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Week 6 Journal Assignment
Based on chapters 12-14, what was the state of race relations leading up to the Great Depression? How, were they explained in McKay’s poem? What is the vision of racial equality that Marcus laid out in his speech(s)? What was the Great Migration? How did it reflect the effects of the financial crisis on African Americans? What were the “Four Freedoms” the nation was fighting for in World War II? In what ways did these freedoms, the New Deal, and FDR’s messages of prosperity represent the “American Dilemma?”
NOTE: These questions are merely meant to guide you in your thoughts. Do not simply answer each question one at a time. This is a short essay, not several short answers.
Word Count: 500-1000
Week 7 Journal Assignment
In what ways did the Civil Rights movement develop, based on the textbook and supplemental readings? What were some of the strategies used by protestors to petition for civil rights? How, according to the textbook and supplemental readings, did the mainstream Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement differ? Based on the readings, what sort of incidents/aspects of the period would lead figures like Malcom X to adopt more radical approaches?
Word Count: 300-500.
Week 8 Journal Assignment
Based on the readings, in what ways are more contemporary African American struggles similar/different than those in periods past? According to the article, what were/are key lessons from Philando Castile’s death? What sort of message is portrayed by the Willie Horton ad, and how does it reflect themes discussed in the textbook?