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HIS 410: Your Assignment

Resources for HIS 410, specifically focused on Civil Rights in the North.

Important Dates

 

Tuesday, 10/17 Proposal Due

Tuesday, 11/14 First 7 pages Due

Tuesday, 11/21 First Drafts of Final Paper Due

12/7 and 12/14 Oral Presentations

12/14 Final Papers Due

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The Proposal

 
 

This semester, your final paper will be a topic related to the long emancipation (Ira Berlin).

Emancipation from Freemen's viewpoint; illustration from Harper's Weekly, 1865

 

Your proposal is due on Tuesday, October 17. This is the first major step towards your final paper- if you haven't already started thinking about your paper, now is the time!

Your proposal should:

  • Brief 1-2 page written document PLUS annotated bibliography
  • Describe your narrowed topic
  • Present your research question and working thesis.
  • Explain why your research is important
  • Describe the most important sources you believe you will use
  • Include a properly formatted Chicago/Turabian style annotate bibliography that divides your primary and secondary sources.
    • In a sentence or two summarize the source and explain its usefulness,
    • Primary sources:  explain how they will help you answer your main question,
    • Secondary sources:  identify the main argument and explain how it compares/contrasts to your main question.

Your proposal is worth 25 points. It will be graded on:

  • The content and format of your bibliography,
  • How well the narrowed topic and question demonstrate an understanding of the long emancipation,
  • The relevance and clarity of the thesis,
  • The quality of the evidence,
  • Grammar, etc.

 

"Emancipation from Freemen's viewpoint; illustration from Harper's Weekly, 1865." Wikipedia. Accessed September 19, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Proclamation#/media/File:EMANCI4.jpg

 

Final Paper Requirements

Please note the following requirements for your final paper.  Remember, when in doubt ask Professor Lahr for clarification on assignment details.

  • 15-20 double-spaced pages (one-inch margins),
    • Total does NOT include title page, notes or bibliography,
  • Times New Roman font (10-12 point size),
  • Title page (title of research, date, name of college, your name),
  • Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) formatting for citations,
  • In-text citation:  endnotes OR footnotes are acceptable,
  • Primary and secondary sources separated in bibliography and without annotations
  • Please see your course syllabus for grammatical requirements (block quotations, etc.).

Types, number of sources required:

  • Minimum ten primary sources,
  • Minimum ten secondary sources,
  • Among these twenty sources should be:
    • The Long Emancipation,
    • Minimum one monograph found while using The Long Emancipation,
    • Primary sources from two or more library collections (see Primary Sources tab),
    • Minimum one monograph or journal article acquired using Interlibrary Loan,
    • Minimum one journal article.

 

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