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U.S. History since 1865
Take Home Exam #3
Limit your total written work to no more than 1600 words (this is approximately 6 double-spaced
pages). All word processing programs have a word count tool so you can check your total.
There is a penalty for going over the maximum (1 pt. per 20 words over), so keep track, revise if
necessary, and make your words count. There is no penalty for being under 1600, although it
would be difficult to complete a successful exam in many fewer. Please calculate your total word
count (minus citations and titles, etc.), type it at the top, near your name.
Although you have more room to maneuver in your essay answer in this exam than the previous
two, clear and concise presentation of your response remains the goal, more so than stylistic
conventions. We do still expect your answers to be organized, logical, and free of errors in
spelling, punctuation, and grammar, so make sure to proofread! Most importantly, and especially
for this one longer essay, make you have a clear thesis/argument to structure your paper (see the
Three Tests for a Good Thesis handout and instructions in the question below).
As before, we strongly discourage you from pursuing web-based or other research for this
assignment, beyond the source you found for HW10. You should have plenty to draw upon from
among the course materials. You should keep the central focus on analysis of the book youve
chosen, drawing specific examples and textual evidence from that as well as from relevant course
materials: sources, articles, images and handouts, film and audio clips, Foner and lecture.
Successful essays will keep the central focus on analysis of the text and the chosen theme(s). See
last page for important instructions if you do decide to consult external sources.
For course materials, simple parenthetical citations are still fine, i.e. (Foner, p. 132); (Lippman, p.
12); (Morning in America); (lecture, 4/16). Endnotes are fine so long as you use them correctly
(see Citation Guide handout for proper formats). In neither case do citations count against the word
max; you may subtract them from your total.
Plagiarism-checking software (turnitin.com) is enabled for this assignment, so be sure to avoid any
inappropriate or unattributed use of sources, texts, websites, or others papers. This assignment
is also subject to the honor code oath, and by uploading it to D2L you affirm that: On my honor as
a University of Colorado at Boulder student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized
assistance on this work. See last page for explanation of what kinds of help are acceptable,
student access to turnitin.com reports, a few more details on formatting, and suggestions for how
to produce your best work this assignment is designed with that goal in mind.
Assignment due via upload to the D2L Dropbox only (no hard copy needed)
Sunday May 6 @ 10p
All papers received after the grace period expires (May 7 @ 10a) will accrue late penalties of 1/3
grade per 24-hour period after the original due date/time. No work will be accepted after 10pm
on Wednesday May 9, which is the last day to turn work in for Spring Semester. If you have three
or more final exams on May 6, please contact me if you would want to request schedule
adjustments. Reminder: there is no in-class final for this class.
Dispatches and All the Presidents Men each recounted challenges to how Americans
understood themselves and the nation. In the in 1970s, the losses of Vietnam and the lies
Watergate, along with the newly realized limits in the economy, environment, and shared
culture, shook many Americans belief in the nations character and their own futures. While
these books spoke to the multiple crises of the time, they continue to resonate with issues
Americans have grappled with in the decades since.
Your task is to consider one of these two books and the larger themes they raise in historical
perspective, from the 1970s to the present. Some key themes include, but arent limited to:
War and foreign policy; soldiers experience on the ground and in the media; public trust and
the executive branch; expectations and life after the end of the long boom; the sense of
shared or fractured culture; movements for social equality; globalization and U.S. role in the
world; privacy and civil liberties.
Write a unified, thesis-based essay that answers the following question:
Does Dispatches or ATPM offer useful insights into how Americans thought of
themselves and how the nation should work both within the 1970s era and in
the more recent past and in terms of the role of journalists, the press and news
media in the national dialogues?
The first thing you should do in preparation for this essay is to decide what theme or themes on
which to focus (see some examples above). Americans thought about themselves and how the
nation should work in multiple dimensions choose a limited and specific set of themes to
work with. The first paragraph of your essay should clearly identify the theme(s) and clearly
contain a single, overarching thesis in response to the question above yes it does, no it
doesnt or some combination. (The no answer may be a bit less obvious here, but there is no
requirement to argue yes and there are valid ways to argue a no position we are happy to
chat strategy as helpful.) You should organize your discussion as a unified essay that includes
three main sections. Essentially, make this the outline for the body of your essay.
1. Use the text of either Dispatches or ATPM as the central focus to discuss the relevance of
their themes for the 1970s era. Important: make sure you draw direct textual evidence
(quotations, stories, passages) from the book. Failure to do so will negatively affect your
grade (see rubric). Optional sources you might draw on to supplement your analysis or
illustrate your themes include:
Hall, Vietnam Era Antiwar Movement
Herring, Vietnam Syndrome
OBrien, On the Rainy River
Documentary film clips from lecture
Newsweek, The Nixon Tapes
Woodward & Bernstein, Nixon Was Far Worse
Carter, Crisis of Confidence
Schultz, What It Was Like
Economic expectations handout
Network Mad as hell clip from lecture
Slow Burn podcast
You are welcome to reference issues/sources in the era before the 1970s where useful to your
analysis i.e. Cold War, long boom, GI Bill, Second Bill of Rights, the Civil Rights movement, etc.
