Thursday May 25, 2006
Wednesday is always my longest day of the week. First is Filipino Experience, then an hour break (aka nap), lunch, and then Social Reform in Antebellum America, followed by History of the Native American West. I’m proud to say that I stayed awake in all my classes and participated. Leading section on Uncle Tom’s Cabin obviously forced me to be on top of things, but still. I feel such a relief knowing that there’s only three more Wednesdsay sessions before the year is over. WHEW
So in other news, I did tons and tons of research for my Social Reform in Antebellum America paper. I stumbled across some pretty sweet primary sources; I want to write about William Speer, who was the first Presbyterian Missionary in SF for Chinese. I think I want to talk about his efforts to convert Chinese in the midst of anti-Chinese sentiment and other issues relating to social reform in antebellum America in the city. What’s so great about Stanford is that almost every book is in the library, or in an auxiliary library that I can get paged over. So funny to think that texts written in the 1870s will be sitting in my room, right next to a can of beer. Is that sac-religious?