Primary Document Analytic Paper Guidelines
Directions:– Please write a 3 page response to the following question. Responsesshould be typed in Times New Roman or Cambria, 12 point font, doublespaced, with 1 inch margins on all sides.
In his preface to the Voices of Freedom document reader, Eric Fonernotes that “Freedom is not a fixed, timeless category with a singleunchanging definition. Rather, the history of the United States is, inpart, a story of debates, disagreements, and struggles over freedom.” Fonerfurther contends that the documents “reflect how Americans at differentpoints in history have defined freedom as an overarching idea, or haveunderstood its many dimensions, including political, religious,economic, and personal freedom.” Read each of the following documents inVoices of Freedom:
Ch. 18: Doc. 116 – John Ryan, “A Living Wage”
Ch. 19: Doc. 122 – Woodrow Wilson, “A World ‘Safe for Democracy’”
Ch. 20: Doc. 133 – Congress Debates Immigration
Ch. 21: Doc. 140 – Franklin Roosevelt, “Speech to the Democratic National Convention”
Ch. 22: Doc. 147 – Henry Luce, “The American Century”
After reading each document in its entirety, first establish the historical context in which the author wrote, then comment on how each author defines freedom given the historical circumstances. You should include at least one supporting quotation to support your contention. (cite using in-text citations: Voices of Freedom,268). Next, compare and contrast the authors’ definitions of freedomand comment on how the definition of freedom has changed over time fromthe Progressive Era through World War II. Again, be sure to include relevant contextual information so that your reader understands what was going on in the United States at the time that each document was written. (cite your Give Me Liberty textbook for this information. Give Me Liberty, 222). Discuss how and why the definition of freedom changed throughout the early years of the 20th century.
Make sure to take notes on eachdocument and appropriate contextual information BEFORE writing. ThePrimary Document Analysis Worksheet provides a good basis from which totake notes.
Your paper should have a clearintroduction with thesis statement that gives an overview of how thedefinition of freedom changed over time.
Your paper should have a conclusion summarizing the significance of the changing definition of freedom in American history.
3 page minimum, 4 page maximum (this means at least 3 FULL – TO THE BOTTOM – pages)
Typed – 12 point font, Times New Roman or Cambria
1 inch margins on all sides
Please write in the THIRD person (no “I” or “you”)
Introduce all quotes with your own analysis – they should flow seamlessly as part of your sentence.
Write in past tense
Use active voice
BE SURE TO PROOFREAD YOUR WORK! Visit the Writing Studio (or SmartThinking) for help with this – they arevery useful (and free!) services!
Cite assigned course materials only below
Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty!. 4th ed. Vol. 2. New York: W.W.Norton, 2014. Print.
Foner, Eric. Voices of Freedom. 4th ed. Vol. 2. New York: W.W.Norton, 2014. Print.