Month: January 2017

Collinwood: Muckracker Journalism

The episode of the Roosevelt’s I wanted to link to has been taken down. I had to go with this assignment instead.

DUE Monday Feb. 20th

One thing I wanted to do this semester was draw parallels between the past and today. This may surprise you: People are bad. People have always been bad. Selfishness, greed, and wanton disregard for others were as common yesterday as they are today. The best journalism exposes good, honest people to the problems of society in hopes of change.

Below are two examples of muckraking journalism from the early 1900s. The first two links are from possibly the most famous work of muckraking, Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.” The second two are on the work of Ida B. Wells, who lived in Memphis and documented lynchings throughout the South.

Try to follow the format that was discussed in class. Devote equal time to summary and reflection. (1 single-spaced notebook page approximately)

Muckraking – the jungle

the jungle

Muckraking – Ida B. Wells

give me liberty 647-648(read before the Ida B. Wells)

Collinwood: “People’s History…” Reading

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Let me preface this reading assignment with the following: This is an extremely pointed and critical look at American history that if you accepted wholeheartedly would make you bitter, jaded, and incapable of enjoying the simple things in life, like images of a basset hound running in slow motion. BE HOLD!

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It’s a book written about history from the bottom up: how the average, overlooked, and exploited experienced history. I love this book, but know that Zinn is one of many voices competing to create an understanding of our past.

I have posted an excerpt from the chapter on what were are currently studying. People’s History Ch.11 This scan has my highlights (that usually helps).

Here are the questions I want you to answer from the reading. Questions from CH. 11 Your answers don’t have to be long rehashings of the chapter. They need to be thoughtful and that you have done the reading. I’m more interested in what you have to say about the reading.