Monograph Paper About How Americans Lived through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression

This is NOT traditional research papers so you only need to read the monograph and answer my questions below in an essay format.  My goal is to have you analyze and give me your personal views on the monograph.   You need to write a typed, three-page or longer, double-spaced paper on the assigned monograph, based on the instructions below.  You must use the MLA style explained in the Course Introduction folder. No late papers will be accepted except in extraordinary circumstances with written documentation.

 DO NOT PLAGIARIZE YOUR PAPER; DOING SO WILL RESULT IN AN F. There is no reason to plagiarize. I understand that you are just starting your college education so I dont expect a paper written by a professional historian.  I suggest that you start reading the monograph and take notes to answer the questions as you go along.   I scan all the papers through software that finds material copied from the internet and, unfortunately, every semester I find students who simply copied from internet sources. 

As regards length of the paper, I would much rather receive a well-reasoned and written three-page paper than a rambling 10 page paper.   Please remember what British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once wrote at the very end of a 12 page detailed letter to one of his senior generals during World War II:  Sorry this letter is so long, but I didnt have time to write a shorter one.”

The most important step is organizing your thoughts before you actually start writing the paper. All grammar and spelling must be correct; please review the paper carefully before turning it.  The paper must conform to the MLA guidelines.  A poorly written paper will be marked down at least one letter grade.  You need to discuss all the questions below  in your paper but please do so in a cohesive manner so the paper is not merely a listing of responses to the questions.  Your paper does not necessarily have to discuss these questions in the same order as shown below, but most students do so.  I suggest you consider writing a separate paragraph for each question and the, after finishing, considering combining some short paragraphs if it makes sense.    You are encouraged to provide any additional insights on the monograph that you think are relevant, but no additional research is required.

       One to two paragraph brief summary of the book. Don’t summarize every chapter!

       Who is the author and what is his or her background?

       Does the author have any particular ideological viewpoint that he or she is trying to advance or do you consider the author to have been neutral and presented both sides of controversial issues? (You will find asking this same question will help you in other courses and your future career.)

       What do you think of the authors title? Would you have used a different title?

       Do you believe the author accurately described the social history of the decades of the 1920s and the 1930s? What, if anything, might be excluded or added? 

       When was this book written? Does the author reflect the views (biases) of the time when the book was written?  Why or why not? 

       What did you find most interesting in the book? Least interesting?

       What did you find most significant about automobiles (chapter 2)?

       We all take electricity for granted now but it was a truly revolutionary development for most people in the 1920s and 1930s. What aspect of that did you find most significant in chapter 3?

       The widespread use of radio had a dramatic impact on peoples lives (chapter 4). What aspect do you think was most important?

       What would you consider the most important impact of the introduction of the cinema(chapter 5)?

       Chapter 11 discusses the expanded role of the government in the 1930s. What aspects of that do you think were most beneficial?  What aspects were least beneficial? 

       Do you think the author makes the material interesting, understandable and relevant to the general public? Why or why not?

       If you were the editor in the publishing company, what changes, if any, would you make to the authors draft?

       Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

       Did the book increase your interest in a particular issue that you would like to learn more about?

       Do you think it is worthwhile to study social history?

       Would you recommend that I continue to use this book in this course with future students? Would you have preferred to read a book on another subject covered by this course (military history, economics, etc.)?





MONOGRAPH (A monograph is any non-fiction book on a single subject): David E. Kyvig, Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940:  How Americans Lived through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression (Available from HCC bookstore, online vendors, including Amazon, in both print and digital format such as Kindle. The used versions are very inexpensive.)  Any edition is fine.  REQUIRED

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