Your assignment in this 5-7 page paper is to contextualize one president within the major debates and transformations of his times, drawing on class lectures and readings to make your case. You are not required nor expected to do additional research for this paper, but you are welcome to incorporate additional sources (primary and secondary) if you wish, as long as they are from reputable academic and journalistic sources (e.g. items found in the libraries and in library databases).
YOU MAY CHOOSE ONE OF TWO DATES TO SUBMIT THIS PAPER
October 25 (11:59PM) - 18th and 19th c
December 4 (11:59PM) - any president except the current one
Additional notes mentioned in class:
Double-spaced, 5-7 pages, 1” margins, Times New Roman, size 12.
Does not need to be exhaustive biography nor complete account of presidency
Choose ONE OR TWO ISSUES/THEMES to highlight
* Topical (e.g., immigration, financial system, foreign relations)
* Institutional (e.g., duties of the presidency, media image)
Not a research paper; class lectures and books can be your only sources if you choose.
Please use MLA or Chicago citation, footnotes preferred.
We will review drafts if given at least five days of turnaround time for feedback; please make an appointment with the TA to do so.
If you want W credit: You should take this prompt and write a longer paper of 10-12 pages (double-spaced, 1” margins, Times New Roman, size 12). You may write about two presidents if you wish, but that is not expected. Turn in the draft NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 21 and write at the top/header of the paper that you are requesting W credit. We then will provide written feedback; based on that, you should revise and submit BY THE MONDAY OF EXAM WEEK (DECEMBER 10). A draft, revision, and final submittal is required for the W credit.
For help in writing structure and a better understanding of my expectations, please consult this worksheet: Some guidelines for writing history papers 2017.docx
For help in better understanding my expectations and grading standards, please consult this worksheet: GRADING STANDARDS FOR PAPERS.pdf