Maybe you’ve met your soul mate, maybe not. Either way, I hope you had fun learning about the people of this time period.
Please answer the following:
- What did you learn about your person? What motivated them to do what they did?
- Which other reformer / religious leader was your favorite person to meet and why?
- How does this lesson act as a different way to learn about a topic than what we have traditionally done throughout the year so far? Explain.
Due Tuesday, Feb. 6 by class. 350 words minimum for your total answer.
Now, since we talk about shades of grey here in APUSH, a question like this – Andrew Jackson, Hero of the Common Man or Dictatorial President? – should be harder to answer than the either/or options that I have given you. Chances are, Jackson is both the hero of the common man and acted dictatorially as president.
Using the article that you read over the weekend, “Andrew Jackson: Flamboyant Hero of the Common Man”, please answer the following questions:
- Argue the side that Jackson is the hero of the common man. Use examples from the article and your text / PPT.
- Argue the other side that Jackson was a dictatorial president. Use examples from the article and your text / PPT.
- Which side do you think the author, John Marszalek, came down on? Do you agree w/ him? Why or why not?
Total words – 400 – due Thursday, January 25 by class.
I really hoped that you enjoyed the movie, The Post, this weekend. I think we got to see some pretty smart acting, decent writing, and a slice of 1971 politics and newspapers. As we saw, the Washington Post was trying to become more than just a regular, “local paper” as they called it, when Katherine Graham, the publisher played by Meryl Streep, looked to sell stock in the company and raise $3 million to hire 25 new reporters. At the same time that this stock offering is getting ready to go, the New York Times began publishing the opening series of the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000 page report detailing American involvement in Vietnam from 1945 – 1967. Ben Bradlee, the editor in chief for the Post, played by Tom Hanks, wants those papers too, since he sees the Times as his paper’s biggest competitor.
Please answer the following questions:
- A lot of the movie tries to be faithful to the 1971 time frame – pay phones, newspapers, teletype, black and white TVs, the clothes, etc. How has life changed since then, and is this movie glorifying an age (the age of crusading newspapers) that may never come back? Why or why not?
- Examine how the film portrayed Katherine Graham as the lone woman in a sea of powerful male players – lawyers, bankers, etc. Provide specifics from the film as it shows her growth from socialite publisher to powerful player.
- The film’s reviews – many have made the case that this film is timely and completely relevant to today. Freedom of the press is something that must be fought for, again and again. You could see that Nixon had tried to muzzle the press with the injunctions against the Times and the Post, but the Supreme Court had rescued the press w/ its 6-3 decision in U.S. v. New York Times. With what’s going on w/ the media (“fake news”) and other issues, how do you see this film as relevant and timely? And why is freedom of the press so important?
400 words minimum for all three questions.
Due Monday, January 29 by class.
NYT review – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/movies/the-post-review-steven-spielberg-tom-hanks-meryl-streep.html
Variety review – http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/the-post-review-tom-hanks-meryl-streep-1202631640/