US History Research Essay
From the Abolition Movement to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments (basically explaining how African Americans gained freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote). Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) is a Supreme Court ruling that stated public facilities can be separate (between whites and African Americans) but equal. That allowed black codes and Jim Crow laws to thrive in the South which led to systematic racism. If you can highlight the Harlem Renaissance. In the 1950’s African Americans began to protest for equal rights, which led to the Civil Rights Act. Also, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks were significant people who helped the plight of African Americans. Where are we today? Are African Americans equal by law? Are African Americans better off than they were 155 years ago?
Thesis: Are African Americans better off than they were after Congress passed the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the US Constitution?
Hook for the introduction paragraph can come from the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” Are all men created equally? While other nations were outlawing or banning slavery the many states in the United States used slavery to strengthen their economies….
Antebellum Period 1840 – 1860
What role did Frederick Douglass play in the abolition of slavery?
Look in the Google Classroom (Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation) there is information about Douglass’s influence on Lincoln.
What methods did Douglass use to end slavery?
Were those methods effective?
The Reconstruction Era
The Republicans passed the 13th, 14th ,and 15th Amendments
How did this help?
Plessy v. Ferguson
What was the ruling?
How did it affect African Americans?
The Harlem Renaissance?
The Civil Rights Movement – 1992 Rodney King
Talk how society changed after the amendments and the abolishment of slavery and how africans americans are after these things.
This is my outline and here is the format for the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.
Introduction Paragraph RIOT Format
R – Related (hook) – What will get the reader/grader interested in your essay? Could be a question.
I – Issues / problem
O – Opposing point of view
T – Thesis
Body Paragraphs PEEL Format
P – Point of the Paragraph (main idea)
E – Evidence from the document (citation) ++++Select citations with an author, only++++
E – Explain the citation in your own words (In other words…..)
L – Link to thesis
Outline of your Essay
Conclusion paragraph – a conclusion paragraph is a mirror of your introduction
Restate the thesis
Restate each point of the paragraph sentence
Leave the reader/grader with something to think about
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