What are the strengths and weaknesses of autobiographies as evidence on the nature of black-white attitudes and relationships under Jim Crow? Answer with detailed reference to TWO key studies. Introduction The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia describes the Jim Crow system of segregation as a ‘racial caste system’ in operation largely in southern states … Continue reading Autobiographies under Jim Crow
Northup, Solomon: born: Minerva, New York, 1808; died: unknown. Now the focus of a major narrative on the silver screen, the life of Solomon Northup has intrigued and appalled viewers. Provoking tears and sorrow in millions, there possibly exists no single slave who holds greater fame. Ironically, perhaps, it was the desire for fame or … Continue reading Analytical Biography of Solomon Northup
The Latin adage ‘cuius regio, eius religio’, which translates as ‘whose realm, his religion’, suggests that it was the religion of the ruler that determined the faith of the inhabitants of a kingdom. However, it is commonly known that periods in English history, such as the sixteenth century, offered turbulent times in politics and religion, … Continue reading In what ways was the credo “cuius regio, eius religio” (‘whose realm, his religion’) challenged in the sixteenth century?
Alan Atkinson, in the journey to understand whether or not a ‘good historian’ should allow compassion to stain their work concluded that to not experience and project emotion is inhuman. Similarly, Charles Beard’s 1935 article condemned the possibility of writing an entirely objective history, asserting that this was simply an unachievable yet ‘noble dream’. Despite … Continue reading In what ways do historians’ own personal experiences shape their interpretations of the past?
It is not true that the British public become supportive of extreme political and social movements as a result of the cultural impact of the experience of the Second World War. Whilst it is evident that the experience of the Second World War radicalised the British public to a certain extent, it would certainly be … Continue reading Did the experience of the Second World War radicalise the British public?
It is certain that the period 1851 – 1914 was an important time in the transition of leisure and cultural practices in Britain. These changes were led by a combination of the upper classes placing an emphasis on leisure time being used to create a sense of morality and rightness and a revolution in leisure … Continue reading The period 1851 – 1914 was an important time in the transition of leisure and cultural practices in Britain.
Cresswell claims that deviance “is created through reactions . . . [and] when we concentrate on this aspect of deviance, the analysis of the process of labelling becomes more important than the characteristics of those who are so labelled.” Taking the witch as an example, to what extent do you agree with this contention? Historians, … Continue reading What makes deviance?
In around 1535 (following Henry VIII's break from Rome and marriage to his second wife, Anne Boleyn, but before he relieved her of the burden that was her head), Henry was in desperate need of cash. In a continuation of his attack on Roman Catholicism, Henry launched a campaign against the monasteries which would result … Continue reading Catching the Clergy in the Act
By far one of my favourite speeches of all time. I give you Mr Frederick Douglass, speaking in New York, 1857. Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of … Continue reading If there is no struggle, there is no progress
Slowly beginning work on my dissertation on racial violence and I found this article from 1834, Boston, Massachusetts. I think it really is fascinating but I can't use it because of its location, so I thought I'd share it with you guys. It is from an online archive called Accessible Archives and is followed by … Continue reading And yet the people of the free states have no guilt in slavery!