Due date: Monday, March 22 (11:59 p.m.)
Objective: You will choose one of the films or podcasts listed below and write a response to it. In this assignment you will briefly summarize the film/podcast (1-2 paragraphs), explain your reaction to it (2-3 paragraphs), and analyze it as an historical source (3-5 paragraphs).
Assignment parameters: Responses should be 3 pages in length, double-spaced, 12-point font, with standard, one-inch margins. Any words you use other than your own, including those from the book, must be placed within quotation marks and must be cited (either in-text citations or footnotes/endnotes). Failure to quote words not your own is plagiarism.
You should consider the following questions:
Summarize the film/podcast (1-2 paragraphs).
- What is the general subject matter of the film/podcast?
- How does it relate to the course module in which it is located?
Explain your reaction (2-3 paragraphs).
- Have you learned about the film’s/podcast’s subject matter before?
- Does the information in the film/podcast confirm what you already knew or does it provide new insights, sources, or context?
- Does the film/podcast make you think in a new way about the subject matter?
- Was there any particular part that stands out to you? Why?
Analyze it as an historical source (3-5 paragraphs).
- Why was this film/podcast produced? What is the creator’s intention in filming/recording it?
- Does it reveal any biases? How do you know?
- What strategies did the creator use to draw the audience in? Are these strategies effective? Why or why not?
- How does the film/podcast add to the public’s knowledge about the American past and present?
List of Films/Podcasts
America Inside Out, Season 1, Episode 1: “Re-Righting History” (Module 1)
Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 139, “Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in the Americas” (Module 2)
Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 228: “Eric Hinderaker, The Boston Massacre” (Module 3)
We Shall Remain, Episode 2, “Tecumseh’s Vision” (Module 4)
“The Economy that Slavery Built,” episode 2 of the New York Times’s 1619 Project podcast (Module 5)
Slavery by Another Name (Module 6 and 8)
The Gilded Age (Module 7 and 8)
Political Scandals, Episode 30, “Crédit Mobilier” (Module 7)
New York Public Radio, On the Media, “Empire State of Mind, Episode 2” (Module 8)
Triangle Fire (Module 9)
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