 2 comments in response to this post discussing the portrayal of the African-American civil rights movement by Foner in “The Age of Affluence” chapter. Were things getting better or worse for African Americans between 1945 and 1960? Why or why not? Who fought to improve equality and who opposed them? Read the comments that came before you and contribute something new to the conversation.
Read Foner, Chapter 24.
Write a blog post displaying video footage or an image produced during the time period covered in the reading, and which reveals an important aspect of cultural or social change during that time. Write 1-2 paragraphs relating the source to at least one section of the reading.
A few people have asked recently about the extra credit assignment that you have an opportunity to complete anytime until the time of your final exam. It is worth between 1 and 4 points on your final grade depending on the quality and depth of your report. It is represented in the lecture slides, but very buried and not findable via a search of the site. So, I thought I would bring it to the surface. Here is the assignment:
1) visit a site that relates to NYC sometime during this semester (provide ticket stub or some other evidence of visit)
2) Write a 1-4 page essay connecting what you learned at the site to topics and materials covered in this course
Some recommended sites:
–Lower East Side Tenement Museum
–African Burial Ground
–Museum of the City of New York
–New-York Historical Society
Your midterm exam will be given in class on Monday, March 28. Here is the study guide that we will review in class today (March 23).
Post an image of a political cartoon published between 1932 and 1941 on topic of the New Deal, which has not yet been posted to the blog. Include a caption that indicates the publicaton date and source of the cartoon as far as you can determine. Write 1-2 paragraphs discussing the political argument behind the cartoon. What do you think the artist was thinking? What message was he/she trying to communicate? What historical events were going on at the time the cartoon was published that explain the meaning of the cartoon (be as specific as possible).
A reminder that class will be held Wednesday, March 16.
The following assignment is due by class time on Wednesday:
Reading: Foner, Chapter 21.
I am cancelling class Monday, 3/14. Class will be held 3/16, although it may be a guest professor. You are still responsible for the assignments posted to the blog. If there is a guest, he will be aware of your readings and assignment, so please complete them on time. The assignment for 3/14 has already been posted. By Monday evening at the latest I will post the assignment for 3/16. I should definitely be back by our class on 3/21. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime by email with questions.
Post a visual representation of 2 primary sources (these can be text documents, photographs, cartoons, paintings, or videos) that represent important aspects of the Great Depression. Include captions that explain the subject of the image and source to the best of your knowledge. Write 1 paragraph comparing the two documents and the messages they communicate about the Great Depression.