Thursday, March 31, 2011
Here are some of the clips we considered:
Fred Friendly's 1984 video series: Constitution, That Delicate Balance
School Prayer, Gun Control and the Right to Assemble Arthur Miller leads a roundtable discussion simulation - begin 34:10 - 41:38)
Second Amendment Timeline by Annenberg (open PDF)
Second Amendment in the News: Sharron Angle (end at 5:09)
Hannity on Violent Rhetoric
CSPAN Classroom - Lott on Gun Bans
Supreme Court oral argument in District of Columbia vs. Heller
Judge Laurence Silberman on his ruling in favor of right to keep and bear arms (influenced Heller case)
Stephen Breyer on the Framers and the Second Amendment (to 5:21)
ACLU on 2nd Amendment post-Heller
Commentator on DC vs. Heller (SC 2008 4:01)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
One of you had raised a question about Gowan Pamphlet, the freed slave who became a Baptist minister in Virginia. You wondered if he himself had owned slaves, since he was a landowner. I contacted our speaker, Harvey Bakari, who said there is no evidence that Gowan owned any slaves. You can learn more about Gowan by clicking here.
There's a great article about visitors' reactions to the African American experience programs in Williamsburg in the Washington Post. You can read it by clicking here.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I've already shared some information about James Hogan, who portrays a 1775 parson at the Minuteman National Park in Concord, Massachusetts.
Here's a look at the people involved in the African American program at Williamsburg. Harvey Bakari will definitely be joining us. He may be joined by some other interpreters as well.
Click here to go to the video:
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Whilst researching popular culture films dealing with the issue of slavery during the Revolutionary War, I considered showing a clip from the film The Patriot.
What I learned surprised me even though I know that Hollywood takes a great deal of dramatic license.
Check out this article for details:
Spike Lee Slams Patriot
The Patriot: More Flag-Waving Rot with Mel Gibson
What do you think about this? Comment below!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Wondering what our first President thought and did about slavery?
Here's an interesting piece with some details:
Monday, March 14, 2011
where he's from:
These are the pieces we will examine in class today:
1776 - I played the DVD, but you can see excerpts at
youtube.com such as
Randy Newman's Sail Away
Orchestra New England performs a stirring rendition of Chester, the first American national anthem. William Billings first wrote this in 1770.
Field trip to the Library of Congress: (click on images to enlarge)
Religion and the Founding
Colonial Williamsburg African American Experience Program
Interactive Role playing Game:
Slave Work Songs: Electronic Field Trip
Reenactors consider our topic:
HBO’s John Adams – Slaves Building the White House 3:28