This course is American History after 1870 so anything after 1870 is game.
This short paper is at least 3-5 double-spaced pages of text (Times New Roman, font size 12, 1” margins) and you must consult a minimum of two academically credible sources (no encyclopedias (tertiary sources)). You must cite your sources throughout and include a bibliography (please select one citation style: APA, MLA, or Chicago). Everything that is not general knowledge or your own analysis must be cited.
The short paper must include a cover page with your name, course number and course title, instructor’s name, and date. You must also include a bibliography at the end of your paper. While composing your paper, use proper English. Do not use abbreviations, contractions, passive voice, or first/ second person (I, you, we, our, etc). Before submitting your paper, check your grammar and use spell check. Please label your paper as follows: lastnamefirstnameHIST102ShortPaper.
TOPIC: This is a “mini” research paper. You may pick any topic (outside of a president you selected for paper 1) within the time frame of this course. Be sure to narrow your topic small enough to fit the size of the paper. For example, the topic of World War II is broad. But if you want to research D-Day that would be more suited for the length of the project. You can pick any topic of interest of you. Be creative. Perhaps you are interested in the development of Hollywood of the 1920s or flappers and fashion. Or maybe the development of music and rock and roll peek your interest. Pick what you want to learn more about that is US history within the required timeframe. If you have questions on if your topic is appropriate, please feel free to ask me. Also there is a Questions forum specifically for our papers where you can discuss your topics and research.
Your paper must include a clear and argumentative thesis that you will defend throughout the paper. You must also include a strong conclusion that restates your argument and explains how you have proven your case.
You must use at least two scholarly secondary sources from the AMU Library (see the attached Research Guide) . ALL material that you use in composing your essay must be cited, not just direct quotations.
Your paper should be in 12pt font, paragraphs indented, no space between paragraphs. Include your name in the document title.