African American

Each student is required to write an 8-10-page research synopsis paper of your choice on an African American leader (with professor approval). Again, please note that neither the coversheet or reference pages can be counted towards satisfying the 8-10-page requirement. Students must get approval from the professor regarding your selected leader no later than September 8th. Each paper must discuss the ideology of the leader chosen, their impact upon America or their community, as a whole, and the African American struggle for social and political equality in particular. One must consider certain questions: Was the individual successful in his or her overall goals and objectives? If successful in their areas of struggle/leadership, in what ways were they successful? If they were not successful, why did they fail? If you believe it is not as cut and dry as this, explain why. Also, what is the individual’s overall legacy and how did they alter American history? I do not want you to take a book report approach; you should provide a critical analysis of the individual’s leadership style and ideology along with a clear and supported thesis. The sources used, primary and secondary, will be extremely important regarding the strength of your research analyses. Students should use a minimum of 7 primary and 7 secondary sources. At all cost, students MUST avoid generalizations and support your position with a liberal use of examples (documented) and facts to support any conclusions made and any arguments presented. All papers must be typed double-spaced, clearly written, and use 12-point font and Times New Roman Script. Grammatical errors and misspelled words will hurt your overall grade. Be sure to look over your work and correct any mistakes before submitting the final paper. All papers must contain a coversheet with the student’s name clearly visible, as well as a statement acknowledging it as the student’s work or it will not be accepted. By providing a statement of verification, each student is acknowledging that the work is his or her own and that they have not engaged in any unethical practices concerning the writing of the work. Please feel free to consult with the professor at any point during the term. I also encourage students to take advantage of the services offered by the writing center regarding this assignment if so available.