Tutor profile: Lakelyn W.
List the steps of the writing process.
-prewriting -writing -editing -evaluating -publishing
Subject: World History
Explain witch hunts and how they grew in popularity in 14th century England.
Witch hunts were a highly controversial and impactful issue that spanned over the course of three centuries in England. The church, society, and state’s relationship with one another was tense which resulted in suspicion and fear that helped to fuel the hunt. The fear surrounding the plausibility of witches nearby led to the torture that numerous men, women, and children were subject to. The indirect pressures had a major role in the chase by arising suspicion towards neighbors. The clergy and justices gave life to an ideology that was not remotely valid; this was the way the witch accusations were mobilized. There were plenty of political and religious figures spewing rhetoric and sentencing “witches” to death for the sake of the church and alarm. Meanwhile, of course, there were also other witch gatherers that did it primarily for their own monetary gain while hiding behind religion, turning the serial murder into a business.
Subject: US History
Are there important demographic differences—related to race, class, and gender— in the ways that Americans engage with the past?
The way Americans engage with the past usually depends on what that individual can personally relate to. Generally, women are into women’s history because they can put themselves in that situation just by simply referencing their own gender. White women can look back at women’s suffrage and be sympathetic to their cause and put themselves on the picketing lines alongside the other women. However, minorities (especially African and Native Americans) cannot set themselves in that position because their ancestors were not there yet. To feel a semblance of connection to their own race and gender would be difficult to confound. They would have to attach it to a time later in history like the civil rights movement, in order to understand this period—or at least, form a stronger connection with something that their race and gender had no association with at the time.