HIST 1301 Unit 2 Essay
- Essays should be doubled-spaced, size 12 font, Calibri, Ariel, or Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins all around.
- Essays must be approximately 1000 words.
- All references from the textbook or documents must be cited Chicago footnotes.
- The required heading is only your name and a page number in the top right hand corner of each page.
- The “Why” is the most important question you can answer
- Do not write in 1st or 2nd person
- Cite all learned information, not just quoted information
- If it is not your independent thought, you need a citation for it
- Only use 1 quote per page
- I care more about what you have to say and not what somebody else says
- Only use a quote if:
- It cannot be equally or better said in your own words
- It is absolutely necessary for the point your essay is trying to establish
- If it does not fit BOTH rules above, it should not be quoted
- Do not ramble, just because you wrote a lot does not mean you said a lot.
- Figure out your point, make it, then move to your next topic
- Make sure all of your content goes to proving your point or answering your question you have posed.
- Ensure you use quality primary sources
- A lack of primary sources draws into question the integrity of your historical analysis
Primary Source Essay:
The Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787 to re-write the Articles of Confederation. What came out of it was a vastly different document and set of beliefs. Analyze the primary source documents provided (Articles of Confederation, Federalist Papers number 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, and 51, and the Constitution of the United States) for their political innovation. You may look at the differences contrasting the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. You may rather look at the impact of the Federalist papers on the ideas presented in the Constitution.