History, Sharecropping, and the Shack Up Inn

Last week, Time named Ruddy Roye (@ruddyroye) its Instagram photographer of 2016. The same week, they unveiled Donald Trump as their 2016 Person of the Year. Today, I want to briefly discuss how we can bring one of Ruddy Roye’s photographs into the classroom, specifically into the literature classroom. In an upcoming post, I will write about how we can bring ¬†Nadav Kander’s portrait of Trump that appears on the cover of Time into the composition classroom. Today, though, I want to focus on Roye’s portrait of Robert Scott.

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Tumblr Projects in the Literature Classroom

Last month, I published “Tumblr, Blogger, and Wikis in the Literature Classroom.” Today, I want to briefly discuss that post then share with you some of the products that students created in my literature survey courses. For the assignment, I gave each group (two students each) a term or historical event.¬†Each group had to have three aspects to their presentation/Tumblr post.

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George S. Schuyler’s “Black No More” and Identity

220px-george_schuylerIn the light of the recent election, we need to read George S. Schuyler’s biting satire Black no More (1931), especially amidst the type of rhetoric that appeared during and after the November 8, 2016. Schuyler’s novel focuses on Max Disher, a black man who, through the technology of Dr. Junius Crookman, becomes white and rises to power in a white nationalist organization (Knights of Nordica) under the name of Matthew Fisher. Today, I want to focus on a brief aspect of the novel that falls in line with what Charles W. Chesnutt would do in his final two novels which did not appear until decades after his death. In Paul Marchand F.M.C. and The Quarry, Chesnutt uses the novels to show that the social construction of race is nothing but a sham and that environment plays a major role in one’s place in society.

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