For this assignment, you will write a 2-to-4-page paper in response to the following prompt using the supporting documents. You are required to cite 3 of the primary sources that you have read for this section. This paper is due at 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 4th. Your paper should be uploaded to Canvas. It will be checked for plagiarism using Turn-It-In. THERE WILL BE NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED!
Prompt: The last half of the twentieth century was a tumultuous time for many Americans. The threat of war and the ongoing social changes occupied many of the concerns that Americans expressed. With this in mind, consider the following major events within the years of 1945-1990: the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the Regan Revolution. Discuss and explain the political and social significance of each of these events. How are these events intertwined? Do these events still shape our modern world?
Essays must conform to ALL conventions of formal writing. This means that your essays are expected to be doubled-spaced, 12-point font, grammatically correct, and refer back to the primary documents.
Please submit your document as a Microsoft Word file – or a similar word processing file. DO NOT convert the file to a PDF.
- Your essay should begin with a paragraph that introduces the essay. You should also have a sentence or two that attempts to answers the above questions. These answers are your arguments.
- In the body paragraphs of the essay, use examples and evidence from the primary to answer the questions above.
- The last paragraph of the paper should be your conclusion. In your conclusion, summarize your arguments you made to answer the question.
Your answer should be based on material provided to you on Canvas, as well as the assigned reading for this course. DO NOT CONSULT ANY OTHER OUTSIDE SOURCES!!! I do not want to know what Google or Wikipedia tells you about this topic. All the information you need to answer this question can be found in the documents posted on Canvas. I will dock points for any outside research!
You can quote directly from the primary documents. I am not concerned with formal citations; however, you need to make some effort at showing me what documents you found the quote. You are free to use Chicago, MLA, or APA if you’re comfortable with those citations. If you don’t know any of those, just include the last name of the interviewee and the page number after your quote.
Armando Lopez said of the Cuban Club, “They give me some kind of assistance in time of sickness and sometimes if I get sick, they give me a small amount of money (Lopez 11).”
Don’t forget, you MUST also introduce and contextualize your quotes. You must tell your reader what document you’re quoting.
- GOOD: Former slaves offered their own definitions of freedom. As Jourdan Anderson explained in a letter to his former master, “here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows.” For Anderson, payment for one’s work represented an important part of the transition to freedom.
- BAD: Former slaves had their own definitions of freedom. “Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows.”
The second example is extraordinarily confusing for your reader. Who are you quoting? Are these your words? Introduce your quotes, and then explain them in your own words.
You should also try to avoid extended quotations. In almost all circumstances, you shouldn’t be quoting more than one or two sentences at a time. When you’re trying to quote a longer passage, intersperse your own words as necessary. When we see paragraph-length citations we start to worry that you’re just trying to fill up space…