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Bondage and Freedom | The Yale Review
Thus “goaded almost to madness,” and savagely brutalized, Douglass created a vision in which only violence could result, a condition in which he soon argued the entire nation would find itself. In Bondage and Freedom, Douglass still claimed that he fought Covey only from a defensive posture. But this time he attacked with a “fighting madness” and left no doubt that Covey deserved to be bloodied or even killed. This violence was for the good of the slave’s own soul, not merely a matter of natural right. “I was a changed being after that fight,” said Douglass the completely recovered Garrisonian. “I was nothing before; I was a MAN NOW. It recalled to life my crushed self-respect … A man without force is without the essential dignity of humanity.”
race  history  writing  Books 
8 weeks ago by oripsolob
Challenging Students . . . And How to Have More of Them (#) - Alfie Kohn
Learning by doing, a common shorthand for the idea that active participation helps students to understand ideas or acquire skills, is an established principle of progressive education. Much less attention, however, has been paid to the complementary possibility that teachers are most effective when they show rather than just tell. In fact, this idea doesn’t even seem to have a name — so let’s call it “teaching by doing” (TBD).

Taking Children Backstage

One version of TBD has gained favor in the field of writing instruction,[1] where teachers are urged to reveal their own rough drafts — or, better yet, write things in front of students. It’s one thing to analyze the techniques of a story or an essay, a finished product, but it’s something else again to observe the process of writing. Particularly if the teacher/writer is narrating, explaining the rationale for choosing this word or that sentence structure, students can witness the false starts, the way errors are made and corrected. In short, they can watch a piece of writing come into being.
education  writing 
december 2018 by oripsolob
An American Studies:
The official blog of Spiro Bolos and John S. O'Connor
ais  history  blog  AISblog  english  writing 
june 2017 by oripsolob
Tuesday Part 1: Cropping & Editing - Away from my Desk
Cropping and writing activity from a teacher who attended the Art Institute workshop.
photography  photos  writing  blog  education 
july 2016 by oripsolob
» Eduardo Galeano, ¡Presente! Zinn Education Project
The great writer, historian, activist, and critic, Eduardo Galeano, passed away on April 13, 2015.
history  writing  books  modern 
april 2015 by oripsolob
How people read online: Why you won’t finish this article.
Schwartz’s data shows that readers can’t stay focused. The more I type, the more of you tune out. And it’s not just me. It’s not just Slate. It’s everywhere online. When people land on a story, they very rarely make it all the way down the page. A lot of people don’t even make it halfway. Even more dispiriting is the relationship between scrolling and sharing. Schwartz’s data suggest that lots of people are tweeting out links to articles they haven’t fully read.
writing  shallows  education  ais 
september 2014 by oripsolob
An Escape From Slavery, Now a Movie, Has Long Intrigued Historians - NYTimes.com
“When the abolitionists invited an ex-slave to tell his story of experience in slavery to an antislavery convention, and when they subsequently sponsored the appearance of that story in print, they had certain clear expectations, well understood by themselves and well understood by the ex-slave, too,” wrote one scholar, James Olney. Mr. Olney was explaining pressures that created a certain uniformity of content in the popular slave narratives, with recurring themes that involved insistence on sometimes questioned personal identity, harrowing descriptions of oppression, and open advocacy for the abolitionist cause.
history  books  story  mythology  writing  ais  race 
september 2013 by oripsolob
Chicago Humanities Festival
Bill T Jones AND Junot Diaz AND Sherman Alexie AND Temple Grandin AND Rick Bayless
food  art  writing  ais  education 
september 2013 by oripsolob
Allergy to Originality - NYTimes.com
In creating this Op-Doc animation, I copied well-known images and photographs, retraced innumerable drawings, then photocopied them as a way to underscore the un-originality of the entire process.
video  art  books  movies  writing  copyright  remix 
october 2012 by oripsolob
Ken Burns: On Story
Story as manipulation / fiction vs non-fiction
race  history  writing  AIS  video 
may 2012 by oripsolob
Kamber Looks Back on War
A picture of a mother wailing over her dead child has enormous power. A photo of another mother wailing over another dead child the following day has less power — if an editor can be persuaded to publish it again. Multiply this by hundreds of car bombings and hundreds of grieving mothers — though each is certainly suffering unspeakable pain — and one quickly sees the limitations at the nexus of photojournalism, editorial realities and what the American public wants to see.
writing  photos  war  iraq 
december 2011 by oripsolob
We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident
Jefferson also drew from works that he did not have at his side in Philadelphia. He was familiar with the writings of seventeenth-century English writers, including John Milton, Algernon Sidney, and above all John Locke, who set forth a doctrine of natural rights in his Second Treatise on Government. He may also have drawn from Scottish philosophers, especially Francis Hutcheson.
history  writing  AIS  modern 
december 2011 by oripsolob
The Falling Man - Tom Junod - 9/11 Suicide Photograph - Esquire
In truth, however, the Falling Man fell with neither the precision of an arrow nor the grace of an Olympic diver. He fell like everyone else, like all the other jumpers -- trying to hold on to the life he was leaving, which is to say that he fell desperately, inelegantly. In Drew's famous photograph, his humanity is in accord with the lines of the buildings. In the rest of the sequence -- the eleven outtakes -- his humanity stands apart.
history  photo  9/11  writing 
september 2011 by oripsolob
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