Essay 3

HIST147 Essay Exam #3 Instructions (100 points)

Due: Friday June 19 by 11:59pm (submit to Canvas)

Essay Exam #3 consists of ONE essay, and students will write an essay responding to the exam question on page 2 of this document. Students will base their essay on course material (textbook readings, historical documents, assigned articles, documentary film clips, and the Odds and Ends documents) from Week 8 thru Week 10. The daily assignments should be the first place students look to organize the course information for each essay. Students should not do additional research and/or use other sources from the internet. Essays will be evaluated/grades on how well students use the course material to response to the essay question.

Essay Length and Structure

The essay should consist of at least 5 paragraphs for a word count per essay of at least 750 words. Please keep in mind that any heading information or inclusion of the essay prompt in your completed exam WILL NOT count toward the word count for the essay.

The essay will be a formal essay with an introduction, conclusion, thesis statement, and at least 3 body paragraphs presenting supporting evidence from the course material. Students should formulate a thesis based on the essay question. The essay should include an introductory paragraph that presents the thesis statement and provides the necessary background information. The body paragraphs of the essay should systematically develop an argument that explains and expands the thesis statement and is supported with evidence from the course material. The concluding paragraph should remind the reader of the thesis and sum up the major points of the essay’s argument.

Using Evidence, Quotations and Citations

Throughout the essay, students will use specific information (what historians call evidence) from the course material to support their argument. All evidence needs to paraphrased, which means presented in students own words. Since this is not long essays, absolutely no quotes are permitted to be included in the essay. Using quotes in the essays will result in a substantial grade reduction.

Because the essay is based on course material, there is no need to include footnotes/endnotes or a works cited page. Students should concentrate on developing and writing a complete argument in response to the essay question rather than including and formatting citations. I know where the course material is coming from, which means citations are not really necessary. Remember, the essay will be graded on how well students use the course material. In short, I know the course material and expect students to use that material.

Help with your Essay

In the “Exam Information” module, I have posted links to three different sites for advice on essay writing. All three site present similar information. If one site isn’t helpful, try another site that will present the information a little differently.

I am also available to help students with the exam. Please email me with questions about the instructions, assistance understanding the essay questions or general help organizing course material and getting started.

If you are having trouble meeting the word count requirement, be sure you are fully explaining each point in your argument and/or go to the course material for an additional example.


Essay Question

After the Civil War to the end of the 19th century, white southerners had to contend with the newly freed slave population and create a new system of race relations. How did white southerners rebuild their post-war society so that political, economic, and social relationships between the white and black community were as close to pre-war society as possible?

Essay Grading (100 points)

Focus and Argument (40 points)

Each essay has a thesis statement based on the essay question

Each essay develop a complete response to the essay question

Each essay’s analysis/argument are clearly constructed and explain key historical issues

Examples/Evidence (40 points)

Each essay’s argument is supported by evidence

All evidence should be examples from the relevant course material

All evidence/examples are fully integrated and explained in the essay’s argument

No quotes – all evidence is paraphrased

Grammar, Word Use, and Spelling (20 points)

Writing is grammatically correct

Words are spelled and use correctly