Reading Questions

The prompts for you to consider in your reading journal for each class session will be listed below. Keep in mind that you should submit your journal entry via Blackboard before class on the day the reading is due.


Date Topic Question(s)
Tues., Sept. 12 How do historians work? In the episode, each historian offers his or her explanation for how and why they study the past. Which of these explanations did you find most intriguing, and why?
Thurs., Sept. 14 What is an autobiography? Based on your prior knowledge and on reading Samson Occom’s account, what do you think are the most important elements that make a piece of writing an “autobiography?”
Tues., Sept. 19 The Civil Rights Movement in the United States What was your experience of learning about the civil rights movement before this course (for example, in high school or through movies/TV)?
Thurs., Sept. 21 Brown v. Board of Education and the Fight Against Segregation How did Beals describe her experience of Jim Crow as a child?
Tues., Sept. 26 Little Rock Nine I Why do you think the white students felt so threatened by the presence of the African-American students at Central High School?
Thurs., Sept. 28 Little Rock Nine II
Tues., Oct. 3 Little Rock Nine III
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