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JOURNALS 2nd Semester

Week 19
#11. Research one of the battles during the Indian Wars with the Americans during the late 1800s. Create an annotated bibliography of two images and two written sources you would use if you were going to give a presentation. Each annotation will include 2-3 sentences about how the source would be used and why it is important. Must use MLA citation of your sources. Refer to page 457 in your text for reference. All references must come from different sources; Wikipedia is NOT accepted.

-"The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876," EyeWitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (1997).

This article published by EyeWitness to History provides background information on the Battle of Little Bighorn, including the causes and where the battle was font. It could be used as a basis to provide background information and to grasp an initial understanding of the Battle of Little Bighorn and the history behind it.

-Hamlin Garland, “General Custer’s Last Fight as Seen by Two Moon,” McClure’s Magazine, Vol. 11, 1898, 443–448. Reprinted in Wayne Moquin, ed, Great Documents in American Indian History (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1973)

This is a primary source, an eyewitness account of the actual Battle of Little Bighorn. This could be used to describe the fight and give a mental image into how violent it was. This source could provide a clear understanding of how the battle was fought.

Week 20
#12 Write a reflection on the issue of whether or not John D. Rockefeller was a "robber baron" or not. Support your opinion with specific examples. Use the reading from "Taking Sides" as a guide. John D. Rockefeller could certainly be considered a robber baron due to the fact that, through bad contracts and tricky legislation, he took money from small businesses for his economic gain. A merchant in Nashville, Tennessee refused to buy from Standard Oil and, mysteriously, his rates for shipping were doubled, then tripled; the man was being financially attacked by all industrial giants in order to force him into buying from Standard Oil. Rockefeller's exploitation of workers and small businesses classifies him as robber baron, because he took from small businesses, already struggling to stay afloat, in order to make his large industry of petroleum thrive.

Week 23
#14
Read documents 1, 2, and 4. Respond to questions #6 & #9 from doc. I & III; respond to #7 from doc. IV.

6. In his "Cross of Gold" speech, how does Bryan (a Populist-Democrat) depict the Democratic party? What critique of his political opponents is implicit in Bryanís speech? Bryan depicts the Democratic Party as a supporter of the common man and the fair party. The Democratic Party planned to make the middle and lower class prosperous, so that their prosperity would flow upward to all that depend on their goods. Bryan implicitly targets the fact that the Republican Party is in favor of the good standard, and they are in fear that the nation cannot adopt bimetalism because no other nation has adopted the system. Democrats come back with the response that, should America adopt bimetalism, other countries will follow and adopt the system as well.

9. In the "Cross of Gold," how does Bryan depict the gold and the gold standard? How does he depict silver? Bryan depicts the gold standard as a system that will eventually lead to economic downfall. He states that "you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold." The cross was represented as something that looks good on the surface, but in reality symbolizes much pain and horror. He depicts silver as the good balance, one that will keep the United States afloat, even through economic turmoil. He believes that if the U.S. should adopt bimetalism, then the economy will prosper rather than crash like it would with the gold standard.

7. What is an allegory? In what sense is "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," a Populist allegory? An allegory is defined as a story, poem, or...
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