2. Explore how and to what extent these themes continued to resonate and/or evolved
expanded, receded, intensified, or changed in American life in the decades since (1980s2010s). Include at least TWO (2) sources from D2L in the Sources folder, film
clips/handouts appearing in the Lecture Slides folder (but not individual lectures
themselves) for weeks 13-15, or the source you used for HW10. See folders for all eligible
sources, but for example, you might consider:
Cigelske, The Continuing Impact
Reagan, Speech to Nat. Assn. of Evangelicals
Morning in America ad shown in lecture
Reagans Approval Ratings and Iran-Contra
Reagan at Brandenburg gate clip
Bush, New World Order
Huntley, Who Won the Cold War?
Declaration for Global Democracy
MCI/Worldcom ad shown in lecture
National Security Strategy of the U.S.
Byrd, Speech on the War in Iraq
Iraq: Voices of the Fallen Newsweek
Branding of the Occupy Movement
Women in Combat articles
Snowden on Privacy
Ufford, 18 Years Ago I Helped Start a War
Veniste, Watergate Lawyer
Your HW10 source
You may include more than two sources where relevant and if there is room there is no limit
on these. General references to lecture or Foner can help to provide context by they do not
count as one of the two required. If you want to use a specific image from lecture as a source,
seek specific advance approval from your TA. If you have questions about whether a given source
counts or not, please ask sooner rather than later. We are happy to help you sort this out.
3. Consider the role of journalists, the press, and the news media in shaping the national
dialogue in relation to the themes youve chosen. Both Dispatches and ATPM were widely
read publications by journalists that provided information and narratives for Americans to
assess Vietnam, Watergate, and the challenges they represented. How do you assess that
influence historically and how does your study of these books and themes shed light on the
role of journalism in our own time?
No minimum here, but sources you might draw on to develop your analysis include:
Baughman, Fall & Rise of Partisan Journalism
Tanz, Journalism Fights for Survival
Woodward & Bernstein, Nixon Was Far Worse
Schultz, What It Was Like
Cigelske, The Continuing Impact
Snowden on Privacy
Regarding outside sources: For any of these sections, we are not going to prohibit the use of
outside sources, but they are neither necessary nor recommended. This is not intended to be a
research exercise. You have all the materials you need (and then some) to write a successful
essay. Include an external source only if you feel it is crucially important to your argument, and
you can demonstrate that it is a reliable source. Make sure it does not take too much space or
attention away from your required focus on the book and course-based sources. External
sources have specific citation requirements see last page for details. Lack of proper citations
for external sources may result in a deduction of your grade.
Important: This is not a summary or book review, but rather an analytical essay that uses the
book to illuminate some central themes in recent American history. Focus on the issues you
choose rather than attempting to summarize the book as a whole. Simple book summaries that
fail to analyze themes in relation to the prompt, required components and course materials will
not earn a passing grade.
Handouts available on D2L (see Assignments and Resources) can assist you in producing your
best work: Three Tests for a Good Thesis, Grading Rubric and Criteria, Citation Guide, HWs 9-10.
We encourage you to seek help from your TA, professor, tutors, and classmates at two key
stages of work: a) in strategizing or talking through possible answers, thesis statements, or
analytical approaches and, b) in revising and proofreading a draft. Do not allow others to
compose your work for you or define your essay in fullthat would run afoul of the honor
code. Rather, seek feedback about your original thoughts and written workthat is not only
acceptable but also a regular habit of good students and scholars wed like to promote. In
fact, we encourage you to build in time to write a first draft, have someone read and give you
feedback (perhaps exchange with a partner), and talk through the three tests for a good
thesis & rubric. I can definitively say that this method will help you produce your best work.
You are able to view your own originality report from the turnitin.com system. We enable
this function in case youd like to use it as part of your revising process. You can upload a
draft before the assignment is due, check the originality report, make any revisions, and resubmit by the due date (the new file will overwrite the old one). This is the process: some
time after uploading your file (generating the report may take a few minutes or hours), go
back to the main Dropbox folders page and click on the View History button at the top this
will list your submitted files with a column to the right for Reports. Click on the colored bar
with the percentage to access the report and see sections identified as copied and where
they derive from: a website, a published source, or other student papers. Quotations come
up frequently, and if what shows as copied is a quotation that you have correctly cited then
dont worry about it. If you have either not correctly cited it, inadvertently copied or
paraphrased too closely without citing, or see other text showing as copied from an outside
source, make note of it and revise your paper accordingly before resubmitting.
Web-based sources are the MOST common way students get themselves in plagiarism
trouble, tempted to knowingly or accidentally re-use too much in their paper. So, I urge you
just to avoid the situation entirely and use your time more productively by focusing on
course materials alone. If you feel the need to look around, or to help you gain a different
perspective on your sources, apply the following best practices when using the web:
o Use common sense as to which sources may be more reliable than others. Bookrags.com
or freepapers.net should look suspicious; Smithsonian.org or historymatters.gmu.edu
should suggest reliability (although .orgs or .edus dont guarantee it). Wikipedia can offer
some basic facts and background or prompt further inquiry (always check an articles
references) but it should not serve as an authority for quoting or citing (same goes for
encyclopedias or dictionaries generally). If you arent clear or are curious why, ask us.
o If you feel you must include an external source in your text, unlike course materials, you
MUST use endnotes with full citations for each website referenced. This involves more
than simply copying the http://address – see Citation Guide for proper format.
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