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I am not teaching American Studies this year, so this page will not be updated.  It does contain some links that current American Studies students may find helpful.

09/06 at 01:59 PM

Propaganda Video Links

Here are links to some YouTube versions of the WW2 propaganda. Though we probably won't have time for all of them, I'm sure we will watch at least the first 4 or 5 on the list. Commando Duck Thrifty Pig Out of the Frying Pan into the Firing Line Der Fuehrer's Face Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi Food Will Win the War Rosie the Riveter, sung by The Four Vagabonds Newsreel on Recycling for the War Effort Private SNAFU--The Home Front There are many other WW2 propaganda films and cartoons that you can find on YouTube if you are interested in seeing more.
04/16 at 08:33 PM

Harlem Renaissance websites

The Academy of American Poets has a great introduction to poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Poets of the Harlem Renaissance You can find new poems and poets through this site. Perspectives in American Literature contains critical background on about 30 individual authors of the Harlem Renaissance--PAL Index: Harlem Renaissance A double whammy at this site: a look at the lynching statistics compiled by the NAACP that appears on a website created by a college class studying Charles Chesnutt. Berea College: Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive Warning: many of the images at this website depict the horrific reality of the practice of lynching; they are profoundly disturbing. The Without Sanctuary Project has assembled a collection of photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings across the US. You may choose to see either a narrated slide show or a gallery of photographs. For an overview of visual art of the Harlem Renaissance--Rhapsodies in Black One last link to some art of Jacob Lawrence, 30 paintings from the "Great Migration" series, with the artist's captions, are available at the Museum of Modern Art's (NYC) online collection. Some music links--the first 2 about the musicians (mostly text and photos). Starting with the third one, they are video clips of great jazz musicians of the Harlem Renaissance era. Jazz Roots Red Hot Jazz has a seemingly endless set of links--the ones I tried all worked! Take the A Train, Duke Ellington Duke Ellington from Ken Burns' documentary on jazz plays piano and talks about his music briefly in this clip, Dreaming When the Saints Go Marchin' In, Louis Armstrong From the groundbreaking 1929 film, St. Louis Blues, an early film musical with an all African-American cast. St. Louis Blues, Bessie Smith Bessie Smith again. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Billie Holiday sings "Strange Fruit" This video contains a lot of information if you want a good overview of decades of jazz music in the U.S. History of Jazz and Blues
11/14 at 10:03 AM

Librivox Website

This is the website I mentioned in class today where you can download audio files and listen to individual chapters of the novel. "My Antonia" on Librivox
09/09 at 05:25 PM

Roots websites

Here is a very user-friendly site for typing in a Latin or Greek root and getting a list of derivatives--with definitions. Roots Lexicon Wikipedia has a page listing Greek and Latin roots alphabetically, with definitions and derivatives, though the page contains a warning that some content may not be entirely accurate. Check out Wiki-Roots
09/07 at 05:07 PM

Online Dictionaries

I have found that sometimes leads students astray by giving imprecise definitions. Here are a few links to more reliable online dictionaries. Webster's Online Dictionary has definitions, synonyms, etymology, quotations, and a list of authors and literary works that use the word. Merriam-Webster online dictionary contains an online version of the American Heritage dictionay The Cambridge Online Dictionary is a good one.
09/07 at 05:05 PM


Posts appearing below this one are from past classes. If you're here looking for information relevant to current American Studies classes, it will be above this.
09/07 at 05:00 PM

Harper’s Index

One site for you to find evidence for your My America essay is the Harper's Index. Type in the subject you want to find statistics about, and you may get a list of facts and figures that you can use in your essay.
02/04 at 12:13 PM


Here's a contemporary propaganda image put out by Greenpeace. Do you get the intended message? Who do you think is the target audience? What strategy is being employed? Here are some links to other websites that will provide information and inspiration as you work on the propgagnda assignment. Wikipedia's Propaganda page has a number of pictures that may provide some inspiration. The National Archives has a collection of online exhibits with lots of pictures. Relevant eshibits include: Designs for Democracy, A New Deal for the Arts, Campaign 200, Powers of Persuasion, and Flexing the Nation's Muscle. The Propaganda Remix Project has over 400 classic propaganda images updated with messages relevant to contemporary issues. Thanks to Mr. Rees for sending me this link. A collection of WW2 propaganda posters is available on this site. The variety of subjects addressed here may give you some other ideas for your poster. For some propaganda images created in other countries and in other historical contexts, check out this website focusing on history of the Australian and New Zealand military. Adbusters has a great site that deconstructs and spoofs commercial marketing strategies, as well as fighting against corporate and consumer culture. Check out the gallery of spoof ads. WARNING--one of their new projects, called Pornocalypse Now, is an anti-porn campaign that uses language common in pornography and cannot be accessed through school computers because of the filter. The Center for Media & Democracy has more thorough information on propaganda techniques.">
01/14 at 08:17 AM

Hiroshima Resources

A picture is worth a thousand words. This is an excellent website that covers the Manhattan Project, clearly explains how atomic weapons work, and documents the history surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yale Avalon Project There's a clear bias here, but the creator of this website has assembled an impressive and rich collection of primary source documents. Was Hiroshima necessary? Another eyewitness account: Father Siemes' story More primary source documents. Primary docs
01/13 at 07:20 PM
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