Please note this week's assignment schedule:
Wednesday 2/4 - Notes on 6.1 "The Coming of the Civil War" due at the beginning of class. Also, please read Chapter 1 of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, and be prepared to discuss the following questions using evidence from the text:
- How does Stowe use character exposition, in addition to plot, to establish her characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin?
- What perceptions of race, particularly the American Black’s situation, does Stowe present in Uncle Tom’s Cabin?
- How does Stowe employ language to convey her characters’ underlying assumptions about race?
- What underlying moral assumptions does Stowe develop through her characters’ actions and speech, especially speech?
- What similarities in character types in the two texts suggest that these are familiar types to mid 19th Century readers?
Friday 2/6 - Please be ready to discuss the following events:
4.Compromise of 1850
5.Fugitive Slave Law
6.Treaty of Guadalupe
7.Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854
8.Bleeding Kansas (Bloody Kansas)
9.Dred Scott vs. Sandford
10.John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry
11.Election of Abraham Lincoln
*For each event please include:
•Who was involved
•Where and when the event took place
•The outcome and repercussions of the event
Monday 2/9 - CUMULATIVE TEST on the beginning of the American Revolution era through the end of the antebellum era. More information on the exam will be provided in class. Also, the first set of research notes due at the beginning of class.