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Primary Source Analysis 1

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You will select ONE primary source that deals with the course and write a 700-word analysis. The assignment is worth fifteen (15) points and ten (10) percent of your final grade.

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1. Read the following website that deals with the differences between primary and secondary sources. http://library.ucsc.edu/help/howto/distinguish-between-primary-and-secondary-sources

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2. Read the following website that deals with critical analysis.

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https://www.bowdoin.edu/faculty/s/smcmahon/courses/critical-analysis.shtml

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3. Select one primary source from any of the three chapters. I’ve included links to the documents. 

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Chapter 1

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Andrew Carnegie, Triumphant Democracy
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Irish Immigrants

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Chinese Immigration

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Sadie Frowne

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Railroad Strike of 1877

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Populist Party Platform 1892

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Chapter 2

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https://history.hanover.edu/courses/excerpts/336riis.html

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Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

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Muller v Oregon

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Chapter 3

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https://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Main_Page

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World War I Document Archive

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Red Record

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4. In your analysis, you should discuss the following:

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a. what the author argued or described

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b. how the author presented his/her argument or interpretation

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c. why the author chose that method of presentation and persuasion (in other words, what did the author view as the evidence and arguments that would most likely persuade his/her audience, what assumptions did the author expect his/her audience shared, and what assumptions did the author challenge)

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d. what the author ultimately hoped to achieve by writing the text.

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5. You should write in the past tense.

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6. You should begin with an introductory paragraph that argues a point and tells the reader what you will tell them. Then you should write a body of three or four paragraphs that support your argument. Finally, you must include a conclusion that tells the reader what you told them i.e. recaps the content of the analysis.

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7. You should double space your analysis. If you fail to double space your assignment, then you will deduct one point.

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8. Please use a title page and begin your introduction at the top of page 1. You should use standard margins and fonts. If you fail to include a title page and use the correct margins, then you will deduct one point.

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9. You may not block quote or quote from the document excessively. Instead, you should paraphrase i.e. put things in your own words.

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10. Please use Chicago Manual of Style citation rules http://www.libs.uga.edu/ref/chicago2009.pdf.

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