HISTORY 475 FINAL
Please answer these two questions. The length of each essay
should be between four and five typed double-spaced pages (readable
12-point font; one-inch margins all around). Essays are due by
7pm on Thursday, 9 December. You can submit them either in paper
in my office or online. See the syllabus for rules concerning
online submission. The turnitin.com class ID number is 3519689,
and our password is HIST475 (in all capitals).
QUESTION ONE—WOMEN: How
accurate is the following statement?: “Through grassroots
organizing, ordinary people have had the power to remake society and
substantially improve their lives.” Assess the validity of
this statement by drawing on the Orleck book, the 28 October
women’s movement readings, and any other relevant class
material. Give most of your attention to examining the goals and
tactics of women activists. You can also draw briefly from your
own observations on women’s status in society today. These
personal observations can be useful for judging how much success or
change women activists have been able to create.
QUESTION TWO—FOREIGN POLICY:
Has U.S. foreign policy from Nixon to Obama done more good than harm
for Americans and the wider world? Answer this question by
drawing on our readings from 2, 4, 9, and 18 November (six readings
total: Suri, Eckes, Marsh, Preston, Makdisi, Obama/Afghanistan), along
with any relevant class lecture material. Make substantial
references to at least five of these six readings.
OTHER RULES AND TIPS
-When you develop your thesis in the body of the essay, be sure to recognize and rebut opposing points of view.
-No outside research is encouraged, and you need to obtain my
permission at least two days in advance to cite outside readings.
So long as you use only our class materials, you do not need a formal
-The rules for common-sense parenthetical citations that we used for earlier essays still apply.
-Remember to review the tips on writing page posted on my faculty website.
-Your essay must include numerous brief quotations from the available
readings. Wherever possible, use a primary source quotation
rather than a secondary source quotation. To find primary sources
in Orleck, Preston, and other secondary sources, look for places where
the author quotes from historical actors and use them to help make your
-When you quote from a source, be sure to introduce the author and
context of the quotation in the essay. See my webpage writing
tips on avoiding anonymous quotations.
-Although you may converse with classmates on general ideas, this is
the equivalent of a final exam, and all work (gathering evidence and
writing) should be your own.