HINT: please don’t write a single paragraph or just a half page to answer the questions. Each of these questions is complex and needs some attention. If you write too little, you are telling me you don’t know the material.
1. We spent several days discussing Marbury v. Madison in class. What are the specific historical events that led directly to the controversy in this case? Why do Jefferson and Madison refuse to give Marbury his appointment? Why does Marbury take his case directly to the US Supreme Court? What is Marshall’s rationale for deciding the case the way he does? Do you think Marbury v. Madison was decided correctly? Why or why not?
Marbury v. Madison
In November 1845, President James K. Polk dispatched congressman John Slidell to Mexico City to negotiate with the Mexican government over the southern boundary of Texas four months after Congress admitted Texas as the twenty-eight state. Although Mexican officials refused to meet with Slidell, the controversy over the international boundary continued to be a point of contention for the next six months until the start of the Mexican-American War. The debate about the international boundary between the US and Mexico, and the role that played in the war, is the topic of this assignment.
For this assignment you will use Manifest Destiny (Chapter 12) from the textbook (pay special attention to “Section IV: Texas, Mexico, and the United States”) and the maps embedded below to create a 2-minute speech and PowerPoint slideshow highlighting your main points, then record a video of you delivering the presentation.
First, write a script for your speech. A 2-minute presentation is the equivalent of text comprising approximately 250-300 words, double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman or similar font.
Second, build a 3-5 slide presentation that clearly articulates the case for your position. You may write in character as a person from the 19th century, but this is not required See the Starting a Presentation, Photo Essay, or Video page and the Sample Final PowerPoint Presentation (Woman’s Suffrage) for help with structuring and designing your presentation. When creating your slideshow, pay close attention to the proper layout of each slide—balancing text with visual images from the maps—as well as creating slides for an introduction, conclusion, and Works Cited.
Click on the links/maps below. Either download the maps themselves or take screenshots of the maps (or parts of maps) that are relevant to your argument. Be sure to incorporate at least THREE of the maps listed below in your presentation to better illustrate your point.
Using the written script you create, practice presenting and explaining this information, then record video of your presentation and upload to the assignment box.
Students whose last names begin with A-M will adopt the persona of a US representative who supports the Rio Grande River boundary
MY last name begin H
Students will be asked to read primary documents for every required chapter reading from the supplemental primary reader American Yawp. Students will select one primary document and are expected to write a summary and analysis of the primary evidence. To complete the summary and analysis students must address these specific questions.
Who was the author[s], date and/or origins of the primary source?
To whom was document directed?
What was the main idea and/or argument of the primary source?
What was its political, religious, and/or social message?
How does it relate to the era it originated or what does it teach us about the society where it originated?
Students will need to thoroughly address the questions based on their reading of the documents. The primary source analysis must be written in paragraph form NOT numerically.
For the last Writing Response you will look at ONE of three political cartoons and choose to write about ONE of them. The only source permitted is the textbook. Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 will be the best places to look in the Give Me Liberty! book and in the American Yawp it would be Section 10 or Section 13 in Volume 1.
The book link
1. Follow the formatting requirements of your previous PDA assignments (margins, font, font size, double spaced, etc). You do not have to tie the four questions together into a cohesive narrative, just answer each of the questions individually. You will submit this Course Final as a single paper with your individual responses to the four questions separated within it, either by numbers (1., 2., 3., and 4.), page breaks, or both.
2. Ensure that your responses to the (4) four required questions are a MINIMUM length of ONE FULL PAGE per question for a total submission length of at least 4 full pages. The four required questions can be found by scrolling to the end of the Course Final document. Each question needs a mini of 1 full page
3. Use evidence provided by the documents as well as your knowledge gained throughout this course to support your arguments.
The student should use the essays listed below and follow the guidelines posted below the list. The articles listed in the “Article Analyses Essay Assignment #2” can be found through Odum Library’s online search engine on the Valdosta State University webpage or on Blazeview. Use the name of the journal (i.e. William and Mary Quarterly) search for the article, and then find the year of publication on the corresponding list found when the correct journal list is found. https://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/
Directions for Accessing the Assigned Journal Articles:
Go to the Odum Library homepage on the VSU website. Highlight “Books and Journals” in the search box. Type in the name of the journal the article you are trying to find into the search box. For example, type in William and Mary Quarterly or Georgia Historical Quarterly. Do not type in the title of the article. Then click “Find”. Then click the “Online” option for the journal in the list you get. You should then get a list of decades. Click on the appropriate decade based on the year the article you are trying to find. You should get a list of years corresponding to that decade. Then click on the year of publication, and then search by page numbers, article title, or author.
