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Title: History 121 United States Since 1877

History 121 United States Since 1877
  • Week 6 Projects

Part I Panel Discussion
  • Give a brief 3-5 minute biography of your
  • focus on their contribution to US history
  • You may be asked questions about your character,
    so be prepared!

Part II Obituary
  • Write a 1-2 page obituary for your character
  • The obituary should include basic biographical
    information, such as
  • birth date and place
  • death date and place
  • cause of death
  • family (marriage, children)
  • major accomplishments.

Sample Obituary Henry Fielding
  • The honorable Henry Fielding, late justice of the
    Peace for Westminster and Middlesex, passed away
    Tuesday, October 8, 1754 in Lisbon, Portugal, in
    his forty-seventh year. Suffering from gout,
    dropsy and an asthmatic condition, Mr. Fielding
    had recently removed, with his wife and daughter,
    from his home in Fordhook to Lisbon for the
    therapeutic benefits of the warmer climate.

  • Born in Sharpham Park, Somerset, in 1707, Mr.
    Fielding studied at Eton between 1719 and 1725.
    He later spent a year studying literature at the
    University of Leyden in 1728, after which he
    began his career as a notorious playwright,
    producing such favorites as Tom Thumb A Tragedy.
    Mr Fielding commenced reading law at the Middle
    Temple in 1738 and was called to the bar in 1740.

  • Colleagues remember Mr. Fielding as being a man
    of high morals whose distaste for hypocrisy and
    injustice led him to lead crusades for social
    reform, especially after his appointment, in
    1748, to Justice of the Peace for Westminster and
    Middlesex. Not one to submit to corruption, the
    only pay he accepted was from fees, and he
    refused to accept payment from the poor for his

  • A controversial writer, a most honorable public
    figure and a beloved husband and father, Mr.
    Fieldings passing is felt by all who knew him.
    Buried in the British Cemetery of Lisbon,
    Portugal, Henry Fielding was preceded in death by
    his first wife, the beloved Charlotte, and is
    survived by his second wife, Mary, his brother,
    John, his sister, Sarah and several children.

Biographical Essay
  • Write a 3-4 page paper about an historical figure
    from US history from the list.
  • The essay should include basic background
    information about the person in addition to a
    discussion of their contributions to US history.

Sources for Obituary or Biographical Essay
  • You may use primary, secondary or tertiary
    sources in researching your subject
  • Use more than one source to verify information
  • If you find and use a primary source, you can
    earn extra credit
  • All sources must be listed in a bibliography,
    whether or not you use direct quotes

Primary Sources
  • What is a Primary Source?
  • Primary sources include source material that is
    closest to the person, information, period, or
    idea being studied.
  • They include artifacts, documents, recordings or
    other sources of information that were created at
    the time under study.
  • In the study of history, primary sources are
    typically created by someone with direct personal
    knowledge of the events being described or the
    people involved in the events.

Examples of Primary Sources
  • Letters
  • Personal correspondence
  • Official correspondence
  • Documents
  • Treaties
  • Declarations
  • Acts of Legilative Bodies (Congress, Parliament,
  • Maps
  • Personal Papers
  • Wills
  • Deeds
  • Titles
  • Identification papers
  • Naturalization
  • Manumission
  • Military records, discharges, etc.

Other Primary Sources
  • Newspaper Articles published at the time the
    event occurred
  • Written accounts of events by contemporaries,
    published or unpublished
  • Contemporary Artwork
  • Paintings
  • Sculpture
  • Political cartoons, illustrations
  • Contemporary plays, music lyrics, poetry, etc.
  • Photographs, lithographs, tintypes, etc.

Where do you find Primary Sources?
  • Primary sources are housed in archives or private
  • Many colleges and universities have archive
    colletions where you can examine original
    artifacts and documents, however, you may need
    special permissions or appointments to examine

  • Primary sources are also available in printed or
    digital form, often as part of a collection of
    related documents.
  • For most students and scholars, accessing digital
    resources or printed compilations is acceptable
    for doing research
  • Many items can be obtained through inter-library
    loans or document requests.

Secondary Sources
  • Secondary sources are accounts written after the
    fact with the benefit of hindsight.
  • They are interpretations and evaluations of
    primary sources.
  • Secondary sources are not evidence, but rather
    commentary on and discussion of evidence.

Examples of Secondary Sources
  • Bibliographies
  • Biographical works
  • Commentaries, criticisms
  • Dictionaries, Encyclopedias
  • Histories
  • Journal articles
  • Magazine and newspaper articles
  • Monographs, other than fiction and autobiography
  • Textbooks
  • Web sites

Tertiary Sources
  • Tertiary sources consist of information which is
    a distillation and collection of primary and
    secondary sources.
  • Some sources, such as textbooks or encyclopedias,
    can be classified as either secondary or tertiary
  • Tertiary sources are further removed from the
    primary source

Examples of Tertiary Sources
  • Almanacs
  • Bibliographies
  • Chronologies
  • Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • Directories
  • Fact books
  • Guidebooks
  • Indexes, abstracts, bibliographies used to locate
    primary and secondary sources
  • Manuals
  • Textbooks

Example of Sources
  • Subject Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Primary Source letters written by Dr. Martin
    Luther King, Jr.
  • Secondary Source Journal article about Kings
  • Tertiary Source Encyclopedia article about the
    Civil Rights movement

Article Collection Part IArticles
  • Submit a collection of ten (10) current articles
    from newspapers, magazines or journals (including
    online versions) that pertain to the period of US
    history since 1877
  • Your collection must address at least three
    different issues, events, etc.
  • Articles must relate to US history

Part IISynopsis
  • Each article must be accompanied by a one
    paragraph synopsis of the article in your own
    words that discusses what the article is about
    and why it is important
  • Is the article about a new discovery?
  • Is the article relating a past event to a current

Part IIIReference
  • Each article also must include a bibliographical
    reference citing where the article was published
  • Articles must be recent
  • You will not receive credit for articles over 5
    years old
  • Di Silvestro, Roger. Teddy Roosevelts Ride to
    Recovery. Wild West. October 2009.

Where do you find articles?
  • www.Historynet.com
  • American History
  • Aviation History
  • Military History
  • Vietnam
  • World War II
  • Wild West
  • MHQ (Military History Quarterly)
  • www.smithsonianmag.com
  • Smithsonian

  • Wikipedia
  • History.com (The History Channel)
  • Ask.com
  • Encyclopedias
  • Book Reviews
  • Abstracts of dissertations/theses
  • Choose short articles 1-5 pages max!
  • I dont expect you to print out and read 50 page

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