Essay Assignment

Oct 28th, 2015
Price: $10 USD

Question description

Required Texts:

Module1. Sally G. McMillen, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement 
(NY:  Oxford University Press, 2008), ISBN:  978-0-19-539333-0

Module 2.  Jean V. Matthews, The Rise of the New Woman:  The Women's Movement, 1875-1930 (Chicago:
Ivan R. Dee, Publ., 2003), ISBN:  1-56663-501-2

Module 3.  Ruth Rosen, The World Split Open:  How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America (NY: 

Penguin Books, 2006). ISBN:  978-0-14-009719-1

Essay Assignment:

Expectations and parameters: 

Prepare a 2 (full page)-3 page, typed, double-spaced essay on one of the following questions based on Jean Matthews,

The New Woman as well as lectures, and the documents (from discussions) from section/module 2.

The essays must be in 12 point Times New Roman font, typed, double-spaced.  Do not skip extra lines between paragraphs, 1" margins, no right justification, and indent one tab each paragraph.  Standard essay format, introduction, with a thesis statement, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.  Written in the 3rd person (he, she, it).  Do not use 1st or 2nd person. 

Please use specific examples from the book and lectures (more than one) and the documents (more than one). Examples from the book should be drawn from throughout the book and not just one chapter.   Significant points will be deducted from any essay that does not use examples from all three.  Remember to cite page reference (book), and paragraph references for lectures and documents.  See below for proper citation.  Limit the use of quoted material to 1 per paragraph.  Do not use long quotes (more than 2 lines). No outside research.  This is a formal essay, so do not use slang or contractions.  Remember to introduce the sources used, and for first reference, use the author's full name. 

The essay should be saved as word documents (doc or docx).  Canvas will not allow you to upload in an alternative format.  Check your essay for grammar, word usage, spelling, proper name spelling, as well as for proper citation.  This is an essay, so it must be in proper essay format, with an introduction, thesis statement, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.  

Questions to be addressed in your Essay 2 Assignment:

What are the characteristics of the New Woman that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th century?  How do these characteristics relate to labor and the women's movement?  Did the New Woman change by the 1930s?  If so, how and why?  If not, how and why?


How was feminism defined at this time?  How does feminism relate to the New Woman and views of labor and suffrage and other women's rights issues?  Could all women's activities be considered feminist?  Why or why not? 

How to provide proper citation:  When you are writing an essay and using specific examples from the sources

you must introduce the source you are using, provide the paraphrased, summarized, or quoted material and then provide the page number from where that material is drawn at the end of the sentence in which it appears. It would look something like this:  For instance, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, concerned with achieving the vote for women, used the Declaration of Independence as the basis of the Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the Seneca Falls Convention (par. 2). Or something like this:  According to Jean Matthews, the new woman...  (p. 42).  In Dr. Beachley's lecture "Godey's Ladies Book", the magazine carefully articulated what was expected of American women in the antebellum period (par. 2). Constructing your examples this way ensures that the reader knows that it is a specific example and knows exactly from where that material is drawn. The sources used must be introduced in each paragraph. Proper citation must occur in all assignments for the class.

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