-You will choose from the PRIMARY SOURCE options presented below and essentially treat the source or bundle of sources as a ‘book report’. Be mindful that a ‘primary source’ is any source that was written during the actual time period you are studying. -Each of the options offered below pertains to one of the four units we cover in HIST2020. Understand that your Major Essay Assignment will also feature options to choose from—each corresponding to one of the four units we cover during this semester. The Instructor encourages students to choose a primary source option based on the subject area that the student plans to use for their Major Essay Assignment.
Options: All options are provided in PDF format by the Instructor on the e-Learn site for this course Unit
*Black Elk Speaks (1932)—This is a primary source that will provide a Native American historical perspective of the late 19th century. Students will essentially treat this option as a ‘book report’. Students must discuss how Black Elk’s account helps us better understand the opening of the West from the perspective of Native Americans and what Black Elk contributes to our understanding of the conquest of the West
*The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum (1900)—Students will treat this option as a ‘book report’, but must display how this book contributes to our understanding of the cultural, economic, and political trends and events of the late 19th century—including monetary policy, the Populist/Progressive movement, and American politics
*The Talented Tenth, by W.E.B. Dubois (p5-14) and Industrial Education for the Negro, by Booker T. Washington (p15-34) in The Negro Problem, by Washington et al (2007)—Students will compare & contrast the visions of Dubois & Washington on empowering Black America at the turn of the 20th century
Unit 2 Option:
*The Road to Serfdom, by Friedrich von Hayek (1945) and The New World Order, by HG Wells (1940)—Students will compare & contrast the economic, political, and cultural opinions of Wells and Hayek
Unit 3 Option:
*Winston Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ speech and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s ‘Farewell Address’ (1961)— Students will analyze both speeches and address the fears and realities of the Cold War
Unit 4 Options:
*Alex Haley’s 1963 Malcolm X interview for Playboy Magazine and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Prize Lecture—Students will compare & contrast the visions of Dr. King & Malcolm X in relation to Civil Rights
*Chapter 2 of Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique (1963) and Chapter 13 of Angela Davis’ Women, Race and Class (1981)—both pieces are on the concept of ‘housework’, and students will compare/contrast their analyses.