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

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UNIT 4 DISCUSSION AND RESPONSE

If your last name starts with a letter between A and L, put yourself in the place of someone during the 1940s and 1950s who felt as if communism was an extreme threat to American freedom.

If your last name starts with a letter between M and Z, put yourself in the place of someone during the 1940s and 1950s who felt as if the fear of communism during the time had gone too far and was overblown.

Make sure to use specific examples from the textbook and from Chapter 23’s “Sources of Freedom” list.

IMPORTANT: View the video lectures on the “Early Cold War” and “McCarthyism” before you complete this discussion.

Directions:

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

Use at least (2) primary sources from Chapter 22 and 23’s “Sources of Freedom” located in the Unit 4 module.

To receive full credit you must directly/explicitly reference the sources. You can do this through reference “Harry Truman 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. Use evidence to show (depending on your own position in your initial post) that the person you are responding to is mistaken. 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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