1200 word essay mla format over the great depression

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The

purpose of this assignment is to measure your ability to analyze primary historical documents and to use your analysis 

to make an argument regarding approaches to the Great Depression.  

Through the documents you read for this project, you 

will 

see the Depression through the eyes an ordinary American family and the two presidents who had to dea

l with this 

economic disaster.

Preparation

1.

Read chapter 2

6

in the textbook to get an understand

ing of the effects of the Great Depression, along with how 

p

residents Hoover and Roosevelt responded.

2.

Read and take notes on 

Herbert Hoover’s “

Message Regarding Unemployment Relief (December 9, 1930)

” and 

Statement on Unemployment Relief (February 3, 193

1

)

.”  

3.

Read and take notes on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “

Fireside Chat 3:  On the National Recovery Administration 

(July 24, 

1933)

.”

4.

Read “‘

The Depression has Changed People’s Outlook’:  The Beuschers Remember the Great Depression in 

Dubuque, Iowa

.”  As you read the transcript of this interview, make notes on comment

s that relate to the ideas 

expressed by Hoover and FDR in their speeches/statements above.

Instructions

The parameters for this essay are as follows:

L

ength

(body of essay)

:

1200

1400 words (Note:  You can write more, but I will grade only your first 

1400

words.)

Sources:  Use 

only

the sources listed under “Preparation” above. Usage of other sources will result in 

severe

grade 

reductions. 

Format:

MLA, 

using in

text citations and 

including a works cited page

.  Here is a 

link

explaining MLA guidelines.  

Use direct quotes sparingly; I am much more intere

sted in YOUR explanation rather than a collection of direct 

quotes daisy

chained together.

Remember that even when you paraphrase facts from your sources, you still 

need to cite where you got your information.  It is permissible to group all of you

r

citation

s together at the end 

of the paragraph.

Appearance:  

double

spaced, using a standard 

(

12) font 

such as Times New Roman or Arial

Title Page

containing your name, date, and the course.  (The title of your paper should give me a hint regarding your 

argument in element 3 below.)

Write the essay as a narrative; do 

not 

write the paper using

bullet points.  

Prompt:

Write an essay relating the policy proposals of Hoover and Roosevelt to the actual experiences of the Beuscher 

family during the Great Depression.  Begin by discussing how President Hoover could have used the Beuschers’ 

experien

ces to support his ideas about how to deal with the Depression.  Then, discuss how FDR could have 

used the the Beuscher interview as proof that his New Deal was working.  Finally, give your opinion regarding 

which president had the more effective approach 

to the Great Depression (Hoover or FDR), supporting your 

argument with specific examples.  (Another way to 

approach

this final question is

to wonder

:  Would t

he 

country have dealt with the Depression better had Hoover been re

elected in 1932 and 1936?)

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