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Readings For World Civilizations II

Readings For World Civilizations II, Summer Semester, 2016

Week One: June 6th & 8th

The Black Plague and The Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther, The Freedom of a Christian:

Overview of The Black Death:

Questions to answer:

What was the overall effect on European society due to The Black Death?


Week Two: June 13 & 15th

 European Exploration

Writings of Christopher Columbus:

Bartolome de Las Casas: In Defense of The Indians (excerpts)

Questions for the readings: How do each of the author's regard the Native peoples in the "new world"?

Does the account of Las Casas go against the typical story of European exploration?



Week Three: June 20 & 22

Writings of Nicolas Copernicus:

Overview of Galileo's writings:

Questions for the readings:

What are the key points of Copernican theory in regards to the universe and the revolutions of heavenly bodies?

What were Galileo's greatest contributions to the understanding of our universe?



Week Four: June 27 & 29

Overview of The Industrial Revolution:

Child Labour and Industry:

Questions for Readings:

Overall, what effect did The Industrial Revolution have on people in England?

Why and how did child labour become such a prevalent aspect of The Industrial Revolution?



Week Five:  July 4 & 6

July 4th, No Classes

The American Revolution


Week Six: July 11 & 13

Walker's Appeal:

William Lloyd Garrison's, "The Liberator":

You will have to navigate yourself to the scanned images of The Liberator newspaper. Browse through some of the issues.

Questions for the Readings:

How do the two men, David Walker and William Lloyd Garrison differ in their writings on slavery?

Which writing seems more persuasive to you and why do you think that?


 Week Seven: July 18 & 20



Week Eight: July 25 & 27

World War II

Japanese Internment Camps:


Executive Order 9066:

Why did Japanese Americans face internment by the U.S. government in 1942?

How is the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II similar to current issues about immigration, refugees, and the perception of foreign people in The United States?


Week Nine:


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