Humor, Schooling, and National Identity in the Early Republic
Before Class: Read this Brief History of Political
Cartoons from the
University of Virginia's Crossroads site. Then go to the
Library of Congress/Harpweek
American Political Prints website. If your last name
begins with A-D, browse through the 1800-1809 cartoons. E-M, browse
through 1810-1819. N-R browse through 1820-29, S-Z browse through
1830-1839. For your decade, what seemed to be the 4-5 main issues or
concerns? Who or what were the main targets? Which jokes and visual
games still seem funny, and which seem most alien? Pick out one or two
from your decade to talk about in class. Watch the segments
from the Films on Demand series The Common Schools,
and The Common
(about 15 min.) You may optionally watch the segments on "Religious
Conflict," "Separation of Church and State," and the Issue of Race."
Read Guarneri, America in the World, pp. 128-131. Finally, read these
excerpts from a review of one of
the first U.S. history textbooks ever published and the preface
written by the author of another. Please bring a printout of these two
documents to class.
You may optionally read the short essay by Bill Bigelow,
"The Real Irish-American Story not Taught in Schools",
Zinn Education Project, 16 March 2014.
A summary of the Wikipedia article on Horace Mann will be posted by Will Cranford and the article on Francis Wayland will be posted by Porter Grant. A summary of Wikipedia article on Romantic Nationalism will be contributed by Matthew Hill. A summary of Guarneri: "American Nationalism and National Identity" will be posted by Christie Hoff. A posting of reflections, connections, and short answer questions will be posted by Charlie Hough. These summaries and reflections will be posted to the course discussion forum. Please refer to the wiki and connections posting instructions before posting.
A summary of the Wikipedia article on Cult of Domesticity will be posted by Haley Jones and the article on Lowell Mill Girls will be posted by Hilton Kennington. A summary of the Material Witness chapter
will be contributed by Briana Mele. A summary of Guarneri: "Expansion, Development, and the World Economy" will be posted by Utkarsh Mishra. A posting of reflections, connections, and short answer questions will be posted by Parker Morrow. These summaries and reflections will be posted to the course discussion forum. Please refer to the wiki and connections posting instructions before posting.
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