The purpose of this assignment is to help you develop your critical thinking skills. You are to place yourself in a particular time period and react to a set of circumstances. You may become a real or fictional person. You might write this assignment in first person as a set of letters or diary entries. In order to complete the assignment, you must adequately research the selected topic and/or time period. Once you decide on a topic, please get the instructor’s approval.
Check the course calendar for the due date. Ten points will be deducted from any late assignment, and no assignment will be accepted more than one week after the due date. The evaluation of this research assignment will focus not only on content but also on clarity, organization, coherence, and use of Standard Written English. Warning: Plagiarism is theft of another writer’s words or ideas and will receive a zero.
Your instructions state that you are to place yourself in a particular time period and react to a set of circumstances as a real or fictional person. Write down your ideas and generate a few possible topics. The paper will be 4-5 double spaced pages. Think of a topic that will be manageable to tackle in that many pages. Based on the information resources you find, you might have to adjust the topic or even change your topic completely.
Combine research of primary and secondary sources to learn more about this important topic. Make sure you explore the impact of slavery on the everyday life of the person you select. Focus on the life of a real or imaginary person from the following list: field slave, house slave, city slave, runaway slave, slave master, slave mistress, male abolitionist, or a female abolitionist.
The Oneida Community
Explore this community’s emphasis on complex marriages and its efforts to limit births. Use both primary and secondary sources to accomplish this and then display your knowledge by writing about a real or imaginary person from the community.
Women and Families During the Civil War
Explore primary and secondary sources to learn how the Civil War changed the lives of families in America and created new roles for women. You might want to focus on the life of a real or imaginary woman from this list: a northern or southern wife of a farmer, a nurse for either side, a spy, a female disguised as a soldier, a male soldier worried about his family, or a slave mother or father.
Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, events, or broader identifying terms. Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the Internet. The best papers will be those that use information from a variety of sources.
Harriet Jacobs (or the name of any slave to find biographical information)
Religion and civil war
Utopia/utopian community 19th century United States
Dorothy Dix (or anyone else’s name to find biographical information)