Dear readers, this summer I have decided to share some of the PowerPoint lectures that I created for the first class I ever taught at Solano Community College (SCC). This class was called “HIST 037: Women in American History,” and I taught it during the Fall of 2015. Of course, these lectures are far from perfect, and they have several problems. In this sense, they should be seen as both a source for History education and a source for seeing how I approached the task of making class presentations during my first year as an adjunct History teacher. This summer, I am teaching my second class at SCC, called “HIST 017: History of the United States to 1877,” and I can already see that my style of creating lecture presentations has changed dramatically. In these early PowerPoint presentations, you can see my attempt to make detailed footnotes for both myself and my students at the bottom of each PowerPoint slide. Each of the slides usually consists of a title, a few pictures, and a block of text summarizing the major concepts and providing citations for the images. I do not, however, list out the most important concepts on each of the slides. As you can probably imagine, this was a major point of complaint for some of my students.
All of the PowerPoint presentations for HIST 037, including this one, were developed from content in the following textbook: Ellen Carol DuBois and Lynn Dumenil,Through Women’s Eyes: An American History with Documents. Boston and New York: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2012. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to these two authors for their extraordinary work. Through Women’s Eyes is, indeed, a wonderful educational resource. Second, I would like to extend my gratitude to Rachel Purdie, another adjunct History instructor at SCC who introduced me to this work. Thanks, and enjoy!
The following PowerPoint presentation is about Native American women in the colonial era, and it was presented to my HIST 037 class on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.