It is important for students of history to be able to make a historical argument. This includes a thesis statement and examples supporting the thesis. It should also take into account multiple sources. Write a 3-4 page paper answering the following question:
Most students of American history learn about the American revolution as a watershed moment. Let’s step back and think about how it impacted different groups of people that we read about this week. Did enslaved peoples, American Indians, women, the poor, and wealthy’s lives mostly change or mostly stay the same between roughly 1775 and 1795?
Explain using at least 1 cited example from each of the 4 assigned readings provided. Only use the assigned readings as sources for your citations.
Approximately 3-4 pages double spaced, 11 or 12 point font.
Use footnotes for your citations.
Footnote Citation Examples:
1 James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (New York: The New Press, 2018) 25.
2 Leslie M. Harris, “The Greatest City in the World: Slavery in New York in the Age of Hamilton” from Historians on Hamilton : How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America’s Past, edited by Renee C. Romano, and Claire Bond Potter, (Rutgers University Press, 2018), 71.
3 “An Old Republican “from A Woman’s Dilemma : Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution by Rosemarie Zagarri, (Somerset: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2014), 100.
If you were using parenthetical references at the end of the sentence it would be (Loewen, 25), (Harris, 71), (Zagarri, 100).
The introduction should give the reader a broad overview of the topic of the American Revolution and/or period between 1775 and 1795 – but no longer than 3/4 page. In the last sentence of the introduction paragraph it should answer the prompt – think about using some of the phrases of the prompt or restating it to show you are on topic. That is your thesis.
In the body of the paper you will be systematically providing examples from the assigned materials to support your thesis. Think about including:
T – a topic sentence at the beginning of the paragraph
EX – examples from the assigned materials (make sure to cite them)
A – add analysis on why the examples support your point
S – summarize/remind the reader of your thesis or how the paragraph supports the larger point of the paper