1) Beeman, Richard. “Deference, Republicanism, and the Emergence of Popular Politics in Eighteenth-Century America,” William and Mary Quarterly 49, (3) (July 1992), 401-443.
2) Egnal, Marc and Joseph A. Ernst. “An Economic Interpretation of the American Revolution,” The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan. 1972): 3-32.
3) Breen, T. H. “’Baubles of Britain’: The American and Consumer Revolution of the Eighteenth Century,” Past and Present 119 (May 1988): 73-104.
4) Lynd, Staughton and David Waldstreicher. “Reflections on Economic Interpretation, Slavery, The People Out of Doors, and Top Down versus Bottom Up,” The William and Mary Quarterly 68 (4) (October 2011): 649-656.
My goal for these assignments is for you to produce a thorough written assessment of several assigned scholarly articles on American History to 1865. This assignment develops analytical and critical thinking skills, and it directly promotes an understanding of the historical process. I advise you to consult the sample Article Analyses Essay found at the end of the syllabus and under the “Content” button on Blazeview. You should read and consult the Benjamin, A Student’s Guide to History when you write each Article Analyses Essay.
Your Article Analyses Essay must include a discussion of each articles’ thesis, methodology, organization, historiography, sources, and important terminology used. Your essay should also include your assessment of all the works in question, and it should not be a regurgitation of the content. You should have a single, organizing thesis found in an introduction and restated in a conclusion that ties the assessment of the assigned articles together in your Article Analyses Essay. Do not write a separate essay for each assigned article. You must discuss all the articles in one, large, inclusive essay. The final paper must be between a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) pages (1,200-1,800 words) with a separate title page and a separate endnotes page. I have included a sample in the Content section of our course. I will not begin grading until after the deadline. You may submit your assignment more than once before the deadline, but each submission replaces and erases the previous submission. Your Article Analyses Essays will not be accepted after the posted deadlines. Failure to submit any Article Analyses Essay will result in a “0” for that grade. I will not grade your assignment until after the deadline. Each Article Analyses Essay will be 10% of the final grade. Follow the steps above to ensure you submit your assignment correctly.
Your grade will be based on your ability to answer the following six questions for each article assigned for each review in a single, organized essay that includes a clear, concise, yet comprehensive, introduction and a conclusion that organizes each essay with a coherent argument. Your grade will also be impacted by your ability to follow directions as laid out in the syllabus and in the directions for each assignment. Grammar only matters in that the assignment must be readable and understandable.
1. What is the thesis?
2. What is the historiography?
3. What type of history is the source? (i.e. economic, military, political, social, cultural, diplomatic, environmental)
4. What is the organization or how is it structured?
5. What types of sources (primary and secondary) are cited within it?
6. What are the most important terms or terminology for proving the thesis and explaining the history covered by the publication?
1) Coherent and legible essay at the minimum length that uses all the assigned sources – up to 60 points.
2) Accurate citation of sources and use of Chicago Manual of Style for endnotes – up to 10 points.
3) Solid analysis and assessment of all assigned articles/essays tied together with a definitive and clear introduction and conclusion – up to 10 points.
4) Clear and concise discussion of each assigned article’s/essay’s thesis, type of history (methodology), and organization – up to 10 points.
5) Clear and concise discussion of each assigned article’s/essay’s primary (document/firsthand) sources and important terminology and how each connects with and proves or disproves the article’s/essay’s thesis and type of history – 10 points.
Bonus points (Total points for the assignment cannot exceed 100 points)
1) Ability to discuss the historiographic (secondary sources) debate covered in each article/essay and each assigned article’s/essay’s thesis fits in the historiography of its topic/field – up to 10 points.
Students must complete an approximately 1,000 word reflective essay. (The word count excludes the title page, notes, and bibliography, if necessary.) The purpose of this assignment is to reflect on how race relations have evolved from the late nineteenth century to the present day by analyzing contemporary popular culture.
Reflective Essay Questions: To effectively complete the assignment, students must view the videos and answer all questions. See questions below.
The essay should consist of an introduction and a thesis, responses to the essay questions based on the required viewing material, information gleaned from past assignments, the optional use of supplemental resources, and a conclusion. While writing your essay, think about the big picture of American History. What has history taught us about race and race relations in the U.S., and why, ultimately should we care? (Historians are ever mindful of the proverbial so what? question.) The goal of this assignment ultimately is to reflect on, synthesize, and interpret what you have learned thus far in the course by peering through the lens of contemporary popular culture.
