Month: January 2012

UNA HI202: Discussion Board #1 Due (Feb. 5)

Here is you first discussion board assignment. I choose this because “The Jungle” is one of the most important works of public service in our history and defines the importance that writers and reporters played in bringing about urban reform.

The questions are at the bottom of the reading. Please remember to put your name with the comment.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair


AP: Progressive essay

Austin & Sarah,

Here is the topic that we wrote on in class. I have also attached the questions that go along with Ch. 30: WWI. We will be completing the first six, which are holdovers from ch. 29.

Free Response Essay:

The Progressive era is most often described as a time when middle class — and particularly women — changed the expectations of government from laissez-faire to an agent of reform and regulation. Write an essay that uses this as the basis for an explanation of the sweeping changes of the era.

AP History: “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair

Since we all enjoyed my elaboration on the saltwater taffy consistency of the McNugget prior to fabrication, I thought our next reading should be from the classic Upton Sinclair tale of wrongdoing. Sinclair wanted to shed light on the conditions of workers, instead he made people sick.

Read the following excerpt and post your answers to the questions at the bottom

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

UNA HI202: Course syllabus

I wanted to welcome all of the 201 alums who have chosen — or for lack of a better option accepted — History 202: U.S. history since 1877. I have attached a copy of the syllabus. As you can see it is similar to 201, with the only changes being the value of quizzes and discussion boards.

The documentary list is also attached. I consider it to a far more engaging list, especially considering it has Ali, Seabiscuit, and blacklisted screenwriters. None of which are related.

HI 202 Syllabus Spring 2012

documentary list

Debating John Rockefeller’s Legacy

Part of history is understanding that it our interpretation and effort to attach meaning to the past. As you can guess, this changes over time and from historian to historian.

The question at hand in these two documents is whether John Rockefeller was a corrupt and ruthless robber baron or moral captain of industry that built an empire with talent and hard work.

Choose “bad Rockefeller” or “good Rockefeller” and write a 500-600 word argument to support your side.

*If someone has already posted the counter to your argument, reply to their post and tell them why they are wrong.

Good Rockefeller

Bad Rockefeller

Due Monday night @ 11:59 p.m.

AP History: Key Points Ch. 26: The Great West and Agricultural Revolution

I wanted to make this short and to the point. We have lingered in the post-Civil War period long enough. Instead of giving you 3 questions with paragraphs attached to them, I have decided to give you a statement that describes the west during this time and have you find IDs that build on the statement.

The American west of the post-Civil War was a land almost entirely detached from from the money changers and top hat wearing robber barons of the east coast; Indian wars, cow towns, and ‘Helldorado’ mining towns show a world whose only real connection to the east was the hatred banks and railroads among farmers and Bryan’s populist campaign.

Choose 10 events, places, or people that fit with this sentence and chapter. Post your 10.