The exam is to write your Personal Historical Manifesto.  A personal manifesto is historical writing that reflects on the person that writes it, that person’s history, and that person’s goals and dreams. This should be a total of THREE PAGES and a Works Cited Page for total minimum of Four pages, double-spaced. Make sure you use MLA format for your opening heading and Works cited page.
The core idea for this Final Exam is that you are part of American society and your own personal history exists in conjunction with our national history. Recent events have made us reimagine ourselves and the society we want to live in.  The recent presidential elections, the Black Lives Matter protests, the election protests, the COVID pandemic and much, much more have really set us into unchartered territory.  Our plan to liberate Afghanistan dramatically played itself out on TV and many Americans were left in a daze that this is what our exit plan looked like.  Amongst all of this YOU exist, your history exists, your hope and dreams of the future exist.  So, it only makes since that YOU should decide what sort of solutions exist and what sort of future you would like to see- yes its a far shot that it will actually happen the way we want it to- but there is no cost to imagine!  In the end, this Final Exam will be part traditional coursework and part personal reflection.  This can be a meaningful assignment if you really take it to heart because now is the time to start charting your future no matter where you are in your life. The time for change is always NOW.  I have personally had some major shifts in my life recently due to all this madness in the world and although change is scary, change is what makes us who we are, humans.
For this assignment, consider the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, as well as the links to manifestos posted, and use them as the historical underpinning of your writing.  Everything we have read and encountered throughout the semester is open to use here. Everything!  You can bring in any outside resources as long as you document them in the Works Cited page.   Obviously, the chapters that cover the American Revolution are most relevant here since it is during that time that the colonists imagined and put into action a new world order for themselves.  This is not a traditional academic essay, but more like a report, yet it is the same as an academic essay in that you need to QUOTE and CITE sources as well as take the logic of historical documents and write about them in a manner that proves you understand not just the words but the deeper meanings of the document as a whole.  You might think of this as a cited, very specific, journal entry.
Actually type out “Section 1,” “Section 2,” and “Section 3” in your paper as you break down your writing into these THREE SECTIONS.
For starters, give your manifesto a creative name (Title) that is indicative of the contents.
Section One- This section is for you to contemplate yourself. Minimum one page.
Who are you? What is your history? What is your family background and origins. What are the things that make you who you are as a unique person in this world? This section is for you to explore your personal history. What are your historical origins? Your hobbies, your pastimes, your passions. What are the things that you cannot live with? Detail the important things in your life. You might look back on this years later and be amazed at who you are right now and how you have changed. You can make a list of  ” I am ….” to get the conversation started. 
Section Two- This section is for you to form an opinion on American history based on documentation. This is the traditional historical section. Minimum two  pages but you can go over.
How do you feel about social equality in America today?  Are we all treated equally in society?   Do we all have equal chances of success regardless of race, class and gender?  These are very importance categories that historically have been predictors of good or bad social outcomes.  If you say yes, then give your reasons why you think America today offers equal opportunities to all.
 If your answer is no, then give your reasons as well.  This is the historical part.  Base your answer on the history you have learned in this class as well as any other statistics you might find online regarding social outcomes by race, gender, class.  But also use the foundational documents in the module  to back up your argument as well.   In other words, how does the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights impact social equality today?  Take language from these documents to make your point on equality.  
  Pick language from the Declaration and analyze it to make a point if it protects people or not today. Pick at least two of the first 10 constitutional amendments that make up the Bill of Rights to also discuss how they protect people today and whether or not they are being respected today.  The point in this section is to show change across time for different people. How much have times changed and how does this impact different segments of society today?    Make sure you QUOTE the two documents and the CITE them in Works Cited page. Use MLA format here. 
Section Three– This section is for you to contemplate changes for the historical problems and to meditate on where you see yourself in the future. One page minimum.
This is where you offer solutions to the historical issue in Section Two. You don’t have to cite the writings in this section.  This is where you contemplate not only the future of America but your own future as well. Write out which direction you feel the (A) nation should steer towards and (B) where you are going to be doing in the future.  What kind of America do you envision in five years, ten years?  This is personal.  How do you see yourself in your vision of the future nation? What are your own personal goals and how do you plan to employ them as a member of American society?  Do you plan on helping others, changing society, making tons of money or something else? In many ways this is you manifesting the future you want for yourself through writing.  You are done with the sections.
Important! A separate WORKS CITED page should be added. MLA format.  You should include the documents, the online textbook and any other resources that you have brought into your manifesto.

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