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MAKE SURE TO CITE THE SOURCE AT LEAST 5 TIMES IN THE ESSAY
Read this lesson’s assigned readings in the Checklist.
Choose one writing prompt. Write a 500 word essay based on one of the writing prompts below, citing the Hine &Faragher text at least 5 times. Your citation should come from a broad range of pages within Hine & Faragher, not merely one or two pages near each other. As we move through the semester, you may reach back into past chapters to supplement the current lesson if you would like. If you read ahead, you are welcome to cite future chapters. The index in the back of the book will help you add depth to your analysis and breadth to your citation.
Writing Prompts – Select One:
- Choose a place from this lesson’s readings. Discuss the importance of this place on the period and regions covered in this lesson. Was this place a site of conflict? If so, were people fighting for control of it, or was it merely where opposing sides happened to encounter one another? Was this place a site of exchange of goods and ideas? Why does this place matter in the scheme of the History of the American West?
- For example, if the Black Hills were in this lesson’s readings, you might examine what the Black Hills meant to various parties. Why did people want to control them or to have access to them? You might explore how conflicts over the Black Hills led to other conflicts. How did the loss of the Hills by one group and the gain of the Hills by another affect their cultures? Landscape has tremendous power in American identity, particularly Western landscapes. Later in the course, a particular place as a factor in local or national identity would be interesting to pursue. (Yellowstone and Yosemite, for example)