Thursday, July 17, 2014

Read for Tuesday, 7/22

Read the following secondary source on the Lowell Factories:
Modern History Sourcebook: Harriet Robinson: Lowell Mill Girls

Now read the following letters from a young woman working in the factories. Be prepared to discuss and write about both on Tuesday.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Short exam: Thursday 7/17

Things to know for Thursdays test:

Emily Dickinson
"promiscuous audience"
Margaret Fuller
William Lloyd Garrison
Angelina and Sara Grimke
John Brown
Frederick Douglass
Harriet Beecher (Stowe)
American Equal Rights Association-suffrage
Seneca Falls Convention
American Equal Rights Association

Film from Tuesday and today:
"Abolitionists" on PBS-American Experience

Emily Dickinson- Read in class 7/15

Transcendentalism and Margaret Fuller

Read the following guide on Tips for Reading Emily Dickinson, then read the following poems and answer the questions following the poems.

Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson

Before you thought of spring,
Except as a surmise,
You see, God bless his suddenness,
A fellow in the skies
Of independent hues,
A little weather-worn,
Inspiriting habiliments
Of indigo and brown.

With specimens of song,
As if for you to choose,
Discretion in the interval,
With gay delays he goes
To some superior tree
Without a single leaf,
And shouts for joy to nobody
But his seraphic self!
Wild nights - Wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile - the winds -
To a Heart in port -
Done with the Compass -
Done with the Chart!

Rowing in Eden -
Ah - the Sea!
Might I but moor - tonight -
In thee!
The Months have ends - the Years - a knot -
No Power can untie
To stretch a little further
A Skein of Misery -
The Earth lays back these tired lives
In her mysterious Drawers -
Too tenderly, that any doubt
An ultimate Repose -
The manner of the Children -
Who weary of the Day -
Themself - the noisy Plaything
They cannot put away -

1. How do these poems support the "transcendentalist" philosophy? Give examples.

2. Are these poems at all risqué? If so, which parts?

3. Read this quick biography of Emily Dickinson (read all the years, starting with the timeline and ending with the later years). Did she live her life the way she wrote poetry? Do you think her life was a typical New England life, or was it different/special? How so?

4. How did the events in American history affect Dickinson throughout her life? Give examples of these events.

5. Consider the major events in Dickinson's life. What do you think affected her writing most?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Due Tuesday, 7/15

Find 3 sources using the library databases or books from the library. Make sure at least one source is a primary source document. Properly use MLA format to cite the source. Pick one quote from just one of your sources and copy it onto the page. Then, write a paragraph using that information from the quote, but paraphrase it and properly cite.


Topic: Emily Dickinson

1. Dickinson, Emily. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson. Ed. Thomas H. Johnson. Boston:
      Little, Brown and Company,   1961.

2. (This is just an example, do not use you textbook as one of these 3 sources) Cott, Nancy. No 
     Small  Courage: A History of Women in the United States. New York: Oxford University
     Press, 2000.

3. Bagchi, Alaknanda. "Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of Subaltern in Mahasweta
     Devi's Bashai Tudu." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 15.1 (1996): 41-50. 

 "My life closed twice before its close;
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me," (Dickinson 42).

Paraphrase and explanation (Please write at least 6 sentences for this, I am merely giving an example here.)

Emily Dickinson often discussed death in her prose. Since she lost her mother at a young and and grew up in an uncertain time in American history, it's no wonder so many of her poems discussed things like "If immortality unveil, a third event to me" (Dickinson 42).

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

For Thursday, 7/10

Please read this essay by the Grimke sisters

Also, remember we are meeting in L218 at the beginning of class. We will have class AFTER the library orientation, so do not leave.

Some reminders:
-If you miss class on a day we have a quiz you must email me to set up a time to make up the test!
-Do not be late on a day we have a quiz or a test.
-If you are more than 30 minutes late to class, it counts as an absence. You are welcome to stay, but I will not mark you here.
-You can only have 3 absences. If you already have two, seriously consider whether or not you can commit for the rest of the semester. Three or more absences will result in a WU.
-If you miss a class where we took a quiz or exam, email me immediately to schedule a make up. You only have one week to make up a test, after that, you get a 0.
-If you miss class you must email me and check the blog for what you missed. You are responsible for anything due the day you return, regardless of why you were absent.
-If you have any questions about these policies, please email me ASAP. Do not ask after the fact or when it is too late.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Quiz : Tues 7/8

Know who the following people/places/events,  and why they are important:
Anne Hutchinson
Abigail Adams
Phylis Wheatley
Anne Bradstreet
Salem Witch Trials
Remember the ladies
Republican Motherhood
Cult of True Womanhood
morally suspect
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Susan B. Anthony
Judith Sargent Murray 
Eliza Lucas Pinckney

Monday, June 30, 2014

Read for class Thursday, 7/3

Read these two pieces by Mary Wollstonecraft and Judith Sargent Murray.

While reading, think about how the two essays are similar.

Also think about how both Wollstonecraft and Murray were perceived by the public.

-Do you think most people agreed with their ideas? Why or why not?
-How do both women describe men? Does it relate at all to what Abigail Adams said?

We will discuss in class.