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Semester 1

Stephanie Archives
Semester 2:
The US through the 20th Century

Stage One: The Progressive Era

01/17/01: Watch as the largest oil company crumbles at my feet!
Stephanie explores the life and times of journalist Ida Tarbell and shows how she almost single-handedly brought about the break-up of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company in 1911. She also shows how 'muckraking journalism' paved the way for future investigative pieces, such as Watergate and Microsoft, and concludes with an analysis of Tarbell's anti-suffrage views.

01/17/01: Triangle Shirt Factory #9 going up in flames!
Stephanie revisits the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 and explores the current-day ramifications of that tragedy, including tougher fire regulations and improved working conditions. She also examines the status of sweatshops in the United States.

01/24/01: Puerto Rico's Uneasy Relations With the U.S. Mainland
Stephanie explores issues of anti-imperialism by interviewing Puerto Rican artists, journalists, and activists in Spanish Harlem. She writes about U.S. and Puerto Rican relations from both a historical and contemporary viewpoint.

01/27/01: Speak your mind and go to prison?
Stephanie explores the limitations of the First Amendment through the persecution of anti-WWI protesters like Charles Schenck and Eugene V. Debs and examines the life and times of revolutionary journalist John Reed. She also cites modern-day examples of freedom restrictions through the case of journalists C. Clark Kissinger and Mumia Abu-Jamal. The Espionage Act of 1917.


Stage Two: The Roaring 20's & Great Depression

02/03/01: Celebrate the cycle of life!
Stephanie explores the political, social and cultural history of menstruation in both the United States and beyond. She also shows how menses can be used as a source of empowerment for women.

01/31/01: "I, Too, Sing America": Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance
Stephanie explores the Harlem Renaissance through the works of its unofficial poet laureate, Langston Hughes, and describes her excursion through modern-day Harlem.

01/31/01: Marcus Garvey: The Empire of Africa -- in America?
Stephanie explores the birth of the Pan-African/black pride movement through Marcus Garvey's work in Harlem. She writes about his origins in Jamaica and his founding of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).

02/10/01: The KKK: breaking the cycle of hate
Stephanie examines the formation of the second incantation of the Ku Klux Klan on Stone Mountain, Georgia, in 1915. She then explores the Klan's modern-day legacy by interviewing long-time residents of Stone Mountain Village.

02/14/01: Jazz - Our Musical Legacy
Exploring Jazz and its influence on American culture. Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and Miles Davis are credited. The Team talks with Bruce Raeburn and Virgil Rhodes about the roots of jazz.


Stage Three: World War To Cold War

03/03/01: When the arms race got real and almost deadly!
Stephanie traces the events leading up to the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, including the Bay of Pigs invasion, and details the nuclear showdown between the United States and the Soviet Union.


Stage Four: America In Upheaval

03/14/01: Fightin' with Her Feet
Stephanie explores one of the first victories in the Civil Rights Movement -- the Montgomery Bus Boycott -- by interviewing participant Lilie Mae Bradford, who was arrested for civil disobedience several years before Rosa Parks.

03/14/01: Traveling Down the Road to Freedom
Stephanie examines the Freedom Riders Movement by highlighting the experiences of Art Bacon, a Talladega College student who was badly beaten for sitting in the white waiting room at a train station in Anniston, Alabama.

03/17/01: The night Watts was set ablaze
Stephanie examines the causes and events of the Watts Riots of 1965 and the Rodney King Riot of 1992. She shows how South Central Los Angeles has healed itself through community organizations such as the Watts Labor Community Action Committee.

03/21/01: The Toughest Job They Ever Loved

03/28/01: Si, se puede!
Stephanie depicts the plight of migrant farm workers with a focus on Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. She shows how their bravery fueled the start of the Civil Rights Movement for Latinos.

03/28/01: Many Truths, in Many Languages
Stephanie examines one of the most controversial topics in public schools today -- bilingual education -- and ponders why so few Americans value students who speak more than one language.

04/04/01: A personal account: Cambodia's civil war Through her interviews with Thida Mam and Sophal Ear, survivors of the Cambodian Holocaust, Stephanie shows the horrors of genocide.


Stage Five: The US at the New Millenium

04/11/01: The Deadliest Discrimination: Environmental Racism
Stephanie shows how to combat environmental racism through action-oriented groups like Greenaction.

04/11/01: Title: A Gray Wolf's Plea
Stephanie discusses the history of the Environmental Movement, highlighting Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act.

04/14/01: Peeking Behind The Iron Curtains
Stephanie outlines the events leading to the termination of the Cold War and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, including: Prague Spring, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lithuanian dissidence, and the fall of the Soviet Union and communist Russia.

04/21/01: Stephanie - America the bully? Corruption in Latin America
Stephanie traces the history of U.S. foreign policy in Nicaragua, highlighting the rise of the Sandinistas and the events leading to the Iran-Contra affair. She also examines the history of El Salvador.

04/25/01: Healing After A Mass School Shooting: Let It End
Stephanie examines the healing process students endure after a mass shooting in their school by visiting Thurston High in Springfield, Oregon.

04/28/01: Stephanie - Military boot camps for teens gone bad.
Stephanie shares a taste of life inside an alternative juvenile correctional facility at the Tillamook Youth Accountability Camp of Tillamook, Oregon. Keywords: boot camp, juvenile detention, juvenile offenders, juvenile delinquent, TYAC, criminal behavior treatment program, discipline.

05/02/01: Come one, Come All to the Religious Cults' Ball!
Stephanie delves into the secretive world of destructive cults, including People's Temple, the Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate, the Moonies, the Scientologists, and the International Church of Christ.

05/05/01: Stephanie - Make the Trek part of who you are.
Trekker Stephanie bids her final farewell!