Chapter 16 Discussion Posts

Chapter 16 Discussion Posts - Compiled Messages

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Topic: Ch.16: Reconstruction: High Hopes and Broken Dreams, 1865 - 1877 Date: September 23, 2008 4:16 PM Compiled Messages Print Save as File Subject: Professor Haro's comments on chapter 16. Author: Peter Haro Dear Group A: First, please accept my apologies for posting my final comments late. I am currently teaching six courses and raising two hooligan children so, needless to say, I am behind but trying to catch up. Secondly, let me commend all of you who submitted your essays and additoinal postings. There were some truly outstanding essays and additional postings by students who understand (or are trying to) what it means to think and write critically. Although most of you were able to identify and discuss the some of the more well known issues and accomplishments of Reconstruction, such as the passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and Reconstruction's significance as a beginning of the struggle for African- American civil rights, many of you were unable to also see Reconstruction's larger significance as a lesson for our nation's current reconstruction/occupation of Iraq. Why did this happen? Probably because most (not all) of you failed to do the additional readings. Please note that failure to do the additional readings can only harm your grade in both the short and long term. Students who typically have written A quality essays usually draw on a variety of sources that enable them to write nuanced and detailed arguments. In order to illustrate this point, I want to reprint an excerpt from Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier's Perspective of the Iraq War by Paul Rieckhoff. On pages 108-109 he states: "It's tough for me to communicate to people who have never been to Iraq why I don't think the different sects will be able to get along. One can't just take groups separated for decades [such as the Sunni, Shia and Kurds], sprinkle some freedom on them, and create a Woodstock lovefest. I try to look for analogies or historic parallels that help break it down in a way that explains all the unexplainables. This is not perfect, but it's the best I can come up with: Iraq in the summer of 2003 reminded me of the American South around the time of the abolition of slavery." "Slavery formally ended in 1865. Imagine an outside nation walking into America a few years before that and telling slaves and slave owners to work together, forget their differences, and live happily in equality. They would have to work together as partners on a police force. Imagine a slave having command over a slave owner in a new army. Imagine them sitting next to each other as equals in a classroom. They would suddenly be told that despite their history of abuse and animosity, they had been deemed equals by an outside force. Slaves and slave owners had hated each other for generations. They were used to being superior and inferior, to having power and being powerless. They were accustomed to a framework and understanding built upon decades of abuse and divisions. There is no way it would work. There's just
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