L09 Writing Assignment: Changes in U.S. Policy Toward Slavery
Due Oct 25 by 11:59pm Points 50 Submitting a file upload Available until Oct 25 at 11:59pm
Slavery played a central role in the coming of the Civil War as well as Union policy and strategy during the conflict. Using evidence from course lessons as well as assigned primary sources, answer the following question:
Why did U.S. policy toward slavery change between 1861 and 1865?
This assignment is cumulative. You can use evidence from any of the readings and lessons that you have read so far this semester.
Overview and Submitting
Your paper should be about 3-4 pages in length and include an introduction with a thesis statement and a conclusion.
Papers are due on Sunday at 11:59 PM EST. No late papers will be accepted without prior notice.
Papers must be submitted to this assignment. Do not e-mail your paper to the professor.
Papers should be typed, double-spaced with 1” margins. Use Times New Roman 12 point font (or equivalent) and include an introduction with a thesis statement and a conclusion.
Make a clear argument, beginning with a thesis statement in the first paragraph of the paper. Underline your thesis statement.
Each body paragraph should present a coherent idea that develops your argument. Paragraphs should begin with topic sentences that clearly establish the main idea of the paragraph.
Use evidence from at least three of the assigned primary sources, as well as from course lessons. No outside research is necessary.
Write in the past tense: “Edmund Ruffin argued…”; not “Edmund Ruffin argues…”
Use Chicago style citations (see, The Chicago Manual of Style Online: Notes and Bibliography: Sample Citations
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Use footnotes for direct quotes, paraphrases, and specific information. Footnotes go after the period at the end of a sentence. For example. For subsequent citations to the same document or the same book, use a shorter form. Like this. Or, this. Citations to information from a lesson can be formatted like this . Footnotes should be single-spaced and use 10-point font. Papers without citations or with grossly inaccurate footnotes will receive an automatic deduction of 5 points. (For help, see Microsoft Office Support: Insert Footnotes and Endnotes
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If you need help with your writing, contact Penn State Learning
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This assignment is worth 50 points and will be graded by the rubric below.
 “Benjamin Butler Encounters the Contrabands (1892),” in William E. Gienapp, ed., The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection (New York: Norton, 2001), 115.
 “Benjamin Butler Encounters the Contrabands,” 116.
 Frederick Douglass, “Cast Off the Mill-Stone (1861),” in Gienapp, ed., The Civil War and Reconstruction, 119.
 “Pressure from Below,” Lesson 6: The Road to Emancipation, HIST 130.
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