Book: Daniels, Roger. Not Like Us: Immigrants and Minorities in America, 1890-1924. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1997.
Essay question: Use Not Like Us: Preface-Chapter 1 to respond to the following question in essay form.
Would you attribute the onset of nativism in the late 19th century more to cultural or economic factors?
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Introduction: 3-5 sentences
You should start every essay off with an introduction. The introduction itself can be broken into 3 segments: restate the question, take a side (if the question is argumentative), and briefly outline the examples you will be using to make up the body of the essay. Let’s use the following question as an example: Was the Civil War about Slavery? First, we restate the question. Here we can restate the question and take a side with one sentence: The Civil War was about slavery. This sentence gives the reader a general idea what you will be writing about, as well as which side you will take on the issue. Next, we must briefly outline the examples that will make up the body of the essay: The writings of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, as well as the separation declarations of South Carolina and Texas clearly demonstrate that the Civil War was about slavery. Now the reader knows what you will specifically be writing about within the essay.
Body: 1-2+ paragraphs
The body of the essay will be an expansion on the 1-2 points that you briefly outlined in your introduction. To continue with the example, you would first write expand on the writings of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Then in a new paragraph, write about the separation declarations of South Carolina and Texas.
Conclusion: 2-4 sentences
The conclusion should be a summary of the points that you made, that will end up looking a lot like the introduction. To continue with the example: In conclusion, the Civil War as indeed about slavery. The writings of Jefferson Davis, as well as the separation declarations of South Carolina and Texas strongly support the deep connection between the Civil War and slavery.
Final touches:
If you are in an online class, the proper format is: 12pt. Times New Roman with 1″ margins on all sides. I strongly prefer you submit your Reading Responses as Word documents, rather than in a pdf form. Hand written Reading Responses should be legible and neat. Excessive spelling or grammatical errors will result in a worse grade. Be sure to indent at the beginning of every new paragraph. Email me with any further questions.