>>Assignment: Unit 4 Discussion
This is an exercise in ethics and civics.Prompt: In this discussion I want you to consider the following:
- Espionage and Seditions Acts during WWI
- Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII
- McCarthyism and the Red Scare
- Pentagon Papers
To what extent should the personal liberties of American citizens be curtailed in order to protect the nation as a whole? Do you agree with the national security arguments made for each of the above? What lessons were learned from the above and can you see the same arguments playing out today?Remember that you should provide a clear thesis to your answer and include specific historical details in support of your argument. Don’t forget to utilize evidence from primary source documents!
NOTE: You must provide specific and detailed historical evidence in your posts – cite as appropriate.
- Click on your Learning Community in the course menu to your left and access your group discussion board.
- You must make an initial post, according to the instructions below, before you will see other students’ posts.
- For your initial post, you must start a new discussion thread to respond to the prompt above. The subject line of the thread should be your last name.
- After posting initially, check out what others have written and thoughtfully and substantively reply to at least THREE other participants.
- Note – While you only need to reply to THREE people, you are strongly encouraged to participate more by replying to several people. Not only will this help deepen your thoughts on this week’s materials, it will also increase your chances of getting full credit on at least three comments/replies.
- Use only the materials provided in the course module or your assigned textbooks. We have vetted all materials in this course and other materials may or may not be appropriate for college level work. I will downgrade anyone who uses outside materials.
- Remember what you have learned about thesis statements and evidence in the Historical Methods Portfolio. Your post should have a thesis statement and it should have both primary and secondary source evidence in support of the thesis
- Don’t quote secondary sources. Paraphrase in your own words and then cite instead.
- You must properly cite using the Turabian/Chicago style that you can find under “Writing Help” in the course menu to your left.
NOTE: We will grade the very first post you make as your initial post. Therefore, do not access the discussion board until you are ready to post. If you make an empty post and then come back later and make an initial post, we will grade the first empty post and you will earn a 0. We hate to be so draconian but we have had issues in the past with students posting “hi” or an empty post and then copying from what others have submitted. This is unfair to those students who submit early and do their own original work.After you make your initial post, you will respond to three other students (or the instructor) with meaningful comments. “I agree,” “I’d never thought about that,” or other “me, too” type posts are not meaningful. Meaningful posts respond to the historical content of the original poster and add to the historical conversation. Initial Posts will be worth up to 70 points and each comment is worth up to 10 points (30 total). Initial posts are graded upon logic, clarity, weight of evidence, historical context, and following of instructions. Comments are graded upon historical content, logic, clarity, and moving the discussion along.Discussions are a group exercise, therefore you should post early and often. Pay attention to deadlines for the initial posts to be made. Students who always post at the very last minute are not participating in the teamwork inherent in answering this prompt and furthering discussion and will not do as well on this assignment.
A deeper investigation into one aspect of the history under study. As you move through this folder you should be repeating this mantra – Learn and Reflect. It succinctly sums up key elements of critical thinking and historical analysis :
- LEARN the basic facts presented
- REFLECT upon how the facts fit together to form the bigger picture of US History, the “what is the meaning of” question
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