People’s History Reading

I forgot to post a reading for tomorrow. It is a bit late to require you to read chapters 3, 4, and 5 (Chris’ recommendation for a good discussion) plus there is a pretty good chance we will spend most of the day moving to our new location. Let’s plan on moving the discussion to Friday and covering chapters 3, 4, and 5.

Local History Ideas

Here are some things to think about if you are interested in doing a local history project but don’t have any ideas, yet.

  • Research a downtown building or location, Here is a good example from 5 pound apparel of building research turned into an informative poster.
  • Research an event in Ozark’s or Springfield’s history and turn it into a radio story, documentary, or something else (Wild Bill Hickock’s shootout,  anti-African American violence in early 20th century)
  • Research the impact of national and world on Springfield (World Wars, Great Depression, 1918 Flu Pandemic)
  • Pick a topic that interests you and explore its role in Springfield(history of baseball in Springfield, Springfield music scenes, the labor movement in Springfield, immigrant populations in Springfield, women’s rights in Springfield)
  • Do a profile of a famous, infamous, or interesting Springfieldian(s) (Springfield’s first doctors, Bob Barker in Springfield, Springfield’s early radio and TV stars)

American Politics: For the Lulz

Today we talked about various issues, policies, topics and explored them from the perspectives of various ideologies and political points of view. Usually this means looking at the values and beliefs of a group of people and exploring that issue from the perspective of their beliefs and values. But what does it mean when political action comes from a position of no beliefs or values but only for the Lulz.

How Internet Trolls Won the 2016 Presidential Election


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