Use what you’ve learned so far in class to search the historical London Times database (held by Galvin library–look under “databases” tab) for the 4 most important or interesting articles you find on the history of cholera and industrialization in the UK in the 18th and 19th c. The idea of this exercise is to try to get a better sense of the events we’ve been reading about and talking about so far.
Next, in a short essay (300-600 words) explain the historical significance of the articles you chose, focusing on telling us how your chosen articles show change over time (so try to pick articles from different time periods) and what new insight they help lead us to. For instance, what do you learn from these articles that you didn’t know from reading The Ghost Map?
Your short essay is due in a comment posted here by September 8th at 5pm. In order to make a comment you’ll need to fill in the boxes below and create a username. Feel free to use a pseudonym if you’re not comfortable using your real name, but please stick to the same username for the duration of the course so I can tell whose entries are whose.
When citing your articles, give the title of the article and the date it was published. You may use parenthetical citations in your essay text–giving a short form of the article title and the date. Then, list the full article title and date it was published at the end of your essay in a “sources cited” section. Please also give links to the London Times articles you used in your “sources cited” section, but be sure to include the title and date since there’s a chance the links won’t work given the way Galvin employs proxy servers to grant access.
Your comment will not show up immediately after you post it. I will read them over and make 3-5 of the best comments visible for the rest of the class to read on September 9th.
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