Thomas Frank Questions

  1. Do you find that anti-intellectualism is a result of poor education or a reaction to the stereotype of upper class citizens being intellectuals?
  2. Is it true that ordinary working class-people have no power over the culture they live in?
  3. Do we as Americans determine our party affiliations based on morals or economics? Why?
  4. Why was the red state/blue state idea so popular among the media?
  5. Frank downplays race as a motive for the migration of the working class to the Republican party, choosing instead to focus on culture. Is he ignoring root causes when he does this?
  6. Frank uses abortion as a major event that turned workers away from the Democratic Party. Were they already primed to turn away after the Civil Rights Era, or was Roe v Wade truly that traumatic?
  7. Under what conditions does the backlash + free market coalition fracture?

Links for Posts with Draft #2 of the Sugrue/Cowie Paper

As before, drop them in the comments.

UPDATE: I just finished adding notes to the first four papers with links that have appeared in the comments below.  One of the advantages of doing it this way is that when you post a comment, I get an e-mail so I know when I can go back and add notes again.  So please add those links as they’re ready.  I’m willing read and add notes to drafts through next Tuesday evening.

Doing my job.

I have now added comments to all papers that I could access, including those of you who didn’t leave a link in that post meant for links. As I said last week, Tuesday will be a thesis discussion in the old room followed by commenting for the rest of the period from wherever you can get wifi. I have changed the due date for the final paper to 3/31.  Research paper progress reports are due at the same time. Schedule.

For all of you who weren’t there this morning or have already forgot, everybody who went off to watch basketball promised me they’d review six papers on people’s blogs and leave comments by the end of Spring Break. I’ll be looking for those comments when I start reading the same Cowie/Sugrue drafts next Thursday evening. The Tuesday when we come back we’ll start in the regular classroom to discuss thesis statements then break for scattering across the library where the wifi actually works so that we can post second drafts on our blogs and start annotating them.

Cowie questions.

1. If so much occurred politically during the 1970s, how do so many historians mistake it as a “lost decade”?

2. Was the decline of the unions and working class inevitable, and the unions were unable to see it?

3. If the unions had been more willing to negotiate and less stagnant in their leadership, might they have survived?

4. Were race and class a “zero-sum” political game?

Instructions for group review on next paper.

1. Open your Chrome browser. Go here. Then get the Chrome extension.

2. You’re going to need a account. It’s free. Enter your email and create a password in order to get one.

3. When you have a draft paper ready, cut and paste that paper into a blog post. Then leave a link to the blog post where that paper resides (not your whole blog, click on the title of the post and use THAT URL) in the comments to the draft paper blog post I leave on this blog.

4. Visit as many of your fellow students’ blogs as you can. You can insert comments into those pages on the layer using the Chrome extension first by signing and clicking that extension in the right-hand corner of your browser. That will make the highlights where the notes reside visible. When you move the cursor over the highlighted part and click, the notes will appear in the sidebar. You can reply to existing notes or create new notes of your own by highlighting different text.

5. Final versions of each paper should once again be e-mailed to me as an ordinary Word file.

Sugrue Discussion Questions

1. During the deindustrialization of Detroit, did politics or economics play a larger role?

2. How did Detroit’s white residents abandoning their ethnic affiliations and embracing their new whiteness impact the city?

3. With the discrimination that African Americans in Detroit faced, combined with the multiple recessions Detroit faced during the 50s, how come there wasn’t another migration of African Americans out of Detroit?

4. Why are black Detroiters less powerful than employers, white workers and homeowners?

5. Do you believe that “White Flight” was a direct result of racism, or instead a reaction to the fear of racism and its economic and social effects?

6. In what ways was the ghetto not just a physical term, but an ideological one?