Project #50694 - African American History

This is an assignment that I will list the requirements below , but PLEASE I want you to follow the requirement very carefully because he is really strict about them. 

For this assignment the books that you need to read are: 

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself, by Frederick Douglass,Edited by David W. Blight (Second Edition, Bedford St Martins, 2003) ISBN: 9780312257378 / prefer you use this version, but any copy of Douglass’s text is acceptable. 

And 

Children of Fire: A History of African Americans, Thomas C. Holt (Hill and Wang, 2010), ISBN:9780809067138. Listed below as: Text.

PLEASE DO NOT USE OUTSIDE READING OR RESOURCES for answering the question. 

 

Here are the requirements: 

Instructions:

1. Your response to the prompts must be **analytical** not **descriptive**. Thesis, argument, and evidence are all good and necessary. Summary is not desirable and will have a negative impact on your grade.

 

2. Your introductory paragraph should indicate clearly what you will argue.

 

3. Your analysis should be supported with evidence from the readings and lectures. I do not expect--nor do I want--you to do outside reading.

 

4. Provide citations for specific factual points. Any of the material we have handled in the course (lectures, monographs, articles) is open for your use. Please make note of the origin of your information. Parenthetical citations or footnotes are fine.

 

5. Type your answers and submit them to me as either a MS Word document (.doc or .docx), text document (.txt) or PDF. Your responses should be +/- 750-1000 words. Responses less than 500 words are very likely to be insufficiently detailed. Responses exceeding 1500 words are likely to contain too much summary(see Rule 1).Build an argument, support it with evidence, and present it clearly.

 

6. Your essay will be evaluated on its argument, evidence, and clarity. The quality of your writing matters. Use spelling and grammar checks. Do not use contractions. It is generally preferable to write in the past tense (since the events happened in the past) and very not preferable to switch back and forth between the present and the past tenses. 

 

7. Answer the question you have not the question you want. Be certain to answer the question fully. **Successful responses will address change over time, causes, effects, and consequences.** Some of these prompts give you opportunities to argue points or incorporate evidence from both the first and second halves of the semester. Take advantage of those opportunities. In other words: you should think about how the question you choose fits into the broader patterns that we have covered in class, not just its own historical moment. All of the essay prompts address issues that involve (to one degree or another) political, legal, and social changes. Bear this fact in mind as you formulate a response.

 

Choose ONE of the following: 

 

1. What challenges have African American community and political activists faced (and what successes have they achieved) in the twentieth century? Please consider the examples of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the NAACP at a minimum in your response. You may also cite additional examples.

 

2. Explain how the Great Migration and Harlem Renaissance offered opportunities for African American men and women. What were some of the short- and long-term effects of these movements?

 

3. The history of the long civil rights movement is often portrayed through examples of men like MLK, Malcolm X, Garvey, Du Bois, and the like. Using example from readings and lectures, explain some of the different roles of women (as workers, catalysts, belligerents, litigants, etc.) in the quest for civil rights and how their roles were similar to or different from men's roles.

 

4. In his 1865 speech "What the Black Man Wants," Frederick Douglass said, "[The Civil War] was begun, I say, in the interest of slavery on both sides. The South was fighting to take slavery out of the Union, and the North fighting to keep it in the Union; the South fighting to get it beyond the limits of the United-States Constitution, and the North fighting to retain it within those limits; the South fighting for new guarantees, and the North fighting for the old guarantees;  -- both despising the negro, both insulting the negro." Do you believe Douglass's assessment reflects our current understanding of the causes of the war? Whether you believe it does or does not, explain the logic and meaning of Douglass's speech, using examples of the political and social changes that led the United States on a path to war. 

 

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/08/2014 05:00 pm
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