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American Studies Assignments

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American Studies Documents and Links

100_ Bill.docx  by Jay Z (with notes about the exam)

9/11 Memorial

"The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.

The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history."


Revelations Part 1: "Pilgrims of Sorrow," by Alvin Ailey
"Jumpin' Jive" by Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers (Rec. 1939)
"American Gothic" by Grant Wood (1930)
APUSH: Excerpt from A People's History of American Empire
Jazz project.docx
"King Porter Stomp" by Jelly Roll Morton (1923), Fletcher Henderson (1928), Gil Evans (1951)

The Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building

USH Reading: "North Korea declares armistice void as US sends warning to Pyongyang" and "A Hermit's Idea of Dating"

Am Lit reading: Hughes Reader .docx
Convergence (1952), by Jackson Pollock
West Side Story: "America," Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
 “Texas Red” by Sam Bush and Bela Fleck

Log hut company kitchen (1864), by Mathew Brady

American Theatre Project:

Lone Star Republic resources

Mexican-American War resources

Baltimore Basilica, by Benjamin Latrobe
(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay, by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper

"Kindred Spirits" (1849), by Asher Dowd

  • "The Oxbow" (1836), by Thomas Cole
  • "Nature" (1836), by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Dixie" by Daniel Decatur Emmett (1861-ish)

Bamboula, by Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1844)

  • According to Conrad, art should penetrate the interior, stimulate emotional response, and convey impressions. React to Gottschalk's piano composition with this in mind. 

Black Bull, Russell Mitchell (Exile Cycles)

  • Is this Art? What qualities/characteristics make it so, OR, what qualities/characteristics are missing that would allow it to qualify as art?

"The War on the Bank" (See readings in class handout)

Questions (Answer fully, citing specific examples, in essay format):

  • Why did Jackson's veto of the bank recharter appeal so strongly to the masses? Was Jackson right? Should foreigners have been allowed to hold stock in the bank? Is it better to have aristocratically controlled financial institutions that are sound than democratically controlled financial institutions that are less sound? 
"Ghost Dance Song
Black Eagle, by Edward S. Curtis

La-Doo- Kee, Buffalo Bull, by George Catlin, 1832

Debating for Land

Jimmie Rodgers: Train Whistle Blues and  Blue Yowl 1
"Green River Blues" by Charlie Patton
William Faulkner "Barn Burning"
TPL Essay Questions.docx
2 poems for HW.docx
Les lieux de memoire.pdf
America I AM Project
"Sunday Morning Coming Down" by Kris Kristofferson (performed by Johnny Cash)
Thomas Benton and the Public Art of the 1930's: "America Today"
Hamlet project.docx
"Honky Tonk Train Blues" by Meade Lux Lewis
Romare Bearden: "The Piano Lesson" and  "Tomorrow I May Be Far Away"

Shay's Rebellion

Cradle Will Rock (1999): Study Guide

Journal Prompt:

  • Choose one character from your study guide and discuss the following in one to two pages: What aspect(s) of American society is the character is meant to represent? Explain, in the context of American history, what the character's struggle is throughout the film, and how that struggle is (or is not) resolved. 

"How Columbus Day Fell Victim to Its Own Success"

"Fight the Power" by Public Enemy (video)
"Girl Playing Solitaire" by Frank W. Benson

John Locke’s “Two Treatises of Government”: Specifically, students will be looking at the following entries:

  • The Social Contract Theory (4:3)
  • Function of Civil Government (4:4)
"Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman (video)
"Wonder Woman" by Alex Ross
 road trip project.doc
"Pearblossom Highway" by David Hockney
"Little Plastic Castle" by Ani Difranco (video)
"Stag at Sharkey's" by George Bellows
"Ghost of Tom Joad" by Bruce Springsteen (video)
Guthrie project.doc

resources: lyrics, etc. http://www.woodyguthrie.org

cool article on folkmusic: "The Last Verse"

Dorothea Lange: narrative extraction project

Photography resources

Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen (video)
Jasper Johns, flag paintings.pptx



AP US History Documents and Links


Unit 4 Test: Supplemental Essay (25 minute, 20 pts.)

24. What was Andrew Jackson's most important accomplishment as president? What was his greatest failure? 


Unit 2 Free Response Essay Question (Due MONDAY 5 November):

  • To what extent was the United States Constitution a radical departure from the Articles of Confederation?

Unit 1 Free Response Essay Question (Due THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER; 2-3 pages typed/double-spaced)

  • Assess the validity of the following statement for the 1600's: "Geography was the primary factor in shaping the development of the British colonies in North America."
10/1 Unit 1 Review packet answers 
9/26 Unit 1 AP Review 


American Literature Assignments

10/16  Major Paper #1: My Antonia, a critical analysis 











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