OVERVIEW: In 1890, two weeks before two students, Ryder and Howe, were set to graduate, a series of events unfolded that got them expelled from what was then called Bridgewater State Normal School. Included here and on the syllabus are a series of letters between faculty, the then president of the school (Boyden--called Principal Boyden at the time), community members who fought on behalf of the two young women, and a letter from one of the women themselves to a faculty member who voted for their expulsion. Also, included here are excerpts from images from the original letters as well.
Read through the letters and take a peak at these letters in all their 1890 glory. You may struggle a little with the language--because people spoke and wrote very differently then--but I think you'll get the gist of it.
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In your Reader's Notes, try to identify ways that this situation, while seemingly feeling like something that would never happen today, feels familiar. What would be the 2020 version of this kind of scandal at BSU? Can you imagine anything like this happening on our campus today? And how would it go down? What does it say about how things have changed or not changed in terms of how the role and place of women in our society?
Remember, you have 250-300 words. You can do this. If you are struggling to get to 250 words, there are a lot of ideas for how to get to that number (which is really not a lot) in the Reader's Notes,assignment page.
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