|History 284: Hawaiian History
SPRING 2012 (last updated 3/9/12)
|Instructor: Colette Higgins
(A Person's Place in History)
Historians often use written sources from the time period being studied, we call these primary sources. But do primary sources need to be written documents? This assignment will help you assess the value of other historical sources (i.e. historical sites, oral histories).
- Choose an event or time period in Hawai'i's history between 1940 and 1990. Some possibilities might include: immigration experience, sugar plantation life, working at the pineapple cannery, labor union strikes, the Pearl Harbor attack, living under Martial Law during World War II, the 44nd Infantry Regiment, Statehood, the growth of tourism, or the Hawaiian Renaissance. This list is not exhaustive, feel free to choose a research topic of interest to you, especially if you have access to a person who can share his/her experience and/or a place that is relevant to your topic.
- Do some preliminary research on your chosen topic using your textbook, internet resources and a vist to the library.
- Visit a place that is relevant to your topic. For example, if you're interested in immigration or sugar plantation life, you could visit Hawaii's Plantation Village in Waipahu. If you're interested in Martial Law, you could visit the Hawaii Army Museum in Waikiki. Alternatively, you may want to think about a place you'd like to visit, then determine which part of that place's history between 1940 and 1990 you'd like to focus your research on. By the time you submit your Part I, you should have made your site visit.
- Interview someone who remembers the event or time period you're researching. Alternatively, you could use transcripts or video recordings of oral histories done by others. By the time you submit your Part II, you should have completed your interview, or read a transcript/viewed a video of an oral history interview.
- Choose one of the three options provided for Part III to present what you've learned about the event or time period between 1940 and 1990 that you've researched. Be sure to incorporate something you learned from your site visit and from a person's oral history.
Citing Historical Sources
During your research journey be sure to keep track of all your sources. For Part I, include evidence (i.e. photo, receipt, ticket) of a place visited and the date you visited. For Part II, include name of person interviewed, or transcript/video information, and date interviewed. For Part III, you will submit an
annotated bibliography, which means, in addition to the typical MLA bibliographical
citation (i.e. author, title, city, publisher, year published if it's a book), you need to also provide a
brief explanation on how each source helped you. I am interested in all the sources that you’ve consulted for
all three parts (i.e. books, articles, videos, internet sites, historical
Three Part Writing Process (worth 150 points total)
Part I (25 points) This will be an exploratory paper where you explore your thoughts about the site. Explain why you chose
this historical site and how it helps you understand the event or time period you've chosen to research. Before visiting the site, I recommend that you do some preliminary research to make your visit more worthwhile. Did you learn anything interesting or unexpected on your site visit? This first paper is like a diary
entry where you're "talking to self." I'm looking for insight into your thought process, and a
narrative of your journey so far.
Don't worry about grammar, spelling, and organization for this
part. Format: one side of a page, single spaced, one
inch margins, 300-500 words.* Please use the last four digits of your UH identification number, rather than your name, to identify your paper. Provide proof of your site visit on a separate sheet of paper with your name on it. Late papers will not be accepted. Due: Wednesday, February 8th
Part II (50 points) This
will be a letter to the interviewee . You should thank him/her for the opportunity to listen to his/her stories. Be sure to include the name of the person and the date the interview was conducted. You should be very specific about the stories that you found interesting, exciting, facinating, touching, etc. In other words, you need to tell the interviewee how his/her stories have impacted you, so you will need to explain to this person what you've learned from him/her. Since this is a letter, you may use first person references
(i.e. I, me, my). You will be
graded on organization, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Format: double spaced, one inch margins, 500-700 words.* Please use the last four digits of your UH identification number, rather than your name, to identify your paper. Late papers will not be accepted.
Due: Wednesday, March 21st
Part III (worth 75 points) Write an essay, a
dialogue, or a vignette. In this final paper you will
demonstrate a deeper historical understanding about your chosen research topic. You will incorporate a variety of sources, including your site visit and your oral history source.
choose to write an essay,
you will develop a thesis and support it in a typical research paper
format. Imagine that you’re
writing for a scholarly journal and the theme for that edition is: People & Places in History. You will develop a thesis statement,
then support it with data uncovered through research.
choose to write a dialogue,
you will need to identify at least two people who will have an imagined conversation
(one being a person connected to your research). It will read much like a script for a play, or a transcript of
an interview. Imagine that your
written dialogue will be performed as a live play at a high school
or middle school. The curriculum
objective is to have students appreciate the value of learning about people who
came before us.
choose to write a vignette,
you will be telling a story. You
could describe behaviors, thoughts, and events from an historical character's
perspective. This format also provides
the option of a narrator's voice (i.e. someone telling the story, but not
necessarily involved in it).
Imagine that your vignette will be published in one of KCC’s student
journals and your audience knows nothing about Hawaiian history.
grammar, spelling and punctuation will be graded in this third part. You must also resubmit your graded
Parts I & II, and provide an annotated bibliography (all in a non-plastic
folder). Format: double spaced, one inch margins,
800-1000 words, although it is understood that the
dialogue or vignette may be substantially longer for scene setting reasons.* Late papers will be accepted, but there will be a
five-point penalty for each class day that a paper is late. Due: Monday, April 30th
*Please identify the font
& provide a word count at the end of each part.
(e.g. Times New Roman 930 words)