The Realities of the American Revolution

The Question

Write an 800-1000 word essay on the following question:

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To what extent does Johnny Tremain reflect the realities of the American Revolution?  Responses to this question should be rooted in the assigned film and readings.

 

Formatting and Submission Guidelines

  • 800-1000 words
  • double spaced
  • 12 pt font
  • 1 inch margins
  • Chicago Style footnotes (see below for info/examples)
  • word count at bottom of last page

Do not include a cover sheet—simply put the following information in the top left- hand corner of the first page, single-spaced:

Name

Date

Hist 2020

Midterm Essay Assignment

 

Writing and Citation Guidelines

Specific instructions on how to write a successful paper in this class can be found in the “Essay Guidelines” handout.  Please read this document carefully before you start the paper assignment.

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Successful essays will use significant material from the course readings in responding to the question. Be sure to cite all evidence taken from a source—whether it is a quotation, a summary of an author’s point, or even a simple fact.  I require Chicago Style FOOTNOTES. They are not difficult. It is the same concept as parenthetical references, just at the bottom of the page. All word processing programs have a footnote function. In MSWord, for example, it is usually under References>Insert Footnote. In the footnote, you place the author’s name, the work cited, the publication information, and the page number where the information can be found. An example is below:

 

1 James L Roark; et al. The American Promise (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012), 256.

 

If you use that same source again, you insert a footnote and just use the author’s last name and the page number:

2 Roark, 274.

 

There are several good guides out there for Chicago Style:

 

https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html

 

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/chicago_manual_17th_edition/cmos_formatting_and_style_guide/chicago_manual_of_style_17th_edition.html

 

Readings

Yawp, Chapter 5, “Revolution” and Chapter 6, “A New Nation”

https://www.ushistory.org/documents/declaration.htm

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript