Connecting what we have been learning about WWI with African American history, this week’s homework takes a look at the role played by Black soldiers during the war. The reading also deals with some of the social, economic, and political obstacles Black Americans faced during the period of the war (1914-1918).
Questions will be passed out in class. The reading is below as a PDF
World War I had a dramatic impact on human civilization as a whole along with the millions of individuals who experienced it in some way. Select one of the following personas and write a letter home as if you were them in 1918, as the war is close to ending.
Your letter should be at least 3 paragraphs long. Feel free to describe how your character perceived the war, what they thought of the war, personal feelings on specific events in the war, etc. You are allowed to make things up as long as they do not contradict historical facts you have learned about WWI so far.
Imperialism had a dramatic affect on the world, especially on those nations that were dominated in Africa or Asia. Pick one of the following countries and write 5-7 sentences describing how it was affected by European imperialism from 1880-1950.
6. South Africa
7. If there is another country you would like to do, just ask!
Industrialization and its need for raw materials and natural resources led to Europeans colonizing African (and Asian) nations. The use of these raw materials back in Europe helped create more and more wealth but mostly for Europeans.
Use the two maps of Africa below to write a 5 sentence paragraph explaining which European nations were taking which raw materials. Do at least 4 different nations.
We have discussed six early inventions that allowed the textile industry to become the first real “industry” in the late 18th century.
Select ONE of the following inventions critical to the industrial revolution for your research. You are to create a mini-poster highlighting the invention, its impact on society, and include a picture of it.
You will be graded on the usefulness of the information provided, the creativity of the poster, and the general quality of both.
FOR EXTRA CREDIT: Make the poster FULL SIZE and include more information!
1. 1794 Cotton Gin by Eli Whitney
2. 1804 steam locomotive by Richard Trevithick
3. 1810 printing press by Frederick Koenig
4. 1819 electromagnet by William Sturgeon
5. 1829 typewriter by William Austin Burt
6. 1830 sewing machine by Barthelemy Thimonnier
7. 1831 reaper by Cyrus H. McCormick
8. 1831 electric dynamo by Michael Faraday
9. 1834 wrench by Solymon Merrick
10. 1836 revolver by Samuel Colt
11. 1841 stapler by Samuel Slocum
12. 1845 pneumatic tire by Robert William Thomson
13. 1853 manned glider by George Cayley
14. 1857 sleeping car by George Pullman
15. 1861 bicylce by Pierre Michaux
16. 1866 dynamite by Alfred Nobel
17. 1868 tungsten steel by Robert Mushet
18. 1868 air brakes by George Westinghouse
19. 1876 internal combustion engine by Nicholaus August Otto
20. 1880 light bulb by Thomas Edison
21. 1884 steam turbine by Charles Parson
22. 1892 diesel engine by Rudolf Diesel
23. 1893 zipper by L.L. Judson
24. 1895 motion picture by Lumiere brothers