social relations among enslaved people, or “slave community”

Write an essay in which you evaluate a particular theme from “12 Years a Slave” in light of the assigned historical reading:
social relations among enslaved people, or “slave community”

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management of enslaved people by owners and overseers [this can overlap with (e) below, but does not have to]
the domestic slave trade and slavery’s expansion
enslaved men and masculinity
slave labor as skilled labor
To properly evaluate the movie’s treatment, you must summarize both the movie and the relevant points in the reading, but the key task is to evaluate (or assess) the movie in light of historical research. In other words, think about what our readings tell you about slavery, and evaluate how the movie represents one of the listed themes
NB: in all cases, you need to demonstrate your understanding of the reading by summarizing it in a manner appropriate to your argument, and demonstrate how that reading relates to the movie in specific ways.
Note the following automatic deductions!
Failure to cite your sources at all. This is plagiarism, and you will get a zero and will be obliged to meet with Dr. Wood for the plagiarism case and to revise the paper.
Failure to cite your sources with footnotes. Parenthetical citations do not cut it.

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Use of outside readings. The assigned readings are fair game, and the online American Yawp textbook is a resource for background. Otherwise, stay away. NO MOVIE REVIEWS, NO MOVIEW SYNOPSES, ETC. HOWEVER, IF YOU CHOOSE TO VIOLATE THIS RULE, THEN YOU MUST CITE YOUR SOURCES OR BE GUILTY OF PLAGIARISM.
Referring to scholarly authors by their first name only. Use the full name when you first mention an author, and then use the last name.
Failure to summarize the FEEDBACK on Paper 2 and your mini-essays since Paper 2. We don’t want you to summarize what YOU wrote. Summarize your TA’s feedback to you about the quality of your work.
Failure to include the CHECKLIST below
For all papers:
1. You must document your written sources using the historical discipline’s gold standard for documentation: footnotes. At a minimum, this means author’s name, source name, publication information, and page number for printed sources.
2. You must honestly credit the sources for all your information and ideas. Failure to do this properly may result in academic misconduct charges against you.
3. You must write in standard writer’s-manual written English. This is not necessarily a better or more virtuous way of writing than the more informal, vernacular, or colloquial (spoken language) forms you may already use. In some ways, the style of writing we require in this course reflects an elitist, hierarchical interpretation who is “educated” and who isn’t. Even so, formal writing is the norm for college and for much of the professional world. Think of it as a tool that opens doors which might turn out to be very important to you.
4. You must submit your paper to Turnitin.com and you must read the comments you get on your paper.
5. You must write a coherent, well-organized paper with the following elements:
a one-paragraph introduction that ends with your thesis (the sentence or two that states your argument. This is not the same as a description of your paper’s topic.)
a one-paragraph conclusion
several body paragraphs, no more than one page each
double-spaced text
page numbers

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footnotes
6. You must present historical arguments from the readings.
Special dispensations:
You must include complete citation information in your footnotes (see above), but I am not going to require Chicago Manual of Style format.
I usually make students in this class write in the past tense about the past, but I am waiving that requirement this term because films so lend themselves to writing in the present tense. You may also write in the first person, as long as you are also using evidence and making historical arguments appropriately.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS and INSTRUCTIONS:
Page 1 of your paper must include ONLY your name, your TA’s name, a paper title (optional), your summary, and your checklist (see below for instructions). The paper itself should begin at the top of page 2.
SUMMARY: a brief summary of the feedback you have gotten on the Mini Essays since the beginning of the term (consider the grade, rubric, and any other comments). We do not want a summary of the CONTENT you wrote, but of the evaluation you received in the form of grades and comments from your TA.
CHECKLIST: copy and paste this into the beginning of your paper, immediately after the summary of feedback, and put an X or checkmark after each requirement your paper satisfies. The checklist may not cut and paste prettily; as long as it’s there, it’s fine.
My paper includes:
a one-paragraph introduction
a thesis at the end of the introduction, which states the main point or purpose of the paper and provides an implicit organization for the body of the paper.
double-spaced text

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page numbers
footnotes that include PAGE NUMBER references
several body paragraphs, no more than one page each
specific examples from “12 Years,” written so that someone who has not seen the movie can understand them.
Summaries of relevant arguments and information from at least one of the assigned readings, written so that someone who has not read them can still follow your point.
The most relevant readings are those by Faust, Baptist, & Follett. The readings by Rothman, Appleby, and Stewart may also be used.
a one-paragraph conclusion
My paper is at least 5 pages long, including the first page.

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