Posted by: kwilson | 10th Dec, 2007

and we’re done…

When I first signed up for this class my first thoughts were…this is going to be the most boring class ever. Contrary to what I thought, however, this class ended up being fun and helpful. I did learn a lot of useful stuff. I think my writing has improved a lot because of all the papers we had to write. I think one thing that helped my papers the most was turning in the drafts and then waiting about a week until we had to revise it. That way, I was able to not think about it for a while and when I went back to revise it, I thought of a lot of different things that would make my paper better. Also, I had never known how to do footnotes, let alone what a correct footnote was in general. It took me a while to actually figure out how to do them, but once I got it, it was so beneficial in most of my classes (not just history ones). I also feel that my speaking skills have improved dramatically. As awkward as it was watching myself speak on the video, that was one of the most productive things I have ever done. I was able to see what the audience sees and as weird as that was, I really think it prepared me a lot for other speeches. Finally, but certainly not least, I learned how to research in an organized manner. I had never had to do a research project here and use our library, so finding and using all these search terms was difficult at first, but now I’m a pro. I guess the thing I wish I knew how to do at the beginning would be searching in the library and footnotes. Those two things would have made my life so much easier. I spent a lot of time looking through Turabian and just sitting in the library searching keywords. All in all, I feel like I have grown a lot as a writer, researcher and speaker. I am very proud of the work I accomplished this semester. (I really didn’t know how I was going to handle it all when I got the syllabus.) Now all I need to do now is find out what I want to do with a history major….

Posted by: kwilson | 26th Nov, 2007

oh michigan…

so over thanksgiving I went to visit my grandparents in michigan and I also got to talk with my grandparents next door neighbors who lived in germany during world war II. it was very interesting. they were very open about what happened concerning the war aspects but said very minimal things about the Holocaust. they did answer my questions, but i feel like one of them knew more about the Holocaust then what he was telling me. however, what they did say confirmed my thesis so i got a few more primary sources which is good. even if they didnt give me useful information it was so interesting talking to them.

Posted by: kwilson | 7th Nov, 2007

research progress..

So I did finally find an angle to my topic, in case you all were wondering. Like I said in my presentation, I am comparing what people living in smaller towns knew about the Holocaust versus what people in larger cities knew. Also, I am seeing if proximity to the camps determined how much someone knew. The two personal interviews I have been planning to use have not emailed me back yet. So…that’s making things a little difficult. Hopefully I will get some reply by the 14th. I will see them during thanksgiving break which doesn’t really help my draft, but maybe I can add something to my final. We’ll see….

Posted by: kwilson | 1st Nov, 2007

My Life

October 31, 1988 — Yes, Halloween…I was born in Alexandria Virginia.

March 18, 1991 — My sister was born in Buffalo New York.

In first grade my family moved to Fishers, Indiana where we stayed for 5 years. This was also when I became an Indianapolis Colts fan.

In sixth grade my family moved to Ashburn, Virginia.

In the middle of 7th grade my family moved to Purcellville, Virginia where we have lived ever since.

In 7th grade I met one of my best friends Kelsey.

8th grade I conquered my fear of roller coasters. ( I now LOVE roller coasters).

10th grade I went to Loudoun Valley High school (we have an intermediate school for 8th grade and freshman).

11th grade I got my first real job at Calvin Klein in the outlet mall.

12th grade I was drum major or my high school’s marching band.

February 2006 I went on a winter retreat with a bunch of my best friends and learned how to snowboard.

Winter 2006 I started going to Young Life which helped strengthen my faith a lot and I met my friend and mentor Erin.

March 2006, I got accepted to Mary Washington.

March 2006 Mom diagnosed with breast cancer.

June 17, 2006 I graduated from Loudoun Valley High school.

06-07 Freshman year– learned how to live on my own and met some of my best friends and finally understand why people say college friends will stick with you forever.

April 15 & 28 — I saw the film Invisible Children for the first time and participated in Displace Me where 6,000 people slept in cardboard boxes on the Mall and ate nothing but saltine crackers and water for the people living in displacement camps in Uganda.

June 25- July 4 2007 I went to Europe with my family and a bunch of family friends to Europe for the first time. I absolutely LOVED it and want to go back as much as possible. (we went to Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland).

July 7-July 14 2007 I went to the Dominican Republic with 5 of my best friends for a mission trip to the small town of Jarabacoa to work on a Young Life camp. We also spent 3 days on a deserted beach and rock climbed, hiked and snorkeled. This was a life changing experience in so many ways.

Fall 2007 – Sophomore year begins and it’s a lot more work than last year. More papers, more reading, more work…I guess college has actually started. I’m now deciding where I want to study abroad in the Fall of 08…either England or Scotland….

we’ll see what happens in the future….

I chose these events because they had the most affect on my life. Most of my events I chose have to deal with people and that is because I believe that people are one of the most precious things in life. Also, these major events deal with my walk with Christ which has a tremendous impact on who I am as a person. All of these events and how I dealt with them has made me the person I am today.

Chronology is important in a historical narrative because it puts things in a certain perspective. It makes events clearer and allows for the reader to follow the chain of events. When things are in chronological order it is easier to see if there are any trends or themes. It makes life easier for the reader when things are put into chronological order.

