As you are reading the book, think about how each of the quotes below relates to the material.
- “They’ll have that whistle stopped or make them move their plant.”
- “From the warm bed into the biting cold: Father and mother and Manuel and Jose, And Joachim and Dolores and little Angelina, And run, buttoning their clothes to the cannery, Teeth chattering all the way, Leaving only the babies at home with the grandma, Sleeping till day.”
- “It is cold and they shiver and cough, and the hands become slow; And here a boy’s finger the keen knife slits to the bone, And there a girl totters, Gone faint from the icy chill of the blood-freezing water.”
- “There will be money now for the men to guzzle and gamble, Silk stockings for the girls and high-heeled shoes, Candy and gum to make the children gay. And for the mothers, The bread to buy and the meat, And the rent to pay.”
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“Almost half a century after its total destruction in the Second World War, the Wehrmacht remains a major bone of contention in the scholarship on the Third Reich. Was it merely a military organization which carried out its orders with remarkable professional skill, or a highly politicized army? Was it a haven from the regime or an exceptionally effective school of National Socialism? Did it pose a threat to Hitler’s rule or was it rather his most formidable instrument? Were the generals hampered in their endeavors to topple the regime by the troops’ loyalty to the Führer, or was it the army’s senior officers who insisted on motivating the rank and file by large doses of National Socialist ideology? Briefly, was the Wehrmacht Hitler’s army? The following pages will argue that the only way to approach this question is by a careful anatomy of the German army. This will be done by proposing four theses on the war experience, social organization, motivation, and perception of reality of Germany’s soldiers. By examining the attitudes of both the higher and the lower echelons of the army, this book will attempt to gage the degree to which the Wehrmacht constituted an integral part of state and society in the Third Reich.”
This part begins with Louisiana and the Orleans territory
Response / Thought Quotes
- “Governor Claiborne thought the people of Louisiana wealthy and generally honest but “uninformed, indolent, luxurious—in a word, illy fitted to be useful citizens of the Republic.””
- “I fear the trial by Jury, the introduction of oral testimony, the Admission of Attorneys &c will illy comport with the former habits of the People, and that the Court, (as I have been) will be accused by the designing few, of making injurious innovations on the Spanish Law.”
- “Their choice in form and details notably restricted expressions of the popular will. If the transfer to the United States had introduced a measure of universal white male suffrage, the expressed use of this right under the new constitution would be limited.”
- Describe the beginning evolution of the general area of the Louisiana and Orleans territory prior to the Louisiana Purchase
- In what ways was Louisiana the “exception” to territorial development?
- What were the most significant aspects of the Louisiana Purchase (other than simply size)
- Who was William Charles Cole Claiborne and what was his significance to territorial development in the old Southwest
- What was the Territory of Orleans? What was the territory of Louisiana? How did they evolve prior to statehood?
- How were the District of Arkansas and the Territory of North Louisiana formed?
- How was the Territory of Arkansaw (later Arkansas Territory) established?
- What misunderstanding did American officials persist with in regards to the Louisiana Territory?
- Explain and Expand: “Remonstrance of the People of Louisiana against the Political System Adopted by Congress for Them.”
- Explain and Expand: “Governor Claiborne attempted both to carry out his instructions from Washington and, at the same time, to placate the residents of Louisiana.”
- React and Respond: “Indians were largely ignored except where they made trouble.”
- In what ways did slavery and the New Orleans slave trade impact the organization of Lousiana
- Compare and Contrast: the county and township structure and the duties apportioned to various units of government between Louisiana and the territories created under the Northwest Ordinance
- What was the “police jury”?
- Explain and Expand: “A basic concern of all parishes, all police juries, and the government of the territory itself was control of the slave population.”
- Affirm or Refute: “This twenty years of growth in the West was remarkable for national expansion through diplomacy” from a non-European perspective
- Who was William Henry Harrison and how did he impact relations between the United States and Native Americans
- Explain and Expand: the relationship between the institution of slavery and William Henry Harrison
- Explain and Expand: “The War of 1812, brought on in part by the perceived connection between Indian depredations and British advisors moving south from Canada, intersected with the attractive opportunity to seize Canada while the British were occupied in a life and death struggle against Napoleon Bonaparte in Europe.”
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