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Readings For World Civilizations II

Readings for April 22, 2016

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?



For Friday, April 15th, 2016

This Friday we will have an in class group assignment with readings about WWI. So, no additional readings. Do not forget that your rough draft is due this Friday! Remember that this is a part of your overall paper grade and it gives you a chance to get some feedback about the paper before the final version is due. Because we are nearing the end of the semester, I'm not going to accept any late submissions on either the rough draft or the final paper (which is due May 6th).

p.s. Also, don't forget to bring your film reviews from last week to turn in this week.

Readings for April 1st, 2016

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?


A reminder: March 11th is your midterm, do not forget.

For Friday March 4th, 2016

We will not have readings this week and instead will do an in class assignment over the American Revolution. See you soon!

Don't forget that the midterm is on March 11th. I will pass out the review in our next class.

Readings for Friday February 26th, 2016: The Industrial Revolution

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?

Readings for Friday, February 19th, 2016 - The Scientific Revolution

Geocentricite terre centre univers carte 02 Quand la Terre était le ...

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?

Readings for February 5th, 2015 - 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?

Readings for January 22nd, 2016: 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?

What do you think Luther


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