Through this lesson, students will be able to identify how the formal elements of various documents produce representations of the Caribbean as a complex and layered space impacted by slavery, industry, agriculture, and colonial and touristic desire. They will be able to describe the differences between textual and visual representations of landscape and articulate how form impacts content. Building on an understanding of the multiplicity of ways the same space can be represented, they will also be able to critically interrogate the rhetoric of representative media.
Cuban Battlefields provides a rich record of the Spanish-Cuban-American War, created to support archeological investigation of the battlefields of 1898.
Scholars have warned about the potential deleterious consequences of economic sanctions on other countries, including an increase in the levels of repression, negative effects on women, threats to political freedom, and further dependence on informal economies (e.g., Peksen and Drury 2009; Drury and Peksen 2014; Bull and Rosales 2020; Liou, Murdie and Peksen 2020). However, today more than ever, states use sanctions as a tool to deter certain behaviors from governments, companies, and individuals involved in corruption, human right violations, terrorism, and the undermining of democracy.
Dr. Sarah Gold McBride discussion a political cartoon from Puck illustrated newspaper in 1899 and explores visual representations of American imperialism. Dr. Sarah Gold McBride is a Lecturer in the American Studies Program at UC Berkeley, where she also received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in History. As a historian and teacher, her work centers on the social and cultural history of the nineteenth-century United States, and on the way we teach (and the way students learn) about the past. She is a co-founder of The Teaching History Conference and the current Executive Director of the Western Association of Women Historians. Dr. Gold McBride is currently working on a book about the meaning of hair in nineteenth-century America. She tweets about teaching (and sometimes about hair!) at @sgoldmcbride.
In this particular lesson, this is an activity that I was deliberately intentional to bring to my student's attention in African American Studies as well as in my American History I courses. Often times in the history books, the connection to slavery in the Caribbean and America's is often ignored. What I mean by overlook, I am referencing the parallels regarding experiences, sexual exploitation, slave codes and colorism, and the impact on future generations. This documentary coupled with the discussion questions and the project will allow for personal discovery of your students' own interests of slavery here in the colonies as well as in the Caribbean and Latin America.