Here are the two questions in the writing section of your final exam. You will be choosing ONE of these for a short essay. My advice: Put some time into preparing an outline and getting right with concrete information and examples to demonstrate your knowledge.
CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: Describe the period between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement that was Jim Crow. What are examples of Jim Crow laws and ways that rights — including voting — were denied? Next, explain the role grassroots activism and TV played in bringing about change. Cite examples.
VIETNAM: Explain how the U.S. became involved in Vietnam and why the government continued to escalate the war knowing it was unwinnable. Account for what made this such a difficult war and opposition to the war at home.
UPFRONT Vietnam War
Vietnam after WWII, French control, Vietcong
Struggles US faced fighting this war
The anti-war movement on college campuses and the role TV played in changing public opinion on the war
Emmett Till story from UPFRONT
- What happened to Till and what revelations about the story have come to light?
- How pervasive (widespread) were lynchings during early 20th century?
- Read through the section that describes the Jim Crow South. What does the quote: “The Jim Crow system could not have existed without violence,” mean?
- “There is an astonishing absence of any effort to acknowledge, discuss, or address lynching. There are very few monuments or memorials that address the history and legacy.” Why do you think many Southern cities have denied or tried to erase these atrocities from their history?
- What has LaGrange, Georgia done to acknowledge this troubling part of the past?
I’m giving you the voices and images from a tragedy, set to the song that it inspired. Use everything at your disposal to tell the story of what happened at Kent State University in May 1970.
Focus on these things:
- The state of the Vietnam War in 1970 and what led to the shootings at KSU
- The meaning behind the song “Ohio” and its lyrics
- The role of TV in the Vietnam War and power of images.
- Protesting the war
kent state primary sources
The story of ‘Ohio’
Neil Young’s ‘Ohio’