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HSTAA 345: W-CREDIT PAPER ASSIGNMENT
Draft due to Jordan Craddick no later than class time on Thursday, May 10. Final due no later than class time on Thursday, May 24. Choose one of the three following paper topics.
- View and analyze the 13-minute film “Hell-Bent for Election,” a 1944 cartoon in support of the reelection of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, placing it in historical context and considering authorship, sponsors, audience, message. Consider how this film reflects changing political coalitions, relationship between government and business, America’s changing relationship with the world, and the New Deal’s effect on the relationship between the government and its citizens. "Hell Bent for Election" (1944)*** A Reminder to Register to Vote!!
- Compare and contrast the style, substance, media format, and historical context of the three following presidential speeches, discussing how they reflect America’s changing relationship with the world and changing styles of presidential communication.
- Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chat” on the U.S. as an “arsenal of democracy” (1940): https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/december-29-1940-fireside-chat-16-arsenal-democracy
- Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address to the American people: https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/january-17-1961-farewell-address
- Ronald Reagan’s address at Moscow State University (1988): https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/may-31-1988-address-moscow-state-university
- Analyze the following advertisements created by Apple Computer in the late 1970s and 1980s, placing their visual and textual elements in historical context. How does the language reflect and speak to broader political and economic shifts of post-1960s period? Who seems to be the intended audience? What has been the significance and lasting impact of messages to sell computer technology as a liberating and empowering force?
- “Introducing Apple II,” (1977) (two-page ad) http://blog.modernmechanix.com/introducing-apple-ii/
- “What Kind of Man Owns an Apple Computer?” (1980) http://blog.modernmechanix.com/apple-ad-what-kind-of-man-owns-his-own-computer/
- “1984” (1984) Apple - 1984
U.S. Food Adminstration Poster. Charles Edward Chambers (illustrator). Rusling Wood, Litho., New York (publisher), 1917. Library of Congress.
John Rous, “United Nations Fight for Freedom: colored, white and Chinese Boy Scouts in front of Capitol; they help out by delivering poster to help the war effort.” Office of War Information Collection 12002-49, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C., July 1941.
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