HIST 1060 Modern Global Environmental History Fall 2021 Project Proposal due Fri

HIST 1060 Modern Global Environmental History Fall 2021
Project Proposal due Friday, APR 1 (Week 11) by end of day on Brightspace
Class Engagement Self-Evaluation due FRIDAY, APR 29 by end of day on Brightspace
Final Project due WEDNESDAY MAY 4 (finals week) by 11am on Brightspace
Final Project (30%)
You have several options for your final project. All options invite you to use the knowledge and skills you have acquired in engaging with the material through reading/watching/listening, class lectures, class discussions, the Deconstructed Essay and Project 2, and the Discussion Forums.
All projects will depend on a combination of assigned class material and independent research. Be sure to cite when and where appropriate and to include a Works Cited (options 1 and 3) or bibliography (option 2).
24 Magazine Covers: Write an article for a public venue about a historical environmental topic. You may wish to model this on the Washington Post’s “24 Magazine Covers About Climate Change” – if so, you will need to create a magazine cover plus a 1500-word essay. Your magazine cover should be one that, as the editors write, “elevates the importance of an article; it finds a way to grab your attention; it persuades you to learn more about the topic at hand.” (Note that the link is behind a paywall, but you can scroll through and get an idea about the series.)
TOPIC (You have to use this topic because this is my proposal)
I am going to do the Magazine Covers
I am thinking about “nature” topic
Week 7 – Forest, Sugar, Soil, and Slavery
TOPIC : Sugar in United States in 1600-1700 (when sugarcane first came to united states)
OR you can use Discovering the Global Past—the main areas were Brazil and the Caribbean,
and later (in the 19th century) Hawai’i. Also how does the wildfire article relate? You’ll need to do some outside research for this.
you can also use outside sources
FOOTPRINT Chapter 6, “Mining, Making, and Manufacturing,” 178-193
Keith Pluymers, “Deforestation and Preservation in Early Barbados,” in No Wood, No Kingdom, Political Ecology in the English Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021), 167–92, http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv18dvvj4.9.
“To Manage Wildfire, California Looks To What Tribes Have Known All Along” https://www.npr.org/2020/08/24/899422710/to-manage-wildfire-california-looks-to-what-tribes-have-known-all-along
Note: Please use at least 3 assigned sources. This will depend a great deal on your particular project, so feel free to discuss with me if you have questions. The strongest projects will use strong evidence; this can come through the close and careful reading of a few sources or the wider reading of more sources. Get in touch if you need more clarification.
Final Project due WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (finals week) by 11am on Brightspace
Remember that your project should approach questions using at least one of the approaches we have taken to environmental history:
ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES: making “environmental” arguments, that is, explaining how or why things happened in terms of environmental causes, consequences, or evidence
FRAMING NATURE: interpreting what different societies thought, felt, or believed about “Nature” or the “environment,” including wilderness, natural resources, gardens, agriculture, non-human animals, and their relation to human settlements (including villages, towns, cities, suburbs, and exurbs)
SUSTAINABLE USE OF RESOURCES: considering economies, political systems, and other social and cultural formations in terms of subsistence, sustainability, use of resources, and engagement with ecosystems
POWER AND DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES: thinking about power in terms of the control and distribution of natural resources, including both access to resources and exposure to harmful conditions
NARRATIVE: examining a variety of approaches to environmental history, that is, historiography, and what it means to do this in 2019 under the shadow of climate change

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