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:

Benjamin, A Student’s Guide to History 

Cohen and Rosenzweig, Digital History

Crafton, Donald, The Talkies


January 20-22

(20)  Introduction


Begin reading The Talkies  (This book should be completed by February 17)

(22)  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

January 27-29

(27)  Read Digital History, Intro, Ch. 1.  We’ll also discuss the introduction to The Talkies in considerable detail. 





February 3-5

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

February 10-12

(10)  Library Session – I

Proposal due on February 19

(12) Library Session II--using the Internet

Continue reading Benjamin, 4-6

Your research paper assignment for the course


February 17-19

(19) Proposal Due

Prepare bibliography (see below) for submission on March 3.  Follow the assignment carefully or you will be asked to rewrite your work.

February 24-26

(24)  Doing Film History

(26)  Work on Bibliography in Library

March 3-5

(3) Bibliography Due


March 10-12

(10)  TEST I  (in-class today, and take-home question on The Talkies passed out for delivery on the 12th)


(12) Take Home portion due


March 17-19

Spring Vacation

March 24-26

(24)  Student Appointments

(26)  Class Presentations (Five minute discussion of your paper)

March 31-April 2

(31)  Planning for the rest of the semester

Outlines due:  Please email or hand-in


(2) Student Appointments

If you would like me to evaluate a first draft of your work, hand it in on the morning of April 16.  I will provide general suggestions which you can incorporate in your final version due on April 28.

How to format your paper Chicago Style?

April 7-9

(7-9) Individual Appointments with students


April 14-16

(14-16)  Work on Your Papers & Individual Appointments with students


April 21-23

(21-23)  Work on Your Papers & Individual Appointments with students


April 28-30

(28)  Papers due in class at 8:00 am

Penalties will be given for late papers [see below]



1. One  test:  March 10-12--  200 points

2.  Class Participation (Quality)  100 Points

3.  Final  Paper (April 28)   200 Points


a.  Bibliography (March 3) (25 points)

b.  Outline  (March 31) (25 points)

c.  Class presentation of your paper’s theme and progress (March 26) (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  - 5
*  Work handed in late    -10   (for each 24 hours)


A working bibliography is due in class on March 3.  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

You may also consult the following excellent website:

guidance on Chicago footnote style, or:

This page provides guidance for both footnote and bibliography style.