An Article Review

I need help with a History question. All explanations and answers will be used to help me learn.

Should be in strict Chicago style. The articles to be worked on are attached below.

You will write a 500-700 word analysis of ONE of the following scholarly articles.

*brief introduction to the article.Imagine a person who has not read the article and, in a couple of sentences, tell us what period/country/people/events the article discusses.

*summary of the thesis (argument, point) put forward by the author

*why is the author writing this article?How does it contribute to the larger conversation among historians about this topic?

*summary of the structure of the author’s argument.What are the parts of the article and how do they work together to build up the author’s thesis.

*an analysis of the sources of the article.What kinds of primary sources does the author use (legal documents, memoirs, newspaper articles, letters, petitions, police reports etc).How does the type of source shape the content of the article? [hint – the author may discuss his/her sources, but check the footnotes too]

*how well do you think the author argues his/her thesis?What are the strengths and weaknesses of the article?

Evaluation

I will be assessing how well you address the questions listed above, and the clarity of the organization of your ideas and of your writing.Do not use quotations to speak for you – use your own words.Be specific – use direct examples (and sometimes quotations, if helpful) from the article to illustrate and back up your points.Cite the article as the source for these examples, using the Chicago style.DO NOT use other sources.

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