Reative assignment in historical imagination founded on historical research.

Paper #2: This is a creative assignment in historical imagination founded on historical research. You are to write a 5 to 6 page memoir of an imagined American who lived in the period from 1920-1945. You may place your individual anywhere in the U.S. Remember to be specific about race, class, gender, ethnicity, and other details important to your characteras identity. Your memoir should reveal an understanding of the history of the period. You read Conroyas autobiographical novel which you may consider as a memoir. Now you are to imagine an imagined characteras life. This time you must cite at least 5 sources and at least one of them must be an article from an academic journal. Many such articles are available through the FIU Library using the data bases JSTOR and Project Muse. Remember to be specific and make your memoir rich and detailed. In addition your memoir must include a one paragraph introduction written in the third person (150-250 words.) Here you will switch roles from creative to analytical and from what you have researched, written, and imagined construct a thesis. A thesis presents an argument. Your thesis should be supported by evidence in your memoir. It should present your original interpretation of the historical experience you are writing about. Put your Introduction at the beginning of your memoir, title it a?Introductiona? and put it in bold type. 5-6 pages. Due 10/22.

Reative assignment in historical imagination founded on historical research.

This is a creative assignment in historical imagination founded on historical research. You are to write a 5 to 6 page memoir of an imagined immigrant who came to the United States sometime between 1840 and 1920. You have read Rosa Cavallerias memoir. Now you are to imagine another immigrantas experience. To do this well you will need to do some research relevant to the background of the person you are imagining and what his or her experiences might have been like. At least half of your memoir must deal with life after arriving in the United States. You must cite at least 3 sources that have provided background material for your memoir. Be careful to be historically accurate and specific. Indicate where your immigrant comes from, when, and where he or she goes in the U.S. and how he or she experiences life in the U.S. This is an exercise in informed imagination. Make it rich and detailed.
In addition your memoir must include a one paragraph introduction written in the third person (150-250 words.) Here you will switch roles from creative to analytical and from what you have researched, written, and imagined construct a thesis. A thesis presents an argument. Your thesis should be supported by evidence in your memoir. It should present your original interpretation of the historical experience you are writing about. Put your Introduction at the beginning of your memoir, title it a?Introductiona? and put it in bold type. 5-6 pages. Due 10/3.