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HIST 1370: African American Experience: Assignment

HIST 1370 Assignment

Dr. Latimore will divide your class into two groups, one defending the institution of slavery and the other attacking it. Each member of the group will prepare a 6-8 page “brief” including 10 primary sources, 7 of which must be cited in the brief.

As you search for sources, think of yourself as a U.S. citizen living from about 1850 to 1861. Accordingly, look for sources that were written during or before this time. Use date limiters to exclude results after 1861. 

You don't need to consult every resource on this guide, but you should draw your evidence from a variety of sources. Search multiple databases to see how coverage differs between them, and look for different kinds of primary sources (e.g. personal correspondence, speeches, laws, etc.)

Writing an Annotation

An analytical annotation allows you to explain the value of a source to your paper. It can help you gain a greater sense of what a given resource can contribute (or not) to your argument. Some components of a typical annotation are given below. You needn't include every one of them! Apply the criteria that best help you to analyze the document under review. 

  1. a citation

  2. a brief description or summary of the resource

  3. a brief analysis of its thesis, argument, or focus

  4. the context in which the document was created

  5. a review of the author's credentials

  6. a prediction or description of the text's intended audience

  7. insights derived from the document 

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