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2 - An Emblem of History
Waldo Emerson, circa 1848,
with original manuscript of his poem “Manadnoc,” (ca.
The Houghton Library, Harvard University
essay will grow out of the work that you are doing for Project 3. You
should be able to use much of the same material; however, now you are
constructing a formal argumentative essay. Your audience and purpose will
second essay you will imagine that you are part of a committee
of historians creating a museum exhibit that
will present the history and culture of early-mid nineteenth century
In one room
of the exhibit will be items that are most emblematic of those years.
is to think about all of the material you have read or gathered for your
Project 3 and decide what one item should go into this special exhibit
room. For those of you who are writing on the Hollywood/History connection,
imagine that you are working on an exhibit of Hollywood and History and
adapt your argument.
task is to persuade, in an essay, the committee composed of your colleagues
that your choice is the best one. This requires a clear statement of your
position and reasons to support your choice. You should not consider size
to be an obstacle. Be as creative as you want to be here.
Your essay should be approximately 750 – 1000 words in length and
should include an image that represents your choice plus an additional
image (2 images total).
the following outline as a general strategy for your paper:
overview of your topic
Set up the purpose and context for your essay. Remember, your
audience is the rest of the committee.
Thesis – your statement claiming that the item you select
be placed in the special exhibit room.
paragraphs will outline the reasons why this is the best choice.
Think of completing the thought, “We should choose this
because . . . . .”
Your reasons should be supported by evidence. For example, if
you are arguing for a copy of the Louisiana Purchase, because
it increased the size of the new nation, your evidence might be
an explanation of the boundaries of the purchase which actually
doubled the size of the country.
of objections (optional)
is an effective argumentative strategy. If you anticipate and
counter other possibilities that your audience might suggest,
it makes your choice seem stronger and more thought out. What
other items might someone consider?
This is where you “close the deal” with the committee.
Works Cited page in which you acknowledge your sources in alphabetical
order in MLA format.
the link on our home page to The Bedford/St. Martin’s Documentation
and Resource Home Page
include in-text parenthetical citations for any work that you either
quote directly or paraphrase. See the Quoting
Smoothly and Paraphrasing
links on our home page. Your parenthetical citations should lead
your reader to the first word in the Works Cited entry.
remind you of the following English Department policy: You must
in all written work in order to pass the class.
typed in standard 12 point font, double spaced, and stapled in the left-hand
- 750 -
1000 words in length
title that catches the reader’s interest
with clear thesis statement
that support the thesis
- A separate
Works Cited page acknowledging sources, in alphabetical order,
for text and images in MLA format
- An image
of your emblem choice and 1 additional image
Rose. “Ralph Waldo Emerson (1848) with manuscript.” Online
image. Harvard University Gazette. 27 October 2005. <http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2003/04.03/01-emerson.html>.