For this assignment, you will be thinking about how we teach, commemorate, or co
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For this assignment, you will be thinking about how we teach, commemorate, or communicate the past. As such, you will use the lecture and materials from this unit to respond to ONE of the following prompts below.
Please note, there is no “right or wrong” answer, but rather this assignment encourages you to create an argument/thesis and support your points with evidence and examples!
Prompt A: In the summer of 2020, a number of statutes of Columbus were attacked around the world and several were removed. You have been hired by a special committee of CARICOM to answer the question: “Should Caribbean communities continue to display statues of Columbus?” OR
Prompt B: You have been hired by the Virgin Islands Department of Education to weigh in on how contact moment should be taught in Middle and High Schools. Based upon how you learned about this period and the current scholarship, what do you think should be central points of emphasis? What would you do to update the curriculum?
Prompt C: As a historian familiar with the primary sources and existing research scholarship, do you believe that we can recapture the contact experience from the point of view of the Native communities? Why or why not?