History 2111: Paper #2 Length: 1,000-1,250 words Due date: Nov. 22 by

History 2111: Paper #2

Length: 1,000-1,250 words

Due date: Nov. 22 by 9 AM

This will be a thoughtful, well-written response with an introduction, a thesis, body paragraphs and a conclusion. Your paper should be driven by a main argument, which is clearly articulated in your thesis. You will be evaluated on the content and historical specificity of your argument (back up your claims with examples!), as well as the clarity of your writing. Your paper will also be judged on originality and inventiveness of thought. Read the texts carefully and creatively on your own. Find evidence that others have overlooked. This is your second and final paper. It is meant to build on and incorporate the skills in writing and historical thinking you have been learning this semester.

You will lose points for typos, misspellings, and other mistakes. You will definitely do better if you proofread a couple of times before handing in the paper. Use only notes from lecture, breakout sessions, and the assigned course readings. No outside sources allowed, other than ones explicitly mentioned in the prompts.

When citing, please use MLA style.

Choose one of the following prompts for your paper.

Prompt #1

Rebecca Hall’s Wake tells us the history of enslaved women’s roles in shipboard revolts during the Middle Passage, but also delves into the author’s path to discovering that story. Explore the ways in which Hall’s personal history intersects with and informs the historical events she studies. Feel free to reflect on the benefits and hazards of a researcher inserting themselves into the narrative, as well as her choice of the “graphic novel” as the way to present her findings and educate her audience.

Prompt #2

Using Charles Dew’s Apostles of Disunion and the Declarations of Confederate Secession (https://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/csapage.asp), please write an evidence-driven paper explaining the motivations behind southern leaders’ decision to separate themselves from the United States, unpacking the arguments they used to convince millions of their fellow white southerners. You can focus on one state, one commissioner, or even a single speech (which you may choose to pick apart very carefully). On the other hand, you can pull from a broader base of sources to zero in one specific theme in the overall case they made for secession.