Chapter I: Foundations

Blog Assignment#1: This is the first chapter of your blog project. The goal, once you have picked an American city or town upon which to focus, is to write 300 to 350 words that explain the early history of the place: 1) The surrounding geography and environment (climate, fauna, and flora) that drew people there,…

Chapter II: Industries

    Blog Assignment#2: This is the second chapter of your blog project. The goal, now that you have picked an American city or town upon which to focus, is to write 300 to 350 words to explore and explain the major industries that shaped the area. Every place has a history of industry to…

Chapter III: Cultures Old and New

Blog Assignment#3: This is the third chapter of your blog project. The goal is for you to present research on the cultural history of the place you selected for your blog project. In 300 to 350 words, explore and explain two or more cultures that have impacted the history of the place. Try to show…

Chapter IV: The Art of Place

Blog Assignment#3: This is the third chapter of your blog project. The goal is for you to present research on the aesthetic personality of the place you’ve chosen. In 300 to 350 words, attempt to describe and capture the art and style that makes your place unique. Some cities are famous for specific styles of…

A Blog Project: The Geography of Self

This is a blog project for a course in post-1900 American literature. As with any nation’s history, geography, cartography, architecture, and language play central roles in defining the cultural identity of a place. A sense of place comes from the land, from the words we use to name place–rivers, mountains, bays, cities, and buildings–and from…