History

Assignment Instructions

This week, you will submit a primary source analysis by Sunday at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time this week.  In this essay, you will be required to analyze ONE of the primary sources listed below and place it within its proper historical context. What I mean by this is that you will show how the text fits into the narrative we have been studying. How does the source lend depth to our understanding of the period? What ideas does it reflect? What do we learn about the culture that produced this text?

You will be expected to quote both the primary source and relevant portions of the Pavlic text. Do NOT simply rely on indirect quotations; make certain to use direct quotations from both types of sources.

Here are the sources you can choose from:

  • Selection from Duc de Saint-Simon,Memoirs
  • Observations on the Loss of Woolen Spinning (1794)
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789)
  • The Civil Constitution of the Clergy (July 12, 1790)
  • Voltaire, “Tolerance” from The Philosophical Dictionary
  • Selection from The Imperial Catechism (1806)

For further guidance, please review the documents listed below under “Supporting Materials.”

This short paper should at least 900 words long (the rough equivalent of three double-spaced pages of text.  It must be formatted in accordance with the requirements listed in the syllabus:

Font:  Times New Roman, 12 point.Spacing:  Double-spaced, with no additional spaces between lines or paragraphs.Margins:  1” on every side (top, bottom, left and right).Page Numbers:  at the top, right hand corner, or centered at the bottom of every page except Page OneChicago Format:  You need to include a title page, rather than a heading on the first page.

The short paper must include a cover page with your name, course number and course title, instructor’s name, and date. You must also include a bibliography at the end of your paper. While composing your paper, use proper English. Do not use abbreviations, contractions, passive voice, or first/ second person (I, you, we, our, etc). Before submitting your paper, check your grammar and use spell check. Remember, the way you talk is not the way you write a paper. Please label your paper as follows: lastnamefirstnameHIST122ShortPaper1.

The short paper needs to be turned in through the assignment section for grading. If you use any of the information from your sources word-for-word, you must cite the source by using endnotes or footnotes. If you read the information and write it in your own words and it is not common knowledge, then you must cite the source because you are paraphrasing someone’s information.

Supporting Materials

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