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									Document Analysis > Requirements and Grading
  • Assignment
       • 2-3 pages
       • Any document assigned for week II-V (up to Feb. 1)
       • You may use secondary sources (lectures, textbook, Jstor) but your argument
       should be based primarily on the document

  • Questions:
      • What does this documents tell me about American History?
      • Who produced it?
      • When?
      • Why?
      • What was the intended audience?
      • What was the purpose?

  • Proper form:
       • Introduction (with thesis statement - F or D if no thesis statement)
       • Body (your supporting points for the thesis statement)
       • Conclusion

  • Quote or paraphrase the document to support your points
      • Use footnotes or endnotes (F if no footnotes)
      • No bibliography or parenthetical references
Document Analysis > Formatting

  • Proper Formatting - 0.5 of your grade
       • Double-spaced (no additional space between paragraphs)
       • Cover page
       • 1-inch margins
       • Times or Times New Roman 12-point font
       • Page numbers

  In your first footnote for each source, include full bibliographical information:

  A. Mitchell Palmer, "The Case Against the 'Reds'," Forum 63 (1920).

  Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, Volume 2, Seagull Edition (New
  York: W.W. Norton, 2005), 25.

  After the first footnote for each source, use the name of the author, short title
  (everything before the column), and page number, if available:

  Palmer, "The Case Against the 'Reds.'"

  Foner, Give Me Liberty, 30.
Document Analysis > Example, Dennis Kearny
  Thesis statement (in the introduction)
  Dennis Kearny’s speech shows that American labor leader in the late nineteenth
  century supported Chinese exclusion because they thought Chinese immigrants took
  away jobs from white workers.

  Paragraph in the body of your paper:
  Kearny blames white workers’ unemployment in part on the slave mentality of
  Chinese workers. He argues that corporations go as far as China to recruit workers
  because it is easier to control them “as serfs.”1 He claims that their character
  predisposes them to obedience: “They are wipped curs, abject in docility, mean,
  contemptible and obedient in all things.”2 As Eric Foner shows in the texbook, this
  attitude was shared by the majority of working class white men.3 This notion of
  innate difference between the “white” and “Asian” races justified Chinese
  exclusion.

  1 Dennis Kearney, President, and H. L. Knight, Secretary, “Appeal from California.
  The Chinese Invasion. Workingmen’s Address,” Indianapolis Times, 28 February
  1878.
  2 Ibid.
  3 Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, Volume 2, Seagull Edition

  (New York: W.W. Norton, 2005), 75.
Document Analysis > Example, Dennis Kearny
  Thesis statement (in the introduction)
  Dennis Kearny’s speech shows that American labor leaders in the late nineteenth
  century supported Chinese exclusion because they thought Chinese immigrants took
  away jobs from white workers.

  Paragraph in the body of your paper:
  Kearny blames white workers’ unemployment in part on the slave mentality of
  Chinese workers. He argues that corporations go as far as China to recruit workers
  because it is easier to control them “as serfs.”1 As Eric Foner shows in the texbook,
  this attitude was shared by the majority of working class white men.2 He claims that
  their character predisposes them to obedience: “They are wipped curs, abject in
  docility, mean, contemptible and obedient in all things.”3 This notion of innate
  difference between the “white” and “Asian” races justified Chinese exclusion.

  1 Dennis Kearney, President, and H. L. Knight, Secretary, “Appeal from California.
  The Chinese Invasion. Workingmen’s Address,” Indianapolis Times, 28 February
  1878.
  2 Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, Volume 2, Seagull Edition

  (New York: W.W. Norton, 2005), 75.
  3 Kearny and Knight, “Appeal from California.”
Document Analysis > Checklist

  • Introduction

  • Thesis statement - This document tells us X about American history in Y period.

  • Body paragraphs each have a point

  • Body paragraphs contain examples (quotes & paraphrases) to support your points

  • Footnotes every time you quote or paraphrase

  • Proper formatting

  • Conclusion summarizes your main points

  • Did you explain:
       • Who?
       • When?
       • Why?
       • Audience?
       • Purpose?

								
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