Essay Assignment

Visit the 100 Milestone Documents page of the National Archive. You may choose any document created BEFORE 1865. This will be your “main” document.

Find one additional document from the 100 Milestone Documents list from a DIFFERENT period that relates to your main document. This will be your “supporting” source.
Find one secondary source (we’ll discuss how to do this in class) that relates to your document. Your secondary source must be a scholarly journal article or book.

Your essay must include:

  • Description of your main source: who, what, where, when and why (significance)
  • Description of supporting sources: who, what, where, when and how does the supporting source relate to the main source?
  • Discussion of secondary source:
    • What is the author’s argument?
    • What examples does the author use to prove her/his point?
    • Is the author’s argument convincing? Why or why not?
    • How does the article/book relate to your main source?
    • How do the different perspectives complicate or challenge your interpretation of your main source?
  • Bibliography of sources in Chicago or MLA style

  • Typed
  • Double-spaced
  • 12-point font, preferably Times New Roman
  • Include page numbers
  • Approximately 5 pages
  • Stapled
Please attach this rubric to your essay before submitting.

Due in class on Thursday, April 21

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Provide evidence to support your point. Debate/conversation is encouraged, but if you wish to present a convincing argument you will have to support your claim. Make sure that the information you present can be verified and if you refer to an online source provide the link.

Use reputable sources. There is a lot of information available on the internet, but not all of it is trustworthy. Be certain that you can identify the author/creator, whether or not it is a commercial site, the bias of the site and/or its sponsors for any links you provide. Posts that contain links to or information from disreputable sources will be deleted and will not satisfy the assignment requirements.

Use your own words. If you wish to refer to an outside source, provide a link or citation information. Using someone else’s words as your own, or reposting material without identifying the original source/creator constitutes plagiarism.