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Master Class in American History

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The invitation only Master Class in American History program provides opportunities for students of  history to complete independent enrichment activities beyond the assigned course work.  The current MCAH session covers November 3rd to February 3rd and is worth 3 points on your final average.





Film Review - Antebellum America [2 points on final average]

The Master Class film review assignment is designed to supplement student knowledge of a particular historical period, person(s), event, or institution through the analysis of a related film. This is an opportunity to experience a richer encounter with history, as well as connect the rise of cinema as a prominent facet of American cultural history.  Historical films open up history to people. Films provide viewers a unique insight to events that we may never have the opportunity to experience. And although no movie can be entirely accurate, when done well, filmmakers can immerse audiences into a world lost in time, captivating our attention and connecting our understanding to history beyond the classroom.   REEL History Submission Outline  CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FILMS:







Gangs of New York (2002) R | 2h 47min

In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.



12 Years a Slave (2013) R |2h 14min

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.



Glory (1989) R| 2h 2min

Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.



Lincoln (2012) PG-13| 2h 30min

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.




Please share your completed summary with me via your Google Drive by Wednesday, Feb 3rd at 11:59 








Podcast: Lincoln's Evolving Thoughts On Slavery, And Freedom [36:04]  [1 point on final average]

Eric Foner is a history professor at Columbia University and the author of several books about the history of American race relations. In this podcast he discusses Lincoln's evolving thoughts on slavery and freedom



Element #1 Provide a 50-75 word summary of  Lincoln's evolving thoughts on slavery and freedom


Element #2 Provide 5-7 facts or anecdotes  you could use to help tell the story of Lincoln's perspective on slavery.


Element #3 Add a synthesis component that appropriately connects content from the podcast to other historical periods, geographic areas, context, or circumstances for our student of American history.



Please share your completed summary with me via your Google Drive by Wednesday, Feb 3rd at 11:59 




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