G‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍uidelines for History and Politics papers: • Write a histor

G‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍uidelines for History and Politics papers: • Write a historiographical essay of 5-7 pages (in 12-point font, Times or Times New Roman) using the assigned readings. When preparing your historiographical essay, make sure to select a topic that allows you to draw connections and comparisons across the texts. Whatever topic you choose, make sure to venture an original argument and place your texts in their appropriate historiographical context(s). Examples of historiographical essays may be found in the Journal of African American History, American Historical Review and other academic journals • Present each book’s argument, underlying assumptions, and analytical methods • Consider the sources and evidence each author employs • Be sure to critique the texts. However, you should critique them within the confines of the authors’ stated purpose(s). • Discuss who are these scholars in discussion, where do they agree and disagree with existing scholarship, and how do they use their works to construct and defend their own argument • When you find that scholars are not openly in discussion with one another, place them in discussion with ‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍one another. Ask yourself what is gained or lost in reading books x, y, and z together? • Interrogate the importance of the books to your particular argument and the field more broadly. In other words, what does the book(s) contribute to our historical understanding of a specific subject, era, moment, etc.? Stevhen Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet- African American political development, mobilization and growth pre and post-Civil War, popular forms of Black nationalism Thavolia Glymph, Out of the House of Bondage- discusses how the plantation house was a political space, where enslaved women and white women battled over the meanings of labor and autonomy during the era of legal slavery and then over the definitions of freedom and citizenship after the Civil War. Private sphere having its own measure of violence and politics to navigate with slave mistresses executing violence and power against enslaved women. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Righteous Discontent- first full account of the crucial role of black women in making the church a powerful institution for social and political change in the black community. Between 1880 and 1920, the black c‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍hurch served as the

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