Jan 29 Introduction to Course,
with Technology Orientation
Introduction: Dr. Reed Stewart opening notes
Interactive TV environment & Threaded Discussion: Alan
Girelli PowerPoint Presentation
Requirements of the Course: Bobby Robinson notes
Feb. 5: Peoples
Native Americans and First English Settlers:
Eric Johnson, Mass. Historical
Native Americans of Massachusetts
Language, lifeways, society,
Native American Landscapes
An example, Pocumtuck
Wigwams or wetus
Yearly cycle of settlement and subsistence
Communal ownership of land
The mythic landscape
Homeland and house
English settlers in Massachusetts
Contrasts in attitudes,
Epidemic disease, "Widowed
Transformations of the environment
Immigration to Massachusetts:
An example from Cape Cod
Native American landscape
New economy, domestic animals,
forest to dune
Dr. Westy A. Egmont,
International Institute of Boston,
Dreams of Freedom, Boston's Immigration Museum
Born Outside, English
as a Second Language,
and Race1, Ethnicity
I. Four Motivations
II.Video: The Last Resort
III.Four Distinct Centuries
IV.Today's Diverse Population: 1 in 9
V. Benchmarks of a Century
Feb. 12: Physical Geography:
Dr. Richard Gelpke,
Prof. Earth and Geographic Sciences,
University of Mass.
Power Point Presentation
Mass History- Digital Images
Images (Print Landscape)
I. Location of Massachusetts
II. North American Geology
I. How We Got Here
A. Regions of
V. Climate and Weather
VII. Resulting Natural Landscape
Feb 19: Off Campus Research, Unit Development
Feb. 26: Development of Towns and Cities:
Michael Steinitz, Director, Survey and Planning,Mass. Historical
Power Point Presentation
The Massachusetts Settlement Landscape: the Development
1) Towns, parishes, precincts and plantations
- the framework of settlement
2) The domestic landscape –
- dividing the land
- creating farms and farmsteads
3) The public landscape –
- town centers
- meeting house, common and burial ground
4) The commercial landscape
- roads and turnpikes
- the growth of villages and hamlets
5) The urban landscape
- the seaport towns and the maritime world
6) The legacy of the landscape
- myths and images that reshape the past
- preserving the landscape
March 5: Economic Transitions: From Farm
Dr. Laurence Gross,
Professor Economic and Social Development University of Mass. Lowell
From Farm to Factory,
From New England Village to the City of Lowell Village Life
Moral Economy, Barter
War of 1812
New Ways of Life
Factory Production in Lowell
Harnessing the Merrimack
Work for Wages
Supply and Demand
End of Reciprocal Responsbilities
March 12: Economic Transitions: From Maritime
Trades to Factory:
Dr. Len Travers,Professor
of History, University of Mass. Dartmouth
New Bedford 1838
From Maritime to Factory: A Tale of Several Cities.
I. Prologue: Jefferson’s Nightmare.
A. History of a Loser: The story of Mayo Greenleaf Patch.
B. From a family economy to a labor market.
II. Pawtuket, R.I.
A. Surf and Turf: A Diversified Economy.
B. Slater’s Mill (1790) changes everything.
1. A textile town.
2. Class consciousness.
3. The old order passeth.
4. Middle-class morality.
5 Alarums, excursions, and strikes (oh my!).
III. New Bedford
A. Small town with a Niche Industry.
B. Big Oil, nineteenth-century style.
1. New Bedford becomes a one-industry town.
C. Reshaping the social profile.
D. Manufacturing - a hard sell in New Bedford.
1. Resisting technology.
2. Resisting immigrants.
3. Disaster is the key.
IV. Conclusions (sort of).
Steve Kocur, a member of our class at the Dartmouth campus, is a
graduate of UMass. Dartmouth and Simmons College who is certified
at the secondary level to teach History, English and Social Studies
and Moderate Special Needs K thru 9. He is presently teaching Grade
7 Social Studies at Old Rochester Regional Jr. High in Mattapoisett.
Prior to teaching , he worked from 1980 to 1988 as a Museum Site
Supervisor of Interpretation and Museum Educator at Plimoth Plantation.
He has been recognized for Excellence in Teaching Social Studies
by the MA Council for Social Studies, was chosen Runner up MA Teacher
of the Year in 1999 by the Dept. of Education, and received the
Excellence in Inclusive Education Award by the Dept. of Mental Retardation
Steve has prepared Maritime to Factory classroom ideas on his own
website as a follow-up to Professor Travers¹ presentation.
March 19: Lowell Women and Change in Society:
Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell
Lowell as a Case Study of Reforms in Society in Early Nineteenth-Century
1. Review: Place and the Birth and Growth of Lowell, the Industrial
2. Flaws in the System
· Beginnings of unrest: early turnouts
· Education reform debates (over public funding for Irish
3. The New Culture
· Public library, churches, theaters, lyceums, other cultural
amenities in Lowell
· The Lowell Offering and other literary magazines
4. Tensions Rise: Reform and Protest in Mid-Century Massachusetts
· Voice of Industry as a mouthpiece for labor reformers
· The Ten-Hour Movement
· Health and safety issues in textile manufacturing cities
· Lowell and the anti-slavery movement
· Concord and Cambridge writers and reform movements
women’s rights movement
March 26: Unit Development: Sharing Session
Power Point B. Robinson
Outline of Units:
Mike & Kathy Borges
Steve Kocur http://orr.mec.edu/~skocur/unit.htm
Mike Leonard http://mleonard.home.mindspring.com/somerset.unit.htm
Mike Leonard Resources
2: Slavery, Discrimination, Civil War and Abolition:
Kathryn Grover, Historian, New Bedford
FUGITIVES, WHALING, AND THE ANTEBELLUM COASTING
THE CASE OF NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS
1. Statistical view of population
of color in New Bedford, 1850
a. Comparisons to other northern port cities, 1850
i. percent born in slave states
ii. percent nonwhite population of total population
iii. percent nonwhite population change, 1850-60
2. Triangulating primary sources on possible slave-state
3. The antebellum Atlantic coastal trade
a. difficulty of overland travel along southern
Atlantic coast vs. facility of waterborne travel
b. vitality and nature of New Bedford coastal trade
with southern ports
c. kin, political, and economic connections between
southeastern MA and southern merchants
4. Ubiquity of people of color in maritime trades, North
a. existence of documented fugitive assistants
among maritime workers in North and South
b. fugitives’ awareness of maritime, customs,
coastal trade routes, sympathetic crew and captains to plan escapes
5. Extent of fugitive traffic as reported in southern press
and secondary historical accounts
6. Extent of fugitive presence, as reported by contemporaries,
in New Bedford, 1830s-1850s
7. Documented presence of fugitives on New Bedford whaling
vessels to 1863
April 9: State and Regional Systems:
Water, Energy, Transportation
Dr.Jack Looney, Chair, Earth and Geographic Sciences, University
of Mass. Boston
WW I and WW II
Sector / Wedge
Edge city formation
April 16: Unit Development Presentations;
Reed-End of course tie-together
Draft Unit Evaluation