Each student will complete a research paper of no less that 8 double-spaced pages that includes at least two primary and three secondary sources supporting your thesis. This paper is worth 20 % of the final course grade. Late papers will be penalized by 1/3 grade for every day they are late. Students can choose a topic from any of the sections listed below. If there is a research paper topic that is not listed, that a student is particularly interested in completing, forward your suggestion to the class professor for approval.
Each student should select the topic of their paper by the end of week 4 of the course and then check in with the course professor to report progress. Students should have a rough draft of their paper completed by the end of week 8.
Section 1 : Expansions of the Lectures in the Course. Choose one of the lecture topics listed below and develop it into your research paper.
It was sheer luck that enabled Spanish conquistadors to bring down large Indian empires. How much do you agree with this statement?
The first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 could not have survived without vital assistance from Pocahontas and other Native Americans. How accurate is this assessment of the first English settlement in the New World?
Baron von Stuben was the most important figure in securing the American victory in the Revolutionary War? How much do you agree?
The Mexican-American War, 1846-48, was an unjust seizure of land by the US? How much do you agree with this statement?
The brilliance of US generals, such as U.S. Grant, was the key factor that enabled the US to win Civil War? Is this an accurate assessment of the reasons for the Union victory?
It was the arrogance of General George A. Custer that enabled the Lakota/Sioux to defeat the 7th. US Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876? Would you agree?
The US should never have entered World War I in 1917? Would you agree with this statement?
Should the US have sought an alternative to dropping atomic weapons on Japan in 1945?
Anti-war protests at home was the main reason the US lost the Vietnam War? How accurate is this statement in assessing the reasons America lost this war?
Richard Nixon should have burned the Watergate Tapes before they were ever handed over to the congressional investigating committee. How much do you agree?
Section 2 : Additional Paper Topics. Choose one of the following topics, not covered in the lectures.
Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman in the assassination of JFK. How much do you agree?
It was necessary for the US government to intern Japanese-Americans during World War II. How much do you agree with this statement?
It was luck, not careful calculation, that prevented nuclear war during the Cuban Missiles Crisis. How much do you agree?
Sacajawea was essential to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition. How much do you agree?
The African-American civil rights movement of the 1960s achieved very little that impacts US society today? Is this a fair assessment of the Civil Rights Movement?
What were the forces that caused the My Lai Massacre in 1968? Who should be blamed for this massacre?
Did massive immigration from eastern and southern Europe help or hinder the US in the late 19th century?
The actions of the Chicago Police Department during the 1968 Democratic National Convention amounted to repression of civil liberties. Would you agree with this statement?
Section 3 : Movie Review. Write a review of one of the following movies. Your review should tie the movie into the historical events covered in this course. Your review should focus on the historical accuracy of events portrayed in the movie.
Twelve Years a Slave : Little Big Man : New World : Platoon : Selma : Glory : All the President’s Men: The War Room : The Untouchables : The Patriot : Pearl Harbor : Dr. Strangelove : Woodstock : Gangs of New York : The Alamo : The Crucible: Saving Private Ryan: Fail Safe: Jefferson in Paris : Patton : The Grapes of Wrath : To Kill A Mockingbird : Forrest Gump : Once Upon a Time in America : Hurt Locker : The Searchers : Dances With Wolves : Gone With the Wind : Inherit the Wind : Sargent York : Hair : Nixon : Lincoln : Iron Jawed Angels : The Best Days of Our Lives
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