Historical Context= "The Backstory" Matters!

  • Questions, Comments, Concerns?
  • 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( The Rhetorical Analysis, every exam), you will need to explain the background or "backstory" fully; a thorough job of explaining this helps the reader of exam essay to understand why events unfolded the why they did in a particular time period.
  • Finding the Historical Context in Chapter 2: Bacon and Berkeley
    • Today we will focus on Chapter 2 Revolt on the Virginia Frontier in CV AND Wooster's class lecture on Colonial Virginia.
    • So, what exactly should we all be getting out of the text and lecture thus far?
    • Let's figure it out together and use this handout about colonial Virginia to help you illustrate your ideas!

So, why are we focusing on this today? Consider this as some prep work for Exam I and your Rhetorical Analysis essay - the Historical Context should be half of the essay!


Announcements and Reminders:

  • READ! and take some notes! Remember, you should always read the chapters outlined in Dr. Wooster's syllabus BEFORE you attend class. Doing so will help clarify your understanding of the lecture! To help you in getting the reading done in your Contending Voices text, use the following reading guide to help you: Contending Voices Reading Guide
  • History Quiz is on Wednesday, January 31st Dr Wooster has provided a study guide for the quiz on Blackboard and I have it for you here: Spring 2018 Quiz Study Guide
  • Blue Books are due to me by the end of the day on Monday, Feb 5th 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 next Monday, February 5th and will cover material Chapter 4 of Contending Voices Sewall vs. Adams. This multiple choice quiz will be given at the BEGINNING OF Seminar class time. Be prepared! Come by office hours if you have specific questions about the reading! 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!If there any changes to this schedule- I will let you know well in advance.
  • Questions about the Rhetorical Analysis?Here is a copy of the assignment: The Rhetorical Analysis
    • Sections 244 and 245, you will read and write your Rhetorical Analysis over one of the primary source documents within Chapter 6 ofContending Voices - “Political Conflict in the Early Republic: Benjamin Franklin Bache and Alexander Hamilton.”
    • Your first, fully evolved draft of this assignment will be due and posted on Professor Burnett's Blackboard page on Wednesday, February 7th by MIDNIGHT! We will be reading offering substantive feedback on your drafts!
    • The Final Draft is due and will be posted on Professor Burnett's Blackboard page on Friday, February 23rd by MIDNIGHT!

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