Read the guidelines carefully please.
Write a 750-word response to the following prompt:
Since 1945, the U.S been described as the leader of the free world. How true was this statement, based on evidence drawn from both the domestic and international realms? Did the imperatives of Cold War and post-Cold War foreign policy expand or limit freedoms, at home and abroad? Which groups saw an expansion of freedom in the aftermath of World War II? Which groups saw limitations placed on their freedom?
In formulating your answer, choose three different individuals/groups that we have discussed in the third section of this course (modules 11-14). Explain how the imperatives of Cold War and, if applicable, its aftermath affected the freedom for each group and their understanding of freedom. In other words how did the Cold War affect them and their notion of what freedom meant. You should also compare these contrasting views of freedom. Were their experiences similar or different?
- Be as specific as possible, and be sure to use the assigned readings to defend your answer.
- Answers that are too short or too long (more than 50 words in either direction) will lose points.
- Your answer must quote and cite at least three different documents from the required reading for Modules 11 through 14.
- Your answer will be checked for plagiarism using Turn-It-In.
- Your answer should be based on material covered in class lectures and in the assigned reading for this course. DO NOT CONSULT OTHER SOURCES. I do not want to know what Google tells you about this topic. All the information you need to answer this question can be found in the assigned reading and in your class notes.
Some tips on formatting and length:
- 750 words is not much! Its about three double spaced pages (1 margins, 12 point font).
- Be brief, especially in your introductory paragraph. Get right to your argument, dont waste words describing everything weve covered in the course. Theres no need to make sweeping statements like Since the beginning of U.S. history….
- The prompt asks several different (but closely related) questions. You do not need to answer each and every one of them, but you should try to address most of them (at least in passing) in your essay.
- Suggested format:
- 75 words: Introductory paragraph that ends with a clear thesis statement (that is, your argument and your answer to the question asked in the prompt).
- 200 words: body paragraph 1, which should contain your first example and a quotation from your first document.
- 200 words: body paragraph 2, which should contain your second example and a quotation from your second document. A transition paragraph between paragraphs should address the similarities/differences between your first and second example.
- 200 words: body paragraph 3, which should contain your third example and a quotation from your third document. A transition paragraph between paragraphs should address the similarities/differences between this example and your first two examples.
- 75 words: a concluding paragraph that compares your three examples and reiterates (not word-for-word!) your thesis from the introduction.
- You MUST introduce and contextualize your quotes. Weve read dozens of documents this term. You must tell your reader what document youre quoting.
- GOOD: Southern African Americans had their own definition of freedom. We claim freedom as our natural right, black residents of Nashville stated in a petition, and ask that in harmony and co-operation with the nation at large, you should cut up the roots the system of slavery. As these petitioners noted, the work of freedom remained incomplete, even after emancipation.
- BAD: Southern African Americans had their own definition of freedom. We claim freedom as our natural right, and ask that in harmony and co-operation with the nation at large, you should cut up the roots the system of slavery.
The second example is extraordinarily confusing for your reader. Who are you quoting? Are these your words? Introduce your quotes, and then explain them in your own words.
You should also try to avoid extended quotations. In almost all circumstances, you shouldnt be quoting more than one or two sentences at a time. When youre trying to quote a longer passage, intersperse your own words as necessary. When I see paragraph-length citations I start to worry that youre just trying to fill up space
Historians use Chicago Manual of Style, Humanities format. Use footnotes, not parenthetical/in-text citations.
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