For Paper 2, you will write on whichever option you did not choose for Paper 1. If you wrote a compare and contrast for Paper 1, you will write a context paper for Paper 2, or vice versa. The paper should be typed or word-processed, double-spaced, with reasonable margins, and should contain 4-5 pages worth of text. You may conduct outside research for this paper, but it is not necessary – all the material you need can be found in the books required for the class. Be sure to address every part of the question. It should be a thesis-driven essay, a product of your own work, using properly cited sources for evidence. The paper should follow a logical structure and have appropriate supporting evidence or examples. The thesis should appear in the introductory paragraph, and there should be a concluding paragraph at the end. As always, I am available in office hours, over e-mail, and by appointment if you have any questions about the assignment.
1. Compare and Contrast Primary Sources – Choose TWO primary source documents from the Johnson reader. The two should have some issue or thread in common. (For example: the same subject matter, or from the same time period, or written for similar reasons, etc.) Compare and contrast them in terms of an important issue they have in common. What do the two have in common? How do they approach the issue in different ways? What is the reason for the difference between the two sources? Explain how the similarities and differences in the contexts that produced the sources are revealed by comparing and contrasting the two documents.
2. Putting a Primary Source in Context – Choose ONE of the primary source documents from the Johnson reader, and explain what that source reveals about the historical moment in U.S. history that produced it. What is the historical context of the source – the background to the document – who produced it, and what is its function? What ideas and values does the source reveal about the person that created it? Using the textbook as a source of information, explain how the source relates to larger historical developments. For example, what does the source tell us about the political developments or power relationships within that period of American history?
See the Paper 1 assignment for reminders about footnotes.