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Assignment Questions

Paper Focusing on Ulysses S Grant

The paper will focus on (Ulysses S Grant) individual who participated in
or was affected by the national upheavals of 1850 through 1865. (That
includes the Civil War, of course, but is not limited to it.) You will use
both primary and secondary sources for this paper (review all of chapters
lb and 2b in Rampolla”s Pocket Guide (for citations).

Your first step in completing this paper will be to identify a primary
source produced by Ulysses S Grant and focuse on the period 1850 to 1865.
Please be sure your primary source was produced by Ulysses S Grant, his

Once you have identified your individual and primary source, you will need
to find secondary works to provide context or background for the
individual you are studying. You should consult at least four secondary
sources. – probably two or three books and one or two articles. A
biography (book or article), if there is one, of your individual would be
one secondary work you should consult. The editor”s introduction to your
primary source, if there is one, would be another. You should also look
for secondary works dealing with events in which your individual
participated (military campaigns, political events, slave escapes, etc.)
or with conditions that affected your individual (economic conditions on
the Confederate home front, labor unrest in Union cities, domestic
ideology and “woman”s place,” etc.)

It must have footnotes/endnotes and a bibliography. Follow the models for
notes and bibliography entries presented in Rampolla, chapter 5c-Se.

This paper puts you in the role of historian. You are using primary and
secondary sources to place an individual in historical context and to
analyze how a single life and larger events intersect and affect each
other. You are creating a thesis and defending it by presenting and
interpreting historical evidence. All that is a fascinating endeavor (yes,
it IS!), but it can be pretty overwhelming if you try to do it in a
vacuum. Historians do not work alone – they communicate and argue with
each other, build on other”s work, talk about history.

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