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HIST 105Discussion week 9

HIST 105Discussion week 9 - What constitutes it and what...

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HIST105 Discussion objectives for Week #10 (Oct. 29 th -Nov. 4 th ). Reading assignments from this week that will be discussed Eve Kornfeld, Creating and American Culture, pp. 1-38 and documents 1-12 (which are located in the second half of this book). Instructions: As you read the assignment, answer each of these questions in your own words. This will aid your participation in the class discussion. Your answers are due at the time of class discussion, and you will receive ten points for completing them. They will not be closely graded; it is more of an issue of completing the assignment. However, do not submit others’ answers as your own work, as that is considered cheating. You may either handwrite or type your answers; include the questions above each of your answers. Be sure to keep a separate copy for your notes, as it will be helpful as you prepare for the exam, and the assignments you hand in will not be returned. 1. In your own words, what is a “culture”?
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Unformatted text preview: What constitutes it and what are its most important aspects—politics, religion, music, geographic boundaries, etc.—and why? 2. Are cultures “living”? In other words, how much can a culture change and still be the same culture? 3. Who determines what constitutes a national culture; and who decides who is or is not a part of it? 4. How did “American English” emerge as distinct from England’s English? Use examples from the documents. 5. Why was language and literature so important to the emergence of a distinct American culture after the Revolution? 6. How important was education to creating an American national culture after the American Revolution? 7. Briefly describe Judith Sargent Murray’s view on the “Equality of the Sexes.” 8. Was there such a thing as an “American culture” during this period? Is there even such a thing today? Be prepared to discuss what you think the major attributes of American culture were and are....
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