Guidelines and Instructions for essay to satisfy the required Social Responsibility core objective assessment required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Goal of the Paper:
The paper’s goal is to demonstrate your ability to observe and understand the characteristics of multiple communities and/ or cultures in the context of historical and societal change.
America in the twentieth century experienced an abundance of social movements; a collective of communities and cultures of groups or people with similar backgrounds, beliefs, views or interests, seeking some kind of change, innovation, or some previous condition to be restored. Using George B. Tindall and David E. Shi’s America: A Narrative History, write a 3 to 5 page double spaced essay analyzing one of the following: the Women’s movement of the l920’s, the Civil Rights Movement of the l950’s and 60’s, or the Anti-Vietnam War movement of the l960’s.
In discussing one of these movements the following should be observed and demonstrated:
a. An understanding of the characteristics of the communities and groups that constituted the movement. This includes an articulation of the group or groups’ beliefs, traditions or needs.
b. The ideology, tactics, and goals or changes sought by the specific social movement.
c. An appreciation of the historian’s understanding that history is “messy and often not neat” by contrasting the movement with those who either opposed the changes or believed such changes were inconsistent with their religious, social, historical or other beliefs.
A typed hard copy of the essay must be turned in to the Teaching Assistant you are assigned to on May 4th, the last day of class. In addition, the papers of four students will be randomly selected to be reviewed by a committee of University of Houston faculty.