History 7 Course Website ~ TuTh ~ Fall, 2019 ~ PLA Section
US History in Film
Scroll down for the latest assignments/additions/changes...last updated 11/4/2019...
NO CLASS on 11/4 - Instructor illness! See below for updates...
Here you'll find a copy of our course syllabus, as well as required primary source readings assigned to complement the chapters assigned in our official online course textbook. :D Be sure to bookmark this site and come back regularly! Always make sure to refresh the page when you visit.
Please note that the assignments on this page may differ from those provided on the preliminary syllabus linked below. Go by the assignments on this page, please, as the syllabus schedule is tentative. :) If you read ahead, be aware that the assignments may be tweaked during the week for which they have been assigned. See the schedule below for precise assignments. Remember - website readings are REQUIRED.
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- Course Syllabus (PDF) - Iincludes course policies and general information on all assignments/exams, so MAKE SURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND IT.
- This is a copy of the syllabus I pass out at the beginning of the semester, so be aware that the schedule listed on it may change. It's important that you check the detailed assignment list below, and stay tuned in class, for precise, updated assignments.
- Remember - website readings are REQUIRED!
Reading assignments are listed under the unit/dates they are to be covered in class. You should have the textbook and primary source readings done in time to start viewing and discussion on the first day of each unit. :) Sometimes I may post study questions in advance to help you complete the primary source readings. I'll always post lecture slides for you to review once we've finished each unit.
* A fun and informative video about plagiarism! :)
8/28 & 9/4 - NO CLASS ON 9/2 - LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
Myth vs. Reality: Reconstruction and Beyond
* Textbook Chapter 15: Reconstruction
* Primary Source: The NAACP's Fighting a Vicious Film
* Primary Source: Hiram Evans, The Klan's Fight for Americanism, 1926
* Film and In-Class Video Response 1: Excerpts from Birth of a Nation, 1915, and an historian's analysis of the film (we'll watch these in class)
* Lecture slides for the unit, including study questions. The Video Response 1 prompt is on the last slide; that will be due at the beginning of class on 9/9! Write at least two double-spaced page-sides responding to all aspects of the prompt. Please use blue or black ballpoint ink pen. :)
9/9, 11 & 16
A Truly Modern Decade: The 1920s and Women's Rights
* Textbook Chapter 20: The Progressive Era
* Textbook Chapter 22: The New Era
* Primary Source: Crystal Eastman, Now We Can Begin, 1920
* Film and In-class Video Response 2: Our Dancing Daughters, 1927
* Lecture slides for the unit.The Video Response 2 prompt is on the last slide; that will be due at the beginning of class on 9/18! Write at least two double-spaced page-sides responding to all aspects of the prompt. Please use blue or black ballpoint ink pen. :)
9/18, 25 & 30 - NO CLASS ON 9/23 - SCHOOL INSERVICE DAY
Depression & New Deals: The 1930s Part 1
*Film: My Man Godfrey, 1937 (In-class Video Response 3/4 will be a combined assignment with The Grapes of Wrath, below)
* Textbook Chapter 23: The Great Depression
* Primary Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Second Inaugural Address, 1937
10/2 & 7 - PLEASE NOTE: Our class will be meeting on 10/7 & 10/9 - these are not Delta holidays and we need these days to keep on track with our schedule!
Depression & New Deals: The 1930s Part 2
* Film: The Grapes of Wrath, 1940 (In-class Video Response 3/4 will be a combined assignment with My Man Godfrey, above)
* Lecture slides for the unit, including the Video Response 3/4 prompt on the last page of the slideset. The VR 3/4 is to be at least three page-sides, double-spaced, and its due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, 10/9!
10/9, 14 & 16 - PLEASE NOTE: Our class will be meeting on 10/7 & 10/9 - these are not Delta holidays and we need these days to keep on track with our schedule!
At Stake in War: America Enters the Fray
*Film and In-Class Video Response 5: Casablanca, 1942
* Textbook Chapter 24: World War II
* Primary Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat on the Great Arsenal of Democracy, 12/1940
* Lecture slides for the unit, including the Video Response 5 prompt on the last page of the slideset. The VR 5 needs to be at least 2 page-sides, double-spaced, and it's due at the beginning of class on Monday, 10/21.
10/21 & 23
An Affluent Society: The Post-War Mid-Century
* Textbook Chapter 26: The Affluent Society
* Primary Source: Richard Nixon, The American Standard of Living, 1959
* Film and In-Class Video Response 6: Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair (Episode from Disney's Wonderful World of Color TV series, NBC), April 1964
* Lecture slides for the unit, including the Video Response 6 prompt on the last page. The VR6 is due at the beginning of class on 10/30 (which is Midterm Exam day).
10/28 - NO CLASS - SCHOOL INSERVICE DAY
10/30 - MIDTERM EXAM IN CLASS
- Bring your notes & at least one 8.5"x11" bluebook (or stapled packet of clean binder paper), and blue or black ballpoint ink pens! Primary source and film analysis will be required on the exam!
11/6, 13 & 18 - NO CLASS ON 11/4 (Instructor illness) & 11/11 - VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY
The Cold War: Red Scare in Hollywood & Age of Nuclear Anxiety
* Textbook Chapter 25: The Cold War
* Primary Source: Joseph McCarthy, Wheeling Speech ("Enemies FromWithin"), 1950
* Primary Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Speech, 1961 (Video version)
* Primary Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Atoms for Peace, 1953
* Film and In-Class Video Response 7: Salt of the Earth, 1952
11/20, 25 & 27 - PLEASE NOTE: Our class will be meeting on 11/25 & 27 - these are not Delta holidays and we need these days to keep on track with our schedule!
* Textbook Chapter 27: The Sixties
* Primary Source: John Lewis, March on Washington Speech, 1963 (Video version)
* Primary Source: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Voting Rights & the American Promise, 1965
* Film and Video Response 8: In the Heat of the Night, 1967
12/2 & 4
Disillusionment of the Late Mid-Century
* Textbook Chapter 28: The Unraveling
* Primary Source: John Kerry, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, 1971
* Film and In-Class Video Response 9 (combined with All the President's Men, below): The Graduate, 1967
12/9, 11 & 16
Watergate and the Scandalous 1970s
* Textbook Chapter 28: The Unraveling
* Primary Source: White House Conversations, 1971-1973
- "Smoking Gun" conversation with H.R. Haldeman from June 23, 1972: Proof of conspiracy to obstruct justice (attempting to halt FBI investigation into DNC break-in at the Watergate office complex) | Audio
- Conversation with H.R. Haldeman and White House Counsel John Dean from September 15, 1972 | Audio
* Film and In-Class Video Response 9 (combined with The Graduate, above): All the President's Men, 1976
12/18 - Paper due at turnitin.com! - See the syllabus for details on the assignment. Remember to check your film choice with me!
12/18 - FINAL EXAM in class (our last meeting)
- Bring your notes and at least one 8.5"x11" bluebook (or stapled packet of clean binder paper), and blue or black ballpoint ink pens!
* I'll post here when Paper scores (to be provided at Turnitin.com) and course grades (available via student portal pages on the official Delta site) are ready for you.*