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Final Project If you choose to write a paper, it must be four to five pages in length, plus a title page and reference list, formatted according to APA style

To complete this project

  • Choose from one of the topics below and analyze its history from 1877 to the present.
  • Select four specific events or developments that span the years covered by this course, based on their impact on the topic. Two of the events must be from before 1945 and two events must be from after 1945. You must assess how the events in relationship to the topic changed over time and explain how the changes occurred. Please refer back to your Week 3 Assignment, consider your instructor’s comments and make any necessary revisions.
  • Write an introduction with a thesis. Your thesis should summarize the main conclusions that you discovered while researching your topic and that you will support with a logical argument based on evidence (sources). Please refer back to your Week 3 Assignment,(FOUND BELOW) consider your instructor’s comments, and make any necessary revisions to your thesis statement.
  • Connect each of the events or developments you have chosen back to your main thesis. The information presented must be organized and in chronological order.
  • You must use at least four sources in your paper other than the textbook, with at least two primary sources and at least two secondary sources. Please refer back to your Week 3 Assignment, consider your instructor’s comments, and make any necessary revisions.

Choose one of the following topics:

  • Native Americans/American Indians
  • African Americans
  • Immigrants
  • Women

For example, a student writing a paper about the topic African Americans might choose the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Power Movement as two of their events. In that case, the paper would provide a description of the two movements. It would explain what each one revealed about the role of African Americans in broader American society in, respectively, the 1920s and the late 1960s, explain how and why the roles of African Americans in the 1920s differed from their roles in the late 1960s, and explain how events in the 1920s may have contributed to developments in the later decade.

Writing the Final Project
The Final Project

  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of project
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must use at least four scholarly resources other than the textbook, including a minimum of two primary sources. Your secondary sources must come from the University Library. For help locating primary sources refer to the HIS206: Primary Sources Research Guide
  • Must document all sources, including images, in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.


( 1.06 / 1.39) Thesis and Choice of Group

Basic – Provides a limited thesis that addresses the topic to be researched in the Final Project and/or chooses more than one of the specific groups for the Final Project. The thesis and/or the topic choice is unclear.


You have made a good start on your thesis but it needs to be more specific. It is recommended that you include the specific group that you’re researching, the timeframe that you’ll be writing about, the main conclusion of your paper, and the factors that contributed to the main conclusion. For example: (your group) endured significant discrimination and hardship in the United States in the years after 1877 due to (insert factors) but was able to fight to gain equality by (insert factors).

( 3.23 / 3.23) Chooses and Describes Four Events to Be Used in the Final Project

Distinguished – Chooses and comprehensively describes four events to be used in the Final Project, two from 1877 to 1945 and two from 1945 to the present, that are clearly relevant to the chosen group and fully demonstrate change over time. Provides all required information and shows a thorough understanding of the events.

( 3.70 / 3.70) Annotations of Sources

Distinguished – The source annotations provide a detailed generalization of the academic source materials and clearly addresses the manner in which they will contribute to the Final Project.

( 1.75 / 2.30) Quality of the Sources

Basic – The majority of the academic source materials utilized meet university-level standards. Some of the sources utilized are labeled as primary when they are secondary.

( 0.46 / 0.46) Uses the Worksheet as Directed

Distinguished – Fills in the worksheet clearly, completely addresses all parts and provides comprehensive explanations throughout.

( 0.41 / 0.46) Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics

Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors and is mostly easy to understand.

( 0.46 / 0.46) Written Communication: APA Formatting

Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.

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