History discussion

I would like to use the opportunity that comes with this History 240 course to introduce you to the KQED website known as the California Report (I hope some of you know about it already). This is a radio program that is on the air for a few minutes in the morning and is a half hour program on Friday afternoon. You do not have to listen to it on the radio; you can use the website to browse all kinds of interesting and informative stories and podcasts.

When you go to the website link for the “California Report” below, as you scroll down you will see many recent articles/reports on a variety of topics having to do with California issues/experiences.

Link KQED California Report

I would like you to choose a report/article/podcast that catches your attention and complete a 300 word response on the topic/story you have chosen. Remember to include two quotes from your choice and include two peer replies. Below are some guidelines to follow as you compose your response:
• Put the TITLE of your choice at the top of the paper with the date it appeared.

  • Why did you choose THIS article/ video/ podcast?
  • What is the article about?
  • What is its connection to life in California?
  • Is it focusing on something unique to the state?
  • Does the topic connect personally to your own life?
  • Do you have a response to the topic that is similar or different to the author?
  • Did you learn something that you didn’t know before?

Specific Instructions

  • Your response should be at least 300 words long and use correct grammar and spelling.
  • Please include at least two quotes (with page numbers) from the report to support your argument.
  • You will not be able to see the responses of your classmates until you have submitted your post.
  • Once you have submitted, read and respond with at least two peer replies.
  • This is a graded discussion so please consult the rubric below. To start responding click the reply button at the bottom of this page.


History Discussion

Please read the course materials for the week and then participate in this discussion by answering ONE of the following questions. Your response should be a minimum of 250 words

  • (1) How did the Industrial Revolution transform people’s daily lives? Be sure to include sanitation and labor.
  • (2) How do Burke and Hare illustrate the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution?
  • (3) The following quote from Jaques Barzun’s From Dawn to Decadence addresses the railroad. Discuss the impact of the railroad on daily lives or on the Industrial Revolution. In what ways did locomotion create a technological transformation for humanity as a whole – at least in the areas where it existed?
    • “At first, machinery affected only those who organized its use and the men and women who worked in factories. But by 1830 a different type of machine came into being that changed the life and the minds of all peoples. The memory of it is nearly gone, but it was the completest change in human experience since the nomadic tribes became rooted in one spot to grow grain and raise cattle; it was in effect a reversal of that settling down. Locomotion by the force of steam, the railroad, uprooted mankind and made of it individual nomads again.” (Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life (New York: HarperCollins, 2000), 539)
  • Read “Dirt, Waste and Revulsion: How Cultures Cope with Leftovers and Mess” (experts discuss and contextualize Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life).
  • Read “Lighting the Industrial Revolution” by Peter Lewis.
  • Read “History of Railways in Britain.”
  • View the charts from “Spread of Railways in [the] 19th Century.”
  • Read up to “Mapmaking and Printing” of History of Railroads and Maps.
  • Read “The British Industrial Revolution
  • Read “The Worlds of Burke and Hare” by Lisa Rosner.
  • Read “Henry L. Gantt and Frederick Taylor: The Pioneers of Scientific Management” by Peter B. Darmody.