HIS 135
Unit 12:  Your Personal Choice

In the middle of the night of 2 February 1969--I am no longer sure about the exact day--a loud crash shook the town of Slatington, Pennsylvania. A freight train, pulled by a bunch of Alco "snowbird" engines, had derailed on the Lehigh Valley Railroad's mainline, smashing up several freight cars and demolishing the Slatington depot. Pictured in the background is Railroad Street. The towering tan building on the left was the Bittner House, once a prestigious hotel and a beautiful building. It burned to the ground in a spectacular blaze that could be seen for miles around one night in the 1970s.
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What you must do in this unit
  • Submit your first Personal Choice assignment. (You should plan on doing assignments worth at least 150 points, but you may do more.) You must check with me to approve about your choice first. Please make sure to watch the short video about this assignment.
What you can do in this unit
  • Christopher Du (Fall 2017) created this nice timeline on Spam!
  • Please read about a former student's experiences in the counter-cultural revolution in the 1960s in the United States, including some comments about life on a commune. I couldn't figure out where to put this in the course. So I opted for the personal choice section.
  • Check out the website created by Andrew Cox on the 1958 NFL Championship.
  • Mayara Alwan has created a nice timeline on Walt Disney.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
  • History of the Muppets (I wanted to find a place that I could get the Muppets into the course; this will have to be it.)
  • For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the URL and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
Extra Credit Options
  • This is an optional assignment that you can do. It is also part of my HIS 242 course. Read Lawrence Scott Sheets, 8 Pieces of Empire: A 20-Year Journey through the Soviet Collapse and submit the one-page assignment paper for a maximum of 100 points.
  • For extra credit up to 5 points, I am collecting pictures of McDonalds restaurants from locations around the world (not in the US) for some remarks about the spread of pop culture in the world. If you are willing to send any photos (It must be a photo that you have taken yourself.), you will receive credit if I use the photo. Please attach the photo to an email to me at cevans@nvcc.edu.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
Unit Learning Objectives
  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) demonstrate your knowledge of the importance of one selected, specific historical event of the past seventy years and (2) demonstrate your ability to work with an online digital tool.

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