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In this course, I have asked you to consider and examine historical moments and events in the form of primary and secondary sources where American citizens pushed against the accepted boundaries of freedom and liberty and created new spaces for themselves and others within American society. As the semester ends, it is time to put these skills and knowledge into practice in a holistic way.
Given what you have read, heard, and discussed in this course, write a short reflection paper in the following style:
Imagine you are a curator at the Intergalactic University Museum of Alpha Centauri. It is 3000 CE, and humanity is now a pangalactic species. The museum director has given you a special assignment â€“ the little-visited Old Earth Wing, and its Americana section of the museum needs a new historical plaque, and it is your job to research and write the text for it. The director hopes your work will renew interest in this moribund and mostly forgotten exhibit!
You have 800 words to create a narrative Historical Plaque like the kind of archaeologists found in the climate-destroyed ruins of the North-Western Hemisphere of “Old Earth.” (See the image below for an example of the find.)
This is a historical plaque marker; it describes Sherman’s March to the sea.
The museum director wants you to think about the essential theme of US History from 1876 to 2020. You will need to trace this theme over nearly 150 years and highlight the essential people, places, things, or related ideas.
Considering this time frame, what is the most crucial development? How would you characterize the central struggle during this period? What would it be if you wanted your viewers to know one critical concept that defines this period?
As you write, you should consider: 1) did I describe this theme clearly? 2) how did this theme change or evolve? 3) how did this theme shape day-to-day life for ancient Earthlings? And 4) what does this theme tell your reader about the past, and does this theme matter?
The director demands that you ground your historical marker in texts, lectures, and primary sources using Chicago Style Footnotes. Use good clear, and relevant authorities. See the video below.
You need to ground your plaque firmly in the texts, lectures, primary sources, and the ideas we’ve discussed in the course.
5 – 6 RELEVANT primary sources from Foner’s Voices of Freedom; please use pity quotes to craft your arguments and make your points.
5 – 6 RELEVANT references from Foner’s Give Me Liberty and the course lectures; remember, this material provides the more significant contextual issues mainly missing from the narrow point of view of primary sources.
What are Chicago Style footnotes?
It is a citation style. Please watch the following video for more information.
Also: the link below will give you more examples of how to format it.
Purdue OWL_ Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition-2-1.pdf Download Purdue OWL_ Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition-2-1.pdf
What does this assignment assess?
This course counts toward the Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing within the IU East General Education framework. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Recognize and describe humanistic, historical, or artistic works, problems, and patterns of the human experience.
Apply disciplinary methodologies, epistemologies, and traditions of the humanities and the arts, including the ability to distinguish primary and secondary sources.
Analyze and evaluate texts, objects, events, or ideas in their cultural, intellectual, or historical contexts.
Analyze the concepts and principles of various types of humanistic or artistic expression.
Create, interpret, or reinterpret artistic and humanistic works through performance or criticism.
Develop arguments about forms of human agency or expression grounded in rational analysis and an understanding of and respect for spatial, temporal, and cultural contexts.
Analyze diverse narratives and evidence to explore the complexity of human experience across space and time.
This assignment was crafted to assess these different general education outcomes.