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Chapter 8: Trying on the Shoes of Historical Actors, Teaching Empathy. Project Clio PD March 28 th , 2012. What is historical empathy?.
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Project Clio PD
March 28th, 2012
“Historical empathy is the understanding of past institutions, historical practices, or actions as making sense in light of the way people saw things…[It] is just not having the inert knowledge that people saw things in the way they did, but also being able to use that knowledge to make sense of what was done.”(Lee 2005, 46)
Historical empathy asks, “Why did an individual or group of people, given a set of circumstances, act in a certain way?” (Yeager and Foster, 2001, p.14)
[It encourages students] to judge past actors in their own historically situated context and on its terms.” (Levesque, 2008, p. 167)
…. “Students must listen to the voices of the past without preconceptions. They must let people of the past begin and end their own sentences.” (Mandell and Malone, 2007, p. 22)
Vice President Lyndon Johnson
US Ambassador to the USSR- Tommy Thompson
Sec. of Treasury Douglas Dillon
Each table will put themselves in the shoes of a different EX COMM advisor.
Read the quotations from your advisor.
Prepare a brief report to the president summarizing your position.
Identify which of the 5 options your advisor would most likely support.
Choose a spokesperson to represent your advisor
You have been hired as President Kennedy’s press secretary and asked to write a press release describing the outcome of the debate on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Your press release should address the situation in Cuba and the outcome of the decision to blockade Cuba from the perspective of President Kennedy. A press release is very formal, very concise, and very precise in its writing. When crafting your press release be sure to address these elements:
* The causes of the Cuban Missile Crisis
* President Kennedy’s options
* The choice President Kennedy made and why he made it.
Read your group’s press statement