HSTY 120-002 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 bring your journal with you to class.

Date Topic Question(s)
Mon., Jan. 27 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?
Weds., Jan. 29 What is an autobiography? According to Bjorklund, in what ways do autobiographers craft their narratives to respond to their audience?
Mon., Feb. 3 Telling the Story of One’s Life 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?”
Weds., Feb. 5 Terms for Life Stories Select two of the “tools” that Smith and Watson describe for reading autobiographies. How do you think you can use them in class as we read additional autobiographies?
Mon., Feb. 10 Reading an Autobiography In this chapter, Antin spends considerable time talking about how she and other people reacted to her family’s move to the United States (and Boston in particular). Select one other person in her family and discuss how she relates her experience of the United States to theirs.
Weds., Feb. 12 Evaluating different perspectives Why do you think Addams focuses in particular on the children of immigrants as she discusses her work?
Weds., Feb. 19 Autobiographies and the Historical Record How do you think Franklin uses the “autobiographical ‘I'” in the excerpt of his autobiography?
Mon., Feb. 24 A Common Experience of War? Respond to the question posed in today’s topic. Based on these autobiographical accounts, to what extent can we describe a common experience of war across American history?
Weds., Feb. 26 Life Stories and Public Policy No response due
Mon., Mar. 2 The Segregated Society of Jim Crow America What was your experience of learning about the civil rights movement before this course (for example, in high school or through movies/TV)?
Weds., Mar. 4 The Long Battle for Civil Rights How did Beals describe her experience of Jim Crow as a child?
Mon., Mar. 9 Brown v. Board of Education and the Fight for Schools Why do you think the white students felt so threatened by the presence of the African-American students at Central High School?
Weds., Mar. 11 Civil Rights and the Cold War Why do you think Beals included so many newspaper headlines in her narrative of the school year?
Mon., Mar. 23 The Little Rock Nine If you could interview Pattillo Beals about her experience in 1957-58, what would you ask her?
Weds., Mar. 25 Other Perspectives on Little Rock I If Governor Faubus and President Eisenhower were engaged in conversation, what do you think they might say to each other?
Mon., Mar. 30 Other Perspectives on Little Rock II What surprised you about the way the New York Times covered the events in Little Rock?
Weds., Apr. 1 Laboratory Day: Little Rock and Civil Rights No journal entry