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Students will choose a book from the following list and write a review essay, 5+ pages. 12 pt. font, 1” margins, Times New Roman, Double Spaced. Students will be marked off for not adhering to these guidelines. 90 points. Do not use personal pronouns (specifically- you, me, us, our, my, I) or contractions, as this is formal writing. Students must use 2 outside sources (secondary sources) and include them and the chosen book in a Works Cited page. Cite sources within essay- use whichever format you personally know, for most of you, that will be MLA, but in History, we use Chicago/Turabian Style. MAKE SURE TO CHOOSE AND ORDER A BOOK WITHIN THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS OF CLASS. IF YOU DO NOT GET A BOOK ORDERED PROMPTLY, YOU WILL HAVE TO WRITE ON SOMETHING THAT IS OFFERED ONLINE, LIKE POETRY. STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT THE ESSAY ONLINE THROUGH CANVAS. WHEN SUBMITTED, YOUR PAPER WILL GO THROUGH “TURN IT IN,” A PLAGIARISM CHECKER- TURNITIN DOES NOT RECOGNIZE GOOGLE DOCS, SO PLEASE REFORMAT YOUR PAPER INTO AN UPLOADABLE DOCUMENT, PREFERABLY .DOC, .DOCX If you choose a collection of essays, poems, or documents, you must choose 3 and write on them in the Summary. 1. Introduction- name author and text. Need a thesis. (A thesis is an opinion based on evidence- an argument). If your book has an introduction, make sure to read it because it 2. Biography of Author (3/4 page) 3. Historical Background- What is going on at the time this book was written? (Internet acceptable for this portion, but cite website- DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA) (1/2 page) 4. Summary of book/essays/poems (1 pg) 5. Analysis of work’s social/cultural/political influence. This can be open ended, but I recommend you read book reviews and analyses online. For example: What contentious issues does it/does it not address? Why do you think the author wrote this book? What message is the author trying to convey? How does the work challenge or reinforce Social Stigmas, Gender/Race/Class Relations? (Internet also acceptable for this work). THIS IS A CRITICAL SECTION. MAKE SURE YOU THINK ABOUT IT THOUGHTFULLY (1 pg) 6. How does this piece relate to what we have or have not learned in class or from textbook? (one paragraph) 7. What are your opinions about the work? (Do not use first person)- Write a review (one paragraph) 8. Conclusion- should restate your thesis. (one paragraph) 9. Works Cited on Separate page If you choose a collection of essays, poems, or documents, you must choose 3 to write on, unless the essays are over 20 pages, then you can write on 2. If you come the instructor within one week before the due date and share your thesis, I will offer comments and add 2 points to your final paper. If your book is an autobiography, your biographical section will be about the person’s life after the book was published. For example, for Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, your bio would be about his life from 1845-death (1895). Many of these works are classic pieces of literature and have SparkNotes/ Wikipedia entries etc… Students who use these will be marked down 20 points. DO NOT USE THEM. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE (copying someone’s work as your own). Plagiarism will result in an 0 on the assignment and a report to the Dean. If there is another book not on this list that intrigues you, please see me and give me a summary and tell me why you want to use that book. Depending on the context, I may approve another selection. The book must be written between the 1500s and 1865 and be a primary source, addressing issues relevant to that time. Review Essay Book List 1. Bartolome De Las Casas, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies 2. Uncle Tom’s Cabin- Harriet Beecher Stowe (AUDIO ONLINE AT YOUTUBE) 3. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass- Frederick Douglass 4. My Bondage and My Freedom- Frederick Douglass 5. The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents- ed. Kenneth Greenberg 6. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl- Harriet Jacobs 7. When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection- ed. Norman R. Yetman 8. Any collection of slave narratives is acceptable 9. Bartelby AND Benito Cereno- Herman Melville 10. Common Sense- Thomas Paine (ONLINE) 11. “Civil Disobedience”- Henry David Thoreau (ONLINE) 12. The Federalist (Papers)- Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay 13. The Anti-Federalist Papers- Patrick Henry 14. Harriet Tubman and the Fight for Freedom: A Brief History with Documents. Lois E. Horten. 15. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano also known as Equiano’s Travels – Olaudah Equiano 16. The Journal of Charlotte L. Forten: The moving record of a sensitive and idealistic young Negro girls’ reactions to the white world of the Civil War era. Ed. Ray Allen Billington 17. Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and Other Essays- Sarah Grimke 18. Up From the Pedestal: Selected Writings in the History of American Feminism- ed. Aileen S. Kraditor 19. The Tell Tale Heart; The Raven; The Pit and the Pendulum (pick 2)- Edgar Allan Poe (ONLINE) 20. Edgar Huntly, Charles Brockden Down- a compelling tale of sleepwalking, murder, and frontier violence set in rural Pennsylvania in the 1780s. 21. Kelroy, Rebecca Rush- combines the refinement of the novel of manners with the Gothic novel’s hidden evil to tell the story of the star-crossed lovers Emily Hammond and the romantic Kelroy, whose romance is doomed by the machinations of Emily’s mother (ONLINE) 22. The Garies and Their Friends, Frank J Webb tells the story of two families struggling for different sorts of respectability: the Garies, a well-to-do interracial couple who relocate to Philadelphia from the plantation South in order to legalize their marriage, and their friends the Ellises, free black Philadelphians hoping to make the move from the working class into the bourgeoisie. 23. The Western Captive and Other Indian Stories, Elizabeth Oakes Smith-This edition recovers Elizabeth Oakes Smith’s successful 1842 novel The Western Captive; or, The Times of Tecumseh and includes many of Oakes Smith’s other writings about Native Americans, including short stories, legends, and autobiographical and biographical sketches. 24. The Coquette, Hannah Webster Foster, the true story of Elizabeth Whitman, an unmarried woman who died in childbirth in New England. Fictionalizing Whitman’s experiences in her heroine, Eliza Wharton, Foster created a compelling narrative of seduction that was hugely successful with readers. 25. Lydia Sigourney (collection of poems by author)- most prolific female poet in first half of US History (ONLINE)

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