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Homework for Friday, October 23rd

October 21, 2015

Earlier in the semester, in the context of the Enuma Elish we discussed the importance of cultural stories. More modern examples relevant to your experience living in the United States might be George Washington chopping down the cherry tree and Abraham Lincoln’s life on the frontier. Cultural stories can perform three functions:

1. They give us insight into the cosmogony of a civilization.
2. They often describe a “shared way of thinking” that a civilization possesses.
3. They offer clues into the everyday life of a civilization.

One of the iconic cultural figures in St. Albans history is Jimmie Trimble, class of 1943. Attached is an excerpt from the book “Hardball on the Hill” that recounts the story of his life and death. Sprinkled through the text are some primary sources – letters and eyewitness interviews. Your assignment is to read Mr. Trimble’s story and show how it acts as a cultural story for the St. Albans “civilization”. Take notes that describe how his life relates to the cosmogony and shared way of thinking at St. Albans, remembering that the story does not have to mirror the truth but at least the perception. One hint I will give you is to remember the School’s motto. Additionally use the primary sources to get clues about life in the 1940’s.

Two notes: first, the author spells Mr. Trimble’s first name incorrectly throughout the text. Our school’s Archivist, Mr. Wilkerson, has done research which shows that Mr. Trimble signed his name “Jimmie”. Second, in one of the quotes from the 1940’s, a derogatory ethnic slur is used to refer to the Japanese soldiers. Please know that I do not condone that sort of language but have left it in the text for historical accuracy.

Enjoy.

The Legacy of Jimmy Trimble

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