M. 1/7: Introductions

W. 1/9: History, Memory, and Memorialization

Outside event: W. 1/9, 6:30pm: The Power of Public Monuments and Why They Matter at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church.

M. 1/14: Slavery and U.S. History

  • Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, “The Sentence” (December 13, 2017) and “The Assets” (December 20, 2017) from Uncivil podcast.
  • Decide whether you are going to watch the film 12 Years a Slave (2013) or Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northup’s Odyssey (1984) for Podcast Episode #1. See full description of this assignment for more details.

W. 1/16: Podcasting Workshop

M. 1/21: No Class - Official Holiday

W. 1/23: Half Slave and Half Free

  • Alexis Coe and Elliott Kalan, “Franklin Pierce” (15 October 2017) from Presidents are People Too! podcast. Audible or iTunes
  • Lillian Cunningham, “Franklin Pierce: Rolling Off the Tracks” (10 April 2016) from Presidential podcast. Multiple listening options.
  • Kentucky, 1861 Gamebook, p. 27-37.
  • Complete a 15-second advertisement for your podcast show and submit it to Professor Blevins before the start of class.
  • Continue watching 12 Years a Slave (2013) or Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northup’s Odyssey (1984).

Outside event: Th. 1/24, 5:30pm: Writing Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom event at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Podcast Episode #1 Due Sunday, 1/27 by 5PM

M. 1/28: Set-Up Session

  • Kentucky, 1861 Gamebook, p. 37-52.
  • Abraham Lincoln, “House Divided” (1858)
  • Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, “Freeport Debate” (1858)

W. 1/30: Set-Up Session

  • Gamebook rules and procedures, basic outline, assignments, and roles & factions (p. 52-79)
  • Review your role sheet
  • James Henry Hammond, “Cotton Is King” (1858)
  • Stephen F. Hale, “Letter to Governor Beriah Magoffin” (1860)

M. 2/4: Set-Up Session & Game Session 1

  • Review instructions for Game Session 1 (p. 67-68)

W. 2/6: Session 2

Outside event: Th. 2/7, 4:00pm-6:00pm: Talk by Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, co-creators of Uncivil podcast at 909 Renaissance Park.

M. 2/11: Session 3

W. 2/13: Session 4

Outside event: W. 2/13, 6:00pm: Talking About Slavery at Public Monuments at the Old South Meeting House.

Outside event: Th. 2/14, 12:00pm: Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon.

M. 2/18 No Class, President’s Day

W. 2/20: Session 5 & Session 6

M. 2/25: Debrief Session | The Beginning of the Civil War

  • Post-mortem assessment due Sunday, 2/24 by 5PM.
  • Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (pp. ix-42)

W. 2/27: Why They Fought

  • Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (pp. 43-68)

M. 3/4: No Class - Spring Break

W. 3/6: No Class - Spring Break

M. 3/11: The Massachusetts 54th Regiment

  • Watch film Glory (1989)
  • Kelman and Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines (pp. 69-129)

W. 3/13: Walking Tour of the Black Heritage Trail

M. 3/18: Emancipation

  • Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, “The Raid” (October 4, 2017) from Uncivil podcast.
  • James McPherson, “Who Freed the Slaves?”
  • Ira Berlin, “Who Freed the Slaves? Emancipation and its Meaning in American Life”

W. 3/20: Total War

  • Kelman and Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines (pp. 130-174)
  • Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, “The Ring” (November 9, 2017) from Uncivil podcast.

Podcast Episode #2 due Sunday, 3/24 by 5PM

M. 3/25: Turning Points

  • Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, “The Portrait” (December 27, 2017) from Uncivil podcast.

W. 3/27: The Ends of War and the Beginnings of Reconstruction

M. 4/1: Reconstruction

W. 4/3: Greater Reconstruction

  • Come to class with a one-paragraph overview of your project

M. 4/8: Redemption

  • Alexis Coe and Elliott Kalan, “Rutherford B. Hayes” (March 6, 2017) from Presidents are People Too! podcast. Audible or iTunes.

W. 4/10: What do we do now?

M. 4/15: No Class - Official Holiday

W. 4/17: Project Presentations

  • Presentation of your Digital Media Project to the class (no more than 4 minutes)

Final version of Digital Media Project due Sunday, 4/20 by 5PM