Department of History
HIST 350 : 017; 018; 019; 020
Assignment and Book Review Completion Guidelines
Of what significance was the “Tran-Atlantic Moment” in the making of the Atlantic African Diaspora
between the 15th and the 19th centuries? What efforts and with what challenges have been made by
African descendants of this African Diaspora to reconnect with their ancestral homeland since the 19th
century? (40 points).
2) Due Date: Monday March 13, 2017. Completed hard copies of papers shall be submitted in class
during respective class periods. No paper shall be accepted after the due date and time. No emailing of
3) Writing Style: Only the Chicago Manual Style of writing should be used throughout the paper
including footnotes and bibliography. You must use Footnotes Citation as No MLA and/or APA
writing styles shall be accepted. Example of footnote citation:
Euro-Americans are often quick to trivialize and justify America’s role in the enslavement of Africans on
the grounds that enslavement had been an old practice and was not uniquely practiced by Europeans in
This citation is for a published book. To cite a published article, you put the author’s name followed by a
period (Womai Song.) followed by the title of the article in quotation marks ( “Cameroon in the TransAtlantic Slave Trade.”) the name of the journal ( Journal of African Studies.) Vol. 6, no. 20 (2006), p. 35.
4) Organization: The paper should include a cover page, the main text, and a reference page.
i) Cover Page: This page should include from top to bottom the following information: Course number
and title, Student’s name, student’s ID number, Question (s), Course Instructor’ name, Semester, and
ii) Main text: This is an essay assignment and must be typed in doubled spacing. This part of the paper
Joy DeGruy. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of enduring injury and healing. (Portland: Joy
DeGruy Publications Inc., 2005), p. 46.
An engaging introduction that grabs/captivates the reader’s attention and clearly identifies and
puts into perspective the major requirements/points of the question.
A body that clearly, thoroughly, and insightfully addresses all aspects of the assignment.
Paragraphs must be introduced by solid topic sentences and developed by providing sufficient
evidence and sources to support the topic sentences and/or main point of each paragraph. There
should be smooth and effective transitions (using transition words and/or sentences) that link
sentence to sentence, point to point, paragraph to paragraph, and one part of the paper to another.
Each section or sub-section of the question must have at least four substantively developed
supporting paragraphs. Do not plagiarize as the paper shall be thoroughly checked for this
academic misconduct during grading.
A conclusion that ties together the arguments, main points, and sections of the entire paper. It also
gives you an opportunity to make personal judgments if need be.
iii) References: This page includes the sources consulted and effectively used in writing the paper. .
Use only the Chicago style in documenting your references (footnotes and bibliography).
Names in the references (Bibliography) should be arranged in alphabetical order.
5) Mechanics: Check your paper for vocabulary consistent with course content; correct spellings,
punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure; appropriate formatting; run-on sentence (s); date
accuracy; variety of sentence styles and length; and writing style.
6) Sources: Some of the relevant books for the assignment include our main text, books under
Suggested Readings in your syllabus, and in the libraries. You may also get published articles from
the Jstor website. Documentaries may also be consulted for a deeper insight and varied perspectives
on the subject of the question. Your footnotes and reference page must reflect usage of at least four
published books and four published articles.
Students are expected to read, prepare, type, and submit a book report on one of the following books:
Rodney Walter, The Groundings With My Brothers (London: Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications, 1969).
White G. Deborah, Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South ( London: W.W. Norton &
France W. Twine, Racism in a Racial Democracy: The Maintenance of White Supremacy in Brazil (New
Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1998)
Angelou Maya, All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes (New York: Random House, 1986)
The book report must be double spaced typed in 4 pages not counting the cover page. It should include
amongst other parts:
A brief biography of the author
Its Historical Context
Its scope and limitations
A summary of its chapters
Analytical strengths and weaknesses
Its relevance to the course
A clear introduction and conclusion
NB: Copies of these books were presented during our first class of the semester. Students who
still need to have a look at them to make a choice can stop by my office during office hours.
These books are not sold in the bookstore and it is the student’s responsibility to get a copy of
his/her chosen book from the library, Amazon, etc.
1)Due Date: In class on Monday April 10, 2017. Hard copies shall be submitted during the class period.
Remember that no paper shall be accepted after the due date and time.
2) Format: Double spaced typed in four pages minus the cover page
3) Structure: The main text should include:
i) An Introduction: This should identify the author (with a footnote that briefly summarizes his/her
academic qualifications and experiences), the book title, its objectives/problem/arguments, its scope
and limitation, type of publication, historical context, its structure, the issue, etc.
ii) A Body: This part should include chapter summaries, its analytical strengths and weaknesses, its
relevance to the course, etc
iii) A Conclusion that ties the paper together and states the reasons why you chose the book and why
you will or will not recommend this book for others to read.
Nota Bane: See your syllabus for other specific requirements for this part of the course assessment.
Apply the same writing style, mechanics, and organization as spelled out for your assignment above.
Also attached are writing samples and book reviews for guidance purpose only
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