Write about a primary source document of your choice that we will have read by
about a primary source document of your choice that we will have read
by the time the essay is due. The goal of this assignment is to argue
why this document is significant to our understanding of military
history. In your introduction, clearly but briefly situate the document
within its historical context, but that is not the focus of this
assignment––the significance of the document to military history is the
focus. For every claim you make about the meaning, importance, or
implications of the document, you should be able to point to a specific
piece of evidence from the document itself. You can cite information
from lecture and/or the textbook to help frame your argument, but the
majority of your evidence should come from the primary document.
In 750-800 words, you do not have much room for an
introduction. Get to the point right away and do not bother with
space-wasting filler sentences in your first paragraph. Within two or
three sentences, your essay should make it clear what you are analyzing
and what your argument is (in other words, your thesis statement).
for analytical thesis statements (for Analytical Essays): Your thesis
statement should be no longer than two sentences at the end of your
introduction, and should clearly contain all these elements:
(Argument/“What do I know,”),
(summary of the Evidence you will use/“How do I know this”), and
what? Why does my argument matter on a broader scale, beyond the fact
that I have to write an essay for this class?”).