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 on December 8 to my email or department mailbox by 4:30 pm.
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.
The research paper assignment includes several minor assignments, as follows:
Papers should make use of a minimum of four secondary and six primary sources. The more primary sources the better.
The components which will be taken into consideration in the grade are: