In this assignment you will produce a piece of original historical research and writing. This research paper comprises 30% of your grade. There will be several small assignments along the way toward the completion of the paper. The final paper is due in class on November 25.
The purpose of this assignment is to have you practice the work of a historian. That means identifying a historical question, searching for original sources (that is, sources produced at the time) that help to answer the question, reading secondary materials (that is, things written after the fact by a historian or other) and putting your information in its broader context, and then writing a persuasive argument convincing me of your conclusions and your answer to the original question.