The purpose of this assignment is to choose a topic (developed into a tentative thesis statement) and write an essay outline and annotated bibliography that will serve as the basis for your Research Essay.
Here are the steps you must take in writing this assignment:
Example of the evolution of a topic into a thesis statement.
General topic: As industrialization emerged in the North, to what extent did the South lag behind economically?
More specific: During the first half of the nineteenth century, the American North, taking advantage of new technological advances, began to industrialize rapidly. In contrast, the South, reliant on just several key crops and slave labor, failed to do the same, resulting in a backward and inhumane economic and social structure that was destined to fail.
Research question(s): What similarities and differences emerged between the North and the South and when?
What was the main source of economic output for each area? How did their geographical landscapes differ?
Where were the population sizes and demographics of each? How did immigration impact the North? How did slavery impact the South?
Thesis statement: Antebellum America, the period after the War of 1812 and prior to the Civil War, witnessed the emergence of vast differences between the North and the South. The beginnings of the modern factory system, construction of extensive railways networks and rise of the urban center enabled the industrial North to rapidly modernize, while the agricultural South lagged behind both economically and socially.
Choose 2-4 pieces of evidence to support your argument. Clearly list each piece of evidence and underneath briefly (in 4-5 sentences) discuss how it will support your argument. Convey that you have an understanding ofyour topic, sufficient evidence to support your thesis and that your essay will be feasible. You may elaborate on your evidence in order to obtain additional feedback, but please limit your outline to approximately one page single spaced.
For your essay you will need a minimum of 5 secondary sources, so you must list 5 in this annotated bibliography. However, if you find additional secondary sources at a later date and would also like to use them for your essay, that is acceptable.
Secondary sources are scholarly interpretations (peer reviewed journal articles or books) produced after the time of study. Your secondary sources should be published recently, after 1990. This is especially important inthe study of history, as new and updated interpretations are constantly being released. You can use scholarly sources discussed in class. You may not use encyclopedias or textbooks.
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Example of an annotated bibliography
David R. Meyer. The Roots of American Industrialization. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 2003.
This study provides an overarching account of the rise of industrialization in the American North during the end of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. This book includes one large section particularly useful to my essay, called “The Late Antebellum, 1820-1860.” In this section, Meyer discusses the transformation of the northern agricultural-based economy and the subsequent rise of urban centers. He discusses the creation of first regional, and then national markets in transforming the northern economy. This section lends itself to my essay because it provides background information on the extent and rapid rate to which the North industrialized in comparison to the South.
Once you have completed everything, submit your assignment with your topic and evolution to a thesis statement, essay outline, and annotated bibliography to the appropriate submission folder to Quercus. Include a cover page with a brief title (i.e. your subject/topic), your name and student number, the course title, my name and the date. Please save your assignment under your name (i.e. Joe_Smith.docx).