TAH – Springfield Public Schools
Summer Institute, Week of July 9-13, 2012Facilitator: Dr. Tona Hangen, Worcester State University (email: thangen@worcester.edu)

Primary Sources for Historical Learning: Uncovering the Early 20th Century

In this weeklong seminar, we will track down primary sources and use them to illuminate American culture in the1900-1950s. Daily workshops and explorations will be oriented around inquiry, problem-solving, historical reading, and strengthening the skills of historical thinking, and will model how to enrich history learning through deep engagement with multimedia primary sources like photographs, film, popular songs, radio broadcasts, art, journalism, and unpublished archival manuscripts. The week will include a half-day visit to UMass Amherst Special Collections to use the W.E.B. DuBois Papers on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

Institute Wiki Page = http://spstahc20.wikispaces.com/

Schedule and Syllabus

Monday, July 9th
8:30 – 10:00 Beginnings: America in 1900 + Meeting Your Students Where They Are
Please bring your completed student survey with you to our first day
10:00 – 10:20 Morning Break
10:20 – 12:00 The Immersive World of Turn-Of-Century Popular Culture
Reading: Compare Mullins, “Ethnic Cinema in the Nickelodeon Era in New York City” with Garcia, “Subversive Sounds: Ethnic Spectatorship and Boston’s Nickelodeon Theater”
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:45 “Over There” and Over Here: World War I

Tuesday, July 10th
8:30 – 10:00 Documents and Ideas of the Harlem Renaissance
Please bring the Ferguson/Bedford book, and prepare by reading the Introduction pp. 1-34
10:00 – 10:20 Morning Break
10:20 – 11:45 Social History of the Great Migration
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and travel to Amherst
1:00 – 3:00 Visit to the DuBois Papers, Special Collections, UMass Amherst

Wednesday, July 11th
8:30 – 10:00 What to do with DuBois?
10:00 – 10:20 Morning Break
10:20 – 12:00 The Great Depression in Film and Radio
Reading: Whose America? Contesting the Meaning of America in the 1930s (Lesson Plan) – I will hand this out on Wednesday – no need to read it ahead
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:45 Workshop on Photography and Visual Storytelling in the 1930s
Reading: Curtis, “Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother and the Culture of the Great Depression”

Thursday, July 12th
8:30 – 10:00 Perspectives on World War II
10:00 – 10:20 Morning Break
10:20 – 12:00 Was it “The Good War”?
Reading: Polenberg, “The Good War?” – skim/read enough to identify the historiographical debate
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:45 Using Advertisements as Primary Sources: Retooling for Postwar Prosperity
Reading: McEnaney, “Nightmares on Elm Street” – read mainly for her technique/ use of sources

Friday, July 13th (AM only)
8:30 – 10:00 “Duck and Cover” - McCarthyism and Cold War American Landscapes
10:00 – 10:20 Morning Break
10:20 – 12:00 Myths and Master Narratives: Unmasking the 1950s and 1960s
Reading: Frost, “Using ‘Master Narratives’ to Teach History”