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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $28.84
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93890-6
  • 272 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    A Norton original in the Reacting to the Past series, Greenwich Village, 1913 immerses students into the radical possibilities unlocked by the modern age.

    In this Reacting to the Past game, the classroom is transformed into Greenwich Village in 1913, where rebellious “free spirits” gather. Exposed to ideas like woman suffrage, socialism, birth control, and anarchism, students experiment with forms of political participation and bohemian self-discovery.

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    Motivates students to actively learn by making history come alive

    In each Reacting to the Past game students receive a game book, which outlines the historical context, game premise, central debates, rules, and primary source readings. Students take charge of their own learning by assuming roles in a historical game they will want to win. While players must adhere to the beliefs and worldviews of the historical figures they have been assigned to play, they must devise their own means of expressing those ideas persuasively in speeches or other public presentations. 

    New and improved student and instructor resources

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    A proven approach for history skill-building

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    The Reacting Consortium

    Reacting to the Past was developed under the auspices of Barnard College, which hosts an annual institute where interested faculty can learn more about the series by playing condensed versions of the games. To learn more about the annual faculty institute and other events, go to the Conferences and Events page

      Part 1. Introduction
      Brief Overview of the Game
      How to React
      Part 2. Historical Background
      Greenwich Village, 1913
      Women’s Rights and Suffrage
      Labor and Labor Movements
      Bohemia: The Spirit of the New

      Part 3. The Game
      Major Issues for Debate      
      Rules and Procedures      
      Basic Outline of the Game      

      Part 4. Roles and Factions

      Part 5. Core Texts
      Elizabeth Cady Stanton. “Declaration of Sentiments.” 1848
      Godey’s Lady’s Book. “The Constant.” 1851
      Elizabeth Cady Stanton. “Solitude of Self.” 1892
      Rheta Childe Dorr. “American Women and Common Law.” What Eight Million Women Want. 1910
      Emma Goldman. “Woman Suffrage.” Anarchism and Other Essays. 1910
      Ida M. Tarbell. “On the Ennobling of the Woman’s Business.” The Business of Being a Woman. 1912
      Cornelia Barns. “United We Stand.” The Masses. 1914
      W.E.B. Du Bois. “Woman Suffrage.” The Crisis. 1915
      Max Eastman. “Confession of a Suffrage Orator.” The Masses. 1915
      Jane Addams. “Why Women Should Vote.” Woman Suffrage: History, Arguments and Results. 1916
      Doris Stevens. “A Militant General-Alice Paul.” Jailed for Freedom. 1920
      Crystal Eastman. “Now We Can Begin.” The Liberator. 1920
      Karl Marx. “Bourgeois and Proletarians.” The Communist Manifesto. 1848
      Daniel de Leon. “Anarchism Versus Socialism.” 1901
      Jane Addams. “Industrial Amelioration.” Democracy and Social Ethics. 1902
      Women's Trade Union League. Seal. 1903
      Joe Hill. “Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay.” Little Red Song Book. 1909
      Emma Goldman. “Anarchism. What It Really Stands For.” Anarchism and Other Essays. 1910
      James Oppenheim. “Bread and Roses.” 1911
      William Haywood. “The General Strike.” 1911
      Socialist Party Platform of 1912
      Art Young. “Uncle Sam Ruled Out.” Solidarity. 1913
      Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. “The I.W.W. Call to Women.” Solidarity. 1915

      Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Chapter XIV. Women and Economics. 1898
      Elsie Clews Parsons. “Ethical Considerations.” The Family. 1906
      Emma Goldman. “The Tragedy of Woman’s Emancipation.” Anarchism and Other Essays. 1910
      Hutchins Hapgood. “The Bohemian, The American and the Foreigner.” Types from City Streets. 1910
      Floyd Dell.“The Feminist Movement.” Women as World-Builders. 1912–1913
      Floyd Dell.“Charlotte Perkins Gilman.” Women as World-Builders. 1912–1913
      Randolph Bourne. “Youth.” The Atlantic Monthly. 1912
      Walter Lippmann. “Introduction.” Drift and Mastery. An Attempt to Diagnose the Current Unrest. 1914
      Walter Lippmann. “A Note on the Woman’s Movement.” Drift and Mastery. 1914
      Margaret Sanger. “Aims.” The Woman Rebel. 1914
      Neith Boyce. Constancy: A Dialogue. 1916
      Randolph Bourne. “Trans-National America.” The Atlantic Monthly. 1916