History 1301 Second Book Essay (100 points)
Due: November 23
You must read The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara. You will then address the topic below, using the book as evidence.
In the study of history, understanding the ethical systems of past people, which often are different than ours, is critical to understanding why people do things. One of the central ethical questions of society is this: What justifies war? When is it okay for people to fight each other? The Killer Angels presents a variety of viewpoints on this question of why people fight. You will need to choose one of the theories presented by the book:
Loyalty to the army itself and those you fight with
To preserve an aristocratic society
To preserve states’ rights
To end slavery
To tear down aristocracy
It is God’s will and everything that happens is in his hands.
You will then need to address the following questions:
Which characters endorse this viewpoint?
What drives them to take this point of view?
Which points of view are most opposed to how they think?
How do they argue against opposing points of view?
Do you agree with their point of view? Why or why not?
What is your ethic of what justifies war?
You do not have to choose a point of view you agree with; pick the one you find most interesting to write about. Historians often do not agree with the people they study; those people would often not agree with us either.
Your paper must have a cover page which states:
Your Class Time
Your chosen topic for the paper.
Do not put a header with that information on the first page or on every page, or you will be penalized 10 points. Just put it on a cover page.
The main body of the paper should be between 5 to 7 pages, typed in 12 point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, double spaced. And when I say five pages, I mean five full pages, not four pages and 3 sentences. Anything shorter than the minimum of five full pages will result in –20 points per page less than 5 full pages. (Remember, 4 and 95% of a fifth page is still less than 5 full pages.) You may write more than 5 pages if you find it necessary to go further, but please don’t turn in something 10, 20, or more pages long. You must cite examples from the book to prove your points. You should use some quotes from the book, and you also need to cite the book when you are using the book’s ideas in your own words. In general, you ought to be citing the book at least 3-4 times a page to show you’ve read it. If you don’t, your grade will be penalized anywhere from 20 to 60 points, depending on how much you failed to do so. Further, you need to make sure you cite from the whole range of the book, not just small parts of it. If you don’t do this, your grade may be reduced 20, 40, or 60 points or more depending on how much of the book you’re not using when you ought to be. If I feel convinced you didn’t read it at all, you will get an F (100 points out of 200), which may itself be reduced further by other problems.
Your paper should be based upon the book, not other sources. If you do use other sources, you must include a bibliography page and cite any use of other sources. Copying anything you find online or in a printed source without giving credit is plagiarism and you will get a 0. If you paraphrase from other sources, it is wisest to cite the source, so you do not end up with me thinking you a plagiarist and giving you a 0. Any use of any paper written for this class, ever in the history of the Earth, will be punished with a 0 for plagiarism. This paper is intended to be your work and yours alone, though you may use the university’s writing center for help, since that is what it is for. Do not get someone else to type it for you or edit it or do anything else whatsoever to it. Unless you want a 0. If you have any question about such matters, please ask me instead of going ahead and doing it and getting a 0 on your paper.
You may NOT use any form of Cliff’s notes or other analyses of the book; I want you to do your own analysis. If I find evidence you went to a website to analyze things for you or I discover you used materials from websites like http://www.cliffsnotes.com/, you will receive a 0 on the paper. Do not do this.
You MAY consult websites for factual information, such as if you want to know who John Buford is or need maps, pictures, etc. However, you must cite any information you get in said manner with a footnote.
Citation inside the text should be done with in-line citation as shown below. Every time you quote, you should cite. Also, every time you refer to a major incident from the book, please give a citation, even if you don’t directly quote. Remember, you need to use citations, whether quotes or paraphrasing 3-5 times per page, unless you enjoy grade penalties.
When you cite from the lecture, notes, etc, you should note after the quote in this manner:
“Quote blah blah blah” (Give Me Liberty page number)
“Quote blah blah blah” (Narrative page number)
“Quote blah blah blah” (Killer Angels page number)
“Quote blah blah blah” (Lecture lecture number)
“Quote blah blah blah” (Webaddress) [Other websites than mine]
“Quote blah blah blah” (Title page number) [If you use a book or magazine]
If you are quoting from an e-book, cite the chapter if it doesn’t have page numbers.
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