Discuss the role of the Indians in the wars for empire from the 1690s through the 1760s

In this assignment, you will use primary documents, in addition to other course materials, in an analytical argument. You will upload the assignment through the link at the bottom of this page. This is an individual assignment – do not work on it with others!

Details: 2-3 pages, double spaced, 12 pt type, 1 inch margins.  Grammar, logic, and clarity count.  Specific and detailed evidence required.  Use of primary documents from the Thinking Historically: American Indians and the Wars for Empire folder in Topic 7 is required. You must have, at minimum, three pieces of evidence in support of your thesis drawn from these documents.

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Important notes

All information you need to respond to the prompt is contained within the materials assigned in the course module.  I want you to react to the assigned materials.  Do not use outside materials or seek your answer on the internet.

I also want to know what you think, therefore do not directly quote secondary materials.  Most students use quotes as fillers, this is unacceptable in a college history course and does not reflect upon your understanding of the topic at hand.  The only acceptable use of a quote is a short (phrase or sentence) quotation from a primary source document (properly identified and cited) that you immediately discuss and is part of your analysis. 

Primary Source = Something produced in the historical era under study

Secondary Source = Something produced at a later date.  A history textbook, a documentary film, etc.

How the Assignment is Graded

The following factors are taken into account:


Thesis – Do you have a well thought out and clear thesis?


Evidence – You must have solid evidence for each point you raise in the thesis.  Evidence is not simply a statement, there must be an explanation of how that evidence supports the thesis statement. You must provide a minimum of three pieces of evidence in support of your argument.

Example:  If you were writing a paragraph on the causes of the Cold War, you might use the Baruch Plan as an example.  Simply writing “the Baruch Plan was a cause of the Cold War” in your paragraph would not be enough to earn a point.  However, the following sentences would earn a point:

“One cause of the Cold War was the failure of the United States and the Soviet Union to agree upon a plan for nuclear disarmament after World War II.  The Baruch Plan, presented by the US, would maintain the American atomic weapon advantage for the foreseeable future.  This played into Stalin’s suspicions of the Americans’ true motivations toward the USSR.”

You should have a minimum of three pieces of evidence in support of your thesis (each point of the thesis needs at least one piece of evidence in support).  There are three possible points here, one for each piece of evidence.


Historical Accuracy, Clarity, and Logic

Is your argument clear and does it make sense?  Is it historically accurate?  Does your evidence prove your point? 


Proper Citation

Have you properly cited? Have you used the format required in this course (modified Turabian).  You must also footnote (see information about creating a footnote in Word given at the beginning of the course).  Parenthetical cites are NOT allowed.  No research allowed, so no outside sources.


Grammar and Spelling

Is the journal entry up to college standards for grammar and spelling?


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Assignment Prompt

Discuss the role of the Indians in the wars for empire from the 1690s through the 1760s.  Were they simply pawns of the European combatants or did they have their own strategies and goals from the war? What factors caused Indian tribes and confederations to choose one European power over another as an ally?

You may wish to concept map or outline key issues first and then pull out your three strongest arguments to develop more fully in the essay.

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