Essay Paper #2: Craft a 5 paragraphs essay (at least) on your Give Me Liberty textbook sources. (No research needed…it can all come from the book and the primary source excerpts)
Prompt: Discuss the impact of the institution of slavery has had on the United States from the time of the Revolution through Reconstruction.
You may include such topics as division between the North and South, the lives of slaves, sense of identity, slaves’ desire for freedom, slave family life, folklore, and religious life, slavery and the law, labor organization, relationship between masters and slaves, paternalism , forms of slave resistance, Slave rebellions, etc.
You cannot write every single topic. Instead, find a coherent thesis for your paper with at least three sub-topics for your argument
The possible textbook pages include Chapter 4, pages 131-148 and Chapter 11, pages 404-440, The Peculiar Institution.
You MUST integrate primary sources in the Voices of Freedom pages (these sources are in the tinted pages of the textbook).
Primary sources come from the period of said event, and (for tis class) are likely people who are long dead. Secondary sources are created later by someone who did not experience the event first-hand. The Declaration of Impendence, written by Thomas Jefferson, would be a primary source, anything written by Eric Foner (the textbook author) is a secondary source.
If you are still not sure what a primary source (vs. a secondary source), here is a great Library of Congress link. * Using Primary Sources . “Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.” Again-use the tinted “voices of freedom” pages in the textbook.
Petitions to Slaves to the Massachusetts Legislature (1773 and 1777)
There are also other sources from Chapter 11, Voices of Freedom tinted pages 422 – 3
Letter by Joseph Taper to Joseph Long (1840)
and from “Slavery and the Bible” (1850)
Or use any other primary source
dealing with slavery
Use this format for your papers:
- You should have at least a five-paragraph essay.
- Around 2 pages (675-1000 words).
- 12 font, (Times New Roman, Arial are usually best)
- Inch-wide margins
Do use punctuation marks.
Do not use more than three lines together. It is not helpful to have an entire paragraph of primary sources—I need you to paraphrase and analyze much of your own work, and give the most important bits of the quotes. For the sources, use crucial parts of quotes and replace stuff that is padding and not needed for your particular point with “…”. More than three lines is not analysis, it is just typing.
For example: “George Washington, who had lost all but one tooth because all the sugar
he ate, suffered a disastrous defeat at Fort Necessity” can
change to “George Washington
who had lost all but one tooth because all the sugar he ate, …suffered a
disastrous defeat at Fort Necessity.
Other major tips!
You should have at least five-paragraphs. (You can do more paragraphs if the breaks make sense for your argument, but don’t get minimalist and only do 3 or 4).
You need a thesis.
You need a good title that reflects your thesis. For instance, rather than using a title like “Paper #1,” use something more specific like Sharknado Atlantic Seaboard Policy as the Catalyst for War. [Okay, don’t use that]
You need at least three body paragraphs, each with a mini-thesis and which contains specific details to make your argument on why the war happened. Use the textbook, crash course videos, the tinted pages with primary source excepts and/ or the Declaration of Independence (no need to external sources unless you really want them).
You need a good conclusion. It would be good to impress me on the last thing while I am about to use my grading hand!
Once you are done with the paper, fine-tune it, make sure the thesis matches up to what you actually wrote.
Put it to bed, and take a fresh read of it the next day.
Consider the wise words
of Ernest Hemingway: “The first draft of anything is
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