Ssay 1: Carol Berkin, Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for Americaas Independence

Essay 1: Carol Berkin, Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for Americaas Independence
Due Friday, March 1, in class

In Revolutionary Mothers, historian Carol Berkin argues, a?the long home-front war for American independence disrupted the normal life of every man and woman. It required them to adapt to a series of novel circumstances and pressing crises. They found themselves stepping out of familiar prescribed roles or engaging in traditional activities in untraditional settingsa? (Berkin, xvi).

In an analytical, well-written 4 A? page essay, please answer the following question:
How did various women in America meet the challenges of and participate in the American Revolution? What did the Revolution mean to them and to their families? What was the legacy of the Revolution for American women? In your essay, you must discuss examples from two to three groups of women (patriot, loyalist, Native American, African American, elite/lower class).

Guidelines for Writing and Submission

1. Before beginning, you MUST review the advice and instructions given in the Writing Guidelines (on Blackboard). Please read it carefully, as grammar, structure, and writing style are important and will have an effect on your overall grade.

2. Make sure you have a clear thesis, argument, and structure. The goal of this paper is to write an analytical essay, not description or summary. Use selective evidence from Revolutionary Mothers to support your argument. There is no need for additional outside sources. Spend time editing to ensure that your reader (me) can easily understand your argument and supporting points.

3. In presenting evidence to support your argument, incorporate quotes into your own sentences; do not use block quotes or have quotes stand alone as separate sentences. Be sure to use appropriate citations in parenthetical page references at the end of a sentence (Berkin, 56). There is no need for a bibliography or works cited page, as this book is your only source.

4. Use an appropriate font style and size (Garamond or Times New Roman, 12pt, with 1 to 1 A? inch margins, double spaced). Make sure your paragraphs are formatted correctly (spacing should be 0pts).

5. Proofread! There is no excuse for typographical errors and misspellings, let alone major structural issues, in a college-level essay. In particular, review the list of common mistakes contained in the Writing Guidelines before submission. [Ex.: This book is a NOT a novel, but an historical monograph.]

6. You may bring outlines and drafts to discuss with me during office hours. I will also provide general comments on drafts emailed any time up to 2pm on Wednesday, February 28. Please include your last name in electronic files (ex. Smithberkinessay.doc).