SOCIOL 211G: Race and Power in the US

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Prof Emmett Schaefer

Office: Wheatley, 4th Fl., Room 015
Office Phone: 617-287-6274
E-mail: emmett.schaefer@umb.edu


Janet DiPaolo, Librarian
Office: Healey Library, 4th Fl.
Email: janet.dipaolo@umb.edu











Naval Officers on the USS Wichita listen to President Roosevelt's “Day of Infamy” speech. 8 December 1941.
(from www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/ph-aftr.htm)



Library Visits


1) Thursday, Sept 6


  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his "Day of Infamy" speech to a joint session of Congress on December 8, 1941.
  • U.S. Dept of Navy. Naval Historical Center. Images relating to FDR's speech and Pearl Harbor aftermath.
  • Wikipedia Commons. Images of Japanese Internment.

Primary Sources


What is a Primary Source? A primary source is defined as any uninterrupted, uninterpreted source of information. Examples include:
  • First-person account (oral histories, diaries, letters)
  • Newspaper articles published during the time period of an historical event
  • A researcher's report on his/her original study often published in a scholarly journal.
  • Scientific data, which has been collected but not interpreted (Census data, population statistics, animal migration patterns, etc)

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How do I find Primary Sources? There are countless ways to locate primary sources. One way is to look for newspaper articles.

New York Times 1851-2003 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

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Galveston (TX) Daily News. Sunday, Dec 7, 1941


  • NEWSPAPER ASSIGNMENT 1 -- due Tues, Sept 11

      • Browse the NYT's 1 week to 10 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

      • Find and print at least 5 articles that show evidence of the domestic response (e.g. the public, US government) to the attack.



2) Tuesday, Sept 11

  • NEWSPAPER ASSIGNMENT 2 ~ due Thurs, Sept 13


Using search terms/keywords from chapter 2 of Daniels* search the NYT's for articles published on December 8, 1941 (day after Pearl Harbor attack) up to the beginning of the Japanese internment (approx July 1, 1942.)

Find and print at least 3 articles that demonstrate 1 or more of the following 3 themes:

1) Lack of political leadership
2) Racial prejudice
3) War hysteria

For each article, analyze and explain in one paragraph how the article is relevant to the theme.


*Unfamiliar with terms/keywords (e.g. nisei, fifth column, etc)? Link to Encyclopedia Britannica or link to "Should I Use or Cite Wikipedia?" at the bottom of this screen.



3) Thursday, Sept 13

  • MAGAZINE ASSIGNMENT

  • BEFORE STARTING THE ASSIGNMENT, READ...


Assignment Guide: READERS_GUIDE_SOC_211G.doc


Using Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, search for magazine articles published beginning December 8, 1941 (day after Pearl Harbor attack) to the beginning of the Japanese internment (approx July 1, 1942.)

Find and print at least 3 articles that demonstrate 1 or more of the following 3 themes:

1) Lack of political leadership
2) Racial prejudice
3) War hysteria



Web Resources.doc

A small selection of web resources relating to Pearl Harbor, Japanese Internment, WWII.






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Image from War without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War. (J.W. Dower. NY: Pantheon Books, 1986.)































Image from Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel.(R.H. Minear. NY: The New Press, 1999.)

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Additional Library Resources


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Healey Library Catalog

Lists every book (and film, journal, etc.) owned by the library.
Search by title, author, subject, or keyword. For more about searching, go here.

Virtual Catalog

Search and request items yourself from the Virtual Catalog which include:
~~BLC Virtual Catalog - a combined catalog of participating Boston Library Consortium libraries
~~Mass Virtual Catalog - a combined catalog of Massachusetts public libraries, public colleges, and public universities
For help view the tutorial Using the Virtual Catalog

WorldCat

Combined catalogs of libraries around the world.
For an introduction to WorldCat, go here.







Further Assistance

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