Here’s a link to the “Ignorance Quiz” that I showed at the start of the hour… We’ll use some of Hans Rosling’s video clips next quarter.
We’re sort of in that space between the Industrial Revolution and Age of Imperialism that really lacks a name or defining idea. So, we’ll touch briefly on a few things before shifting our attention to imperialism later this week.
Your comments for the WWED assignment on Lesson #26 should be posted there before Thursday’s class time.
So, here’s our list of things to accomplish today, despite the lack of any unifying theme…
First up, we can take a minute to chat about any of the economics information that needs clarification.
Second, we’re getting to the point where some of what we do will be closely linked to topics that you will also see next year in Modern U.S. History. For example, Chapter 26:1 deals with the expansion of suffrage to more groups of men and to women as well. You’ll take a close look at the women’s suffrage movement in America next year, so we’ll largely leave it alone. (If you know that the 19th century saw the expansion of male suffrage while women in the US and Great Britain didn’t gain the right to vote until after World War I, you are in good shape for this class.)
Third, we’re starting to see the roots of many of the events that will persist well into the 20th century and today. For example, Chapter 26:1 also mentioned several events important in the history of Judaism. You should be familiar with two terms and one event:
- Anti-Semitism refers to a prejudice against, and/or hatred of, the Jewish people. (Here’s what the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has to say on the topic.)
- Zionism can be thought of as a sort of Jewish nationalism, in which the goal was to re-establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. It found a leader in the 1890s in Theodore Herzl.
- The Dreyfus Affair was an early example of the tension between these two ideas, this time in France in 1894. The trial and imprisonment of Jewish army Captain Alfred Dreyfus was based on false evidence, and it divided the French population. Anti-Semitism certainly played a role in these events, and it was only later that Dreyfus was freed and pardoned.
Fourth, we’ll take a quick look at the themes of expansion and “manifest destiny” as covered in Chapter 26:3. I’ve got an interesting set of three documents related to the Mexican-American War fought between 1846 and 1848. You’ll see what both supporters and opponents of the war thought, as well as what Mexican textbooks have to say about the issue.
Fifth, note that we’re not doing anything specific with the Civil War. I’m assuming that you’ve studied that at some point. (Don’t forget that the Union (the North) won…) If you’ve never taken a look at them before, both the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation are worth a look…
Finally, the remaining time is yours to work on your 1889 Paris World Exposition presentations. They’ll take place tomorrow. If you have completed that, you might either do the WWED post or work on the take-home quiz.
HOMEWORK for next session – Wednesday, December 11th
Your WWED comments should be emailed to me before class time on Thursday. You can find the instructions on yesterday’s blog entry.
We will be holding our 1889 Paris World Exposition (or “Fair” if you prefer) on Wednesday, December 11th. You’ll each have a short presentation ready for that.
Your Cartoons: Industrialization and Imperialism assignments are due on Monday, January 6th. Instructions for that are found back on Lesson #25.