Historical Investigation in American History:. Topic Choice Research Question. Where to begin?. Guidelines of the assignment Your own interest Your textbook. Examples of broad topics:. Railroads. Early Settlement. Slavery. The West. The South. Crime. Expansion.
War and conflict
The role of women WHERE?
In The Home ?
In Politics ?
In Marriage ?
In Religion ?
The role of WHICH women?
What was the role of the plantation owner’s wife in the antebellum South?
Remember this is not a thesis essay. Approach the topic as though you are going to present to an audience that wishes to be informed, not have a particular argument proved. You will be required to explore, evaluate, reflect and question.
In the investigation, you are the detective asking the questions...
You are provided with very specific criteria for each section of the assignment. The assignment requires you to work independently and thoughtfully. Exploring your topic may prove more difficult than proving a point.
Read the assignment sheet carefully.