Historians love to review the works of other historians. Whenever a new history book is written, the historical profession selects experts in particular fields of studies to determine the value and contribution the new work will have on the academic discipline. Upon completion of the course?s reading, each student will be considered an expert and be required to read an academic article and submit a 3-page review (minimum). Students are encouraged to celebrate the author?s accomplishments, but also challenge anything that seems substandard. Style and creativity play a crucial role in the success of your review.
Pick one of the Academic Journal Articles below:
- Three pages (minimum)
- 12 point font
- Double spaced
- This should be in essay form
Each paper should include the following:
- The author?s purpose in writing the article
- The author?s main thesis
- The author?s challenging of other historical viewpoints
- The evidence utilized by the author (specifically primary sources). provide three
- Personal likes/dislikes
- How could the author make the work stronger?
- The recommended audience for the article?
- Explain how this article contributes to understanding the history of the United States
- An example of how this article supports/contradicts Eric Foner?s Give Me Liberty
- Suggested reading to accompany this work (not required, but helpful)
Here is the link to Eric Foner?s Give Me Liberty:
Primary sources are first-hand accounts written/produced during the time period.Examples of primary sources are: diaries, newspaper articles, court records, photographs, paintings, archaeological remains, and interviews from an eye witness of an event.
Secondary sources are second-hand accounts written/produced after the time period. Examples of secondary sources are: textbooks, academic journal articles, lectures, and documentaries.