Sunshine And Shadow Video

HIST147 Video Assignment – New York Documentary: Sunshine and Shadow (5 points)

Due: June 1 by 11:59pm (post response to Canvas)




This assignment assumes students have read Chapter 16 of the online textbook. Students should watch a segment of the New York City Documentary about the politics and economics of the north during Reconstruction. While watching the film, students should complete the questions on the viewing worksheet (page 2 of this document) and submit their responses to Canvas. Students can access the video through the video link in the “Week Nine” module in Canvas and watch from 24:20 to 48:10. As an alternative, students can access the video directly through the Bellevue College Library.


Go to BC Library website

Click on “Databases” (on the left)

Scroll down to “Films on Demand”

Search for “New York A Documentary Sunshine and Shadow”

Scroll down to video (should be the first one)

Click on “New York, 1865-1898: Sunshine and Shadow”

Watch from 24:20 to 48:10


Responses can be written as either bullet points or complete sentences which ever works best to your note taking style.


Submitting Your Response

Students can submit their completed viewing worksheet in one of two ways.

1. You can download this file and type your responses below the questions on the viewing worksheet. And submit the file to Canvas.

2. You can print the viewing worksheet (page two of this document) and hand-write your responses as you watch the video. Then, take a photo of or scan your worksheet. You can submit the photo or scan to Canvas.




New York, 1865-1898: Sunshine and Shadow


Who was Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall? What were the positive and negative aspects of both?






What was nature of the “port culture” mentioned in the film?







What happened during the Panic of 1873?