Analyzing an Historical Debate – worth a total of 120 points Paper Instruction:

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Analyzing an Historical Debate – worth a total of 120 points
Paper Instruction:
For this assignment, you will analyze an historical debate over an issue of your choice from the first half of U.S. History (pre-1877). I have given you a folder title Possible Topics. You need to select one of the 6 topics in that folder. Each of the topics is a folder which contains article. Once you have chosen your topic, tou will need to find at least 2 opposing perspectives on that issue from those peer-reviewed articles. You will use those articles to answer the following questions:
Part I. Introduction: (20 pts)
Describe in general the issue. (For example, you may analyze the importance of this issue in terms of to the culture, economics, political system, or social structure at the time.)
Part II. Historical Debate: (45 pts)
Read two perspectives (articles) on this argument from different sides, and describe the authors’ perspectives on this topic: (This assignment is not an article review, however, you need to demonstrate that you understand the readings in order to address the application questions).
After reading the articles, what were the authors’ thesis?
What evidence did the authors use to support those theses?
Does the evidence support his or her thesis?
Did the author(s) of the readings demonstrate an understanding of important elements of the culture’s history, values, politics, beliefs, or practices at the time of the issue? How or how not?
Which author created the clearer argument? Why did you feel that argument is clearer?
Part III. Conclusion (30 pts)
How did the readings change the way in which you understood the subject?
How might your own background influence your perspective on this issue? Provide examples.
Compare and Contrast the cultural issues presented in the readings with a current national or global issue?
Format: (25 pts)
The paper must be a minimum of 1000 words. Typed, double-spaced, using 11 point font. The assignment will be uploaded as a file on Blackboard.
At the end of the paper you need to include a Works Cited page in which you list your sources using Chicago/Turabian citation style. If you use webarticles or ebooks, give me the full web address (not just the home page or search engine page that you used to find it). If you quote from any source, you need to cite your quotations in footnotes using Chicago style citations.
Plagiarism Policy and punishment.: Any plagiarism is an automatic 0 for the assignment. (If you have any questions about SJCD’s plagiarism policy, you can find it at the website
Late papers policy: Late papers will have -5 points for each day that they are late. No Late Papers will be accepted after Nov. 5 at Noon.
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Possible Topics
i picked : Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln’s death right at the end of the Civil War has allowed his legend to grow. Ultimately, we do not know what he would have done for the newly freed slaves, but what do historians think he might have done given his previous actions?
links to articles on the databases
Lincoln Reconsidered
Michael F. Holt
The Journal of American History
Vol. 96, No. 2, Abraham Lincoln at 200: History and Historiography (Sep., 2009), pp. 451-455
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of Organization of American Historians
Stable URL:
Page Count: 5
Reexamining the Racial Record of Abraham Lincoln
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
No. 29 (Autumn, 2000), pp. 126-131
Published by: JBHE Foundation, Inc
DOI: 10.2307/2678865
Stable URL:
Page Count: 6
Abraham Lincoln and American Civil Religion: A Reinterpretation
Melvin B. Endy, Jr.
Church History
Vol. 44, No. 2 (Jun., 1975), pp. 229-241
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of the American Society of Church History
Stable URL:
Page Count: 13
A Man but Not a Brother: Abraham Lincoln and Racial Equality
George M. Fredrickson
The Journal of Southern History
Vol. 41, No. 1 (Feb., 1975), pp. 39-58
Published by: Southern Historical Association
DOI: 10.2307/2206706
Stable URL:
Page Count: 20
Abraham Lincoln and Colonization: An Episode That Ends in Tragedy at L’Ile a Vache, Haiti, 1863-1864
James D. Lockett
Journal of Black Studies
Vol. 21, No. 4 (Jun., 1991), pp. 428-444
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL:
Page Count: 17
On Lincoln’s “Pragmatism”
John Sexton
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Article DOI: 10.1086/669689
Stable URL:


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