Instructions: submit an essay that addresses the following prompt.
Prompt: Based on your understanding of lectures, assigned films, and course readings (Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty! and primary source documents from The American Yawp Reader), what were the six most transformational moments in United States history after the end of World War I in 1919 and through the early twenty-first century to 2015?
In an essay identify six specific transformational moments in United States history after the end of World War I in 1919 and through the early twenty-first century to 2015. In the introductory paragraph, explain what makes a moment transformational and identify your chosen moments. In the body paragraphs, justify your answers by pointing to each moment’s broader historical significance, which includes connections to particular themes, events, and people(s). Substantiate your claims by referencing at least two primary source documents for each specific transformational moment. This means that you should reference a minimum of twelve primary source documents in your essay. The primary source documents should include only those assigned in class and listed in the syllabus. The transformational moments need not be related to the same broad topic. The best answers will identify different transformational moments that cover the wide chronological scope between 1919 and 2015. Your essay will be evaluated on both form and content.
Primary Source Documents: 1. Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), p. 292
2. Pedro Lopez on His Mother’s Deportation (2008/2015), p. 295
3. Chelsea Manning Petitions for a Pardon (2013), p. 297
4. Emily Doe (Chanel Miller), Victim Impact Statement (2015), p. 299
Pat Buchanan on the Culture War (1992), p. 272
Bill Clinton on Free Trade and Financial Deregulation (1993-2000), p. 283
The 9/11 Commission Report, “Reflecting on a Generational Challenge” (2004), p. 286 George W. Bush on the Post-9/11 World (2002), p. 289
Statement by John Kerry of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1971), p. 245
Barbara Jordan, 1976 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address (1976), p. 249 Jimmy Carter, “Crisis of Confidence” (1979), p. 251
First Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan (1981), p. 263
Phyllis Schlafly on Women’s Responsibility for Sexual Harassment (1981), p. 275
Jerry Falwell on the “Homosexual Revolution” (1981), p. 265
Statements of AIDS Patients (1983), p. 267
Jesse Jackson on the Rainbow Coalition (1984), p. 278
1. Barry Goldwater, Republican Nomination Acceptance Speech (1964), p. 218
2. Lyndon Johnson on Voting Rights and the American Promise (1965), p. 220
3. Lyndon Johnson, Howard University Commencement Address (1965), p. 223
4. National Organization for Women, “Statement of Purpose” (1966), p. 225
5. George M. Garcia, Vietnam Veteran, Oral Interview (1969/2012), p. 228
6. The Port Huron Statement (1962), p. 232
7. Fannie Lou Hamer: Testimony at the Democratic National Convention (1964), p. 235
8. Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (1968), p. 242
9. Gloria Steinem on Equal Rights for Women (1970), p. 254
10. Native Americans Occupy Alcatraz (1969), p. 257
Hint: A “transformational moment” is a specific, discrete event that had lasting repercussions, not a clustering of events. For example, “World War II” would not count as a transformational moment, but “the day when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an order to incarcerate Japanese Americans in 1942” would. If you chose this moment, then your essay could point to this Executive Order’s broader significance within the time period and how it altered Japanese Americans’ relationship with the United States and undermined Americans’ moral authority during World War II. You could also take the moment in other directions. Either way, you might include primary source documents like “Franklin Roosevelt, Executive Order No. 9066 (1942)” and “Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga on Japanese Internment (1942/1994)” in your analysis. If you have questions as to what counts as a “transformational moment,” then you should make every effort to reach out to the instructor ahead of the submission date.
All essays should use specific examples and quotations from assigned primary source documents listed in the syllabus and posted on Blackboard. Do not use primary source documents that were not assigned in this course. The textbook and the course lectures may inform students’ essays, but these materials DO NOT count as one of the twelve required primary source documents.
Failure to  meet the assignment’s minimum length requirement,  cite the minimum number of required documents, OR  fully answer one of the essay prompts will result in an essay grade of no higher than a C (75).
Consulting or citing sources outside of the assigned class readings will result in a failing essay grade of no higher than a 50. Outside sources include but are not limited to websites, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.
Plagiarism or cheating will result in a failing grade on this assignment as well as a referral to the university.
Do not include a works cited page.
If a student is confused about the essay prompt or the assignment’s requirements, they should make every effort to
contact the instructor prior to the submission date.
Formatting: Students must abide by the following formatting instructions.
1. The student’s typed name must appear at the top of the essay.
2. Essays will contain an original title. (i.e., the title is not “Essay A,” “Paper A,” “History Paper,” etc.)
3. Essays should appear in 12-point font, either Times New Roman or Garamond.
4. Essays should be double-spaced.
5. Essays should contain one-inch margins.
6. Essays will include page numbers.
7. The essay must be saved in .doc, .docx, .docm, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, or .html file format. Files of any other
format, including .pages or .gdoc, will not be accepted.
Citations: All essays should contain citations to sources paraphrased and/or quoted within. For this course, parenthetical citations at the end of sentences will be acceptable. The sample citations below should serve as a guide on how to cite each type of source you might use to complete the essay assignment.
Primary Source Document
If there is an author:
o (Surname of the Author, “First Important Word in the Title of the Document”)
o For example, you would cite the document Ida B. Wells-Barnett, “Lynch Law in America” (1900) as
If the source does not list an author or is the transcript of a speech or interview:
o (“First Two Important Words in the Title of the Document”)
o For example, you would cite the document The Sedition Act of 1918 (1918) as (“Sedition Act”).
(Foner, page number)
For example, you would cite a specific page in the Foner textbook as (Foner, 137)
For example, you would cite a point from the Module 4 lecture as (Rogers, Module 4).
THE WORK CITED IS THE BOOK AND THE PRIMARY SOURCES FROM THE OTHER.
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