A history class is to look back in history and understand what happened and why. Typically a survey course such as this one will touch on some of the major events that have happened over the course of the time period we have studied. Picking out World War I was easy, The Great Depression? It better be covered! The Cold War and Civil Rights were certainly big events for us during the last half of the 20th century. Watergate? Certainly and for a variety of reasons. One of the things history allows us to do is look back and give some perspective on events. The recent bombings in Las Vegas are certainly important, but where will they fit into the history books YOUR kids will be reading? Will it even be mentioned? Has the world shifted because of those events? Or even has the US shifted? Time will tell and right now we do not have the perspective to say for sure how important those events will be seen down the road. These ideas lead us into the last big assignment you will get.
Each student will have a topic and you will have to ‘write’ the next chapter for our history textbook. Below you will find a list of topics – there are enough topics for everyone to choose one. Your task will be to explore the topic.
This an analytical research paper.
The analytical research paper must demonstrate “college-level writing skills” in written work with the following characteristics:
It has a clear purpose and thesis or controlling idea.
The thesis is supported with adequate reasons and evidence.
It shows sustained analysis and critical thought.
It is organized clearly and logically.
It shows knowledge of conventions of standard written English.
It shows awareness of disciplinary conventions in regard to content, style, form, and delivery method.
No two groups should have the same topics. Topics are to be selected from a list generated by the instructor or approved by the instructor. Assignments will be included five references, with no internet sources. Only primary and secondary sources will be allowed: Newspapers, oral interviews, journal articles, etc.
Research must include no more than two-three (2-3) pages of content and a separate work cited page. The font should be no smaller than 12, using Times New Roman and one-inch margins. All pages should be numbered based on MLA. Chapters should also include a work cited page, with no fewer than five references. Only primary and secondary sources will be allowed: Newspapers, oral interviews, journal articles, etc. Papers that do not meet the required amount of primary and secondary sources will be reduce 10 points for each occurrence. The sources MUST be between 2015-2022. All papers must include proper citations using MLA. Papers not having proper citations and work cited will receive a failing grade, with no exceptions. There will be no do over assignments for students who do not comply the first time.
Here is a list of suggested topics for Write the Next Chapter Assignment:
Climate change and climate change controversy
Growth of Social Networking
Paycheck Fairness Act
Child Abuse
Human trafficking
Health care crisis in the U.S.
Illegal Drugs
Outsourcing of manufacturing jobs overseas
Energy issues – alternative energy, fracking, conventional sources
Clean water crisis
Animal Rights
Childhood Obesity
Elderly Abuse
Gun violence
Voter fraud and voter suppression in the United States
Police Brutality/Racial Profiling
Gay Marriages
Gender Identity
Refugee Crisis
Affordable Housing
Alcohol Abuse
Teenage Pregnancy
High School Dropout
Death Penalty
Defund the Police
Peer Pressure
Your own topic – clear it with Dr. Morris
Additional Research Information
Students are required to visit the Library (a minimum of 2 times) and Writing Center (a minimum of 2 times) for assistance with their research before submission (Students must provide proof from the Librarian and Writing Center in WRITING). Research assignments, regardless of grade, will be uploaded into turnitin.com and/or safe assign to check for plagiarism. Examples of parenthetical citations and reference pages are included at the end of this document.
Papers not having proper citations and references will receive a failing grade, with no exceptions. There will be no do over assignments for students who do not comply the first time. Below are a few examples of footnotes as they should be included in the body of the paper.
In Mississippi, one of the post-war Black codes restricted land ownership by Negroes and the state legislature reinstated a pre-emancipated code declaring that Negroes had no rights a white man had to respect (Ayers, 1998).
The Jim Crow Movement was the single most influential factor that led to the immobilization of the black population in America from 1865-1950 (Painter, 1998). This movement was a technique on the part of southern landowners, to get around the assurance of rights for blacks. This movement contributed to the invisibility of blacks in white society.
The reference page is not to be counted in the actual research paper. References must be alphabetized and as follows:
Ayers, Edward L. (1998). An American Nightmare. New York Times Book Review 05/03/98, vol. 147 Issue 51146, p.14
Gilmore, Glenda Elizabeth. (1996). Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920. North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press.
