Thursday, April 03, 2008

Another Reason I'm Loving My Post-45 Class Right Now

Now that it's been a little while since we've bid President Kennedy a bittersweet adieu in this class, I can present them with these quotes:
Over the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even more profound today. That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.
I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.
-Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg

And these similar images:

And briefly parse and discuss.

They're going to get the similarities and the spirit behind Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg's quotes immediately. But I want them to think about what we've discussed about the Kennedy legacy versus the Kennedy legend and re-evaluate the comparison and what it might mean to and for Senator Obama. There are some other ways I want to go with this, too, but I have to work out all my questions for next week.

Connections. Relevancy. A history teacher's dream!


HB said...

elle, I miss you too! and I think there really might be something to the kennedy/obama comparison -- interesting to compare more media images/catchphrases for both of them.

also, can I beg you for a labor history reading list? have I done this before? now that I'm working in labor girlfriend needs to educate herself!

miss you, petit [too lazy to sign out of my google ID]

(ps what did you make with the strawberries?)

elle said...

yes ma'am --any specific focus? southern? women? certain time period?

and we did have them with pancakes!

but that champagne recipe oyster mentioned, i'm so trying that!

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