About Peggy Hanna

Peggy Hanna, a Chicago native, became active politically after moving to Ohio in 1965. She was the co-chair of Springfield People for Peace and elected a McGovern delegate to the 1972 Democrat National Convention.

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A Memoir for Introductory Sociology

A Memoir for Introductory Sociology

Inspire Activism in Introductory Sociology:  Peggy Hanna’s Story

Beckett A. Broh, Ph.D

Department of Sociology

Capital University, Columbus, OH

A primary learning goal in Introductory Sociology is certainly to develop core understandings of fundamental concepts, theories, and methodologies.  An equally important goal is to inspire students to use their developing Sociological Imagination to engage in and understand people and communities and ultimately inspire social change to better society.  One method I use to help achieve this second learning goal is to provide supplementary readings in addition to an introductory textbook.  These readings are intended to inspire students through personal, informal, and/or “real world” stories.  One such reading that has proven to be a powerful engagement tool with students is the brief memoir, “Patriotism: Peace and Vietnam” (Hanna, 2003).  Peggy Hanna’s memoir captures her story as a young, traditional wife and mother, a conservative Catholic, whose growing anger towards the war in Vietnam unexpectedly pushes her into the center of the peace movement.  A self-described “hawk turned dove,” her powerful transformation transplants students into the turbulent ‘60s.  Students experience and can critically reflect on the social context surrounding Vietnam and how it differs from contemporary society.  Learning goals include:  critical reflection using fundamental sociological concepts and theories, inspiring activism, challenging assumptions/stereotypes, and historical knowledge development.