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For this assignment you will write a paper analyzing and critiquing a scholarly article of your choice. First you will select an article from the American Historical Review or Journal of American History [NO BOOK REVIEWS ALLOWED]. Both can be accessed through the USF Library.
This article can be on any topic that interests you, so long as it pertains to American history in some way and falls into the timeframe if this class [1865 – 2016].
After selecting your article you will answer the following questions:
1. Summarize the Article: What is the author discussing in this article? What is the argument/main point that the author is trying to make?
2. Evidence: What type of evidence does the author use to support their argument/main point. What do they use in their bibliography – newspapers, speeches, written histories? Are there any types of evidence you feel the author could have used to reinforce their argument?
3. Analyze the Article: After writing about the main point and type of evidence, answer if you thought the author made a convincing argument? Do you agree or disagree with the conclusions of the article? Why or why not?
4. Further Research: After reviewing your article do a little more research on this topic. Name one or two more articles that address similar subjects and see if they have a similar argument or different? Do they share the same sources?
All essays must be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman font using 1-inch margins. All papers must be double-spaced, grammatically correct, and refer back to the journal article you selected.
Please include a citation of your article at the top of your paper! Here is the MLA format:
Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name. “Title.” Title of Journal, volume #, issue no., date published, page numbers.
Each question should be a new heading in the paper. I do not expect a flowing narrative with this assignment. Instead, I want you to simply provide the answers to the questions above in roughly 2-3 paragraphs per question.
I uploaded the article down.