Becoming America Year 3

Fall Seminar 2

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Location: Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA Map


See the Seminar Synopsis on the BA Blog -- go to the entry on FS2!


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Reading:

The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans: As Told by Themselves, Hamilton Holt, ed. (New York: J. Pott & Co., 1906).
Please read (at a minimum) the following stories:
You may also download FREE Kindle, Nook (EPub), IPad versions of the book from http://www.archive.org/details/lifestoriesundis00holtrich


Questions to guide your reading:
• What do we learn about immigration by reading life stories?"
• Which shared patterns, which deep differences and conflicts do you detect in the various 'lifelets' in the collection?"
• How important is it to know whether the stories are authentic, as-told-to, ghost-written, or made up by journalists?"
• Could students nowadays put together a similar collection of life stories?

Scheduled Topic:

Immigrant Communities in 19th and 20th Century America
Werner Sollors, Ph.D., Harvard University
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Dr. Sollor's PowerPoint Presentation:
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Life Stories - 7.2 MB

Doffer boys in Knoxville Cotton Mills. Location: Knoxville, Tennessee. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, December 1910. From the National Child Labor Committee.  From the Library of Congress.
Doffer boys in Knoxville Cotton Mills. Location: Knoxville, Tennessee. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, December 1910. From the National Child Labor Committee. From the Library of Congress.


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