First Paper: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Paper
In an organized and coherent essay, answer the following questions:
What was the significance of the fire which occurred on March 25, 1911 at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City? Why were public officials motivated to act in response to the fire? How did the fire and the response to the fire impact the world today?
Your essay should be 2-3 pages long. Keep in mind that you need to have an introduction, a thesis statement, at least three “points” or ideas for your argument, and a conclusion. You should make reference to the class texts, especially the Argesinger Text, materials posted on the class blackboard page, class discussions and class lectures.
Grammar and spelling do count. Your essays must be typed and double-spaced. If you need assistance in gaining access to a computer or word processing facilities, let me know. You should use the spell check and grammar-check on whatever word-processing program you use.
You should utilize MLA format in your citations. If you are not familiar with this format, please see me.
Late papers will be penalized 5 points per class.
How well did you answer the questions? Did you discuss the events in the
question and explain their historical significance? Structure and Organization
Does your paper have a clear thesis? What is the purpose of the paper? Do
your paragraphs support the overall purpose of the paper? Are your
thoughts organized into paragraphs and are the paragraphs in a logical,
coherent sequence? Use of Sources
Did you utilize the class texts, websites and course materials? Did you make reference to them in constructing your thesis and supporting it? Do you have appropriate citations? Writing Style
Grammar, spelling, punctuation and style
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