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Thesis Format Research Project 2006 "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts." Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan Assignment: You are to write a 2-page thesis format project/essay about your research topic. Your topic must fall within the guidelines of your class. US History 17a topics must take place between 1607 & 1877 within the present day USA. History 17b projects need to fall between 1877 and 2004 within the present day USA. I’d like you to explain what you’ve learned from a major resource/text. You should get my approval of your resource if it isn’t recommended by me in a PowerPoint slide presentation or by the authors of your text.
You are required to have an opening thesis sentence. Your first sentence will be your first paragraph. You are required to cite from your source [or sources] at least 3 times and also annotate your bibliography. Since this is a "take home" project, grammatical mistakes are heavily penalized. [Use a BC tutor if you need assistance.]
Remember: A thesis sentence/paragraph is not an introduction. It contains your thesis (a summary of what you will PROVE with data) and the concepts/structure you will use to prove your thesis. Data that is not linked to your thesis and thesis methodology doesn’t earn points. You earn your grade with specific data/quotations/research that prove your thesis. Questions never earn points. Always remain in third person. [You can use 1st person in a separate introduction, a postscript, or in footnotes/endnotes.]
You are required to site information at least 3 times using footnote or MLA rules. Your last paragraph can demonstrate your mastery of opposing perspectives. You are required to ANNOTATE a minimum of three sources on the bibliography or "works cited" page [your last page.] The purpose of annotation is to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of your resources. You can do your entire project from only one major source. Don’t use straw man or a ping-pong style/methodology Don’t tell a story – every word following your thesis sentence should PROVE your personal thesis
OutstandingGoodAveWeakMissing Thesis sentence Link of data to PROVE thesis Use of perspective paragraph Content [caliber of data]
OutstandingGoodAveWeakMissing Grammar/syntax Citing sources by page Annotated bibliography Link to class
OutstandingGoodAveWeakMissing Length of 2 pages Title’s link to thesis Vocabulary Quotations/special
“A Political Policy With An Economic Basis” (Packard, 83) Lana Hayes The mercantilist system was a major contributing factor in the American Revolution because mercantilism fostered the economic, political and cultural dependence of the American colonies on England. The growing British Empire’s wealth depended on the possession of silver. The importation of raw materials from the America’s played a crucial role in feeding British industries and subsidizing their production costs. Low production costs and cheap raw materials helped the British sell more than they bought and thereby increased their bullion reserves. From the American plantations goods like tobacco, cotton, sugar, coffee, cocoa and rice were shipped to England, while British manufactures sent back the products that the colonies didn’t have (Marshall, 18). This increased trade clearly benefited Britain. “Between 1700 and 1763 the value of British exports to America and the West Indies multiplied fivefold, while the value of imports from those areas grew fourfold” (Marshall, 18).
Annotated Bibliography Marshall, Michael. “From Mercantilism to The Wealth of Nations.” World and I 14 (5) May 1999: 18. This article provides insights into British global trade and it’s role as the precursor to the Industrial revolution of the 19th century, and Technological Revolution of the 20th century. It describes the economic and political relationships between the nations in the 18th century, including England and the New English Colonies. Packard, Laurence Bradford. The Commercial-Revolution 1400-1776. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1927. This book is divided into three main chapters, which cover the Commercial Revolution, Colbert’s mercantilism system, and Adam Smith’s explanation of mercantilism. The information about colonial dependence on the British states was especially useful for my research and gave me the data for my thesis. Smith, S.D. “British Exports to Colonial North America and Mercantilist fallacy.” Business History 37 Jan 1995: 45. Smith, in this article, presents a detailed description of the British export system. As an example he uses wool textiles to demonstrate how the British created their wealth by using the colonies as not only a source of raw materials, but also as consumers of the product.
The People and the Erie Canal Danielle Kindig The Erie Canal impacted many people throughout its construction and after its completion. The people whose lives were affected most were the canal laborers, merchants, and common townspeople. In 1818 the canal workforce were said to be three-fourths workers that, according to the New York canal commissioners, were “born among us”, but after 1821, most of the workers were Irish and Welsh immigrants. The contractors were the people who had to hire the laborers who would work the long hours in poor working conditions. In the commissioner’s report for 1819 reported that a thousand men were sick from the heat and from working in the wet soil for months at a time, which as the commissioner reported was a “ most discouraging spectacle.”  You can put the author and page here  
Annotated Bibliography Hadfield, Charles. World Canals: Inland Navigation Past and Present. New York, New York: Facts on File Publications, 1986. This book gave a minimal amount of information concerning my view points for the Erie Canal, but what I did get from the book was information on the towns of the Erie and what they entitled. Shaw, Ronald E. Canals for a Nation: The Canal Era in the United States 1790-1860. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1990. This book gave a bit of information on the workforce and laborers of the canal. Sheriff, Carol. The Artificial River. United States of America: Hill and Wang, 1996. I really enjoyed this book and took a lot of information from it considering the Erie is all this book was written on. It gave a plentiful amount of information on just about all of the points I talked about.
Thomas Paine and Revolutionary America Amber Billiard During the Revolutionary Era, Thomas Paine became one of the most renown authors and pamphleteers as he intrigued audiences with his modern use of language, transformed the term "republic" to be one of positive outlook rather then the tyrannical sense, and called upon Americans to separate themselves from the monarchy of England and direct their own destiny as a new nation. Paine knew that in order to spread his message in his pamphlet Common Sense, he had to use a distinct literary style that would appeal to the masses. He wrote in a simplistic fashion for people of all types to understand with uses of metaphors to captivate and relate to the readers. Common Sense can credit its popularity to the accessibility due to the printing press and cheap purchases. Paine even estimated that his pamphlets sold over 150,000 copies, clearly overshadowing any newspaper sales. During a time of mass political movements, Americans looked toward a leader who would redefine existing ideology with a modern and secular language. Paine wrote with passion and rage, not to discourage Americans, but to raise their level of awareness. By doing this, he was able to break down any barriers that would be swaying their opinion, and lay out in simple truth and common sense, the necessity of a separation from England...
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