Archive for April, 2012

Assignments for 4/11

You were asked today to create an outline over the second prompt for class tomorrow, April 11. Make sure you complete this and bring with you tomorrow. Also make sure you read the I Have a Dream speech and the Vietnam timeline so that if you have any questions, you can ask. Remember, you have a test on Friday!

In what ways did the Great Society resemble the New Deal in its origins, goals, and social and political legacy? Cite specific programs and policies in support of your arguments.

“1968 was a turning point for the United States.” To what extent is this an accurate statement? In your answer, consider national politics, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights movement.

For use in class April 10

You might want to do some basic research tonight on these two questions:

In what ways did the Great Society resemble the New Deal in its origins, goals, and social and political legacy? Cite specific programs and policies in support of your arguments.

“1968 was a turning point for the United States.” To what extent is this an accurate statement? In your answer, consider national politics, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights movement.

George Wallace and Robert Kennedy Campaign Ads from 1968

Wallace had been the governor of Alabama who had “stood in the schoolhouse door” to try to prevent the enrollment of African Americans at the University of Alabama (remember Forrest Gump?). He famously exclaimed “Segregation Now! Segregation Tomorrow! Segregation Forever!” He ran for president on a “states’ rights'” platform in 1968. Here is his campaign commercial:

Notice what his implications are without flatly coming out and stating his support for segregation, the right of protest, etc.

Compare this with the campaign ads for Robert Kennedy:

What is emphasized by Kennedy?

Slideshow of MLK and the Freedom Riders

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Freedom Rides on May 3, 1961:

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/LIFE-MLK–Freedom-Rides/ss/events/us/050411lifemlk

And here’s a link to the PBS episode of the American Experience:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/

It includes a nifty timeline too!

A cute little cartoon…

Notice that the voice is from our PSA on Duck and Cover…..