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Civil Rights Movement

You should choose between these two questions and craft the assignment with one of them as a prompt. In general, however, your response should focus on the ways the assigned monograph, novel/poem collection, and film compare, that is how they are different and similar as a representation of the 1960s and/or what each offers for illuminating the particular topic and its related themes.

Your paper should be 5 pages in length, draw on all relevant course materials. Any references to books or movies should use the format explained in the citation guide (also attached to the syllabus).

One suggestion for getting a handle on the multi-part question you choose to answer is to develop a thesis statement (main argument) that responds to the main part of the question and in doing that also allows you to address the other parts. A strong argument of this kind will serve as an anchor for everything else you want and need to say.

A ? How do the two books, Turner?s Sitting In and Nikki Giovanni?s The Collected Poems, as well as the movie, Guess Who?s Coming to Dinner, demonstrate the way the black civil rights movement changed during the 1960s? What significant changes do they show? What was causing those changes?

B ? How do the two books, Turner?s Sitting In and Nikki Giovanni?s The Collected Poems, as well as the movie, Guess Who?s Coming to Dinner, reveal the growing importance of identity to black civil rights activists in the 1960s? How were concerns about identity in line with the civil rights agenda of the 1950s and early 1960s? In what ways did they conflict with those earlier activist efforts?

*Typed, double-spaced with one inch margins. USE FOOTNOTES OR ENDNOTES TO INDICATE SOURCES. In general limit use of direct quotations. Paper better if you paraphrase a statement. Quote only whan you need to call attention to precise phrasing of a source or when you plan to analyze or interpret a passage. No first person. When referring to something in the past, use the past tense. Avoid using the conditional verb tense. Avoid spelling errors, contractions and colloquial speech, sentence fragments and run-ons, unclear meaning, redundancy, commas omitted or in wrong place. Be careful of word choice. Be care ful using pronouns with clear referents, missing apostrophes, punctuation with quotation marks, hyphens, with parallel wording and using sexist language. Material provided by me does not need to be cited

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