Dear Readers:

 

The narrative histories for the 2008 academic year are edited and posted to the web in this seventh edition of “Tell Me a Story.”  The best narratives from the Spring 2008 class in Historiography met the standards for excellence in history set in the course and so are presented here as a gateway to take their readers on a trip through time.

 

The story of the journey that students pass through in this class has gone national!  You can read about the learning that takes place in this class in my article “History in the Trenches:  Teaching the Undergraduate Capstone Course” published in the April 2009 Edition of the American Historical Association’s Perspectives.  The course is based on a “tiered” process where students practice the steps that lead to the writing, presentation, and publication of a serious piece of historical research.

 

The research of the student authors at Lourdes College in the Spring 2008 semester was far-ranging.  Three of the histories in the 7th edition of our journal come from modern popular culture.  We learn of the ups and downs of stardom in the modern spotlight in studies of  John Lennon, the Beatles, and the Wonderful World of Walt Disney.

 

Like historians through the ages, one of our student authors looked at what connects soldiers in wars across the centuries in his study of young men At Gallipoli in World War I and in Modern Day Iraq.

 

Three other students wrote on the theme of the resiliency of people in the face of horrific suffering – and so we learn about the Struggle of the Scots-Irish in Europe and America, the Russian People and Their Battle Against Hitler, and the Internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II . We also learn about how a resilient young man named  Charles Stuart – a prince who had seen his own father executed by his subjects and who spent much of his young life in exile – regained the throne of England as King Charles II.

 

With the standards for HST 430: Historiography set so high, each narrative that is published in the seventh edition of “Tell Me a Story” is an excellent one.  So it makes choosing the “Best Narrative” another tough decision.  This year the award for “Best Narrative” goes to Daniel Subleski for his thoughtful piece on “The Greatness of George Washington.”

 

 

 

-- Mary Stockwell

 

 

 

 

© Mary Stockwell 2009

 

 

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