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       irene Dispatch

Semester 2

(The US in the
20th Century)

irene Archives
Semester 1:
The US through the 19th Century

Stage One: In Search of American Roots

09/13/00:Tug of war
Trekker Irene explains what it's like to be caught in the middle of another country's politics as she explores her Taiwanese/Chinese heritage.

10/04/00: The Quakers: peaceful individuals or radical rebels?
Irene attends a Quaker meeting and school and learns about William Penn. She discusses how Penn's 'Holy Experiment' has shaped American History for the better.


Stage Two: The Birth of the United States
(no Irene kids dispatches)


Stage Three: Expansion & Reaction
(no Irene kids dispatches)


Stage Four: Civil War & Reconstruction

11/29/00: Who wants to be an American idol?
Irene soaks up the atmosphere in Huntington, Long Island, New York, the birthplace of America's foremost poet, Walt Whitman.

11/29/00: Having a whale of a time
Irene endures a journey to Nantucket, MA to discover the lost glory days of whaling in the 19th century and to visit the place that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick.

12/02/00: The real scoop on Spielburg's "Amistad"
Irene uncovers the myths and truths about the celebrated Amistad revolt, when 53 African slaves overthrew their captors and ended up in the Supreme Court,defended by former President John Quincy Adams.

12/02/00: A brilliant former slave speaks out against slavery
Fredrick Douglass, once an illiterate slave child who taught himself how to read and became a renowned public speaker and a powerful voice against slavery.


Stage Five: Transformation of the U.S.

01/06/01: We don't need no thought control
Irene looks at the shift in government policy towards the Indian, from annihilation to assimilation. Covered are the 1887 Dawes Act and Carlisle Indian Industrial School.

01/10/01:Bing cherries, fortune cookies, and other Chinese American gifts
Irene examines the contributions of the early Chinese immigrants in the nineteenth century, particularly in California, and looks at the legacy of racism and anti-immigrant resentment towards this group.