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Equality Then and Now
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History 1301 Analysis Paper- Equality Then and Now
One of the most cherished ideals of U.S. history comes from the Declaration of Independence, We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that
among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. An important part of American history is the nations attempts
to live up to this ideal of treating people fairly. In this assignment, you will analyze how well the U.S. lived up its ideal of
fairness during the early national period, and then compare it to how well the nation is adhering to this principle today.
Here is your prompt:
Write a two-part essay discussing how well the U.S. has lived up to the ideals of the Declaration of
Independence. In Part I, using specific examples from the period of the American Revolution through
Andrew Jacksons presidency, discuss:
Achievement of equality for white men.
Achievement of equality for Native Americans.
Achievement of equality for African Americans (slave and free).
Conclude Part I by ranking on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the highest), how well the nation lived up to its
all men are created equal ideal during this period of U.S. history.
In Part II, discuss how well the nation is doing today (21st century) in living up to the Declaration of
Independence, ranking this period on a 1-10 scale. In this part, you may discuss any group(s) of Americans
that you feel are relevant (i.e., you do not necessarily need to discuss the same three groups as in Part I). Be
sure to support your view with specific examples.
Conclude the essay with a paragraph comparing your rankings of the 2 periods. (In other words, summarize
why you ranked one period over the other.)
Sources: For Part I, you are to use information/examples from assigned course materials (i.e., course readings and/or
lectures). No other sources are to be used, as the purpose of his essay is to determine how well youve learned
assigned readings and lectures in the class. Cite your sources, and keep in mind that you must cite where you got
your information, even if you do not quote it directly. (See appendix below for how to cite the textbook and audio
lectures.) For Part II, you may use articles obtained from the SIRS Researcher or Americas News databases as your
sources. Here is a link to a short video explaining how to access these databases in the GC Library.
Format: Type double-spaced in MLA format, using in-text citations (If you are unfamiliar with this format, click on this
link for guidance and examples.) Include a Works Cited page.
Font: a standard 12 font such as Ariel or New Times Roman
Length: 1200-1400 words (body of the paper) If you write more than 1400 words, I will only grade the first 1400. Use
the grading rubric below to balance the various elements of the essay in terms of word count.
Save your essay as a file in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) and turn it in to the appropriate
Canvas Turnitin item. (Include your last name as part of your file name.) I encourage you to use Turnitin to ensure that
you do not accidentally plagiarize, and you can also use it to check for grammar errors. You are welcome to revise and
resubmit your essay to Turnitin as often as youd like prior to the assignment deadline. I will grade your last submission.
Use direct quotes sparingly; I am much more interested in your descriptions and analysis. Overuse of direct quotes will
reduce your grade. As a rule of thumb, target your paper to be no more than 15% non-original text, as noted in the
Originality Report generated by Turnitin.
Plagiarism can result in a failing grade for the course (see syllabus). I WILL be checking for plagiarism, so dont do it!
Grading Rubric for Essay (more details are in the assignment submission location in Canvas)
Overall organization of essay and writing clarity (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.) 20%
Part I: Analysis of early national period. Clarity of argument and support with specific examples. 50%
Part II: Analysis of 21st century. Clarity of argument and support with specific examples. 20%
Conclusion: Clarity of explanation. 10%
Guidelines for Citing Textbook and Lectures in MLA Format
Works Cited Page:
Brands, H.W., et al. American Stories: A History of the United States-Combined Volume. 4
th ed., Pearson,
Blomstedt, Larry. The Civil War. 19 November 2019, Galveston College, Galveston, TX. Lecture.
Blomstedt, Larry. The Free Labor Idea. 2019, Galveston College, Galveston, TX. MP4.
In-Text Citations:
(Brands, et al., chapter and subsection number.)
(Blomstedt, Civil War.)
(Blomstedt, Free Labor.)