Modern short stories
1pg. due 9/27
One of the worst things history does is reduce real people to one event or character type: the hero, the bad guy, the crusader. These are real people, flawed like us all. Using the the first chapter of Lies My Teacher Told Me,” I want you to take this idea and explain our memories of Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, specifically why these two were chosen as examples of what we do with people in history.
The link has the official report on the Stono Rebellion and a slave account (as told by the great-grandson of a slave who took part). How do the two accounts compare?
Approximately 1pg. (400-500 words typed)
Roughly the first 2/3 of the assignment should be sumarizing what you had to read about Salem. Focus on the causes of the hysteria, the accused and accusers, etc. The last 1/3 of the assignment needs to be a reflection on these questions.
- What are the lessons that we take away from the Salem trials?
- Does this fear and desire to punish exist in any form today? Is this still a part of our makeup?
NOTE: I have assigned these two documents for a number of years. They help me get something across to my students that is essential to getting value from history. The past isn’t laws, terms, lists, and trivia about the past. History is people. History is emotion. History is attaching meaning to the lives or real men and women. To make that connection, you have to hear their voices.
“In the specific is the universal.” Hearing about the joys and suffering from the past makes it relatable. It helps us understand what live was.
Topics of the middle passage and slavery are not new to you. What I want to know is how these two stories HUMANIZE your understanding of these events.