Essay #3 Prompt

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Due: November 19th at the beginning of class

Length: A typed, double-spaced essay of 3-4 pages.


Although I discuss the essay in terms of "sections" do not actually have section headings. Instead, I want you to write the paper as a cohesive whole which transitions from section to section using the topic sentences of paragraphs, not section headings. Here are the requirements for each section of the paper:

• In the first section of the essay, identify the argument of Elaine Tyler May's book as conveyed in her Introduction. What, specifically, is the argument she is attempting to convey? What evidence will she be using to prove her argument?

• In the second section summarize two of the following chapters in May's book: four, six, and seven. In your summary, it is most important that you address how the chapters flow from the argument the author is making. That is, how do the contents of each chapter work to prove the overall argument of the book?

• In the third section, discuss specifically how the arguments of Elaine May relate to the arguments of Gary Gerstle's Chapter 6. That is, how specifically do they agree and/or disagree in their interpretations of the early Cold War (1946-1960)? For this section you must address at least one area of agreement and one area of disagreement in their interpretations.

When directly quoting from a text, simply use parenthetical page numbers and the author's last name in your citations. A fake example: Smith argues that, "The Civil War was fought primarily over the issue of slavery as it related to westward expansion" (Smith, 12). When you paraphrase a text, you do not need a citation.

This essay will be evaluated on how well you have understood the material in May and Gerstle as well as how well you have communicated that understanding. I do not grade on grammar, only clarity. That is, I do not look at things like correct comma placement and semicolon usage but rather on whether your writing is clear enough to accurately communicate the three sections of the essay.

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