For this assignment you have a choice. Choose one of the topics below to write about.
The 1950s is normally remembered as a golden decade in American history, where the people enjoyed a new level of prosperity and were able to live in happiness and security with their job and their neighborhoods as shown in popular TV shows like Happy Days. Were the 1950s truly â€œhappy daysâ€ for Americans? Why or why not? Consider things happening in the country in the 1950s regarding the economy, consumerism, race, gender, sex, and the anxieties over communism that created the â€œscaresâ€ of the decade.
Lyndon B. Johnson was a one term president did not run for a second term and is now held in contempt for Americaâ€™s involvement Vietnam. Ronald Reagan was a two-term president who is now considered by the public as one of the best American presidents ever. Why is one so venerated and the other so overlooked? Is this perception fair. Compare and contrast their presidencies, their accomplishments, and their fallacies. Do you think both deserve the praise and hatred each has garnered, or should they be remembered differently?
Essays â€“ Please answer two of the following questions in a 2-4 page essay for each of the two. Use MLA format of 1-inch margins, double spaced, Times New Roman 12pt Font. Use sources available to the class on Canvas or in the text books and lectures. You may use APPROVED outside sources, as in if you want to use a source outside of our class resources you MUST EMAIL ME to check if it is usable! Please refer to the rule of citation in your syllabus on what requires citation, you must cite the PowerPoints for the class lecture in your works cited page as well.You can quote directly from the primary documents. I am not concerned with formal citations; however, you need to make some effort at showing me what documents you found the quote. You are free to use Chicago, MLA, or APA if youâ€™re comfortable with those citations. If you donâ€™t know any of those, just include the last name of the interviewee and the page number after your quote.
Armando Lopez said of the Cuban Club, â€œThey give me some kind of assistance in time of sickness and sometimes if I get sick, they give me a small amount of money (Lopez 11).â€
Donâ€™t forget, you MUST also introduce and contextualize your quotes. You must tell your reader what document youâ€™re quoting.
â€¢ GOOD: Former slaves offered their own definitions of freedom. As Jourdan Anderson explained in a letter to his former master, â€œhere I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows.â€ For Anderson, payment for oneâ€™s work represented an important part of the transition to freedom.
â€¢ BAD: Former slaves had their own definitions of freedom. â€œHere I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows.â€
The second example is extraordinarily confusing for your reader. Who are you quoting? Are these your words? Introduce your quotes, and then explain them in your own words.
You should also try to avoid extended quotations. In almost all circumstances, you shouldnâ€™t be quoting more than one or two sentences at a time. When youâ€™re trying to quote a longer passage, intersperse your own words as necessary. When we see paragraph-length citations we start to worry that youâ€™re just trying to fill up space…