My visit to the GSU archives was very productive and informative. We did an avidity where we used metadata and available information from the archives to delve into the life of a man named Andrew Wood. We started the activity with a picture of a Mugshot of Andrew Wood in an Atlanta booking facility. We used this visual metadata to find more research about his arrest and found a ticket detailing the reason and date that Wood was arrested. We then used this date to find a news article that gave background as to why Wood was arrested and what he was doing. It turns out that he was protesting for the cause of AIDS and was arrested for civil disobedience and blocking traffic. We then used the metadata and information to find information and documents in the GSU archives including an oral history. Finally the activity ended after we found a physical poster that Wood used in his protest the next day.
This activity helped us to discover the importance of asking questions and using given metadata and information. We were able to find a ton of information about Andrew Wood because we asked questions about every piece of information and used what was given to find more information. This will benefit me a lot in future research.
The material culture of my panel is the pictures and poem of Gil-Scott and his works. The pictures detail some portraits, a picture of Africa with a closed fist for civil rights and his most famous work. These pictures portray some conceptual and abstract aspects of African American culture such as the history and slavery of African American people. Gil-Scott used his spoken word and life to shed light on struggle of the feeling of confinement and hopelessness in today’s time period. We cannot see the emotions and struggles of the African American culture in this panel but if you look deep enough into it you can see the metaphysical aspects of this artifact.
Primary Source Description Analysis
I had not yet started my Primary Source Description at the time of the post. To make it better however and improve my vocabulary and flow I will revise it at a later time.
McClure, Daniel Robert. (2016). Who Will Survive In America: Gil Scott Heron, the Black Radical Tradition, and the Critique of Neoliberalism. In Michael Mitchell & David Covin (Ed.), Broadening the Contours in the Study of Black Politics(pp. 3-20). New York, NY: Transaction Publishers
Daniel Robert McClure, a hisrory professor at California State University, Fullerton, asserts that “Gil Scott-Heron is an important literary figure from the Black radical tradition, as his records provide an important extension of the legacies of Black Power and the Black Arts Movement into the post-civil rights era.” The author provides over two pages of evidence including books, magazines, newspaper articles, and websites. This evidence comes from primary sources such as Gil Scott-Heron’s work and secondary sources such as Business Week. McClure’s purpose in writing this article is to provide information and inspire thought on the lives of African American Politics, in this case Gil Scott-Heron. The audience McClure intended is for people who are interested in or involved in the attainment in knowledge regarding African American politics. This information can also be useful to people interested in music because of the background of Gil Scott, one who is interned in history and the progression of racism civil rights.
Primary Source Descriptions Outline and Highlights
A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study
These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.
Primary Sources Include:
ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records
CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art
RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings
Detailed essay of 500 words plus
Primary source description is the first step in creating a thorough and credible analysis.
Observe, deeply, your primary source (a section of the AIDS quilt). Record your observation in writing with the goal of documenting as much objective detail as possible. (Use Double Sided Notebook)0.
Thick description, this will likely comprise at least half of your written entry for this project.
The rest of your primary source description should provide information that would enable your audience, an audience new to the AIDS quilt, to answer the following questions:.
What is this it?
When was it created?
Who created it?
Where was it created?
Why was it created?
Include in your primary source description post three digital images. One of those images must be a of your artifact. The remaining two images can depict relevant detail from your artifact (explained in the post), or images of other objects or documents (such as advertisements, songs,etc)
Excellent posts might integrate more, relevant images into the composition.
After the thick description of the artifact, and a brief accounting of its exigency, compose another paragraph or two reflecting on this question: What are the relevant physical and rhetorical features of this source?
Primary Source Rubric Outline and Highlights
Generally, speaking, this means your submitted draft must be a good faith effort to respond to the prompt and follow the project guidelines.
Distinctive: 450-500 points (Key: Needs Work, Good, Superior) at least 1000 words
Mature? The level of detail and the appropriateness of the details chosen are impressive.
Persuasive or Original? The descriptions and narratives reflect particularly observant researchers and contribute to the archive project in unique ways.
Creative/Well-designed? Author makes creative use of multiple modes; or layout and design are aesthetically pleasing, rhetorically effective, and well-executed. Metadata is particularly effectively employed.
Polished? Project drafts/reflection provide evidence of multiple revisions to improve clarity and rhetorical appeal, and text is virtually free of grammar/punctuation/usage errors.
Who are these people and what are there relations to each other?
Why did the creator of each panel choose the images decorating it? What are the images included in this panel? Why are the images located here on this panel? When were these images created? How were these images put on this panel
What is the message being portrayed in each panel?
Secondary Source: Reporting someone’s point f view about data already generated
The definition from Cognitive Edge: “Geertz described the practice of thick description as a way of providing cultural context and meaning that people place on actions, words, things, etc. Thick descriptions provide enough context so that a person outside the culture can make meaning of the behavior.”
Objective: Black and white picture, what appears to be a stone wall is in the background with wires and a shelf containing coffee mugs. Styrofoam cups and a rate schedule showing the dollar values of answers with a side note saying “dumb looks are still free”. Health inspection rating score of a 89. A sassy picture with a zebra letting customers know that “this is not burger king and you will not have it your way” A lady, with a t-shirt and hair up, looking as if someone had just yelled her name and gotten her attention.