HIST 2112 – The History of the United States since 1877 (Online)

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UNIT 3 DISCUSSION AND RESPONSE

Pick a side and argue in support of or against the New Deal. When doing this, take on the persona of someone who lived during the time. For instance, if you are against the New Deal you can pretend to be a businessperson, banker, or a minority who has been hurt or left out by the New Deal’s policies. If you are for the New Deal, you can pretend to be a small farmer or small businessperson who has been hurt by the Depression. When making your argument, make sure to draw upon specific examples that are relevant to the person you ae pretending to be.

Directions:

Answer the prompt in a minimum of (3) 5-sentence paragraphs.

Use at least (2) primary sources from Chapter 20 or 21’s “Sources of Freedom” located in the Unit 3 module.

To receive full credit you must directly/explicitly reference the sources. You can do this through reference “Ida B. Wells wrote that “….” or through parenthetical citation at the end of a quote or a reference to the work.

It is important that you engage the sources you reference, rather than just sticking them into a general response to the prompt. Show that you have put thought into your post and your use of the sources.

Posts that do not adequately reference (2) primary sources will not receive a grade higher than a ‘D’.

In addition to engaging (2) primary sources, you must include at least (3) concrete specific examples (from the sources or from the textbook). Concrete specific examples are defined as the names of people, places, things, ideas, or events.

Use proper grammar and conventions of writing. Posts that are full of grammar issues and other errors will receive a lower grade. I recommend writing your post in MSWORD, using spell check, proofreading, and then posting it into D2L.

Keep your posts civil and respectful towards your fellow classmates.

Remember, minimum responses generally earn an average grade of a ‘C’. Good or great responses go well-beyond minimum requirements and show careful thought and consideration.

Response Directions:

After you have written your initial post, respond to (1) of your classmates’ post. In your response you can add to the person’s argument or offer a rebuttal to their argument. Remember, though, both you and your classmates are arguing from unique perspectives of people touched by the Depression and the New Deal. Importantly, make sure to add something *NEW* to the discussion. Posts that are simply vague, general, or congratulatory will receive a ‘F’.

Your response post should be a minimum of 5 sentences.

Your response should include at least (1) specific example.

Your response should reference at least (1) primary source from the chapter source list.

Your response should be civil and friendly.

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