關於史學報告，你必須自選主題 (消費文化，性別，族群，移民，工業化，及其他主題)。完成一篇十五頁的報告，並附加你所選主題的詳盡書目。你將運用建立於前兩項作業所培養出的技巧，延伸你的討論到同一個主題的不同著作上。這篇作業的目的是運用對特定課題的領域和思潮的改變的批判性思考。再次強調，這篇報告的焦點必須專注於你選擇的特定主題，並延伸轉移至美國歷史作品中。你至少必須讀完八至十本書，熟悉更多相關的著作 (這是要求詳盡書目的原因)。這類的作業，不須要大量摘要每位作者的論點細節，更重要的是強調這本書對這個研究領域的貢獻。你應架構你的報告於一個較廣大的主題上，解釋如何歷史學者在不同的時間下的想法轉變，及探討其原因。Five-page Paper Assignment
For the five-page paper, students will write a book review of one of the books we are reading in class. A book review should accomplish three things: first, it should summarize the author's main argument and narrative structure; second, it should place this work within the literature on this subject; and third, it should offer some critical assessment of the book's strengths and weaknesses. As part of your learning experience, you should be reading book reviews in the main historical journals on a regular basis. That will help keep you current on the literature and also familiarize you with this form of writing. It is important to learn how to write a good book review not only because you will be asked to do this regularly throughout your career, but also it is essential that you can readily summarize, place, and critique a book. While we all strive to be original in our research, the process of writing history is a collaborative undertaking in that we build on the scholarship that has come before ours. Thus it is important to learn how to think critically about the work that other historians have done. The list of recommended readings gives you a good starting place on each topic we cover.
Book Comparison Assignment
For the assignment comparing two books, students will pick two of the readings from two classes. The goal is this paper is largely the same as in the book review. But by comparing two books, you will need to be even more explicit in your thinking about where these works fit into larger historiographic trends. Given that the books are likely to be on different topics, the trick is to write about the way in which each author is doing history as much as, if not more so, than what he is writing about. Since the syllabus requires you to read books from many historiographic traditions, it should not be hard to compare books on that level. Quickly summarize each book and then talk about its significance and contribution to the larger field of American history. Think about when, why, and how the books were written.
Historiographic Paper Assignment
For the historiographic paper, you will choose your own theme (consumer culture, gender, race, immigration, industrialization, etc.) and write a fifteen-page paper along with an extensive bibliography on your chosen topic. You will build on your skills developed in the previous two papers and extend your discussion to include many books on a specific topic. The goal here is to have you think critically how the field and thinking on a subject has changed. Once again, your attention should be as much to the specifics of your topic as it is to broader shifts in the writing of American history. At a minimum, you must read closely 8-10 books and be familiar with many more (that is the purpose of the bibliography). In these kinds of papers, you should spend less time summarizing in great detail each book's argument and instead emphasize the book's contribution to the field. You should organize the paper around a broader theme, explaining how and why historians thinking has changed over time.