As noted above, references for journals and books are not the same. Refer to materials in the library or bookstore for proper usage.
***Students are required to visit the library and writing center for assistance and clarity. Students who receive a failing grade because they fail to include proper writing techniques, will not be allowed to do the assignment over. No exceptions.
Sample Bibliography
Bergeron, Paul. Paths of the Past. Knoxville, Tennessee: The University of Tennessee Press. 1979.
Bond, Beverly. Memphis in Black and White. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing. 2002.
Chattanooga African American Museum. Black America Series: Chattanooga. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing. 2005.
Corlew, Robert. Tennessee: A Short History. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee. 2003.
Country Music Foundation. Night Train to Nashville. Music City Rhythm and Blues, 1945-1970. Nashville: Country Music Foundation Press. 2004.
Crabb, Alfred. Nashville: Personality of a City. The Bobbs- Merrill Company, Inc. 1960.
Crutchfield, James. On This Day: a Brief History of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Franklin, Tennessee: Cool Springs Press. 1995.
Doyle, Don. Nashville Since the 1920s. Knoxville, Tennessee: The University of Tennessee Press. 1985.
Doyle, Don. Nashville in the New South: 1880-1930. Knoxville, Tennessee: The University of Tennessee Press. 1985.
Dykeman, Wilma. Tennessee: A History. Newport, Tennessee: Wakestone Books. 1984
Egerton, John. Visions of Utopia. Nashoba, Rugby, Ruskin, and the “New Communities” in Tennessee’s Past. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press. 1977.
Ely, James. A History of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press. 2002.
Fleenor, E. Michael. Images of America. East Nashville. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing. 1998.
Foster, Austin. Counties of Tennessee: A Reference of Historical and Statistical Facts for Each of Tennessee’s Counties. Johnson City, Tennessee: The Overmountain Press. 1998.
Foster, Dave. Tennessee. Territory to Statehood. Johnson City, Tennessee: The Overmountain Press. 2002.
Freeman, Sarah Wilkerson and Bond, Beverly Greene. Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times-Volume I. Athens: University of Georgia. 2009.
Hoobler, James. Nashville and the Collection of Carl and Otto Giers. Volume II. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing. 2000.
Hubbard, Rita Lorraine. African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes. Charleston: The History Press. 2007.
Ivey, Jennie. Tennessee Tales the Textbooks Don’t Tell. Johnson City: Overmountain Press. 2002.
Johnson, Charles W., Sr. The Spirit of a Place Called Meharry: The Strength of Its Past to Shape the Future. Franklin, Tennessee: Hillsboro Press. 2000.
Jones, James B. Every day in Tennessee History. Winston Salem, North Carolina: John F. Blair Publisher. 1996.
Lamon, Lester. Blacks in Tennessee, 1791-1970. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press. 1981.
Long, Joanna. The Cost. Franklin, Tennessee: Hillsboro Press. 1996.
Lovett, Bobby. The African American History of Nashville, Tennessee, 1780-1930. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press. 1999.
Lovett, Bobby. The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee: A Narrative History. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press. 2005.
Mansfield, Stephen and Grant, George. Faithful Volunteers: The History of Religion in Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland House. 1997.
Norton, Herman. Religion in Tennessee, 1777-1945. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press. 1981.
Satz, Ronald. Tennessee’s Indian Peoples. From White Contact to Removal, 1540-1840. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press. 1979.
Shapiro, Karen A. A New South Rebellion: The Battle Against Convict Labor in The Tennessee Coalfields, 1871-1896. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina. 1998.
Smith, Jessie Carney and Wynn, Linda T. Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 years of the African American Civil Rights Experience. Detroit: Visible Link Press. 2009.
Sullivan, Patricia. Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: The New Press. 2009.
Vile, John and Byrnes, Mark. Tennessee Government and Politics. Democracy in the Volunteer State. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. 1998.
West, Carroll Van. Tennessee History. The Land, the People, and the Culture. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press. 1998.
West, Carroll Van. Trial and Triumph. Essays in Tennessee African American History. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press. 2002.
Whiteaker, Larry H. and Dickinson, W. Calvin. Tennessee: State Of The Nation. Australia: Thomson Custom Solutions. 2006
Wynn, Linda. Journey to Our Past: A Guide to African American Markers in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee Historical Commission. 1999.
