Prompt. Choose one. Use readings from both Campbell and Crisp:
1. What role did slavery play in the economic, social, and political development of Anglo colonization of Texas in the 1820-1860s?
2. Evaluate the impact of pro- and anti-slavery beliefs on the major military conflicts in Texas in the 19th century including the Texas Revolution, US-Mexico War, and the American Civil War.
3. Examine the role of African Americans in Texas in slavery and freedom from the 1820 to 1870s.
Standard written English
Chicago style footnote citations. Do not cite in parenthetical MLA style.
Your paper must have a main idea/thesis/argument. It cannot be a summary of the reading. Your thesis must answer the prompt.
Your paper must be carefully edited. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling count.
Cultivate your own voice/style. You will be writing a lot of papers in college, at least three in this course, so find your voice. This means papers by different students on the same prompt should be distinct. It does not mean the papers are about you. Do not write about yourself and do not use a conversational tone or self-references..
You must demonstrate understanding and familiarity with required readings in both Campbell’s Gone to Texas and Crisp’s Sleuthing the Alamo books. This is not really possible if you have neglected to read it.
These are reading response essays, not research papers. There should be no other source material beyond Campbell and Crisp; do not summarize content you have read on the internet.
Papers without citations will not pass.
Meet the format requirements
Have thoughtful content including a clear answer to the prompt
Write clearly and edit your work
“A” papers do these three tasks strongly, “B” papers may be weak in one area, “C” papers may be weak in two areas, “D” papers may be weak in three areas, etc.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the theft of words or ideas from another writer and dishonestly passing them off as your own. Any plagiarism- even a few sentences or a single paragraph- will result in a ZERO on the paper. Do not be tempted to submit work you did not create.
The essay will be graded by turnitin.
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