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Hist 101_U.S. History to 1877: You are There Paper

You are There Assignment

You Are There Assignment History 101 Fall 2019

 

You will do TWO You Are There Paper from among the following seven choices. 

 

            First Paper

            Due     Monday           Oct. 21              by 11:55 P.M. on Canvas

                        Wednesday     Oct. 23               by 11:55 P.M. for one full letter grade reduction

                        Friday              Oct. 25               by 11:55 P.M. for a MAXIMUM of 50%

 

            Second Paper

            Due     Monday           Nov. 25             by 11:55 P.M. on Canvas

                        Wednesday     Nov. 27             by 11:55 P.M. for one full letter grade reduction

                        Friday              Nov 29               by 11:55 P.M. for a MAXIMUM of 50%

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You are to answer ONE from each of the following groups.  It is to be at least 500 words, 12 point font, double-spaced.  You may use first person, putting yourself into the time period.  You MUST cite your sources.  You MUST use at least TWO sources.  If you use your text or ANY instructor you have had, you must still use two additional sources.  YOU MAY NOT USE WIKIPEDIA!!!!!!  You may not use any movie or television show, including The History Channel and PBS.  The 500 word length does NOT include name, date, etc.  Citation page also does not count toward length. Failure to follow any of these instructions WILL result in a grade reduction.
 

This paper is a persuasive speech on paper.  Be persuasive.  Be imaginative.  Include facts in your arguments.  Show me that you understand the situation about which you are writing. Remember that the most important part of any writing is the first paragraph.  The most important part of the first paragraph is the first sentence.  You must give your reader (me) a reason to read on.  You need to make the reader WANT to read on. The first sentence must grab the reader (me).  Have fun with these papers.
 

Use the reference librarians at TMCC for help on these.  Actually, they have been part of the development of these assignments.  The goal of the reference librarians is to help you make the most efficient use of your time.  They will narrow your search.  They look forward to helping you.
 

Late Papers: Any paper turned in within 48 hours of the deadline will be graded and given a one full letter reduction.  Any paper turned in between 48 and 96 hours of the deadline will be graded and will receive a 50% reduction. Any paper turned in after 96 hours of the due date and time will receive a ZERO.

 

First Paper

Due     Monday           Oct. 21             by 11:55 P.M. on Canvas

            Wednesday     Oct. 23               by 11:55 P.M. for one full letter grade reduction

            Friday              Oct. 25              by 11:55 P.M. for a MAXIMUM of 50%

 

You will do ONE of the following:

  1. It is June, 1776.  You are a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.  There is a great debate over whether to declare independence from Britain.  In at least 250 words, try to convince your fellow delegates of the reasons to break from the Mother Country. Be specific in the reasons why the colonies need to break away.

    Now you get to argue the other side.In at least 250 words, try to convince your fellow delegates NOT to declare independence.Be specific in the reasons not to break away and the advantages for the colonies in staying with Britain.

    Start your second argument on a separate page.
                                 
  2. It is 1787.  The great debate going on in the country now is over the proposed Constitution.  You live in Virginia, one of the “big” states. You are one of those who has been describes as a Federalist.  You are in favor of the new Constitution.  In at least 250 words, try to convince your fellow townsmen that they should support the Constitution.  Be specific in your reasons.

    Now, you are one of those who is called an Anti-Federalist.You live in Connecticut, one of the “small” states. You are opposed to the new Constitution.In at least 250, convince your fellow citizens why the new Constitution is not in the best interests of Connecticut and why they should vote against it.Be specific in your reasons.

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Second Paper             

Due     Monday           Nov 25             by 11:55 P.M. on Canvas

            Wednesday     Nov 27               by 11:55 P.M. for one full letter grade reduction

            Friday              Nov 29              by 11:55 P.M. for a MAXIMUM of 50%

 

You will do ONE of the following:

  1. It is 1812.  There is great debate in the country over whether to go to war with Great Britain.  You are a member of Congress from Kentucky. You are a  “War Hawk”. In at least 250 words, try to convince your fellow Congressmen that the United States shguld go to war with Britain.  Be specific in your reasons.  Cite grievances against Britain.  Cite what is to be gained from a war with Britain.           

    Now, you are a Federalist Congressman from Massachusetts.  You are totally opposed to the United States’ going to war with Britain.  In at least 250 words, convince your fellow Congressmen that it is very much in the best interest of the United States NOT to go to war with Britain.  Be specific in why this would be especially detrimental to New England.

    Start your second argument on a separate page
     
  2. This is a two-part paper. It is 1850. Slavery is on everyone’s mind. In the first part of this paper, you are an abolitionist. In at least 250 words, convince your fellow townspeople in Carroll, Ohio that slavery must be done away with IMMEDIATELY.

    Now, for the second part of this paper, you are a Southern slave-owner. In at least 250 words, defend your “peculiar institution” Why is slavery good and even necessary, not only for the Southern economy, but also for the slaves themselves.

    Start the second part on a new page.
     
  3. You are an advisor to Abraham Lincoln.  On at least 500 words, 12 point font, double-spaced, convince President Lincoln of the possible advantages of issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.  Concentrate on the military and diplomatic advantages to be gained rather than the moral issues

Grading scale for papers:  I set the points for an “A” at 48 out of 50 possible.  If you get a 48 point A, that does not mean you did anything wrong.  I reserve the points above 48 for extra-special papers...papers that blow me away.  Other than that, I cannot tell you what that is.  A few decades ago, the U. S. Supreme Court heard a lot of obscenity cases.  One Justice was asked what his definition of obscenity was.  He replied, “I cannot define it, but I know it when I see it.”  That is what I feel about the points above 48.  I know it when I see it.  

You will lose points for not following directions, not following prescribed format, misspelling, poor grammar, not meeting college level writing, and turning it in late.

A         47 pts.             B-        40 pts.             D+       34 pts.

A-        45 pts              C+       39 pts.             D         33 pts.

B+       44 pts.             C         37 pts.             D-        30 pts.

B         43 pts.             C-        35 pts.             F          25 pts