U‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍S History to Reconstruction (HIS 121-003) using Dana Goldstein’s article

This is an assessment discussing the U‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍S History to Reconstruction (HIS 121-003) using Dana Goldstein’s article. Additionally, the assignment considers individuals and the American society.

U‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍S History to Reconstruction (HIS 121-003) using Dana Goldstein’s article

INSTRUCTIONS:

Discuss one or two main issues in the article “Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories” by Dana Goldstein. Appearing in the New York Times very recently on its cover page, as its lead news article, in and of itself is telling. Consider the ramifications for individuals and American society. Critical thinking assessment is key here, to in see how you handle not simply the information but the message of this article (obviously suggested in its title). Keep in mind: When studying history, knowing who has written that interpretation is critical, as well as knowing when it was written and the publisher. And in this case, it sort of makes you begin to wonder who wrote your textbook, The American Promise, used for this course, and where was it published.

We will not dwell on this thought, now; I just wanted to point this aspect out to you. In this course, it is a requirement that you not only ‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍study history, but also study how it has been written, how interpretation (the historiography) changes overtime. Those changes often align with our country’s advancement in two particular areas: freedom and equality. As the class progresses, we will be examining many other resources to complement your text, or to expose you to recent historical scholarship.

Format:

Lastly, use the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) Length = 1 ½ to 2 pages. Each of your writing assignments consist of 2 stages: the Process Assignment, and the Final Paper. The Process Assignment is merely when you discuss how you are planning to approach the assignment, your thesis statement. Note this is an important part of developing your writing, and critical thinking skills. However, as time permits, the Process Assignment may be discussed in class, via your individual participation.