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Requirements: 3-5 pages, double-spaced, 12pt font, Arial or Times New Roman, 1 inch margins, and cover page including a title, the student’s name, date submitted, and course. (The cover page does not count towards your page total.)
What to write and how to write it:
1. Summary: After reading one of the primary sources assigned this semester, write a paragraph summarizing the following information about it. This will be the briefest paragraph in your paper. A good paragraph will contain the following information (Sometimes the answers are not always clear, but do your best):
a. Which of the documents will you be writing about?
b. Who wrote this document? (The person or group’s name, age, sex, nation/ethnic background, and anything else essential to understanding the document’s creator)
c. What was this document originally? (A law, speech, Part of a diary, newspaper report, letter, pamphlet, novel, book, poster, poem, play, or something else.)
d. When was this document created, written, produced?
e. Where was this document made?
f. What was the document for? What was its purpose?
2. Context: This is where you will explain the historical context for your primary source. Consult American Yawpfor more information about the historical period in which your document originated. Most of the documents have dates, but if it’s not obvious use your best judgement. Do not just pick random facts about events happening around the same time as your primary source. Some historical events will be more relevant to your primary source than others. Look for those that have an important relationship to your source. Make sure to explain how your primary source is related to the broader events. (Your job here is to convince me why those events matter for understanding your primary document.)
Your next few paragraphs should use that information to answer the following questions (Again, some questions will be easier to answer or more relevant to your document than others, but try to give thoughtful answers to all of them the best you can.):
a. What historical events, movements, changes, conflicts, trends does American Yawp mention were going on at the time this document was created?
b. What historical events, movements, changes, conflicts, trends, places does American Yawp mention were going on in/near the place this document was created?
c. What historical events, movements, changes, conflicts, trends, does American Yawp mention were happening to the type of person or people who made this document?
d. Can you see those things reflected in what the document says? What about what it doesn’t say?
3. Analysis: This should be the substance of your paper. Quoting, paraphrasing, or otherwise using specific pieces of evidence from the document to support your argument, (Look for words, phrases, sentences, etc. that demonstrate your points/arguments) write one or more paragraphs in which you explain:
a. Who was the intended audience for the document?
b. How might this have affected what the document said or left out?
c. How did the purpose of the document affect what was recorded/described or not recorded? How did the background of the author/creator influence his/her perspective on the event(s) they wrote about? How can you tell?
d. What does this document help you to understand better or what was important about this period or American history more broadly?
e. What does the document reveal about the period of American history in which it was made?
Primary Source Document:
8-7 A Post-Revolutionary Woman Argues for Women’s Equality, 1790
Link to document attached below:
You can use this textbook for any background information
American Yawp Chapter 6