Historical Context= "The Backstory" Matters!

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  • Getting the Context...What IS Context?
    • Historical context is the political, social, cultural, and economic setting for a particular idea or event. In order to better understand something in history, we must look at its context--those things which surround it in time and place and which give it its meaning. In this way, we can gain, among other things, a sense of how unique or ordinary an event or idea seems to be in comparison to other events and ideas.

So, why is it important to understand this?

  • For every history essay( Writing Project 1, every exam), you will need to explain the background or "backstory" fully; helps the reader of exam essay to understand why events unfolded the why they did in a particular time period.

So, why are we focusing on this today? Consider this as some prep work for Exam I and Writing Project 1: Le Critical Analysis essay - the Historical Context should be half of the essay!

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Reminders and announcements :

  • Here is the Supplemental Instruction Schedule for our learning community this semester: Spring 2017 SI Schedule
  • History Quiz is TODAY Dr. Wooster has provided you all with a study guide for this quiz. He has also provided a copy of the review on Blackboard and I have it for you here: Spring 2017 Quiz Study Guide
  • Blue Books are due to me by the end of the day on Tuesday, Feb 7th You will need THREE of them in order to take your exams. Turning these in on time will count as your 1st lecture supplement grade(= you earn points toward your History and Seminar grades for doing this!) I will be keeping a list of who has turned them in.
  • History reading Quiz #2 is scheduled for Thursday, February 9th and will be over the material from Contending Voices Chapter 4 Adams vs. Sewall. This quiz will be part multiple choice/short answer. Note: All of the quiz dates FOR THE ENTIRE SEMESTER have been listed on the Sidebar of this page. Click on the link called LCE Major Due Dates and you will find them there along with other important dates!
  • A fully evolved draft' of Writing Project 1 is due Friday, Feb. 10th via Ms. Bray's Blackboard page. Follow her instructions on where to submit.
  • Exam I - scheduled for Thursday, February 16th. The study guide should be distributed to you today or Tuesday of next week!