Young, Tommie. Black America Series: Nashville, Tennessee. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing. 2000.
Zimmerman, Mark. Guide to Civil War Nashville. Nashville: Battle of Nashville Preservation Society.
Zimmerman, Paul Coats. Tennessee Music. Its People and Places. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. 1998.
Writing Assignments for Spring Semester 2022
How to write an A paper in college for History:
Begin by looking at the questions presented for the assignment. Get an idea of what the question is asking. Then, begin reading the book, constantly keeping in mind what the question is asking. Take notes, jot down page numbers with useful information and think critically as you read.
Now that you have read the book and know which question you will answer, you need to begin your paper with an introduction that will lay out what the paper will say. Relate it to the assignment. At the end of the introduction, you will offer your THESIS statement. This is your argument- the whole point of the paper. Your task in the following paragraphs will be to prove this statement. A good thesis: The music of Britney Spears not only destroyed pop music for good in the United States, but it also forged a cultural shift that sexualized the image of a teenage girl forever in the masculine consciousness of America. (Hence, you have to prove this- I may disagree with this statement, but if you prove it, you will do well.) Bad thesis: Britney Spears sang songs in the 1990s and then got sleepy at a night club over new years.
Now, that you have your thesis, you need to prove it!! Each topic sentence needs to add to the thesis statement in some manner. Then, the paragraph will use evidence to prove not only the topic sentence, but also the thesis of the paper. Hence, YOU MUST USE QUOTES from the book. Each paragraph should at the minimum have a topic sentence, a quote from the book (evidence) and then analysis of the evidence. Paragraphs should be about 3-5 sentences but not 5 pages long. You will then conclude your paper with a solid conclusion that restates the thesis (NOT WORD FOR WORD) and drives your point home for the final time.
Place a title on your paper- something creative, something that fits the paper. Make me want to read your work. Do not re-write the title of the assignment or title it “my paper.” Your paper should use 12 point font, be double spaced and have page numbers for each page. Times New Roman is not the sexiest font, but best for papers. If your paper is longer than a page, it needs to be stapled. Wal*Mart has some great staplers for $4.00. Make the investment today!
Answer the question asked. When you do, use good grammar. Attempt to write in active voice (avoid excessive use of am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been). Instead of writing, “The cow is green. He was on the farm” write, “The green cow resided on the farm.” Avoid the dreaded 4 T’s: THIS, THAT, THESE and THOSE. If a sentence states, “This is true because these people did that to those people,” it needs to be edited out and quickly. Editing is a virtue. Proof read the paper. Spell check is great but it misses typos. Have a friend or the writing center read your paper. Put it down for 24 hours and then come back to it the night before to re-read and adjust anything you now find to be silly.
Do not write your paper in the middle of the night before it is due all doped up on Red Bull and fun dip or that new fangled Mountain Dew (those of you watching Carbs, Coke Zero). If you need to write this way, give yourself 24 hours to re-examine your paper and fix those late night errors. Papers are due on the date they are due. Do not let your dog go near your paper (it’s not good for their digestive tract.) If you print your paper in advance to proofread, your printer will not die two minutes before class (Apparently, HP created a device in all printers that makes them explode before they print your final copy of a paper due for my class). You will not run out of ink then because you will have realized this earlier when you printed a draft to proofread. It will have died well in time for you to take a disk to the library and print it out. DO NOT EMAIL your paper.
WARNING: Students who take their paper from the internet or from other students will fail the assignment, the course and be reported for committing plagiarism. At no time during the course of this assignment should you look up anything on the internet, even if you do not understand the assignment. When you borrow or use anyone else’s work and do not give them credit, you commit plagiarism or academic fraud. I have had students do this in the past, lifting their entire paper off of amazon.com or a journal review that was written by a friend of mine. If you are having trouble understanding the book, that is what classmates and instructors are for-in good times and bad times, we are on your side forever more.
Finally, your paper is a chance for you to show your best work. Writing is a skill, a craft and an art. When a writer writes, he or she lets the reader into their soul. Make sure your paper conveys a soul that you are proud to show. If you have a question about the assignment, contact me as soon as it arises. The assignments are meant to challenge you. Embrace the challenge. Become one with the challenge.