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HIST 2111 - Hensley - Spring 2021: Assignment

Assignment Information

Topic Choices

Please choose one (1) of these topics to write on, based off your reading of Ernesto Chávez’s The U.S. War with Mexico and at least one peer-reviewed secondary source obtained through JSTOR:

1. What arguments did American opponents of the annexation of Texas, and later of the war with Mexico, make? How did they try to connect those arguments to American ideals?

2. How and why did slavery play a big role in both the Texas conflict and the later US war with Mexico?

3. What role did public opinion play in the way that both sides (US and Mexican) fought the war and negotiated the peace?

4. How did white Americans’ ideas about race affect the conduct of the war and the policies after annexing land from Mexico?

5. How did Americans use gender stereotypes to support their conduct in the war with Mexico? Be sure to discuss stereotypes about both men and women.

Steps in the Assignment

The dropboxes for all steps of the assignment will be available under the “Take-Home Essay” module on D2L.

All steps must be uploaded as .doc, .docx, or .rtf documents – do not use .pdf.

If you receive a penalty for academic dishonesty on the original paper submission, you will not have the opportunity to submit a second draft.

Outline: Due on D2L, Monday, April 19 at 11:59PM

You will submit a short document in which you lay out which question you are choosing to answer, what your thesis statement will be, which (at least) three sources from the Chávez book you will use, and which peer-reviewed secondary source(s) obtained through JSTOR that you plan on using. You may change these between the outline and the paper – and indeed, I might give you feedback encouraging to do so – but this is to get you thinking about how to structure your paper.

Paper: Due on D2L, Monday, May 3 at 11:59PM

Please put your name somewhere on the front page and indicate which question you are answering. Your paper will need to be between 900 and 1100 words long, with your thesis statement underlined somewhere in your introduction. You will need to use at least three primary source documents from the Chávez text and at least one peer-reviewed secondary source obtained through JSTOR.

Optional Second Draft: Due on D2L, Monday, May 10, at 5:00PM

You may, but do not have to, submit a final draft which you will have rewritten taking my feedback into account. I will average the grades of the original submission and your second draft to determine your grade on the essay. So, if you get a grade of 80 on the first submission and a grade of 90 on your second draft, your final grade will be (80+90) ÷ 2 = 85.



I will provide you with sample documents showing how to format both your outline as well as the actual paper.

In the outline, you will indicate which secondary source(s) you plan to use by including an entry in the bibliography format of the Chicago Manual of Style Note-Bibliography system.

In the actual paper, you will have two types of citations.

  • For citations from the assigned course materials (the Chávez book, the American Yawp, or the materials from D2L) you will use simple parenthetical notation. I will provide examples of this on D2L. DO NOT USE FOOTNOTES FOR THESE SOURCES.
  • For citations from your peer-reviewed secondary source(s), you should use a footnote using the footnote format of the Chicago Manual of Style Note-Bibliography system. DO NOT USE PARENTHETICAL NOTATION FOR THESE SOURCES.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has guidelines for the Chicago Manual of Style:

You do not need a works cited section or bibliography.

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