From 1865-present, the conception of who is an American deserving of the full rights of citizenship has changed over time. In this essay, we want you to consider historical context, causality, and change over time when describing this expansion of who is or is not an American.
Think broadly about what it means to be American first, then think on groups pressing their case for inclusion, while considering issues of ethics and civics. You must include social/cultural/socio-economic analysis in this essay. You may include political (but not required). What primary documents have you read that address these issues? Don’t forget the key individuals and events to use as evidence.
-Have a strong rule of three thesis statement in the introduction: pick at least 3 topics on which your submission will center around. The thesis statement should be one sentence which provides the “map” for the rest of the paper. It should demonstrate a deep understanding of the prompt.
-Use a minimum of FOUR primary source documents as evidence: primary sources are anything written at the time of discussion. ONLY USE SOURCES FROM THE TEXTBOOK LINK PROVIDED (be sure to cite primary sources as the original document and not as a later reproduction) –For Example, if discussing the Great Depression, a primary source document would be something dated in the 1920s.
-Properly cite using footnotes in Turabian/Chicago style
-Use secondary source materials (the textbook) as well in this paper. Do not quote secondary sources. Paraphrase in your own words and then cite. A secondary source is anything written AFTER the time under discussion.
-Have evidence/analysis from 1865-1900, 1900-1950, 1950-present time periods
-Discuss more than one ethnic group in your analysis
Textbook link: http://www.americanyawp.com/
-Each Chapter and section may be used as a separate secondary source. Do not cite the whole textbook; MAKE SURE TO INCORPORATE CHAPTER AND SECTION NUMBERS WHEN CITING THE TEXTBOOK. Towards the end of each chapter, there are acceptable primary source documents which are the ONLY primary sources that may be used (Do not confuse these primary sources with the recommended readings which are also at the end of the chapters) — The header for acceptable sources is literally titled “Primary Sources” and are located within each chapter
any other sources besides the online textbook and primary sources within the textbook are unacceptable and may not be used