Jackson’s Policies and the Panic of 1837
This assignment expects students to read and analyze a scholarly article on a particular topic related to the history of business and economics in North America. This is not a research paper.
One: Go over the reading, determine the author?s thesis (what the author is arguing) and develop your own thesis?what it is you are going to argue in your paper. You may agree or disagree with the author?s thesis but you are expected to analyze the argument[s] presented in the article.
Two: Write an opening paragraph presenting the thesis of your paper.
Three: Back up your thesis with examples from the article. When citing a particular example or passage, note the source and page number in parenthesis e.g., (Segev, 95). Do not use long quotes?use your own words.
Four: End your paper with a concluding paragraph that summarizes the argument or arguments you have presented in your paper.
Five: Once you?ve finished a first draft, read each sentence out loud. Often you can weed out poor and/or incomprehensible sentences by reading your paper out loud. This is a writing and grammar assignment as well as a history assignment. Bad writing can destroy the most brilliant thesis, while good writing can make a commonplace argument appear profound.
Six: Check your paper for correct spelling and punctuation (“spell check” on word processing programs are helpful for this).