History &136 - Fall 2010 Essay on What They Fought For, 1861-1865 Length: 3-4 Pages (Double-Spaced) Purpose: For this assignment, you will read a secondary source document and write an analytical essay that interprets it. The assignment is intended to develop your analytical and writing skills and will also familiarize you with the conventions of writing in history. Essays must: 1) Directly respond to and answer one of the questions. 2) Be structured with an introduction, body, and conclusion. 3) Contain a thesis in the introduction that is supported with evidence from the document(s) in the body of the essay. Quotes and paraphrased ideas must be cited. Please use footnotes rather than endnotes. 4) Follow the conventions outlined on the back of this sheet. 5) Be proofread carefully.
Topic: Compare and contrast the ideas that motivated Northern and Southern soldiers to fight in the Civil War. Why did they choose to fight? What motivated them? In what ways were Northern and Southern soldiers motivated by similar ideas? How is it possible that they had similar ideas? What was different in the thinking? How did slavery affect their thinking, both about the war and their decisions to serve?
Assessment: When I assess your essay, I will look for the following things. Look at the rubric for an exact breakdown of how the grade will be calculated. 1) Does the essay have a clear central thesis? Does the thesis directly answer one of the above questions? 2) Is the thesis supported by evidence (quotes) from throughout the book? Is the evidence presented in an effective manner? 3) Is the thesis logical? Does it take all the evidence into account? 4) Does the essay have a clear structure? 5) Does the essay follow the conventions of writing in history? 6) Is the essay reasonably free of typos and other errors?
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