History Since 1865 Discussion and Response


Question 1 about 250 word : Here in Texas, the state legislature requires that each student take History 1301 and 1302. And the TAMUCC Core curriculum requires wide variety of Humanities (fields like History, English, and the languages) courses. However, there’s a good bit of pressure on colleges from lawmakers, students, and parents to keep students focused on courses in their major fields. For example, I often hear from students in fields like engineering or nursing that they don’t feel like our history course will have any value for them.

In conversations like that, I usually point students to articles like this one from The Atlantic, or this one from the Wall Street Journal, or this one particularly for nursing students from the Rutgers U. Nursing program, that describe the value of such courses.

For this discussion, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the value that Humanities courses bring to your degree. Since you aren’t reading primary sources, don’t worry about that type of evidence for this discussion. It will make sense for you to reference some point made by one of the articles as you lay out your ideas.

Question 2 about 300 word: For this discussion, carefully read the Voices of Freedom primary sources on pages 558 and 559 of the Give Me Liberty! textbook. The two sources are part of an essay by Charlotte Perkins Gilman about women’s role in the economy and part of an essay by John Mitchell about the ways that some definitions of liberty have hurt the working man. In your response, describe how each of them views the connection between economics and liberty and explain how they differ in their view of the relationship between the family and economic freedom.

In your response you should use evidence from the primary sources to prove your point. Typically this requires a three-step process of making your assertions about the issue, giving the reader evidence that proves your point (usually by providing a brief quotation from the text), and then fully explaining to the reader why the evidence proves your point. Since we are all looking at the same two pages of the textbook, you don’t need to provide a citation when you reference the material.