John Green, popularly known as an author, has created an online history resource specifically for YouTube called Crash Course. He covers both World and U.S. History. In this class, you will watch his videos that relate to the week’s topics. You will find that there are often multiple videos for a single week of material. I expect that you will watch them all. John Green presents the current historical debate and scholarship. You will find him a welcome introduction to the formal material of the course. He is entertaining, but he is also academic. Pay attention to both, but take care that you don’t miss the latter! There are some thought questions for to help you get a better idea of the important information you should get from each video.
1. Demonstrate through original written analysis their ability to identify important events in historical eras; evaluate variables of historical phenomena; and analyze the causes and impact of significant change in a global context.
2. Identify different interpretations of historical events and consequences.
3. Articulate an analysis of similar and dissimilar interpretations of history.
19th Century Reforms: (US #15)
1. What was the inherent fallacy of arguing against black abolitionist about the inferiority of black people?
2. How was abolitionism so popular in the early 19th century when during the 18th century a minimal percent supported it?
3. What were some “utopian” communities founded in the early 19th century and why did they fail?
Women in the 19th Century: (US #16)
4. Why does it make sense that women ran most of the reform movement?
5. Why were lower class women and men closer to equality than middle upper class?
6. How did the reform movement engender the suffragist movement?
War & Expansion: (US #17)
7. The compromises admitting states into the union is the equivalent to taping over holes in the bottom of a boat. Explain the analogy.
8. How did California become a state with only having a population of 3500 in 1820?
9. How did America decide whether CA entered the Union as a free or slave state?
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