The American Revolution

Research Question: Were the British colonists who opposed the revolution being pragmatic, or were they antiliberty?
The following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction: Your introduction paragraph will summarize the main points of your essay and lead into your
thesis statement. It must include the
following:
A. Identify your chosen research question. Your research question must center on a specific historical event.
B. Discuss the purpose of the essay in broad terms. Your discussion should include why the research question
you chose is worth investigating in
terms of its significance to the larger historical time period.
C. Develop a thesis statement that responds to the research question and includes three components you will
defend in your essay.
II. Establish the Context: In this section, you will write multiple paragraphs using information from the course
regarding the time period in which your
historical event took place. You will use this section to set the stage for your argument. This section of your
A. Describe your chosen historical event with clear and accurate information about why it happened, when it
happened, and who was involved.
The description must include:

  1. Cause(s): What events led to the event you selected?
  2. Participants: Who was involved?
  3. Chronology: When did this happen?
    B. Illustrate the larger historical setting.
  4. Identify major trends relevant to your chosen historical event.
  5. Explain the significance of the major trends of the time period, connecting the trends to your chosen
    historical event. In other words,
    why were the trends that defined this historical age important, and what is the relationship between those
    trends and the event?
    III. Defend your Argument: Now that you have established the historical context, you will move into a defense
    of each piece of the argument you made in
    your thesis statement. Through several paragraphs in the body of your essay, you will defend your thesis using
    carefully selected evidence from your
    sources. You must include each of the following in this section:
    A. Component 1 of Thesis Statement
  6. Claim: State your historical claim that supports your thesis statement. For example, the South lost the Civil
    War because of racial
    divisions.
  7. Evidence and Defense: Incorporate logical evidence from primary and secondary sources that supports your
    claims, and explain how the
    evidence supports your claims.
    B. Component 2 of Thesis Statement
  8. Claim: State your historical claim that supports your thesis statement. For example, the South lost the Civil
    War because of economic
    imbalances.
  9. Evidence and Defense: Incorporate logical evidence from primary and secondary sources that supports your
    claims, and explain how the
    evidence supports your claims.
    C. Component 3 of Thesis Statement
  10. Claim: State your historical claim that supports your thesis statement. For example, the South lost the Civil
    War because of philosophical
    discord.
  11. Evidence and Defense: Incorporate logical evidence from primary and secondary sources that supports your
    claims, and explain how the
    evidence supports your claims.
    IV. Conclusion: In your conclusion, while you cannot introduce new information, you can sum up your essay
    with a thought-provoking discussion related to
    your topic. For example, you might comment on the significance of historical study generally, or make a “call to
    arms” inviting the reader to take some
    sort of action as a result of understanding the new perspective you have presented. No matter your approach,
    your conclusion must include the
    following: Write a clear conclusion where your thesis is restated in different words and the major points of your
    essay are summarized
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