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Alfred Young maintained that “The American Revolution was not a plebian revolution, but there was a powerful plebian current within it” (206). Using Young’s book and at least two of the Fourth of July speeches listed on the syllabus, please answer the following questions: How did the agenda of the Revolution change over the course of the conflict? Why did others find it a powerful symbol on which to draw?
For this assignment, you are required to watch, read and listen to resources on the 1968 Ethnic Studies strikes. The following questions are guiding questions, and I am looking more for your opinion on the issue. While the below is organized by resources, the information for questions can be found in all the resources. This assignment is worth 50 points and will be graded based on insights provided to the questions. Youtube Clip:Reflection on the youtube clip:What did you see? What stood out for you from the clip? Why?What information did you gather from the clip? The Student Strike That Changed Higher Ed Forever-What was the two-pronged approach of the BSU? -When did the SF State strikes begin?-What makes the strikes so unique? Podcast: Code Switch: The Long, Bloody Strike For Ethnic Studies
-(about 3:15 and about 16:40) Why did this strike “pop-off”? Who was George Murray and what role did he play? – (about 8:20) What did the BSU do to organize more people for the strike? Why was this important to them? -(about 12:20) What was the third world liberation front? -(about 15:00) What role did white alleys/people play in the strike? -(about 15:20) What year did the strikes take place? What other relatable events were happening in the world at that time (this may take some research)? In your opinion, how do all events relate to the strikes?-(about 19:35) How many demands did the BSU have? How many did the third liberation world front? What were some of BSU’s demands? What were some of the demands of the third liberation front? -(about 20:50) What were some of the strategies the organizers used to gain attention and momentum for this cause? -(about 21:00..) What was the stance of the President at that time, Robert Smith? What was his approach? What role did the police play? One interviewer said that the police tactics got more people involved in the strikes, why do you think that happened?-(about 26:00) What was the stance of the new President, S.I. Hayakawa? – (about 31:25 and before) According to Jason Ferreira, what are the levels of sacrifice the strikers took on for the fight for Ethnic Studies? -(about 32:00) What demands/concessions were met as a result of the strikes? Which were not met? -(about 33:00) Why did Jerry Vernado not see this as victory? What are your thoughts about his stance on this? Personal Reflection: What stands out more to you about the strikes?
How does this relate you and your education?
What questions stand for you about the strikes and the movement for ethnic studies?