Archive for October 2nd, 2021

The Trump Political Agenda and the Misinformation Campaign

The rough draft should follow the format listed below. Each item in your rough draft represents a different section of your paper.

Introduction (with a thesis)


Various Perspectives on the Issue



Proper grammar and spelling required
Rough Drafts should be written in Microsoft Word
Rough Drafts must contain at least 8-12 pages excluding the title page and bibliography.
Rough Drafts must follow APA format

Please add sources/references as necessary.

Research Essay

Researched MLA paper.You will primarily be discussing your own thoughts and ideas about the works. You will use secondary sources for this paper to provide necessary historical information, supporting information or scholarly opinions, etc. Your paper should be based around your scholarly analysis; The essay should not be mere summary or book reports.
Topic: Discuss how Young Goodman Brown serves as criticism of the Calvinist Church, and by extension, of Calvinist American society.
In the book Robert S. Levine.. the “Young Goodman Brown” is pp.345-355
The author-Nathaniel Hawthorne is pp.328-332

Science Documentary Review

There are free science documentaries that can be found on youtube or netflix, etc. Find a science documentary with at least 30 minute length or more. 

Write a 2 FULL page summary of the documentary, what you learned, and how it impacts your life.

Literary Analysis

The topic I chose was HOME BY SILVIA SAUNDERS After selecting and reading the story, choose one of the following topics to analyze in a five-paragraph paper:

1. Characterize one of the characters from the story. Create a thesis that analyzes some attribute of the character. (Ex: Tom may seem like a cold, heartless killer, but a deeper look shows that he is really a scared little boy.) Choose three aspects of the character to use in the analysis. Each aspect must contribute to your attribute from your thesis.
2. Discuss the use of imagery in the story. Create a thesis that connects the images into a larger idea being portrayed in the story. (Ex: The animal imagery in the story clarifies to readers that world that seems so modern and technologically savvy is really more base and animalistic than it at first appears.) Make sure you have at least three images to support your thesis.
3. Discuss a theme of the story using three literary devices to validate the theme. (Ex: Fear of the unknown often prevents people from moving forward and accepting new ideas as is shown in the setting, imagery, and protagonist.) Each element of literature will be a body paragraph.
4. Discuss the significance of the setting(s) in the story. (Ex: The dark, vast woods create an atmosphere of fear and confusion that cause the characters to make panicked choices, which affect their fates.) In this paper, each character will be analyzed (in three separate paragraphs) according to choices the setting caused them to make.

Law Enforcement Intelligence – affects on civil liberties

Compare and contrast the debate over law enforcement intelligence policing and how it affects national security and civil liberties.

    The length of paper is a minimum of 5 pages, NOT including a Title page and a Reference page. NO abstract is needed for this assignment.
    Use a minimum of four resources in the generation of the work.
    The format of the paper will follow APA guidelines and include properly formatted in-text citations and end of work references.


The 1930s have become almost a blueprint for how not do deal with an international crisis. The Great Depression crippled most major powers (including Germany, Britain, and France) and left its population susceptible to political extremism, as we saw last week. But we must also keep in mind that historical hindsight should not cloud our vision of this period. We must remember that Germany was not a pariah state before the Second World War. Not only had Germany made multiple international agreements (including the Dawes Plan and the Locarno Treaty in the 1920s), Nazi Germany was looked at as a rising power in the world and some saw it as a symbol for the future. As we saw last week with the former PM of Britain calling Hitler Germanys George Washington. This was also seen in the near-universal participation in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the somewhat blas news coverage of the Nazi rise to power in 1933, and even the support of international figures like Charles Lindbergh.

We must remember that Europeans did not want war in the 1930s, as the memory of WWI still cast a long shadow. Multiple peace measures are put forward after the war, including the Dawes Plan in 1924 (which reduced and rescheduled German reparation payment while also guaranteeing American loans to the Weimar Republic) and the Locarno Treaty of 1925 (which solidified the borders on in the West agreed to by Versailles but also allowed for possible changes in the East). Germany was admitted into the League of Nations in 1926, and the Briand-Kellog Pact of 1929 solemnly renounced war as a tool of politics (but was an empty pledge).

When individuals like PM Chamberlain (as you will hear in the podcast) appeased Hitler, it was largely because Britain (and much of the rest of Europe), was simply unprepared for the war. Sadly, few realized the true horrors that were to be unleashed a few months later.

Orwell is a wonderful conduit to understanding this overall uncertainty. While the first half of his book addresses the economic uncertainty of the Depression, Orwells account of the political and social issues of socialism clearly highlights the uncertainty and apprehension that dominated the 1930s. The chapter from Arnsteins work on interwar Britain would also provide additional context (not only for this week but also your critical analysis paper). Orwell was a massive proponent in confronting Hitler and Stalin and was appalled by the idea of appeasement in the late 1930s. As Orwell put it, the problem was that Britain was not willing to pay the price either of peace or war, and so they got both.

It was in this environment of appeasement that war was eventually declared in the Fall of 1939 and unleashed the most destructive conflict in human history. Snyders work gives you a strong sense of the scale and scope of this conflict (especially on the Eastern Front), but casualties aside, in Asia and Europe, the Second World War was very destructive.

Mass aerial bombing had made the ability to destroy cities very effectively. By the end of the war, infrastructure and economies across the world were crippled, along with the millions of people who were driven from their homes and isolated. By wars end, the old capitols of Europe were in ruin, and the once-mighty empires of the 19th century could not even feed their own population. Because of this, there were major doubts that the old imperial powers of Europe would be able to fully recover. This economic weakness only solidified view of the weakness of the Europeans by their colonial subjects.

World War II fundamentally altered the power structure of the globe. This is not only because of the unimaginable loss of life, but because of the direct aftermath, leading to two of the major byproducts of the war: The Cold War and Decolonization. Sadly, we do not have two more weeks to cover these events with our remaining time in the course. We will, however, deal with these questions or the legacy of the war (and the course as a whole next week when we discuss the Holocaust).

Discussion Prompt

Using Orwells Road to Wigan Pier as your primary source, what do you think was the biggest concern or apprehension for Europeans during the buildup to World War II? These concerns can be economic, political, social, or even intellectual.

[Note: Think of this response as a kind of starting point for your Critical Analysis Paper. I fully expect you to incorporate this response into your longer paper to get you a head start on this assignment.]