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for History 14


Syllabus for History 14--information on schedule, grading, etc.

College Culture--what's it all about?

Study skill--tips for doing well in college

History skills--specific tips for this class

Instructor information-who IS this person?

What do you do, dear?--solving problems

Contact info--various means to do so


Study sheet for final exam


Second Oral History assignment--Due dates and general info


First Oral History assignment--Due dates and general info


First oral history assignment--writing the paper



Halper's Guide to MLA style for this paper

More MLA style information


Homework assignments:

For Week of January 28--

Make notes during class as we look at Bowling Alone statistics, and then apply at least five of the sociological changes occuring during the 20th century to your life. Write so I can learn something about your and what your interests and occupations are.


Compare 1900 to the present in at least three significant ways. If you were alive in 1900 with your same family and socioeconomic class, imagine three things that would be different about your life and three things that would be the same about your life and prospects.

Read Chapter One of the text Twentieth Century America. We will discuss Feb. 5 and take a concept check on this on Feb. 7.


For Week of Feb. 4--

Check the following websites for family history information, and bring in your search results for a family member or friend's family member:

The American Family Immigration History Center on the Web http://www.ellisislandrecords.org

Genealogy.org: http://www.genealogy.org/

Also read Ch. 1 of TCA, and begin Ch. 2 for concept check next week.


For week of Feb. 11

Bring five topics you would like to learn more about to class on Tuesday.

Read Ch. 2-3 in TCA.

Bring your two sources with phone numbers to class on Thursday.


For week of Feb. 18 NOTE : No class on Tuesday

Completed research plans due Thursday. Concept check on Ch. 2-3 on Thursday. We will also have a panel discussion that day of your preliminary interview and research plans. Start Ch. 4-5.



For week of Feb. 25:

Complete final research plan and hand in on Tuesday.

Concept check on Ch. 4-5 on Thursday. For Thursday, go to one of the following sites and find some useful source for the oral history interviewee you have chosen--Cyndi's list might be the most comprehensive:


Cyndi's List--the site for genealogists on the Web: http://www.cyndislist.com/>http://www.cyndislist.com/

Try her list of Ports of Entry, at:



Census info by county:>

County and City Data Book :



For California counties, the RAND databases we have in the Library is really phenomenal:


From off campus ID is A2036 and password is gavilan


For week of March 4:

Go to the Bancroft Oral History Collection

and read TWO oral histories--read one very thoroughly and then look at another more briefly so you can compare. Give me the web addresses of each, as well as the names of interviewers and interviewees. Then answer these questions in writing about the one you looked at in more detail; we will go over these in class on Tuesday March 6:

Why was this person's oral history of value to the Bancroft Library? What did the interviewer do well? What do you think the interviewer could have done better? What didyou learn from this oral history? What did you learn by comparing it to another?


For week of March 11:

Read Reeves Ch. 6-7.

Prepare for panel discussion of your completed oral history interviews. Be prepared to tell what went well, what did not, what you would do differently. Tell how research helped or failed to aid you. Tell what dynamics were like, and how you would improve your dynamics, questions, technology, or anything else next time.

Concept check on Thursday on Ch. 6--bring post-its for discussion before the concept check.

Due Thursday: Also go to New Deal Network and look at 40 or more photos of the Great Depression. Then read at least ten synopsis of oral histories that interest you at the same site. Discuss on paper three things that the photos and the synopses have taught you about the Depression.


Field trip to the Bancroft: March 16. We will meet at the library at 1 p.m. I have info on parking and directions. Bring two IDs, one of them a photo ID, and prepare to check everything except laptop, pencil, paper.


Week of April 8:

Begin reading Praying for Sheetrock. Read first 50 pages and come to class prepared to discuss.


Read to p. 194 of PfS.


Week of April 15:

Indexes due Tuesday for oral histories.

Name of new interview subject due Thursday.

Concept check Thursday on Praying for Sheetrock to p. 194.


Week of April 22:

Have preliminary interview done for panel report on Thursday.

Praying for Sheetrock concept check on Thursday--complete book..


Week of April 29:

PfS concept check on Tuesday, as we missed it Thursday.

Preliminary interview panel report Tuesday.


For Thursday: Chapter 9 in Reeves. Work on research plan.

Plan ahead!

Gavilan College works with local historical socieites to provide an annual history scholarship. Deadlines are every spring. Find out more by clicking on

The History Scholarship at Gavilan


Financial Aid Office at Gavilan


Also check out:

The Gavilan Oral History Archive