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History and Significance of Race in America

History and Significance of Race in America

An Op-Ed is an opinion piece that aims to persuasively express an opinion about an issue. You will take a stance on an event or policy from the history of race in America, writing from the perspective of a historical actor at the time. This assignment includes two components:

(1) A 300-word explanation of the context of the issue that you are writing about that includes key information that a reader in the past would know about the issue. You must explicitly state when the Op-Ed would appear and who the author would be (either in making up a plausible biography or in choosing a real historical figure.

(2) A 600-800 word Op-Ed that:

a. Takes a clear stance on an issue relative to our course topic.

b. Makes this argument from the perspective of a person in the past.

Outlines of basic Op-Ed structures:

How to write an op-ed or column

Models of Op-Eds by historians:
The only sources you should use are the course texts, your lecture notes, and you must use at least 2 articles from the Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (find by searching for the Encyclopedia title in Summon, on the library website or searching the “database” tab on the and/or Proquest Historical Newspapers. You may use other Temple Library databases as approved by the instructor. You cannot use quotes in this piece due to the short length.

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