M5 Discussion 2: The Civil War

M5 Discussion 2: The Civil War

Select one (only one!) of the following topics on the Civil War and write a response to prompt by the initial post date:

Based on at least two primary sources and your readings (course readings and linked documents) on the reasons the South seceded, what do you think the point of view of the Southern states was? How about the view of Northerners? Do you think those views evolved over time?

Based on at least two primary sources and your readings (course readings and linked documents) on the military conflicts of the war, what observations do you have about the level of technology in this, the first modern war? What made this war so very destructive, do you think?

Based on at least two primary sources and your readings (course readings and linked documents) on the consequences of the war, describe some of the problems of people away from the battlefields. How did the Civil War change the way people lived? Do you think the War also changed the way people thought about the nature of the United States?

Make sure you use evidence from the sources and source types noted in your prompt to support your points. You may use sources other than those found in Recommended Resources, but you should write at least 300 words in your response.

M5 Assignment 2: Primary and Secondary Source Analysis and Comparison Essay Instructions

For this assignment, you will take the information from your Primary and Secondary Source Worksheet along with any feedback the instructor has provided you and create a 2 – 3 page (500 – 750) analysis and comparison essay.

Instructions

Evaluate your sources using the Primary and Secondary Source Worksheet as a template.

Write a properly formatted, double-spaced analysis and comparison essay that answers the 5 W’s for each of your sources. Refer to the example Primary and Secondary Source Analysis and Comparison Essay for more information.

Summarize what you learned about the event or topic from both the primary and secondary sources that you selected. Compare the source types as well. This should be at least one complete paragraph of your essay.

Reference your sources with a bibliography at the end of your evaluation for all sources used – the primary and the secondary source selected as well as any external sources you used in your research. Use your choice of MLA, APA or Chicago Style for Humanities.

Submit your completed essay to the Primary and Secondary Source Analysis and Comparison Essay Assignment folder by the due date on the Course Schedule as a .docx or .rtf file (no PDFs!).

M5 Assignment 1: Primary and Secondary Source Worksheet Instructions

Complete your Primary and Secondary source worksheet thoroughly for both the primary source you selected from the list of those provided and the related secondary source you selected through your own research. You can find the Worksheet here (I have it attached in a separate document)

Instructions

Primary Source

Select one of the primary sources located on the list below.

Read the source in its entirety or for at least 30 minutes.

Analyze and evaluate the selected primary source by answering the questions outlined in the Primary and Secondary Source Analysis portion of the eText (the 5 W’s), and complete the primary source column of the Primary and Secondary Source Worksheet. Make sure to thoroughly answer each question and remember that you will need to do additional research to answer some of the questions.

Secondary Source

Locate a secondary source related in some way to your selected primary source. For example, if your primary source were Darwin’s Origin of the Species, you would look for a secondary source that comments on Darwin’s work or ideas. Please note that sources located within the eText are not acceptable secondary sources.

Read the secondary source in its entirety or for at least 30 minutes if it is lengthy.

Analyze and evaluate the selected secondary source by answering the questions outlined in the Primary and Secondary Source portion of the eText (the 5 W’s), and complete the secondary source column of the Primary and Secondary Source Worksheet. Make sure to thoroughly answer each question and remember that you will need to do additional research to answer some of the questions.

Worksheet

Add a bibliography in one of the approved formats to the Worksheet, so your instructor can review your secondary source as well as your selected primary source. [Remember all your sources are listed in Chicago Style for Humanities (CMS). If you are using MLA or APA, you need to edit the format of the primary source as appropriate.]

Submit your PS Worksheet by the due date on the Course Schedule as a .docx or .rtf file (No PDFs). (This due date is likely to be earlier than the due date for the Primary and Secondary Source Analysis and Comparison Essay to allow the instructor to provide you feedback.)

Click here for an example of the Worksheet.

Primary Source List

Adams, Abigail. “Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 31 March – 5 April, 1776.” At Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. https://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/archive/doc?id=L17760331aa.

Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” July 5, 1852. At Teaching American History.org. Ashland University. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july/.

Easton, John. “Metacom [King Philip] Relates Indian Complaints About English Settlers, 1675.” At History Matters. George Mason University. http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6226.

Fitzhugh, George. “Cannibals All! Or Slaves Without Masters.” 1857. At National Humanities Center. http://americainclass.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Fitzhugh-excerpt.pdf.

Grimké, Angelina Emily. Appeal to the Christian Women of the South. New York: New York Anti-Slavery Society, 1836. At University of Virginia. http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/abolitn/abesaegat.html.

Jackson, Andrew. “President Jackson’s Veto Message Regarding the Bank of the United States; July 10, 1832.” At The Avalon Project at Yale Law School. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/ajveto01.asp.

Lincoln, Abraham and Stephen Douglas. “First Debate: Ottawa, Illinois.” August 21, 1858. At National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/debate1.htm.

Madison, James. “The Federalist Papers: No. 10.” November 23, 1787. At The Avalon Project at Yale Law School. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed10.asp.

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. February 14, 1776. At The Online Library of Liberty. https://oll.libertyfund.org/pages/1776-paine-common-sense-pamphlet.

Ross, John. “”Our Hearts are Sickened”: Letter from Chief John Ross of the Cherokee, Georgia, 1836.” September 28, 1836. At History Matters. George Mason University. http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6598/.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. “The Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Convention, 1848.” At Modern History Sourcebook. Fordham University. https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/Senecafalls.asp.

Truth, Sojourner. “Ain’t I A Woman?” December 1851. At Modern History Sourcebook. Fordham University. https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/sojtruth-woman.asp.

Washington, George. “Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796.” At The Avalon Project at Yale Law School. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/washing.asp.

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