Your essay will be evaluated in terms of Main Idea, Organization, Support, and Mechanics (Words and Sentences). Therefore, make certain your essay is not only well organized and developed, but also grammatically correct, free of errors in mechanics, grammar, usage, and spelling.
Essays must have an appropriate, original title; contain an introduction (with an explicit, assertive thesis, underlined), several body paragraphs supporting the thesis, and an appropriate concluding paragraph; and avoid use of you throughout. Be sure to use appropriate topic sentences and transitions to guide the reader.
Note: As a general rule, extra credit only helps if you have already completed all of the assigned work, and will not make up for missing an essay (or two, or three). Extra credit opportunities will be, so do not ask at the end of the semester for extra credit to bring your average up.
As always, your “draft” should be correctly formatted and correct, free of errors in mechanics, grammar, usage, and spelling. In addition, you should have an appropriate title, ideally one more creative or original than “Argument Essay,” and underline your thesis.
Diagnostic Essay (ungraded):
Students will complete an in-class at the beginning of the semester on a topic provided; this essay will be read and returned, but will not receive a grade, nor will it affect your final average. Students should retain this and all other essays until the end of the semester.
The general consensus among American historians is that the American War in Vietnam was a “mistake,” although interpretations differ as to what exactly this means. This essay takes the view that the ‘mistake” was a product of U.S. global ambitions and misperceptions that developed in the aftermath of World War II and were compounded over time. It probes deeply into the origins and nature of the war, making it a long article for a website (about 70,000 words), with about one-third devoted to the antiwar movement at home (Part IV). A half-century of excellent scholarship on the Vietnam War is drawn together and frequently cited in this essay.
One great topic is the intense and irrational fear of communism that existed in America throughout this period. It was most intense during the 1950’s and was known as the Red Scare. During this time, reputations and careers were ruined simply because they were associated with communism. The government actually placed people in jail without any proof of any real communist activity. It became a convenient way to eliminate opposition and to consolidate power. In hindsight it is clear it was simply a witch hunt. Fear is a divider and corrupter and this discussion will allow for many great essays.
All students are going to be required to take an American History class at several times in their lives, and one of the topics that should be contemplated is the cold war. The cold war is the phrase that represents the years from 1945-1989 when the United States was involved in a political rivalry with the Soviet Union. The United States stood for democracy and the Russians were communists. The battle was never a direct conflict, but there were numerous indirect conflicts all over the world. Following are some popular Cold War essay topics.
Essays submitted by email will not be accepted, and late work will be penalized 10% for each day it is late; see . All at-home work must be typed (in 12-point Times New Roman), double-spaced, with one-inch margins, andstapled when submitted. In-class work must be neatly printed in blue or black ink on loose-leaf composition paper or in bluebooks provided by the instructor and double-spaced§. All essays must also include a proper heading (see), including Word Count; have anshould be grammatically correct, free of errors in mechanics, grammar, usage, spelling, and documentation, and will be evaluated according to the . Please refer to the or and for additional assistance.
For an excellent analysis of economic motives interwoven in the American quest for hegemonic power in Asia as well as ideological-driven rationales, see Noam Chomsky, At War with Asia: Essays on Indochina (New York: Vintage Books, 1970; republished, Chico, CA: AK Press, 2004).