Perspectives on History, Spring, 2009/ 509:299:01

Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8-9:20, Robeson 203

 Professor Woll

 awoll@camden or 225-6671

 Student emails for this class 


 Assigned books or digital sources:

Benjamin, A Student’s Guide to History 

Cohen and Rosenzweig, Digital History

Crafton, Donald, The Talkies

The Warner Archive


Sept 2-7

(2)  Introduction

 Begin reading The Talkies  (This book should be completed by October 5)

(7)  Studying Primary Sources: 

Go here, and do the student lesson

Do items 1-5 at the bottom of the page--You do not have to do the "Mindwalk" Activity unless you wish to

(9) No class

Sept 14-16

(14)  Read Digital History, Intro, Ch. 1. 


(16) We’ll discuss the introduction to The Talkies in considerable detail. 

 and review the Talkie Revolution. 


Sept. 21-23

(21-23)  "Getting Prepared:  How to Write a Research Paper"-- begin reading Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History,  Chs. 1-3

Sept. 28-30

(28)  Library Session – I

Proposal due on October 5

(30) Library Session II--using the Internet

Continue reading Benjamin, 4-6

Your research paper assignment for the course


October 5-7

 (5) Proposal Due

Prepare bibliography (see below) for submission on October 19.  Follow the assignment carefully or you will be asked to rewrite your work.

Octiober 12-14

(12)  Doing Film History

(14)  Work on Bibliography in Library

October 19-21

(19) Bibliography Due


October 26-28

(26)  TEST I  (in-class today, and take-home question on The Talkies passed out for delivery on the 28th)

 (28) Take Home portion due

 November 2-4

(2-4)  Class Presentations (Five minute discussions of your paper)


November 9-11

(9)  Planning for the rest of the semester

Outlines due:  Please email or hand-in


(11) Student Appointments

If you would like me to evaluate a first draft of your work, hand it in on the morning of November 23.  I will provide general suggestions which you can incorporate in your final version due on December 7.

How to format your paper Chicago Style? (This provides guidance on footnotes, bibliography, and sample papers for history students)

November 16-18

(16-18) Individual Appointments with students


November 23

(23)  Work on Your Papers & Individual Appointments with students


November 30-Dec 2

(30-Dec 2))  Work on Your Papers & Individual Appointments with students


December 7-9

(7)  Papers due in class at 8:00 am.  A paper copy should be submitted as well as a digital copy in Microsoft Word format.  (Email submission)

Penalties will be given for late papers [see below]





1. One  test:  October 26-28--  200 points

2.  Class Participation (Quality)  100 Points

3.  Final  Paper (December 7)   200 Points


a.  Bibliography (October 19) (25 points)   [See below for instructions]

b.  Outline  (November 9) (25 points)

c.  Class presentation of your paper’s theme and progress (Nov 2-4) (25 points)

d.  Footnote Format on Final Paper (25 points)

Each item (a-d) must be successfully completed to receive a grade on the paper (and, consequently, a grade in the course).  If an item is not completed successfully, a 'R' grade (rewrite) will be given until the task is completed.

5. Attendance and Preparation*  100 Points

*  For every three absences   -10
*  For every three late arrivals   - 5
*  Lack of preparation for class discussion  - 10
*  Work handed in late    -10   (for each 24 hours)

Please note:  There will be NO use of laptops or personal internet (phone) during class.  This inhibits class discussion and your class participation.  Each violation will result in 10 points deducted from your Attendance and Preparation Grade.



A working bibliography is due in class on October 19.  This is designed to allow me to make suggestions on the progress of your work.

The working bibliography should be divided into four parts:

I.    Books or scholarly articles that explore the context of the issue you are discussing. These secondary sources should have been published after 1990 and have been written by professional historians (at least 10)

II.   New York Times articles that consider the topic you are discussing from your assigned year.  (10)

III Primary source articles from the year that you are discussing. (10)

IV. Relevant web sites (10)


Do not panic because of the numbers above!   This exercise is designed to help you begin your research.  You may not necessarily read --or even use--all the works cited.  Yet, consulting them will help you begin your research process.

For information on proper bibliographic form, consult Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History