Assignment: A Memoir of Social Change

Imagine that you are a 75-year-old resident of Chicago. The year is 1975, and you are recalling the major social events and developments that have unfolded on radio, television, other media outlets, and in the streets over the past 15 years. Some of these events took place in your own community, but their impact was felt across the nation. You are in a reflective mood and want to share the history that you remember with a younger generation.

In preparation:

Choose one of the following as the subject of your memoir:

  • The civil rights movement (1960–1975)
  • The anti-war movement (Vietnam War period)
  • The women’s rights movement (1960–1975)

The Assignment

Compose a 2-page memoir entry in which you reflect on the social change movement you selected and its impact on society. Infuse your memoir with the honest passion and insight of one who was a witness to history as well as (if relevant) a beneficiary of change or impacted by it in some way. Did the movement you selected influence your life and/or community? How? How did your prior life experiences influence your attitude toward this movement?

Specific Question for Unit 2: 

The assigned article details the growing divide between Texas as a state and the more liberal leanings growing within its major cities. Though each city is unique and different, a certain political philosophy exist which has led local, more urban governments to be more active that what Texans have traditionally allowed. The author concludes that if Texas is to continue its success, local city governments should not adopt a tax and spend agenda, but rather should continue the model championed by the state of low tax, low service which would allow business and enterprise to continue to flourish. Is the author correct?  

General Guidelines:

-Minimum of 750 words in length.

-Revised and edited.

-Incorporates assigned article, the textbook, and other academic sources to affirm or reject various points.

-Clearly answers the question posed.

-Organized well and concisely written.

-All source material cited.

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