Historian Allan Nevins has argued that slavery was only one factor in the cultural divergence that made northerners and southerners "separate Peoples". There were fundamental differences in the historical backgrounds, "assumptions, tastes and cultural aims" which made it virtually impossible for the two societies to live together in peace.
Do you agree with Nevins that North and South were ‘separate peoples’? Why or why not? What were the historical backgrounds mentioned by Nevins? What were their similarities and differences?
Your task is to write a comprehensive essay analyzing and responding to the quotation above. What do you think? Please note that it is very important that you use detailed examples to illustrate and illuminate your analysis. Also please note that it is YOUR opinion supported by verifiable evidence.
Your paper should be at least five full pages, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point type with one inch margins on all four sides. The cover page should have the title of the paper, your name, the class name, date and time, instructor’s name and the location of the class.
Please submit your paper Sunday, Dec. 14, during our last session. Cite your sources and use at least five sources, only two of which can be online sources—unless they are verifiable primary sources posted online. You may use your textbook as a source. If you have any questions be sure to contact me: call, email me or see me in person. If you wish for help, let me know and we can set up an appointment. History citations use [url removed, login to view] style which can be found online (or ask me how to set them up). Footnotes or endnotes are the required citation style.
You will be graded upon:
1. the depth and accuracy of your historical description;
2. the use of appropriate specific examples from book, lecture, videos course and other research content;
3. your ability to analyze and evaluate the historical significance of the topic;
4. your ability to state and support your own opinion with historical accuracy;
5. whether you have accurately and comprehensively covered the issue involved;
6. the organization and coherence of your essay.
SUGGESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THINKING AS YOU PLAN YOUR ESSAY
1. Read over the question several times to determine the precise meaning.
2. Decide what you think is the main idea of the question/quotation.
3. Find relevant sections of the book which relate to the topic. When in doubt, try the index and the table of contents. Then look through lecture and discussion notes.
4. Decide upon the point of view you wish to take.
5. What highlights can you identify which support your position?
6. Ask yourself what are the implications of those events and what is their impact on what happened later.
7. Find the connection/theme which will unify your analysis. Refine this theme, or "thesis", write it down and refer to it as you write in order to keep your focus.
8. Now you are ready to develop your thesis into a coherent, well-focused discussion, extensively supported by specific details, examples, and illustrations.
9. Organize your paper for maximum effectiveness: