Your job is to use these primary sources to develop an argument about what made the “Double V Campaign” different from its First World War counterpart and whether these differences made it more effective. There are many ways to present this argument. You might identify one big difference that you explain over a few paragraphs, or you might notice a few smaller differences that you explain in their own paragraphs. Neither way is inherently better than the other, nor is there one specific answer that I’ll looking for. Instead, I want to see your ability to use evidence to make an argument. As you can see in the rubric, you’re being graded on how well you construct and explain an argument. Therefore, you’re not really being graded on what you argue, but more on how well you argue.
Do not feel you need to use all the sources but do be sure to at least view each one in order to consider how you’ll develop your argument. Remember, the best essayists outline, draft, revise, and edit. I would also suggest having someone else read over your essay to give you feedback. Find a friend or relative who owes you a favor! If you sit down to do this all in one sitting, do not seek outside assistance, and expect an A grade, you essentially believe that you are a better essayist than Henry David Thoreau, who made the following astute observation in 1858: “The writer needs the suggestion and correction that a correspondent or companion is.”
All papers should be double spaced, adhere to 1inch margins around, a size 12 font in (preferably Times or Times New Roman), and should be 3 to 5 FULL pages in length. Be sure to see the “Primary Source Paper Writing Guide,” which is included in this module as well as the “Primary Source Walkthrough Video” that provides a more detailed walkthrough and commentary.
You should rely mostly on the primary sources to build your argument; however, you can also take a look in the textbook for some background information. To read about African Americans in WWI, be sure to see pages 649-651 and on “Double V” in WWII, be sure to read page 761.
A note on citations: Because this is a survey class, I am not being a stickler for Chicago Style format, which is the style historians use. I would actually prefer you use in-text citations. Because most of the sources for this paper come from newspapers, it is perfectly fine to follow this format for a citation: (“Headline,” Newspaper, Date). For sources not from a newspaper, please try your best to find the date and title, but any reference to the source you are using will do. or something close to it for sources that are not from a newspaper. For example, Dubois’ piece can simply be cited: (Dubois, “Close the Ranks,” 1918).
It is that easy!
Please answer wether the differences make it more effective!