Vowell and Hamilton’s approaches to crafting non-fiction were probably a bit different than what

Vowell and Hamilton’s approaches to crafting non-fiction were probably a bit different than what you’re used to.  They both use experiential approaches to writing to help us understand what their relationships to their subject matter is like, walking us through how they formed the opinions they have, or an experience that may have contributed to an opinion they present in their text. Along the way, we are sometimes introduced to unfamiliar information about the subjects they’re discussing.  Vowell in particular tends to focus on details that are glossed over, ignored, or buried by other historians.  So, this week, I wanted you to talk about a moment from Hamilton or Vowell’s texts where either shocked or surprised you.  Just pick a moment or event where you felt taken aback or surprised by what was on the page, then tell us about that moment, and your experience with it.  Focus on why you responded the way you did, and how the presentation of that information affected your understanding of the topic at hand.  There’s a lot of surprising stuff in these pieces, so I don’t expect anyone to have trouble locating some kind of “holy crap” moment, but if you do, reach out to me and I’ll try to help walk you through it. Your response to this assignment should be posted as a new thread in this forum before the end of the day on August 13th.  Responses should be at least 150 words long.  And remember, as always, you’ll need to post at least two responses to your classmates’ work before the end of the day on August 15th as well.

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