For this assignment, you will analyze an historical issue from the first half of U.S. History (pre-1877). You will need to compare at least two opposing perspectives on that issue.


Part I. Introduction


1.     Describe in general the issue that is debated:


For example, you may analyze the importance of this issue important to the culture, economics, political system, or social structure at the time.




Part II.  Historical Debate     


  1. What is the main argument in each perspective? On what points do they agree or disagree?
  2. Analyze the evidence that is provided to support each thesis:  What types of evidence are used? Does the evidence support the thesis?



Part III.  Conclusion


  1. How did the reading(s) change the way in which you understood the subject?
  2. How are the issues presented in the reading(s) still relevant to you today?  Please explain how your personal background and life experiences might influence your perspective on this topic?
  3. Imagine that you have been asked to tackle a current national or global issue. How would you use the readings to help you do so?





The paper must be a minimum of 500 words. Typed, double-spaced, using 11 point font. The assignment will be uploaded as a file on Blackboard.




Unless otherwise stated by your professor, please cite sources using Chicago Manual of Style or Kate Turabian’s: A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertation citation style manual formatting. If you use web-based articles or ebooks, you should provide the full web address (not just the home page or search engine page that you used to find it).


Plagiarism Policy and punishment:Any plagiarism on the assignment is an automatic 0 on the assignment



my topic is going to be on the Sakem Which Hysteria, i have the links for some sources to use.


Salem Witchcraft, Factionalism, and Social Change Reconsidered: Were Salem’s Witch-Hunters Modernization’s Failures?


Richard Latner


The William and Mary Quarterly


Third Series, Vol. 65, No. 3 (Jul., 2008), pp. 423-448


Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture


Stable URL: http://0-www.jstor.org.libcat.sanjac.edu/stable/25096806


Page Count: 26


“Here Are No Newters”: Witchcraft and Religious Discord in Salem Village and Andover


Richard Latner


The New England Quarterly


Vol. 79, No. 1 (Mar., 2006), pp. 92-122


Published by: New England Quarterly, Inc.


Stable URL: http://0-www.jstor.org.libcat.sanjac.edu/stable/20474413


Page Count: 31


Tituba’s Confession: The Multicultural Dimensions of the 1692 Salem Witch-Hunt


Elaine G. Breslaw




Vol. 44, No. 3 (Summer, 1997), pp. 535-556


Published by: Duke University Press


DOI: 10.2307/483035


Stable URL: http://0-www.jstor.org.libcat.sanjac.edu/stable/483035


Page Count: 22


Shifting Perspectives on the Salem Witches


Robert Detweiler


The History Teacher


Vol. 8, No. 4 (Aug., 1975), pp. 596-610


Published by: Society for History Education


DOI: 10.2307/492670


Stable URL: http://0-www.jstor.org.libcat.sanjac.edu/stable/492670


Page Count: 15