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- Mr. T
Well, it is a quiz day first and then movie day. Today's quiz circles back to the 19th century reforms (as I stated earlier). Also the topic of today's movie is the trans-atlantic slave trade. Actually, it is an account of a slave ship that was transporting slaves to the U.S. after the slave trade was banned (1808).
Prof. FONER: I think what we remember in history, as I said, tells us a lot of ourselves. I would like to see January 1st, 1808 remembered as an important turning point. It was the first time, really, that Congress stigmatized, at least, an aspect of slavery as immoral, illegitimate and worthy of being prohibited. And it did raise the question of slavery itself - even though it didn't lead directly to the abolition of slavery. Half a century later, Abraham Lincoln, in the Lincoln-Douglas debates, would say, look. You know, the Southerners claim they have a right of property in slaves. Well, why, then, is the importation of slaves wrong? Why don't they just keep importing slaves if it's no different than any other property? We don't we have a ban on importing any other form of property. Obviously, there is something different about slaves that makes people, you know, feel that this trade is illegitimate. And that is a condemnation of slavery itself. So I think it was a very important moment. And, of course, one can think what would have happened if the slave traders had continued? There would have been hundreds of thousands of more slaves brought into the country. The South would have grown more powerful, more politically dominant. It probably would have expanded slavery into Cuba, into the Caribbean, into Mexico. More slaves would have led to the United States becoming a slave empire in a way in which many Southerners wanted. And that would have been a terrible fate.
The information below is from Mr. Marchetti. It is very useful. If you do not take this seriously, the grading process will be a blood bath. Take note of the suggestions/reminders below and ask me if you have questions!
- Mr. T
Hello ladies and gentlemen,
So your first Research Paper is due Monday night BEFORE 11:59pm to Turnitin.com. Below are some tips and resources for your first attempt at a major research paper. Please do your best to follow all guidelines! This paper is worth 200 points and follows a fairly comprehensive rubric that will be difficult to master. Have no fear though! I believe that if you work hard and try your best you will improve! Tackle this challenge with effort and perseverance and you will be a champion (eventually 😀 )! Have a great weekend everybody! Happy Writing!
Remember that your essay should start from your Annotated Bibliography
You may have changed sources, your thesis, or even the prompt chosen... but I have been a part of that process along the way! If not, your Research Paper WILL NOT BE GRADED!!!
There are several sections on this rubric and getting anything above a B requires strong critical thinking and writing skills
Review this rubric extensively before writing and/or submitting your paper
Academic Skill & Content Knowledge (40 pts)
You need to demonstrate that you are familiar and comfortable with the content information. Includes details as well as ability to make connections with historical information
Writing Skill Content & Development (30 pts)
Your thesis is key here as well as your ability to maintain focus on your thesis throughout your paper.
Writing Skill Organization (20 pts)
This is all about organization, having a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Also your ability to transition between ideas smoothly and logically.
Writing Skill Conventions & Voice (30 pts)
This is where your mechanics matter. You need to pay attention to your spelling, grammar, word choices, and sentence structure if you want to do well in this category.
Information Literacy (20 pts)
This one is all about formatting. Did you follow proper formatting guidelines and make few, if any, errors? This is ALSO about conducting appropriate research! Did you find appropriate and credible resources? Did you properly incorporate and cite them in your paper?
Analysis (40 pts)
This is all about you connecting facts with commentary and analysis. You need to explain how and why your facts are important AND how and why they prove your thesis. This is one of the most important categories!
Preparation for Lifelong Learning (20 pts)
This should come in your conclusion! That is where I am looking for this. This one is all about your ability to demonstrate that you applied yourself in this assignment. Make connections to events and/or people in the modern world. Connect various historical examples to other examples. Demonstrate that you LEARNED something while doing this assignment!
Total point value = 200 pts
This rubric is tough and you need to understand every component if you wish to give yourself the best chance for success!
Best of luck and email me if you have any questions.