Monday, 23 March 2015
History 12-1: Intro to Fascism
Welcome back. We began by debriefing the Russia/USSR exam. If you would like to redo the test, or just the "essay" that will likely happen after school on Thursday (we'll discuss the details tomorrow). Next, we discussed a protest sign that has recently started to sprout up around our communities, apparently in condemnation of the federal government's Bill C-51. It is a good springboard to a study of fascism, not because C-51 is fascist legislation, but because some feel it is a step towards compromised civil liberty and in the twentieth century we are able to see how fascist states evolved, in part, through the step-by-step dissolution of civil liberties. We also took notes on what we thought were the characteristics of dictatorships and then did a pair/share activity that compared Marxism to Soviet-style government, and fascism and finally, democracy (we'll share the outcomes tomorrow). For homework I asked you to read DeMarco pp 67-70 and to do Ex. 1 and 2.