Writing Assignment- Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

 
Your assignment is to write an essay on the PBS documentary Reconstruction: America After the Civil War (Links to an external site.) (Hour 1).
You will explore historical thinkingPlay media comment.as you watch this documentary and discuss three (3) of the five aspects as they are shown in the documentary: (1) Multiple Accounts and Perspectives; (2) Analysis of Primary Sources; (3) Sourcing; (4) Context; and (5) Claim-Evidence Connection. You will also explore the main ideas in the documentary and answer the following questions: The changes made during Reconstruction secured equal citizenship rights for African Americans.  How did Reconstruction change the meaning of freedom? What major changes happened in the lives of African Americans and in the South in general as a result? Use the evidence presented in the documentary to support your claim. Your essay will be graded on how well you (1) answer the questions posed; (2) develop a clear thesis statement and support it with evidence; (3) explore historical thinking in your essay; (4) use proper citation; and (5) use good English grammar and spelling to develop clear writing.
You must also cite your sources using Chicago Manual of Style Author/Date style (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
The assignment has five goals: you will (1) develop basic research citation skills; (2) identify primary sources; (3) analyze historical documentary for information; (4) synthesize information from primary and secondary sources to inform historical writing; and (5) communicate ideas in writing using clear prose that incorporates correct grammar and spelling.
Details: Watch the Historical ThinkingPlay media comment.video and look for three (3) aspects of historical thinking as you watch the Reconstruction (Links to an external site.) documentary. Write a detailed essay discussing these three aspects and answering the above questions.  You must use standard essay format (minimum of introductory paragraph with a strong thesis statement, at least three supporting paragraphs, and a strong concluding paragraph).
 Topic: Reconstruction: America After the Civil War 
 
Length: 750-1000 words (3-4 pages) double spaced, including cover page and bibliography page
Format: Times New Roman, 12 point, one inch margins, double spaced, cover page with bibliography page
Citations: Chicago Manual of Style with author-date in-text citation style (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., including a properly formatted bibliography page.

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