How far do you agree with the view that master-slave relations in the antebellum South are most accurately described as paternal? There exists much study surrounding the issue of master-slave relationships in the antebellum South; that is, debate regarding whether slaveholders lived up to their arguably propagandist paternal reputation or whether their relations with their … Continue reading Master-Slave Relations in the Antebellum South
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
As any interested follower of my little blog may know, I spent last semester studying the history of race. I feel as though studying the history of racism and resistance movements opened my eyes and my mind up to field of study and a portion of the world that I had previously found myself ignorant … Continue reading White Flight
This is a draft version of a recent essay. I have no idea where the completed one is... Probably lost in the university computer system. This is an unedited version, therefore, and may be a little waffley or mistake-ridden. History is a vast subject, spanning thousands of years of wars and conflicts, the lives of … Continue reading In 1,000 words, write a comparative essay discussing how two history books written by different authors can fit within historiographical categories. Define these categories, discuss any overlaps and uncertainties and reflect on what we can learn from locating books in their historiographical context.
The USA is made up of various immigrant groups with different cultural identities and traditions. It has assimilated new immigrants, from the first WASP settlers, through waves of European immigration, and more recently to immigrants from Asia and Latin America. The most significant minority racial groups in the American electorate are African-Americans and Hispanics. The … Continue reading Explain the importance of race and ethnicity in voting behaviour in the USA (Short Essay)
This is a very interesting take on Officer Wilson's testimony provided by legal scholar Patricia Wiliams: Wilson aired a series of stereotypes that pluralized Michael Brown. In the Renisha McBride case, Theodore Wafer, who was convicted in her killing, kept saying “them,” kept talking about “them.” It was them versus me, and I was terrified. … Continue reading ‘It was them versus me, and I was terrified.’
A more serious, if quickly put together, article for my comments on some of today's big issues. My heart goes out to the families involved in any stories like the ones being repeated continually in the United States in recent times. The shootings of teenager Michael Brown in August and child Tamir Rice in the … Continue reading ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’: Comments on the Historical Implications of the Recent Deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Others