Focus on history: think about cause and effect, and change over time.
Create the paper in Microsoft Word, using 12-point type, double-spaced paragraphs, and one-inch margins.
Proofread your essay for mechanical errors before submitting the final draft.
You can use first person pronouns, e.g., “I,” “you,” “us,” or “we” in this assignment.
Avoid passive voice, e.g., “It was decided” or “Decisions have been made.” Passive voice does not convey agency; it does not answer the important question: who did what to whom?
Do not plagiarize. Students who plagiarize will earn a ZERO for the assignment, with no opportunity to re-do it.
Resources & Citing
Secondary and/or additional primary sources are not required to complete this assignment; however, if you use additional resources, they must be credible and properly cited. Ask your professor if you have any questions about the credibility of a resource. Use the MLA Citation Style, 8th ed. to cite all sources.
Assessment & Grading
The grade for this assignment is based on the following 4 categories, worth 25 points each:
Thesis Statement and Content
Historical Thinking: Narrative and Context
Organization, Syntax, Grammar, and Spelling
Historical Analysis: Evaluation & Critical Thinking
Reflective Essay Questions & Media
Watch the sketch, “Frontline: Clayton Bigsby,” featured in Season 1 of Chappelle’s Show, which aired on Comedy Central in 2003. Writer and comedian Dave Chappelle portrays Clayton Bigsby, the main character in the sketch. Be sure to watch both parts (both videos) below. Next, watch the two stand-up comedy monologues, “2042 and the White Minority” and “Racism vs. White Guilt,” which were written and delivered by Indian American comedian Hari Kondabolu, who, like Chappelle, often addresses issues of race and nationality in his work. All media works are linked below.
Reflective Essay Questions:
How does Dave Chappelle parody racial stereotypes and racism in his sketch?
How does the blindness of the black, white supremacist character in “Frontline: Clayton Bigsby” symbolize the absurdity and injustice of racism?
What does Bigsby’s racial slur “N-word lover” reveal about the interactions between white and African Americans over time? Consider the antebellum abolitionist movement in your answer.
Do you think the use of the racial slur “”N-word” by a black comedian to satirize racism is OK? Why or why not? Consider the history of this derogatory term in your answer.
Do you think the sketch is groundbreaking from a historical perspective in terms of addressing race and racism in the U.S.? Why or why not? (Consider the fact that Chappelle wrote, produced, and starred in the sketch, which relatively recently aired on national television.)
Why did this sketch cause controversy when it aired?
Do you think Chappelle’s brand of humor helps or hinders race relations in the U.S.? Why or why not?
How does Kondabolu parody racial stereotypes and racism in his work?
Kondabolu addresses “white guilt” in his work; what exactly is white guilt?
What does Kondabolu mean by “race is a social construct”?
Do you think Kondabolu’s style of humor helps or hinders race relations in the U.S.? Why or why not?
In your conclusion, compare Chappelle’s and Kondabolu’s approaches to addressing race and racism, and address how slavery has affected American society over time.
These are the links to all the videos
HINT: please don’t write a single paragraph or just a half page to answer the questions. Each of these questions is complex and needs some attention. If you write too little, you are telling me you don’t know the material. These essays should be at least a page long.
2. Judicial review is becoming more and more controversial these days, as the Supreme Court continues to overrule laws exacted by the states on gun control, and revokes rights that have existed for 50 years (the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022). This entire process is rooted in the Court’s claim in Marbury v. Madison that it alone has the power to review the constitutionality of laws, and that it can overrule all laws not pursuit to the constitution. Should the Supreme Court have the power to overrule Roe v. Wade? Or should state legislatures and the US Congress have the ultimate power to decide what the constitution means and what rights it should protect? Make a case one way or the other using all of the evidence and argument that you can muster.
There is no Prompt for this essay. Please read the attached readings and formulate a question that is relevant to the material and the course. 4-5 Pages double spaced. If any plagiarism is found by me, I will promptly reduce the pay as it is a major infraction and should be known without saying. Please use relevant quotes from the text and only use credible sources that are historically accurate (refrain from Wikipedia and any .nets). If you have any questions feel free to ask, I will answer right away as I will constantly be checking this website. I would rather you ask than assume. After reading through the documents, please send me the prompt you intend on answering so that I may approve it before you start writing. Let me help you in any way I can. Please be diligent about the deadline as this assignment is already going to be a day late with the deadline I assigned. Finally, please read through the entire syllabus attached as well to understand the description of the course in order to tailor it to your writing.
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