Does American history reflect America’s highest ideals – the notions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Has America lived up to its promises? How would you characterize modern America? In other words:
What themes dominate the history and development of America from the Civil War through the end of the Cold War in 1989?
You must choose at least 3 themes. YOU ARE NOT TO USE SOURCES THAT ARE
OUTSIDE THE COURSE. Support the themes you have chosen with evidence from the course material. You must define what the themes mean through the evidence you cite. For example, if justice is one of your themes, do not just merely say that justice was lacking in the U.S. for this group of people until 1970. Instead, cite examples. You should probably have at least 3 citations to support each theme from the course material
The Story of America from Civil War through the Cold War Description
You are to write a structured, edited essay between 5-7 pages using academic
English (please avoid idiomatic expressions).
• Do not write less than 5 pages!
• This assignment is worth 20% of your grade.
• You will employ Chicago-style citations and footnotes. No exceptions.
• Papers that violate the plagiarism policy automatically receive a grade of F for the assignment and are reported to the University as an academic violation. This Includes improper citations.
• Use Times New Roman 12-pt font with normal margins, double-spaced. Number your pages. Staple them together.
• The essay is due Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the beginning of class. You must submit a hard copy IN CLASS. Please do not email me the essay in lieu of a hard copy. Late papers will not be accepted. Please staple your pages together and number them.
• Do not use sources other than what is contained on the syllabus. You are to construct your arguments using only the readings on CANVAS, the required texts of the course and information from the lectures. NOTE: for The American Yawp, instead of page numbers just use chapter. section as the
13 Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906), 55-56.
14 Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” (1963), 232.
10 Martin Luther King, Jr., “A Time to Break Silence,” (1967), 219.
3Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto, ed. David McLellan (Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 2008), 32.
5 Maureen A. Flanagan, America Reformed: Progressives and Progressivisms, 1890s-1920s
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 44.
6 Rick Atkinson, An Army at Dawn: the War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (New York: Henry
Holt, 2002), 288.
11 Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (New
York: Simon & Schuster, 2011), 36.
NOTE: You can draw from these sources above to support your paper