M. 1/7: Introductions
W. 1/9: History, Memory, and Memorialization
- Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, “The Spin” (November 8, 2017) from Uncivil podcast.
- Brian Palmer and Seth Freed Wessler, “The Costs of the Confederacy”, Smithsonian Magazine (December 2018).
- Kentucky, 1861 Gamebook (pp. 3-13).
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
- Begin watching 12 Years a Slave (2013) or Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northup’s Odyssey (1984).
- Kentucky, 1861 Gamebook, p. 15-26.
- Install Audacity and the LAME .mp3 encoder on laptop and bring to class.
- David Edelstein, “‘Birth Of A Nation’ Conforms To Hollywood’s Standard Revenge Template” (October 7, 2016) from NPR: Fresh Air.
M. 1/21: No Class - Official Holiday
Post advertisements to the Slack #podcasts channel by Tuesday, 1/22 by 5:00PM.
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, iTunes, Stitcher.
- 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 post to Slack #podcasts channel by Tuesday, 1/22 by 5:00PM.
- 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: The 1850s | Set-Up Session
- By Fri. 1/25:
- Read Kentucky, 1861 Gamebook, p. 51-52 & 73-79, and then complete Role Allocation questionnaire.
- By Mon. 1/28:
W. 1/30: Set-Up Session
- Kentucky, 1861 Gamebook, p. 52-71 (ignore p. 64-66)
- Review your role sheet.
- Abraham Lincoln, “House Divided” (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: Th. 2/14, 12:00pm: Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon.
M. 2/18 No Class, President’s Day
W. 2/20: Session 5
M. 2/25: Session 6
W. 2/27: Debrief Session | War Begins
- Post-mortem assessment due Tuesday, 2/26 by 11:59PM.
- Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (pp. ix-42)
M. 3/4: No Class - Spring Break W. 3/6: No Class - Spring Break
M. 3/11: Why They Fought
- Watch film Glory (1989)
- Kelman and Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines (pp. 43-100)
W. 3/13: Walking Tour of the Black Heritage Trail
- Note: Meet at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial for a guided tour of the trail with a National Park Service employee.
- Kelman and Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines (pp. 101-130)
M. 3/18: Emancipation
- James McPherson, “Who Freed the Slaves?” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Vol. 139, No. 1 (Mar., 1995), pp. 1-10.
- Ira Berlin, “Who Freed the Slaves? Emancipation and its Meaning in American Life” in Blight and Simpson, eds., Union & Emancipation (1997), pp. 105-121.
- Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, “The Raid” (October 4, 2017) from Uncivil podcast.
W. 3/20: Turning Points
- Kelman and Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines (pp. 131-174)
- Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, “The Ring” (November 9, 2017) from Uncivil podcast.
Outside event: W. 3/20, 7:30pm: Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence
Podcast Episode #2 due Sunday, 3/24 by 5PM
M. 3/25: Total War
- 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
- Kelman and Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines (p. 175-186)
- “1865: United States of Uncertainty” (April 25, 2015) from Backstory podcast.
M. 4/1: Reconstruction I
- Kelman and Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines (p. 187-198)
- “A More Perfect Union: The Reconstruction Era” (August 10, 2018) from Backstory podcast.
- Gregory Downs and Scott Nesbit, Mapping Occupation (read through the entire narrative)
W. 4/3: Reconstruction II
- Kelman and Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines (p. 200-211)
- Virginia Scharff, “Broadening the Battlefield: Conflict, Contingency, and the Mystery of Women’s Suffrage in Wyoming, 1869” in Arenson and Greybill, eds. Civil War Wests (p. 202-223)
- Come to class with a one-paragraph plan for your final project.
M. 4/8: Redemption and Reunion
- Alexis Coe and Elliott Kalan, “Rutherford B. Hayes” (March 6, 2017) from Presidents are People Too! podcast. Audible or iTunes.
- Watch documentary “Birth of a Movement” (2017) by Susan Gray and Bestor Cram (54 min.) - available on Amazon, iTunes, and on course reserve at Snell Library.
W. 4/10: Legacies of the Civil War & Reconstruction
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations” The Atlantic (2014).
M. 4/15: No Class - Official Holiday
W. 4/17: Wrapping Up
Final version of Digital Media Project due Tuesday, 4/23 by midnight