Cowpens study trip post, due Wednesday 10/10 5:00pm

Prompts for your notes on Cowpens as Artifact*

A large page version of the reader (not the four-pages on a sheet version we had on site) is here, in the dropbox.

Review the questions in the Cowpens reader (below).  In a three-part post:

a. very briefly touch on each aspect
1. identification & description
2.  evaluation
3. cultural analysis
4. interpretation
very brief, just key words ok, to present an overview response, to give readers a sense of your style and focus as an observer and a critical observer of the site;
b. focus on one aspect in a longer critical response, a couple paragraphs at least, of an aspect of 3. (the site) or 4. (the living history interpretations: wax museum kids, Sons of Liberty musical performance, the Overmountain victory trail stories, or the framing speeches by the ranger John Slaughter)
c. upload a sketch or photo you produced from the site and describe that briefly with a caption and a few lines of explanation or analysis.

Due Wednesday Oct 10, 5:00pm.


1. Identification & Description – What is it? (factual description: history, structures, construction, terrain, and function)
Describe your surroundings. Sketches too.
Is the physical environment altered?
What has it been used for?
Who has used it?
Where and when has it been used?
How does it look and feel?

2. Evaluation – Observe your surroundings.
How does it compare with other historic military sites or sites interpreting military activities?
How authentic does the space feel? Why or why not?

3. Cultural Analysis
What is its relationship to American culture?
What is its value?
How has it changed over time?
How does it impact people’s lives?
Does it have any symbolic structures on site? What do they mean?
What does it tell us about technology of the time in which it was made and used (both as a battle site and as a park)?
What does it tell us about the life and times of the people who made it and used it (both as a battle site and as a park)?

4. Interpretation (Interpretations will vary as the knowledge, interests and experiences of the interpreter vary; in other words, depending on the unique lens through which the objects are viewed).
What is the significance of the above information?
How many ways can this site be interpreted?
(Based on work by E. McClung Fleming and Rachel G. Ragland.)

 

*If you were absent from the study trip

1. have a look at these videos

And ask some of the questions above about them. be ready to report out.

2. and see if you can find this poem “Battle At The Cowpens: A Narrative Poem” by Arthur Magill, which was the basis for the fictionalized frame narrative film we say at the visitors center, by filmmaker Sonny Hutchison. (This is a difficult search challenge.)

Include any results in your post.