Native american Genocide
After a careful review of a variety of primary sources and a rigorous engagement with the extant secondary literature, you are now the absolute authority about your particular historiographic topic. This knowledge must be shared! The assignment, therefore, will take two forms:
a. Final paper.
Students will write a 12 – 15 page paper (page length includes endnotes and bibliography) that combines original primary source research with secondary source research. Each paper will begin with an introduction that delineates a thesis statement, a body that supports this thesis statement with evidence, and a conclusion that reflects on the author’s argument and future directions for the field.
i. Introduction: briefly introduce the reader to your topic. Give only pertinent background information (who, what, when, where).
ii. Thesis statement: answers the “why or how” question you have been working on all semester. It is usually positioned toward the end of your introduction. A strong, clear thesis statement will organize your paper for you, as each clause should not only correspond to an individual section of your paper but should also correspond to the order of your individual points.
iii. Body: Your body (probably about 8-10 pages in length) should showcase your primary and secondary source evidence. Nearly every paragraph should include evidence (citations from the texts) that support your argument. Students should pay careful attention that their paragraphs are not merely summarizing information but rather advancing one step of their argument.
iv. Conclusion: time to wrap it up! You should (briefly) summarize your argument and then conclude with thoughts about the future directions of the field.
Note: When turning in their draft and their final paper, students should be sure to UNDERLINE their thesis statement.
b. Oral presentation
In a 8-10 minute-oral presentation, students will encapsulate for the class their topics. They will begin by describing the kinds of primary sources available to scholars wishing to study their subject area. Next, they will illustrate the historiographic arguments that frame their studies, analyzing the different methodological approaches utilized by historians. They will then evaluate these secondary sources using their own primary source investigation, explaining how they would approach the topic and thus how they would position themselves in the corresponding historiographic fields. Finally, they will address how they now approach their topics differently given the research they have conducted and offer suggestions for other scholars regarding future directions for their field.
Students will hand in either a 4-page written script OR a 2-page (detailed) bulleted outline detailing the information offered in their presentation.