Weekly History Review Discussion

Aug 7th, 2015
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Required Resources



  • Bliven, B. (1925, Sept. 9). Flapper Jane. New Republic. Retrieved from http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113130/bruce-bliven-interviews-flapper
    • A magazine article originally published in 1925 about flappers. This is a primary source and is acceptable to use as a source for the Final Project.
  • Hardenbergh, M. (1923, Aug. 12). Taking the hand off the cradle to catch devil-fish: How modern woman is delving into the sacred precincts of male occupation and is now found in the role of bandit, judge, bricklayer, hunter, and race horse jockey [PDF file]. The Atlanta Constitution, 2-3. Retrieved from http://www.americainclass.org/sources/becomingmodern/modernity/text2/colcommentarymodernwoman.pdf
    • A newspaper article published in 1923 about women working in formerly all-male jobs. This is a primary source and is acceptable to use as a source for the Final Project.
  • Hartt, R. L. (1921, Jan. 15). “The new Negro”: “When he’s hit, he hits back!” Independent, 76, 59-60. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5127
    • A newspaper article published in 1921 about a new determination among African Americans to achieve equality and respect. This is a primary source and is acceptable to use as a source for the Final Project.
  • Indian Thorpe Greatest Sport Marvel of All Time. (1922, Feb. 18). The Evening World. Retrieved from http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030193/1922-02-18/ed-1/seq-7.pdf
    • A newspaper article published in 1922 about Jim Thorpe, a famous Native American athlete. This is a primary source and is acceptable to use as a source for the Final Project.
  • Marshall, C. C. (1927). Should a Catholic be president?: A contemporary view of the 1928 election. Atlantic Monthly, 139, 540-544, 548-549. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5074
    • A magazine article published in 1927 arguing that Catholic Americans’ first loyalty was to the Pope and not country, making them unacceptable for holding high public office. This is a primary source and is acceptable to use as a source for the Final Project.
  • McDougald, E. J. (1925). Elise Johnson McDougald on “The double task: The struggle of Negro women for sex and race emancipation”. In A. Locke (Ed.), The New Negro: An Interpretation. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5126
    • An essay published in 1925, discussing the challenges faced by African-American women in different economic groups. This is a primary source and is acceptable to use as a source for the Final Project.
  • Smith, E. (1924, Apr. 9). “Shut the door”: A senator speaks for immigration restriction. Congressional Record, 68th Congress, 1st Session (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1924), Vol. 65, 5961–5962. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5080
    • An excerpt from a congressional debate on the Immigration Act of 1924 that illustrates attitudes toward different groups of immigrants at that time. This is a primary source and is acceptable to use as a source for the Final Project.
  • U.S. Supreme Court. (1923). Not all Caucasians are White: The supreme court rejects citizenship for Asian Indians. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5076
    • An excerpt from a Supreme Court ruling from 1923 in which the Justices ruled that only free whites could be US citizens. This is a primary source and is acceptable to use as a source for the Final Project.


  • Jacobs, R. (Writer), & Paley, C. (Director). (1994). World War II: Breadlines to boomtimes [Documentary film]. Retrieved from https://secure.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?Token=44854&aid=18596&Plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&ref=
    • A video chronicling the American experience during the Great Depression and World War II.
  • Library of Congress. (n.d.). Primary source analysis tool. Retrieved from http://www.loc.gov/teachers/primary-source-analysis-tool/
    • A tool developed by the Library of Congress to help students analyze primary sources.
  • Online Classroom TV. (Producer). (2009). Credibility: Critical thinking [Series episode]. In Critical thinking. Retrieved from https://secure.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?Token=49814&aid=18596&Plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&ref=
    • A video that discusses how students can determine the credibility of historical sources, especially primary sources.

Recommended Resources



  • Petrow, R. (Producer & Writer), & Moyers, B. (Writer). (1984). The twenties [Series episode]. In M. Koplin (Executive producer), A walk through the 20th century with Bill Moyers. Retrieved from https://secure.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?Token=42071&aid=18596&Plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&ref=
    • A video that examines the social changes of the 1920s.
Take a few minutes to think about the material that we’ve covered in this course so far.

Reflect on what you found interesting, surprising, or confusing in this past week. Did anything that you learned cause you to understand an issue and event differently? Have you discovered any habits or tips that help you to complete your course work more effectively or efficiently?

Write: This discussion forum is an opportunity for you to explore topics that interest you, share critical insights and questions that you are working with, share your struggles and triumphs, and discuss difficulties that may have arisen this week, hopefully finding solutions. Your initial post should describe your experiences in the course this past week, prompting further discussion. You should address at least two of the following questions:

  • What struck you in particular as you explored the course materials this week?
  • What insights have you had?
  • What have you been struggling with?
  • What questions have come up for you at this point?
  • Do you have any helpful tips that you’ve picked up in this course or in a past course?
  • Do you have questions about the assignment that your classmates might be able to help with? (If you have a question for the instructor, be sure to contact your instructor through email or in the Ask Your Instructor Forum).

You are required to post at least 100 total words in this forum this week. You can post one time or ten times, the only requirements are that you post at least 100 words total and that you engage in conversation related to course content. Ask questions, answer questions, provide extra resources you found that are interesting, or engage in a debate about something you learned this week. The only requirement is that your comments have to relate to the course content.

Provide a full explanation of the issues that you discuss in your posts. For example, if you write that you had difficulty finding sources for your Final Project, explain where in the process of finding sources you had difficulty. Was it choosing a database to search? Thinking of search terms? Did your search return too many sources that were not relevant to your topic? Did your search return too few results?

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