History Essay Review

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HIST 2057-04: THE UNITED STATES: 1865 TO THE PRESENT

Writing Assignments / Midterm Exams and Book Discussion Section

Required Texts: * Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi (Random House, 1992). ISBN: 9780440314882

Anne Moody was born on September 15, 1940, in Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Coming ofAge in Mississippi is an autobiographical book about life in Mississippi, the struggle of African Americans in the state and in the South, the life of a black child and woman in the South, and the role of race and racism in America.
The book helps us to understand life in the South both before and during the Civil Rights Movement and shows the struggles and triumphs and also the enduring problems that came out of the Movement.
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Writing Assignment:
The writing assignment will be based on either Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody or Impossible Subjects by Mae Ngai.

Essay Question for Coming of Age in Mississippi: How does racism operate in Mississippi during the late 1950s and 1960s? What is and is not permitted in terms of relationships between blacks and whites? What is the role of violence and physical coercion in preserving racial relations? What other mechanisms do whites use to maintain order? What mechanisms do blacks use to avoid confrontation or evade racism?
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Essay Question for Impossible Subjects: Write an essay in which you examine the U.S. immigration policy between 1924 and 1965—a process that profoundly shaped ideas and practices about citizenship, race, and state authority in the 20th century—and discuss its effects on various groups of people (Asians, Mexicans, and Europeans).

* Pay attention to the way the question is worded and presented. * What are the key words? Can you properly define them? * What sort of evidence is required to respond effectively? * All essays should contain the following components: an introduction, the systematic development of an argument (analysis), and a conclusion. * When you choose to use direct quotes from the books, use quotation marks and indicate the book’s page number in parentheses. For example: (Moody, 34). * All essays must be 3 to 5 pages in length, computer generated,

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