The Boas & Braman Experience


September 2015

Reading Schedule for the week of 9/28

Here are the readings that you will need to do this week:

In case you missed it, this was what we did in class and finished over the weekend:

Monday evening:

  • T&S Washington’s Farewell Address (pg?) and the 443-338 Alien & Sedition Acts
  • AND either Critically Read or take notes from this excerpt

Tuesday evening:

  • T&S – tbd
  • AND either Critically Read or take notes from this excerpt 

Wednesday evening:

Thursday evening

Friday evening and over the weekend:


The weekend’s homework

Don’t forget to read and take notes in your Tindall and Shi – pages 308-310 and 311-317.  In addition, download this reading – sections 1 and 2 of Chapter 6 from The Americans and either:

  • take notes as you would from Tindall and Shi (and keep the notes in your journal)
  • Critically read the pages you’ve printed out (and keep them in your journal)

Reflection questions after reading T & S chapter 2

Hopefully, your notes can help you answer these questions.  They are food for thought to prepare you for success on future assessments.  Please discuss them with your peers and record your collaboration-aided answers with evidence that supports your assertion.  Cite your peers (and Tindall and Shi) in your own answers as necessary.  It is not enough to merely answer these questions on your own.  Collaboration is required.  Find other perspectives and include them in your work.

  1. Which colony did John Winthrop lead? When was it established?  What was its purpose?  What made it different from the Virginia Company?
  2. Describe the assumptions that colonists had about the role of government and its relationship to citizens. To what extent did English colonists expect to be free to make their own decisions?
  3. What rights did English colonists assume they would have?
  4. What challenges did colonists face? How were those challenges different between the Virginia Company and the New England Colonies?
  5. How many types of colonies were there? Which colonies were proprietary colonies?  How would the type of colonial structure influence the culture and social expectations of people in that colony?
  6. To what extent did colonial governments control what colonists did? Can you explain the disconnect between how colonists viewed the British government and how they viewed their colonial governments?
  7. Is Roger Williams a good Puritan man? Why or why not?  How would others evaluate his choices?  What perspectives are important to consider?  What evidence would you cite to support your analysis? 
  8. Is Anne Bradstreet a good Puritan woman? Why or why not? How does she reflect this (or not reflect this) in her poetry?
  9. What were the ideological differences between these leaders: John Winthrop, Anne Bradstreet, William Bradford, Roger Williams, Jonathan Edwards?

Before you do the homework for the weekend…

Start by reflecting on the Carr article – “The Historian and His Facts” that we used for the Socratic Seminars and Board Talk discussions on Friday.  Consider, in an expository paragraph, what Carr’s central argument is.  Please include both Carr’s own words, quoted & cited, as well as your commentary to explain his view in your words.  His argument is complex, so you would be well-served to consider several sub-arguments as well.

Please recognize that the target amount of time to spend on the Tindall and Shi reading assignment is 1.5 hours …  Having said that, I don’t think you will be able to finish all of Chapter 2, much less 149-159 of Chapter 3 in that amount of time.  So, after completing your paragraph on Carr, I’m giving you choices on the Tindall & Shi reading.  Accomplish one of the following by Tuesday at the beginning of class:

  1. Read and take notes on all of chapter 2 – (likely 2+ hours)
  2. Read and take notes from the start of chapter 2 through “The English Civil War in America” on 85 (likely 1.5 hours) and finish up the remainder of chapter 2 on Tuesday evening.

You may put off the readings in chapter 3 for now.  Remember as you read and take notes in Chapter 2 to consider both the chapter summary on 106-107 as a guide for your reading.  In addition, I shared with you that there would be a focus on “ideas” in this section.  What  influenced the British to colonize?  When and why were colonies awarded?  What factors influenced colonial identities?  What realities of colonial life helped influence the worldview of colonists?

Braman’s HW for the week

Be sure to get your syllabus signed for Wednesday’s class.  As for additional things this week, please make sure you:

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