I have set aside this week to consider a few key documents in American history, but also to give you a little bit of time to reflect on what you've read thus far and to work on the longer paper. So the readings are pretty light -- and hopefully you've already read much if not all of it.
- To read and to think about (required)
As you read these texts, please think about ways they relate (or don't) to what you've studied from ancient Rome...see if you can make any specific connections. The four things I'd like to read and discuss this week, in this order, are:
→The Declaration of Independence. Please CLICK HERE for the text (from the National Archives)
NB: As you read this, please be on the lookout for a) references to liberty and freedom; and b) try to think about parallels or points of comparison and contrast with what you've learned about libertas in ancient Rome.
→'Amendments' to the Constitution:
Please read Amendments I, II, IV and V (=1, 2, 4 and 5). Note that Amendments 1-10 constitute the 'Bill of Rights'. These may be found HERE (also from National Archives): you can skip to individual amendments using the links of the righthand side of this page.
AND Amendments XIII, XIV, XV and XIX (=13, 14, 15, and 19). These may be found HERE (also National Archives, 'p. 2' of the preceding)
→Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail (16 April 1963) Click HERE for a pdf of this.
NB: If you are unfamiliar with the background to this document, you will find it useful to read the Wikipedia article about it.
→And last but not least: please read Patterson's Coda, pp. 402-406.
- And ALSO to note for this week:
Quiz #2: This will be available to you starting THURSDAY, MAY 30, and must be completed by Thursday, June 6 by 5 PM.
Long paper: Hopefully, you have not waited until the last minute to start thinking about (and working on) this. Please make sure that you have read through the Instructions and Suggested Topics: these have been posted under Assignments from very early in the quarter, and include a list of suggested topics.