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Class Guide: History 202

War Letters from WWI to the Present 

Paper Guidelines

   

Paper Instructions

As you know from your syllabus, your paper on War Letters from WWI to the present is due
Thursday, November 8th
. 

This paper should be a minimum 5 pages (typed, double spaced).  YOU MUST USE A MINIMUM OF 5 CREDIBLE SOURCES. 

 

  1. You DO NEED a title page, however, the title page will not count toward your 5 page minimum.  (1 point)

 

  1. You MUST have a Works Cited page, however, the Works Cited page will not count toward your 5 page minimum.  (5 points) 

 

  1. You may use Chicago/Turabian or MLA format for your paper.  (1 point)

 

  1. You shall use JSTOR and any other credible outside sources.  Credible sources are academic sources, peer-reviewed sources, major professional publication sources.  If you have any doubt whether a source is credible, contact me before using it. ( 5 points) 

 

  1. You shall use proper English, correct sentence structure, and proper noun/verb agreement.  (3 points) 

 

  1. You shall submit 5 pages minimum written report, not counting the title page or the works cited page.  (5 points)

 

Points To Cover

You must fully answer ALL of the following items:

  1. Compare and contrast the attitudes toward war between soldiers in at least two different wars.(There’s likely a huge difference between WWII and the Vietnam War) (Cite examples, quote documents)  (10 points) 

 

  1. Compare and contrast the attitudes toward war of civilians in at least two different wars.  (Cite examples, quote documents)  (10 points)

 

  1. Was there a difference how war was perceived based on gender or economic status?  (Cite examples from at least two different wars, quote documents)  (10 points)

 

  1. Was there a difference how home front sacrifice was perceived based on gender or economic status?  (Cite examples from at least two different wars, quote documents)  (10 points)

 

  1. Was there much detailed discussion in soldiers’ letters to home about what the soldiers were experiencing, or did they avoid that topic and focus more on what was happening back home?  Give examples quoting from letters.(10 points) 

 

  1. Was there any opposition or protests at home toward the war.  (Cite examples from at least two different wars, quote documents)  (10 points) 

 

  1. Compare the daily impact of war on the civilian population at home during WWI & WWII and the daily impact of war on you and the civilian population in the U.S. today.   (10 points) 

 

  1. Compare and contrast who fought our wars during WWI & WWII and who fought or is fighting our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today.  (Pay particular attention to private contractors and mercenaries) (10 points)

Remember, this is a history paper, look at how things may have changed over time. 

 

All papers MUST be turned in electronically to my SU e-mail address:  kfsilverstrim@salisbury.edu  All papers must be typed in Microsoft Word format.  You must receive a confirmation from me that your paper was received and opened, otherwise it will not be considered turned in.  Feel free to stop by my office and discuss your paper in advance!

 

Here are some resources for you to look at or use to get you started on your research.   

 

NABB CENTER COLLECTION  --  YOU MUST USE THE NABB CENTER’S WWI & WWII war letter collections in your paper and cite to them at least twice.  (http://nabbhistory.salisbury.edu/) The NABB Center is open Monday 10 – 8, and Tues. - Fri. - 10 – 4.  The NABB Center is located on Wayne Street next to the Campus Police Station (where you got your parking permit).  You are responsible for going there on your own time to look at the war letters collection. 

 

SU BLACKWELL LIBRARY  --  YOU MUST USE THE BLACKWELL LIBRARY TO GET BOOKS FOR YOUR PAPER.  TWO BOOKS MINIMUM ARE REQUIRED. 

 

JSTOR RESOURCES  --  YOU MUST USE A MINIMUM OF TWO ACADEMIC SOURCES FROM JSTOR IN YOUR PAPER.  (Here are some suggestions to get you started.  There are many more.)

 

  1. Flags of our Fathers – Letters from Iwo Jima,
  2. From Vietnam to Iraq:  Continuity and Change in Between Group Differences in Support for Military Action
  3. Discursive Legacies:  The U.S. Peace Movement and “Support the Troops”
  4. The War at Home:  Anti-war Protests and Congressional Voting 1965-1973
  5. Letters Home:  We’re in this war too:  World War II Letters from American Women in Uniform by Judy Barrett Litoff, David C. Smith
  6. Khaki Fever and Its Control:  Gender, Class, Age and Sexual Morality on the British Homefront in the First World War
  7. The Fires at Home
  8. Two Letters from Indo-China
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