Discuss Sexual and Cultural Battlegrounds in World War II Los Angeles

For the paper assignment, you will read and write about ONE of the following articles found in the Delta College library databases and answer the questions for the article you have chosen:

 

1. Genna Rae McNeil, “The Body, Sexuality, and Self-Defense in State v. Joan Little, 1974-1975”, The Journal of African American History, Vol. 93, No. 2, Discourses on Race, Sex and African American Citizenship (Spring, 2008), pp. 235-261

Address the following question in your paper: According to the article, what assumptions about sex and race did Joan Little have to overcome in order to win her legal case in 1975? Why was it significant that Little testified on her own behalf at the trial?

Warning: The McNeil article is about a sexual assault case.

2. Elizabeth R. Escobedo, “The Pachuca Panic: Sexual and Cultural Battlegrounds in World War II Los Angeles”, The Western Historical Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Summer, 2007), pp. 133-156

Address the following question in your paper: According to the article, who were “pachucas” in the context of World War II-era Los Angeles and why did they “panic” both Anglo and Mexican immigrant communities?

 

3. Andrea Tone, “Black Market Birth Control: Contraceptive Entrepreneurship and Criminality in the Gilded Age”, The Journal of American History, Vol. 87, No. 2 (Sep., 2000), pp. 435-459

Address the following question in your paper: According to the article, why did Americans continue to purchase and produce birth control after it became illegal and how did they get away with it?

At the end of the paper, after the Works Cited Page, you will also include a short paragraph on your writing. In this paragraph, comment on what you think you did well with your writing and writing skills you would like to improve. This is about your writing process – not whether you liked the article or not! Twenty point deductions from papers that do not have this reflection paragraph.

How to Get the Articles for the Paper Assignment

You can get the articles from the online databases at the Delta library website. Here’s how you do it:

1. Click on Library Resources on the left hand menu in the Canvas course. This allows you to search the library database right from the class site.

2. Along the top of the Library Resources screen, click on “Individual Periodical Titles”

3. When the next screen pops up, type in the title of the journal that you want to search, such as Journal of American History. Click on the green Search button.

 

4. You will then get a list of journals with the one you want at the top with a search box underneath it. In the search box, type in the beginning of the article you are searching for (for example Nurse Gordon on Trial or Pachuca Panic). Hit the search symbol (magnifying glass icon) next to the search box or just hit “return”.

 

5. Your article will then show up – it is easier just to download the pdf and then you can print it out and mark it up as you are reading it.