HIS 200 Applied History- Describe the historical event that you selected. Why is this event significant?

HIS 200 Writing Plan Progress Check 2 Guidelines and Rubric
Overview: Throughout Theme: Approaches to History, you have been guided through beginning your Project 1: Writing Plan assignment, which you will continue
to work on in Theme 2 and formally submit for completion at the end of Week 4 of the course. This progress check assignment provides you with an important
opportunity to get valuable instructor feedback on the progress you are making and to ensure you are on the right track for your later submission.
Prompt: The second half of Theme: Approaches to History has explored how historians select search terms to locate secondary sources that help them find
answers to their research question. Return to your submission for Progress Check 1 and expand upon your event’s historical significance, describe two secondary
sources you could use to research your event (along with search terms you used to locate those sources), and support your research question with secondary and
primary sources.
Specifically, in this assignment, you will submit the following elements of your Project 1: Writing Plan for review by your instructor:

In Theme: Approaches to History, learning
block 2-3 (page 3)
, you completed the
following element:
I. Describe the historical event that you selected. Why is this event significant?
In Theme: Approaches to History, learning
block 2-3 (page 3)
, you worked toward the
following element:
II. Describe at least two secondary sources that you could use to research your historical event. Your
sources must be relevant to your event and must be of an appropriate academic nature. In your
description, consider questions such as: What are the similarities and differences in the content of
your sources? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your event? What was
your thought process when you were searching for sources? How did you make choices?
In Theme: Approaches to History, learning
block 2-3 (page 3)
, you completed the
following element:
IV. Based on your review of primary and secondary sources, develop a research question related to the
historical event you selected. In other words, what would you like to know more about?

Please note that the numbering included above directly aligns with the numbering of these elements as they are presented in the Project 1 Guidelines and
Rubric. You will ultimately also need to describe primary sources that you could use to research your event as well as the audience and message for your
historical analysis essay, but you do not need to do so in this submission. You will be prompted to build upon this progress check submission to prepare your final
writing plan for submission in Week 4.

Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: The Writing Plan Progress Check 2 must be submitted as a one-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times
New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Follow the formatting of the example included in
Theme: Approaches to History, learning block 2-3 (page 3), and
include identifying information (name, course code and title, assignment title, name of university, and date) as well as section headings (topic, research question,
search terms and sources) as appropriate.

Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Historical Event Describes selected historical
event and its significance
Describes selected historical
event or its significance, but with
gaps in detail or clarity
Does not describe selected
historical event and its
significance
25
Secondary Sources Describes at least two relevant
and appropriate secondary
sources that could be used to
research historical event
Describes at least two secondary
sources that could be used to
research historical event, but with
gaps in appropriateness,
relevance, or detail
Does not describe at least two
secondary sources that could be
used to research historical event
25
Research Question Develops research question
related to selected historical
event, based on review of
secondary sources
Develops research question
related to selected historical
event, but question is not based
on review of secondary sources
Develops research question
related to selected historical
event
30
Articulation of Response Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact readability
and articulation of main ideas
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas
20
Total 100%

Sample Answers

Preliminary Writing Plan

For my historical event analysis, I have chosen to focus on Congressman John F. Fitzgerald of Boston, the son of Irish immigrants, and his opposition to an 1897 immigration bill which would have barred illiterate foreigners from entering the United States. According to contemporary observers, Fitzgerald’s opposition helped convince President Cleveland to veto the bill in one of his final official acts as President.

In examining Fitzgerald’s opposition to the immigration reform bill, I will try to recreate the political calculations that drove Fitzgerald to champion the idea of open immigration. Specifically, I will try to answer the following research question: How did John Fitzgerald’s political ambitions, and the interests of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts, affect his position on the 1897 immigration reform bill?

Why was this issue so important to Fitzgerald, who would go on to become mayor of Boston and a major figure in Massachusetts politics? Was he simply trying to make a political name for himself? How much of a factor was Fitzgerald’s personal distaste for Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Sr., the Republican sponsor of the immigration bill?

Search terms that I have used in my research so far include: FITZGERALD, John F.; LODGE, Henry Cabot; Emigration and immigration law; Massachusetts politics; 1897 immigration bill; and LODGE, Henry Cabot and CLEVELAND, Grover AND Immigration.

My analysis needs to take into account how this issue played out, both for Fitzgerald and for the nation, in the ensuing years. One valuable secondary source, then, is “Honey Fitz” Three Steps to the White House: the Colorful Life & Times of John F. (“Honey Fitz”) Fitzgerald, by John Henry Cutler (Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs Merrill, 1962). This book, the only full-length biography of Fitzgerald, traces Fitzgerald’s political career and contains several revealing anecdotes about Fitzgerald’s contentious relationship with Senator Lodge.

Another extremely valuable secondary source is The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga, by Doris Kearns Goodwin (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987). This book, the definitive history of the Fitzgerald family, places Fitzgerald’s career in broad historical context and relates his efforts to the development of the Irish-controlled Massachusetts Democratic Party.

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