Digital History Project – Confederate Monuments Project
Civic engagement is a dialogue between community members and their government. This engagement is often in response to community members wanting to participate in the civic process to bring about change. This semester you are learning that history is about change over time or lack thereof. I have encouraged you to see history as more than only places, dates, and names, but rather as an interconnected web of stories that still have something important to impart to us today.
YOU are living in a historical moment. All moments are, but often we don’t realize them as such until after the fact. With your team, you’ll choose a public monument (or, by popular demand, a public mural). Your task is to educate the public (our classroom) to bring about change to this piece of public art and historical memory. Your project should be educational, persuasive, and balance the present realities with their historical precedents (historical context).
While the United States is not a direct democracy, we do have power to bring about change. We can speak to our elected officials, contact our representatives, participate in public marches, use the power of the pen, donate to causes, and much more. Now is your time, both in history and in our class, to demonstrate what you are learning in this history course while using your historical thinking skills. History has its eyes on you.
Your DHP PowerPoint or Google Slides Presentation for the Confederate Monuments Project
Each Bolded Section is the Title of the Slide & You Can Have 2 Slides Max for Each Section:
Requirements for the Monument Section (see paragraph on Monument above)
This section of PowerPoint MUST address all four of these requirement components in detail plus show us before and after visuals of the public art:
1. In its original form, what does the monument show and communicate?
2. What is the controversy? What is historically inaccurate or historically incomplete about it?
3. What change(s) do you propose? Create a visual of the reimagined piece. How will these changes fix the issue(s)? What does the revision do to improve the historical accuracy of the monument?
4. What is the historical significance of the monument? Why is it important to make the changes you propose?
Required on the Due Date: Project will be uploaded to Canvas dropbox. Discussion questions will be used along the way to scaffold the project and encourage students to work on it throughout the course. Be on time. Let’s build something historical, yet new.
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