Paper Assignment: The Monroe Doctrine
This assignment addresses History 1301 Student Learner Outcomes #1 and #2.
Upon successful completion of this assignment, students will:
Student Learner Outcome #1 – Create an argument through the use of historical evidence. Student Learner Outcome #2 – Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
In this assignment the student will first read all the documents in the Paper Assignment module. Some are primary sources (primary sources are original materials. These documents are from the time period involved and and have not been filtered through interpretation). Some are secondary sources (secondary sources comment on, interpret, or analyze primary sources).
Your assignment is to review these materials and then construct an argument through use of the historical evidence. You should cite material in both the primary and secondary sources as you make your argument.
The topic for your paper is the Monroe Doctrine. You will read statements by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, British Foreign Secretary George Canning, former president Thomas Jefferson, the Monroe Doctrine declaration itself and other primary materials. You will also read two articles by prominent historians that interpret the Monroe Doctrine much differently. Your assignment is to construct your own argument about the Monroe Doctrine in a three to five page paper (double-spaced, 12 point font).
This is a completely self-contained assignment. Do not use any other materials other than those provided in the assignment. Your argumentative essay must include a thesis statement. A thesis is the particular viewpoint that you are expressing and attempting to convince the reader is the correct viewpoint. You must use the evidence (the primary and secondary sources) to support your thesis. You must cite the sources you use to support your thesis. A citation example is as follows. For example, if you are discussing British Foreign Minister Canning’s proposal, your citation would be (Document 2, British Foreign Secretary George Canning Proposes a Joint Declaration, 1823, p. 118-119).
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of another person without proper citation. If you use a direct quote from any of the documents, be sure to put those words in quotes and cite the source. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero for the paper assignment.