Overview of assignment
This guide contains links to digital resources for the "History in My Lifetime" paper for Mr. Simons' class.
Remember you are writing an Informational paper of 3-5 pages, MLA format, that requires at least 3 sources (non-textbook, non-encyclopedic) cited and used.
It should answer the essential question "WHY is my event/topic/subject important" with a thesis. In addition it should answer the questions: "WHAT is the topic/subject/event?", "WHAT are the main events that took place related to your subject?", and "WHO were the main people involved with your subject?"
Link to assignment
POSSIBLE TOPICS – HISTORY IN MY LIFETIME
(The following is a list of topics you may want to consider. These by no means exhaust the possibilities. Feel free to choose any topic of your choice from the required time period. )
The Clinton Presidency
The Clinton impeachment
Economic prosperity of the 90’s
The .com boom and bust
U.S. role in the Balkans War
The U.S.S. Cole attack
The Oklahoma City bombing
U.S. anti-terrorism actions
The Columbine high school shootings (there are, unfortunately, a number of other shootings you could also research)
O.J. Simpson case and controversy
The 9/11 attacks
The War in Afghanistan overall, or various aspects of it
The War in Iraq overall, or various aspects of it
The Election of 2000: Bush vs. Gore
The George W. Bush Presidency
Hurricane Katrina and related events
The Great Recession & related topics
The Election of 2008: Obama vs. McCain
Obama economic policies, re. the Great Recession: the auto bailout, stimulus package, etc.
The Killing of Osama bin Laden
The Election of 2012: Obama vs. Romney
The impact of Citizens United on the U.S. political system
The Election of 2016: Trump vs. Clinton (this is obviously really recent, but there is enough written about it so that you could write a paper about it.
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