The Warmth of Other Suns Essay

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HIS 1110 Dr. G. J. Giddings

ANALYSIS PAPER: GREAT MIGRATION HISTORY AS TACTIC

4 pages; 4 “works cited”/reference sources (at least 1 primary source)

Related Course Outcome: Identify and analyze connections between individual events and national historic events.

OPTIONS I Analysis Paper: Migration As Tactic/Solution (Long Interviews as main resource) (4 pages)

Millions of African Americans escaped or ran away from their homes in the South to seek refuge in the North. Explore your individual interviewees’ descriptions of problems (lack of opportunities, racial terrorism, personal reasons, etc.) they faced in the South or wherever, and how they attempted to escape these problems by choosing migration as a tactic or solution. Explore how the individual migration stories connect to or compare with the general Great Migration “push” and “pull” factors, which motivated so many African Americans to leave the South. To help draw these connections, identify and compare the “pull” and “push” factors of the Great Migration as well as other related course themes such as: leadership tactics, African America socio-economic and culture status/state, protest; demographic shifts/changes, etc.

OPTIONS II Analysis Paper: Migration As Tactic/Solution

(Isabel Wilkerson’s book as main resource) (4 pages) Millions of African Americans escaped or ran away from their homes in the South to seek refuge

in the North, and Isabell Wilkerson’s book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, tells the stories of hundreds of them, with emphasis on 3 individuals in particular. Explore how one or more of Wilkerson’s 3 profiles/characters faced socio-economic problems (racial terrorism, limited opportunities, etc.) in the South and orchestrated escape or migration as the solution.

Explore how the individual character’s migration story connects to or compares with the general Great Migration “push” and “pull” factors which motivated so many African Americans to leave the South. To help draw these connections, identify and compare the “pull” and “push” factors of the Great Migration as well as other related course themes such as: leadership tactics, African American socio- economic and culture status/state, protest; demographic shifts/changes, etc.

You might be surprised and pleased to learn how regular people help to drive/generate historical

events, and how the problems they were able to solved might help you solve problems of your own!

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Step 1

Option #1 -Decide which approach you will take: “Long Interview…” or “Wilkerson’s Book …” -Read/review: F&H chapters 1, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23; and all related resources from the Unit V folder in the eClassroom. -Identify at least 2 individuals to interview. Option #2 -Read/review: F&H chapters 1, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23; Williams, Schomburg, etc. -Begin reading Isabel Wilkerson’s Warmth of Other Suns, and related resources.

Step 2 Option #1 -Prepare Long Interview questions for your interviewees, (see sample questions for guidance) -Schedule (with specific time and date) your Long Interview and ask in advance, for related documents. -Complete progress report discussion forums for feedback from Dr. Giddings and classmates. Option #2 -Read the entire Wilkson book. -Decide on which of her three profiles/”characters” you will focus your analysis paper. -Complete progress report discussion forums for feedback from Dr. Giddings and classmates.

Step 3 Option #1 -Conduct “Long Interviews” and record the date and time of interviews and full names of interviewees, for your works cited page. -Construct your 4 page analysis paper, following the guidelines provided in the resources section of the Unit V folder. -Submit 4 page paper on the Schoology assignment prompt. Option #2 -After reading the Wilkerson book, focusing on the preferred “profile/s” or “character/s”, write up your 4 page project summary paper - results of your interviews, following the guidelines provided. -Construct your 4 page analysis paper, following the guidelines provided in the resources section of the Unit V folder. -Submit 4 page paper on the Schoology assignment prompt.

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METHODOLOGY (for OPITON #1) Long Interview Research Procedure

The Long Interview is a qualitative research method/technique/procedure for creating and asking questions which help effectively gather personal knowledge and insight from persons. Wilkerson used the Long Interview method for her book.

Long Interview procedure begins with very broad, general, conversational questions (called “grand tour”) which will guide and ease your interviewees into the process, allowing them to relax, open up and eventually “spill their guts” when you follow up with more specific questions!

Mind you, many folks do not like to be interviewed (or interrogated); therefore, be diplomatic, polite and appreciative of their time. Also, some people have taboos which they are uncomfortable discussing, so do respect their boundaries. You might create a release form/contract stating that information and views they provide will be held confidentially and shared only with Dr. Giddings.

Long Interview Sample Questions

Samples How are you today? Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed! (Please be reminded that information gained from this interview will be shared only with my Professor, Dr. Giddings; Would you like to sign a contract specifying this promise?) Before migrating, where did you live, & how was life there …? -What about living there was satisfying and what was dissatisfying? What were some socio-economic problems you faced? -Why, when, and how did you decide to move? -What caused (pushed) you to move…? -What attracted/pulled you to …? -Who/what stayed behind …? -Did anyone move there before you did …? -What were your first impressions of …? -How were things (racism, etc.) different or similar? -What is the significance of (this/these document/picture)? -Is there anything else you would like to share with me about migrating? Thanks very much for your time and help and I will let you know how the project turns out!

Your Questions…

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PAPER GUIDELINES HIS 1110 G. J. Giddings Our Learning outcome: “Identify connections between individual lives and national historic events”

Proofread Review your final draft for adherence to the project goals, objectives and directions; review the SafeAssign tool on

Blackboard to guard against plagiarism; and have a tutor or friend review a draft of your analysis paper Title

Be very descriptive, i.e., “More Push Than Pull: Walker’s protest move from Jackson, MS to Chicago.” Title should say something about migration and about your particular focus.

Introduction Define the Great Migration. What is your thesis or focus; what central lesson did you draw from your

research/investigations? Entice your reader/audience (think beyond just Dr. Giddings reading your paper!) into your paper with a summary of your findings/discoveries; introduce your interviewees or Wilkerson’s “character/s”

(Starling, Gladney and/or Foster) by their full names and/or relationship to you; why were these interviewees/character/s selected; when did the interviews take place? Summarize what you learned/discovered.

Body What were the problems identified by the migrants; what facts/stories from interviews or the book support your paper’s thesis; what were the specific “push” and “pull” or motivating factors responsible for the problem which caused the move/migration to occur; who moved; who remained behind and why; did anyone move head first;

what familial connections remain in the south/place of origin; what information gathered surprised you; had you any related documents which helped to tell or describe the problem/issues; was the problem or the push factors more or less of the motivation for the move; what were the consequences of the migration – were the problems

resolved, i.e, was life better in the new location? In what ways was the Great Migration similar or dissimilar to the more unpopular Emigration movements in antebellum (pre-Civil War) period; what are some comparisons

between the personal stories you discovered (uncovered or read about) and those events/stories presented about the Great Migration – for example, what if any role did the Black Press play in the individual’s decision to

move/migrate; how different do you imagine your (interviewees’/Wilkerson’s characters’) life would have been, were it not for the migration; what is you analysis of whether the identified problem was resolved by the

migration/move …? Conclusions

Overall value of this project; what is your analysis/assessment of the problem faced by your interviewee(s)/character(s) and did they make the right move to resolve same? Did you accomplished our targeted

learning outcome; and what would you change to improve this assignment as a learning tool? Sources (4 requred)

Personal Interviews: i.e., “Davis, Eugene. Personal Interview, July 20, 2019. Sag Harbor, NY.” Book: i.e., “Wilkerson, I. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of …. NY: Random House, 2010. Websites: Hyperlink Family documents, etc.: list and describe each object with an approximate date it was created.

AGAIN, Proofread Review your final draft for adherence to the project goals, objectives and directions; be careful not to plagiarize;

and have a friend and/or tutor review your final project paper