Reading Journal (15%)
During the semester each student will keep a journal of reflections related to course readings. Students should make an entry for each date on which reading is assigned. You can find instructions and questions on the course website.
Students will complete two brief responses (about 500 words each) during the first unit. Due dates are listed on the course schedule.
Unit 2 Essay (20%)
Students will respond to an essay prompt based on their reading of Beals’s Warriors Don’t Cry in an essay of at least 1,000 words, due on Monday, April 6.
Unit 3 Essay (25%)
Students will respond to an essay prompt based on their reading of Douglass’s Narrative of the Life in an essay of at least 1,200 words, due on Monday, May 4.
Final Essay (30%)
The final essay will be due during the exam period assigned to the course by the Registrar on Tuesday, May 12. It will be a take-home essay in which you will discuss the two major autobiographies and other readings and class discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of autobiographies as historical sources.
Melba Pattillo Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock Central High School, reprint ed. (New York: Washington Square Press, 1995). ISBN: 978-0671866396
David W. Blight, ed. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself with Related Documents, 3rd ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017). ISBN: 978-1-319-04889-1