Posted by: kwilson | 24th Oct, 2007

finally doing the once a week blog post assignment…

After doing my lit review I realized that the angle that I wanted to do for my topic has been written on…a lot. So now I have to find a different angle for my paper …which kind of sucks to be honest. Hopefully I will find one by Monday when I present, otherwise I might just be babbling. I did come into some new sources which will help. We have a German foreign exchange student living at my house this month (her name is Helen Keller…no joke) and her parents are German historians. I have emailed them to see if they know of any sources I could use and such. We’ll see what happens.

Posted by: kwilson | 4th Oct, 2007

A truth and a lie….

I am a huge Indianapolis Colts fan. I have been since I was a little kid. Since I used to live in a suburb of Indianapolis when I was in elementary and middle school, I was able to go to many games and I have been a fan ever since. Football has always been a major part of my family’s life. On Sundays we’d get all decked out in our Colts jerseys, watch the game, and have Buffalo wings, onion rings and seven layer taco dip. I have Dwight Freeney’s and Brandon Stokley’s jersey, my sister has Marvin Harrison’s and my mom has Peyton Manning’s. We also have Brandon Stokley’s and Peyton Manning’s autograph. I get really nervous when watching important games. Last year, during the AFC championship game, my friends had to make me watch the game from the hallway because I was too hysterical. After we won the AFC championship game, my friend and I ran around Ball Circle and wrote “GO COLTS” in the snow. We had a huge Super Bowl party at my house and the decorations and Super Bowl champs banner are still hanging in my family room.

I live in a very rural area and have lived there for the past 12 years. When I was in middle school everyone rode horses so I decided that I wanted to ride them too. So one day I asked my friend Sarah if she could teach me how to ride a horse. She took me out to her stables and introduced me to Pancake, who was her older sister’s horse. Since I am terrified of heights, it was very hard for me to get onto the horse. After about what felt like an eternity of trying, I finally did it. It took a little while for Pancake and I to get to know each other, which made the fact that I was riding on a gigantic horse even scarier. Finally, Pancake warmed up to me and started behaving. For the next few weeks, Sarah taught me all the basics that I needed to know when riding a horse. I loved riding Pancake. It felt like a totally different world when I was riding her. Since I was in middle school, I started to collect toy horses and anything with a horse on it (notebooks, pens, posters, you name it, I had it.) While I don’t have the notebooks, pens and posters anymore, I still love riding horses whenever and wherever I can.

Posted by: kwilson | 2nd Oct, 2007

chapter 16

LaFeber, Walter. “Liberty and Power: U.S. Diplomatic History, 1750-1945.” in The New American History: Revised and Expanded Edition. ed Eric Foner. Philadelphia, Temple University Press: 1997. 375-394.

Walter LaFeber discusses how America had transformed into the national superpower by 1945. He discusses many books that deal with the realist perspective and also the idealist perspective of the events occurring between 1750 and 1945. Also, LaFeber gives a chronological overview of the time period. In both the interpretive overview and chronological overview LaFeber discusses different criticisms to each argument. At the end he states two topics that scholars have been researching recently and why they are so important.

Posted by: kwilson | 1st Oct, 2007

secondary source

Gellately, Robert. Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany. Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2001.

1.Provide some information about the author.
Robert Gellately is a professor at Florida State University and a European historian.

2. Why did the author write this book? What’s the author’s perspective?
He wrote this book in order to show people that it wasn’t just the SS officers who were persecuting the Jews, but also ordinary people. His perspective is that all Germans participated in some way in Hitler’s regime.

3. What is the author’s methodology? What sources does the author use? What is the book’s thesis?
Gellately uses federal archives, regional archives, newspapers, secondary sources, and published documentary collections. His thesis is that all Germans new what was going on about the Holocaust and that they were all willing to participate in it.
4. When was the book written?
5. How will you use the source for your paper?
This will be useful because it has a lot of information about how ordinary Germans participated in Hitler’s regime and the Holocaust.
6. What are some of the problems that you foresee in using this source for your paper?
This book makes it seem like every person living in Nazi Germany was pro-Nazi and it doesn’t deal with any resistance movements. Also, it groups the Germans as a whole, not by individual regions.

Posted by: kwilson | 25th Sep, 2007

Note Taking

I have to take very good notes in order for me to be able to study. In my AP US history class we had to take notes in outline form and from then on that is how I take notes (or some version of that). Usually for history classes I take notes in outline form, but for others I just write things down. Outline format is really helpful in history because it is has a clear and easy to read format. Whatever kind of notes I take I always go back and highlight them. I use a different color for people’s names, dates, key events and places. This makes me look really OCD but it helps keep me organized. Also, by highlighting, I get to reread my notes and I have to decide what the important facts are. I use the same format for taking notes in class as I do for researching (color coding and everything). If I don’t I will get really unorganized and have no idea where or what anything is.

Posted by: kwilson | 18th Sep, 2007

good source, bad source

good source:

bad source:

it was kind of hard to find a “bad” source because I am researching germans and the Holocaust, but when i typed in germans + Holocaust into google, I got a lot of websites about comparing Germany to Iran…which…is not so helpful.

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