Note: When you leave a comment to the blog, it will give you a message about awaiting moderation. Don’t worry. This is normal. I will “moderate” (review) all comments soon after 8 p.m. tonight and then approve them all to appear on the blog. Please read each other’s comments before class.
For Thursday, please read Jim Weeks, Gettysburg, chaps. 1-2, and Nina Silber, “Sick Yankees in Paradise: Northern Tourism in the Reconstructed South” (ECR). Then, when logged in to the blog, click “comments” to add your 100-word blog comment, which is due at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in order to allow all of us sufficient time to read each other’s comments before Thursday’s class. In this and all future reading comment assignments, your blog comments will help shape our in-class discussion agenda.
Prompt for 100-word blog comment on Weeks, ch. 1-2:
For this reading selection, I would like each of you to choose one of the following topics to address in whatever way your understanding of the reading suggests to you. The purpose is to demonstrate your engagement with reading as well as to shape the discussion we will have in class. Please also feel free to comment on others’ comments (always in a respectful manner if you disagree).
1) How did any one of the following advance the formation of Gettysburg as a destination in the 1860s-80s?
d. Tourist infrastructure & services
e. Points of interest
2) Describe the connection/tension between memorialization and leisure at Gettysburg in the 1860s-80s.
3) What do you think so-called genteel tourists sought most at Gettysburg in the 1860-80s? (destruction, relics as souvenirs, restored health, spiritual uplift, entertainment); How did they encounter or experience Gettysburg?
4) How did Gettysburg fit into the larger pursuit of the picturesque and sublime in the 1860-80s?
5) How did Gettysburg fit into the larger pursuit of genteel recreation in the 1860s-80s?