History discussion questions

Discussion topic: respond to ONE of the two questions posted by the instructor by Wednesday; and to at least one other student’s response by Sunday.

Answers must be meaningful and relevant; please do not respond by simply saying”I agree” or “I disagree” without explanation.

1. This week after reading Chapter 9 and the online readings:

Many Americans have formed their mental images of the Old South form the movie of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Was her portrait of the antebellum South accurate? Was the region merely a land of large cotton plantations worked by hundreds mostly contented black slaves? [Please read the question carefully, it does not ask you watch the film in order to take part in the discussion]

Include some reflection after reading “Gouge and Bite” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. article.

2. The Underground Railroad by Levi Coffin 1850 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
What is the duty of a citizen? When something, morally questionable or even morally wrong, is sanctioned and even actively supported by the government, where does the duty of the citizen lie? Does the citizen oppose the government outright and thereby jeopardize his livelihood and his family’s welfare, or does the good citizen obey the government? Is the answer somewhere in between?

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