This is two papers. It is a American History assignment where we have to chose a
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This is two papers. It is a American History assignment where we have to chose a quote said by a person and research about how the quote is wrong. They are based on a quote I have chosen which is from current president Donald J. Trump. He stated that “I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart, and he was angry that he saw what was happening regarding the Civil War. He said, “There’s no reason for this.” People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, you think about it, why?” My prof wants me to focus on a more targeted attack to focus on Jackson and answer the questions: What did he do about sectional tension between North and South when he was alive. Also that I would want to look up the Nullification controversy. I finished the first part but I still have to do parts 2 and 3 and the assignment sheets for both of them are attached below. Part 2 is an annotated bibliography and Part 3 is a summary judgement.
Part I: Research:
1. Look at the questions from the last part. Choose one or two to answer.
2. Now look at the questions you have chosen—are they about events that happen before 1877? If so, proceed. If not, repeat step one.
3. Go to Wikipedia and play around for a while, looking for specific names, events, or issues that might help you choose some keywords to search for.
4. Using those keywords, the history journals in America: History and Life and the footnotes from those journals,and the Google Scholar citation function,locate as many scholarly sources, that is, books or articles by professional historians, as you can that address these questions. Expect that this will take you more than one session. Also, you will get frustrated.
5. Choose the five most interesting, relevant, and reliable sources, post them to Moodle along with your question/s and your keywords.
Part II Writing
6. Write an annotated bibliography of these five sources in which you:
a. Cite each source in the Chicago style
b. Summarize the main argument (1 sentence) of each source
c. Describe the kinds of primary sources (Newspapers? Diaries? Letters?) they use to make their claims
d. EXPLAIN HOW THEY ANSWER YOUR QUESTION—what new light do they shed? What have you learned that you didn’t know before?
e. Note: This annotated bibliography is not leading to a later paper where you actually answer your question. This is the place where you answer your question. If you come up with more than one answer, awesome. If they conflict, that’s interesting too. Seriously, answer the questions here in the annotations themselves. This will make your life a lot easier in the long run. I am not kidding.
7. At the top of the assignment sheet, submit your question.
How to determine if a text is peer reviewed and written by a professional historian
1. Does it come from a journal with “history” in the title or cite a lot of journals with “history” in the title?
2. Is it an article of 20 pages or longer, or a book?
3. Does it have footnotes or endnotes?
If all these things are true, congratulations! You have a text that is peer reviewed and written by a professional historian. If any of these things are not true, keep looking
Did you remember to tell me the questions you will be addressing in your citation(s)?
Do you have five relevant reliable sources by professional historians?
Did you write annotations of the right length addressing the right things?
Is your characterization of the authors’ arguments and evidence accurate?
Is your writing clear and free from distracting errors?
Did you answer the question in your annotation? DON’T FORGET THIS ONE.
More advanced stuff
Have you found interesting and surprising answers?
Have you found unusual research angles to answer your questions?
Reports should consist of 2-3 pages
On Page 1:
1. Your quotation
2. Your question or questions about your quotation (from the annotated bibliography)—feel free to narrow down your questions to one or two if you have a lot of them.
3. A judgment taken from the list of possible judgments on the bottom of this sheet.
4. TWO TO THREE SMART SENTENCES summarizing your reasons for making this judgment. (I strongly suggest that you write these sentences after writing page two and three)
On Page 2-3
Explain the reasoning behind your judgment. What about your quotation is false? What about your quotation is true? How might your quotation be more accurately put? Good answers will refer frequently to historians’ arguments and historical events. They will be as concrete as possible. Think about the kinds of articles we read. That concrete. I also understand that you are judging based on partial information, so don’t worry about this. Many people will be judging one aspect of a quotation—this too is fine.
(With apologies to politifact.com, from whom I lifted this list)
TRUE– The statement is accurate and there’s nothing significant missing.
MOSTLY TRUE– The statement is accurate but needs clarification or additional information.
HALF TRUE– The statement is partially accurate but leaves out important details or takes things out of context.
MOSTLY FALSE– The statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.
FALSE– The statement is not accurate.
PANTS ON FIRE– The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim.
Is all the stuff I asked for here?
Is the writing clear and correct?
Does it justify your positions using specific evidence and examples from your research?
Does it allow for historical complexity?
Is the thinking clear and logical?
Does it say something you didn’t know before you started?