History Analytical Essay

How did WWII and the Cold War impact immigration? You may narrow your focus to one particular immigrant/migrant group’s experience of this period of immigration history.

  1. The paper will build upon the knowledge learned in this course by answering the above prompt.
  2. Students must answer the prompt in thesis statements for each essay – underlined in the submission. The rest of the essay should serve to advance this thesis that answers the prompt.

must use assigned materials from all three categories in each essay.

  1. Assigned reading
    1. At least one primary source
    2. At least one secondary source
  2. Podcasts/Video
  3. Video Lectures
  4. Sources must be clearly cited using MLA
  5. The citations should be specific as possible (for readings this includes the author’s last name and page number, for multimedia the title of the podcast/video is sufficient, and for lecture it should include the date). Specific evidence includes brief quotes (no more than 3 lines).
  6. Quoted, paraphrased, and summarized information from a specific source requires citation.
  7. Works Cited/Bibliography is not required.
  8. Avoid outside research – this is meant to demonstrate what you have learned from assigned material. That said, if you want to use material you are already familiar with in addition to required sources you may do so.
  9. To support your argument, provide analysis of the examples that provide explanation and connection to the thesis.
  10. Strong essays will be organized chronologically and engage with multiple groups of people living in America that identify as immigrants or that native-born white Americans label as “outsider” or “other.” Strong essays will also make connections to ideas and concepts covered in the corresponding two weeks of the course.
  11. The essay should not try to engage with every part of the course covered thus far. Rather it should reflect the ability to select the sections and examples most pertinent to the argument.
  12. Students will use assigned material from the course to develop a clear historical argument.
  13. Students will make connections of ideas, themes, and sources throughout prompt.
  • 5-7 pages, typed, double-spaced (font size 12pt, Times New Roman preferable), 1 inch margins, with page numbers
  • Answers prompt in a clear thesis (underlined).
  • Uses evidence from readings (primary and secondary), podcasts/video, and lecture.
  • Demonstrates command of course material and themes of civilization, city, and culture.
  • Carefully proofread
  • All sources cited in MLA

some link I offer :Mae Ngai, Chapter 4, “Braceros, ‘Wetbacks,’ and the National Boundaries of Class” in Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2005)


video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLUyRujQJ8M&feature=youtu.be