Political Action and Cultural Reaction

Activity Steps:

In this activity you will analyze how artists have used their ideas and actions to further a cause and represent your findings in an illustrated timeline.

1. Research:
Work with a partner to choose a twentieth-century historical event or movement that reacted against an existing set of conditions and proposed a new alternative. (Possibilities include unions and worker's movements, Socialism, peace movements, civil rights, feminism, etc.)
2. Analyze:
Makes notes in your journal about the following questions as you do your research. Be sure to collect bibliographic references as well.
  1. What was the existing scenario?
  2. What were the participants fighting to change?
  3. What were the various stages of the rule-breaking action?
  4. How did the public respond to the action?
  5. What were the effects? Did society adopt or reject the new ideas? Were new laws made? Treaties passed?
  6. Has this event or action changed how we view the world today?
3. Produce:
Following the model below, create an illustrated timeline of your event and cultural responses to it. Represent each section with a drawing, a magazine clipping, a collage, or some other illustration, and then label each element:
  • Social problem (the cause)
  • political action
  • cultural responses
  • ripple effect (worldwide/local, new actions/laws, behavioral changes, etc.)
  • conditions today
4. Summarize:
Write a paragraph describing your topic.
5. Document:
Compile a bibliography of your sources.