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Analytical Essay 3 Prompt
Write a 750-word response to the following prompt:
Since 1945, the U.S been described as “the leader of the free world.” How true was this
statement, based on evidence drawn from both the domestic and international realms?
Did the imperatives of Cold War and post-Cold War foreign policy expand or limit
freedoms, at home and abroad? Which groups saw an expansion of freedom in the
aftermath of World War II? Which groups saw limitations placed on their freedom?
In formulating your answer, choose three different individuals/groups that we have
discussed in the third section of this course (modules 11-14). Explain how each of them
experienced freedom in the post-1945 U.S. How did the foreign policy imperatives of the
Cold War and its aftermath affect notions of freedom for each group? You should also be
compare these contrasting views of freedom. Were their experiences similar or different?
Be as specific as possible, and be sure to use the assigned readings to defend your
Answers that are too short or too long (more than 50 words in either direction) will lose points.
Your answer must quote and cite at least three different documents from the required reading
for Modules 11 through 14. Documents from other modules do not count for the purposes of
Your answer will be checked for plagiarism using Turn-It-In.
Your answer should be based on material covered in class lectures and in the assigned reading
for this course. DO NOT CONSULT OTHER SOURCES. I do not want to know what Google
tells you about this topic. All the information you need to answer this question can be found in
the assigned reading and in your class notes.
Some tips on formatting and length:
750 words is not much! It’s about three double spaced pages (1” margins, 12 point font).
Be brief, especially in your introductory paragraph. Get right to your argument, don’t
waste words describing everything we’ve covered in the course. There’s no need to make
sweeping statements like “Since the beginning of U.S. history….”
The prompt asks several different (but closely related) questions. You do not need to
answer each and every one of them, but you should try to address most of them (at least
in passing) in your essay.
o 75 words: Introductory paragraph that ends with a clear thesis statement (that
is, your argument and your answer to the question asked in the prompt).
o 200 words: body paragraph 1, which should contain your first example and a quotation from your first document.
200 words: body paragraph 2, which should contain your second example and a
quotation from your second document. A transition paragraph between paragraphs
should address the similarities/differences between your first and second example.
o 200 words: body paragraph 3, which should contain your third example and a
quotation from your third document. A transition paragraph between paragraphs
should address the similarities/differences between this example and your first
o 75 words: a concluding paragraph that compares your three examples and
reiterates (not word-for-word!) your thesis from the introduction.
You MUST introduce and contextualize your quotes. We’ve read dozens of documents this term.
You must tell your reader what document you’re quoting.
GOOD: Southern African Americans had their own definition of freedom. “We claim
freedom as our natural right,” black residents of Nashville stated in a petition, “and ask
that in harmony and co-operation with the nation at large, you should cut up the roots the
system of slavery.” As these petitioners noted, the work of freedom remained
incomplete, even after emancipation.
BAD: Southern African Americans had their own definition of freedom. “We claim
freedom as our natural right, and ask that in harmony and co-operation with the nation at
large, you should cut up the roots the system of slavery.”
The second example is extraordinarily confusing for your reader. Who are you quoting? Are
these your words? Introduce your quotes, and then explain them in your own words.
You should also try to avoid extended quotations. In almost all circumstances, you shouldn’t be
quoting more than one or two sentences at a time. When you’re trying to quote a longer passage,
intersperse your own words as necessary. When I see paragraph-length citations I start to worry
that you’re just trying to fill up space…
Historians use Chicago Manual of Style, Humanities format. Use footnotes, not parenthetical/in-
Cite the documents from Eric Foner’s Voices of Freedom book as follows:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Home Life,” in Eric Foner, ed. Voices of Freedom, Vol. 2, 6th
Edition (New York: W.W. Norton, 2020), 14-17.
You do not need to cite my video lectures. Consider these to be common knowledge shared by
Submit your document as a Microsoft Word file – or a similar word processing file. Do not
convert the file to a PDF.
Late papers will lose 1/3 of a letter grade per 24 hours (i.e. A- becomes B+, C+ becomes C).
Please include a word count on your paper.
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