or this essay, you will essentially be “interviewing yourself” as a source of primary source material about the recent past. Consider yourself as a person in a larger historical context, and as best you can try to write objectively about your experiences as historical evidence. One possible approach: imagine that you are someone else, a professional historian researching people living lives similar to yours.
Reflect on your own experience as someone currently living in the 21st Century United States, and put your own life in the historical context of U.S. History since 1900. As always, be as specific as possible, and use concrete historical examples in your answer.
Some possible ways of answering this assignment:
In what ways are some of your own experiences representative of recent or long term historical changes?
How is your life in the twenty-first century U.S. distinct from the lives of people living in in earlier periods?
How would your life have been similar or different if this were 1918 or 1968 instead of 2018?
How does your experiences or your memories of the past relate what’s written in the last chapters of our textbooks — how would your experience reinforce or challenge what other people have written about recent history?