American history, 1877 to present

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Discussing the themes of race, class, gender, and social justice covered in this course, construct an argument that outlines U.S. history from WWII through the present and provides an alternative to the traditional narrative in U.S. history textbooks.  In other words, write a thesis statement that makes a different argument about the major themes in U.S. history than you might find in a traditional textbook.  Then provide specific examples to support your argument drawn from course readings, lectures, and films in the body of your paper. 



Your papers will  consist of take home essays (expect to write 5 or more typed, double-spaced pages for each).  assignment will ask you to synthesize themes and information covered in course lectures, readings, and discussion.  




Use this text book read chapter 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 :


James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got 

Wrong (Touchstone, 2007).  ISBN 978-0743296281

NOTE:  You need the 2007 (or later) edition of this book.  It will 13 chapters (not 12).



§  Your papers should be at least 6 pages long, 12 point font, double-spaced, standard margins.

§  Each paper should have an introduction, clear thesis statement, organized body, and conclusion (review course rubric).

§  A good thesis statement presents an argument.

§  You must draw from a wide variety of sources in providing evidence for your argument—lectures, Loewen, Globalyceum, films, etc.

§  You should provide parenthetical citations where appropriate.  For example (lecture, September 30), (Loewen, 56), (Triangle Fire), or (Globalyceum, “The Great Depression).

§  Your papers should be well organized, clearly written, and free from spelling and grammatical errors.  




Academic Dishonesty

University does not tolerate academic dishonesty. For further clarification of university policies regarding academic honesty consult university policy at result in a grade of 0 (zero) for the assignment, a possible F for the course, and reporting to the University.



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