This paper is ¬analytical, not descriptive. Therefore, do not give a lengthy account of the crime or the trial (not more than a paragraph). Instead, make answer this main question: How did the crime reflect the notion of what was criminal in that period and how did it reflect social change at that time in US history? You will want to give a brief overview of the trial or crime (depending on your focus, and again not more than a paragraph), but most of your paper will be analysis and contextualization of the primary source in the secondary sources.
In thinking about the main question, bear in mind these smaller questions: How did this crime connect to larger society and other events at that time? Was this an isolated incident or connected to larger events? What sectors of society did it involve? How was the crime either exemplar or peculiar to the changes in understandings of what was criminal and what was legal at the time?
You must have a thesis statement in your introduction paragraph (a single sentence that sums up the main argument/point of your paper and provides an answer to your main research question. Do NOT rephrase the question; rather give the answer!) Each paragraph must start with an analytic topic sentence that connects back to and supports your thesis. See the grading rubric for a more thorough understanding of how the paper will be graded.
HIS 320 – Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography is a bibliography of the sources you intend to use to complete your paper with additional information (annotations) following each source. Your assignment must contain 3 scholarly secondary sources (academic journal articles and/or books). A secondary source is a source that has been written recently but is about the time period of your trial. An example would be an article written in 2004 titled “Abortion during the Progressive Era”. If the source was written during or around the time of your trial than it is a primary source and may not be used. Your source must also be scholarly, meaning from a peer reviewed journal or published by a university press. You may NOT use any articles from periodicals or newspapers. I recommend using JSTOR, but you may also use CUNY+, and EBSCO Host searches. You should use your trial themes and time period to begin your search. If you need assistance in using the John Jay Library electronic databases, I recommend contacting a reference librarian.
For each source you locate to help you contextualize your trial, you must give the bibliographic citation and a brief annotation. The annotation should contain the following information:
• A brief overview of the source.
• An argument summary (thesis) of the source.
• How the source will assist you with your research question.
• Two relevant quotes or paraphrases which will assist you in contextualizing your trial.
This assignment will serve as a reference for you as you begin to build your research paper’s thesis statement and paper outline for your draft.
• Length: 2-3 sources total. Entries should be anywhere between 200 to 250 words for each source, not including the quotes.
• Format: 12 pt. Each source is single-spaced, with a double-space between each source. The sources should be alphabetized according to author’s last name.
• Citation Style: The citations must be in Chicago format in the following manner. See examples:
For a journal article:
In your bibliography: Weinstein, Joshua I. “The Market in Plato’s Republic.” Classical Philology 104 (2009): 439–58.
In text: Plato understood the market to be controlled by people (Weinstein, 452–53).
For a book:
In your bibliography: Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.
In text: The modern Western diet includes too much meat (Pollan, 3).