Monday, April 21, 2008

Adventures in Writifying

My students have continued their merciless, unprovoked assault on the English language. Some answers from this semester deserve special commendation.

THE "EVOLUTION IS DIRTY WORK" AWARD:

“The Eugenics movement was risen by U.S. citizens after coming to the realization that the human race is in need of sterilization.”

THE "PROFILES IN SUCCINCTNESS AND CLARITY AND GETTING TO THE POINT WITHOUT BEATING AROUND THE BUSH" TROPHY WINNERS:

“The US went into many things after the war, few of them being good.”

“The United States came to be involved in WWI by a series of events.”

“But horses were kind of like dogs where they use them for transportation and Native Americans used them for the battlefield and for other stuff which had a really god impact of the horses on the North Americans and after they got famous the people started stealing horses and other kinds of stuff.”

“Immigrants felt that Prohibition was an attack on their culture because Native Americans smoke out of pipes and drink in celebration of seasons, or rain, or tribal fortune.”

“The Enlightenment was a very powerful time. It shaped a lot of Americans and the economic values of their society and in the cultures of different states. It brought some things closer and some things further away.”

“Eugenics shaped public policy by only allowing certain people to do certain things.”

THE "IN CASE WE DIDN'T HEAR YOU THE FIRST TIME" LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

“The impact of horses had a lot of impact on native American culture.”

THE MASTERYNESS OF "WORD INVENTION" CITATIONS:

“The ideology of ‘Social Darwinism’ shaped the American economy and attitudes towards government with the thoughts of inferiorness.”

“Puritans came to the Americas to get away from the corruptedness of religion in England.”

“Criminality, immoral values and sexual tendencies were inherited and immigrants inferiorated white Anglo-Saxons.”

THE "I DIDN’T KNOW THAT" BLUE RIBBON WINNERS:

“Ben Franklin first invented the phonograph and then the electric light.”

“Alexander Grand Bell invented the telephone.”

"Charles Darwin wrote 'The Oasis of the Species.'"

THE "EAST IS WEST AND WEST IS EAST COMMAND OF GEOGRAPHY" FINALISTS:

“The Irish were to Europeans as Jews were to most of Europe.”

“Before ‘America,’ the Spanish were from Spain and the English were from Europe."

“Zimmerman telegraphed the Mexican government that if the USA attacked Germany then they should be on the German side. In return, they will get Alaska, Canada, and other parts of the USA."

It has been a very long time since I posted and I have many tales to tell, like my encounter with Spike Lee that didn't go well and my experience as an Obama delegate at the Collin County Democratic Convention. In the next few weeks I will get a chance to update you, both of my faithful readers.


Michael Phillips has authored the following:

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, Texas, 1841-2001 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2006)

(with Patrick L. Cox) The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010)

“Why Is Big Tex Still a White Cowboy? Race, Gender, and the ‘Other Texans’” in Walter Buenger and Arnoldo de León, eds., Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2011)

“The Current is Stronger’: Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s ”  in Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds., The Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negroes’ Western Experience (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2011)

“Dallas, 1989-2011,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed. Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011)

(With John Anthony Moretta, Keith J. Volonto, Austin Allen, Doug Cantrell and Norwood Andrews), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips. eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume I.   (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Keith J. Volanto), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips, eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume II. (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Carl J. Luna), Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama  (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2013). 

“Texan by Color: The Racialization of the Lone Star State,” in David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, eds., The Radical Origins of the Texas Right (College Station: University of Texas Press, 2013).

He is currently collaborating, with longtime journalist Betsy Friauf, on a history of African American culture, politics and black intellectuals in the Lone Star State called God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals in Texas and the World They Made.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Faithful reader No. 1 can't wait.

Mary Lou Hoffman said...

I need to get in touch with you, with an invitation to a Dallas Area Interfaith immigration meeting, Thursday May 29, in Plano.
Ernesto Cortes will speak.
Mary Lou Hoffman
mlhoffman3@sbcglobal.net
(First Unitarian/DAI)