North Lake College American Value of Equality of Opportunity Thesis Paper

How does Wright learn to navigate the world of white supremacy and what does that say about the American value of equality of opportunity?

This is an argumentative paper.It is essential that you provide a thesis statement (argument).In writing this paper you are required to engage readings from Black Boy, SFA, as well as lecture materials.It is expected that you will prove proficiency in the course materials and demonstrate the ability to synthesize and analyze these materials in support of your thesis.


  • DO NOT PLAGIARIZE.Please refer to our policy statement on the syllabus concerning academic dishonesty.It is guaranteed that if you plagiarize at the very least you will fail the paper.
  • Papers should use the MLA format for citations (see below).
  • Papers should provide a works cited page at the end of the paper.
  • This paper is to be 2-3 pages in length. Two FULL pages minimum.
  • Use a 12-point font.Make sure there is a one-inch margin on each side.Double space the text and number your pages.
  • You must have a cover page.On this cover page, in the upper left-hand side and single spaced, put your name, section number, Paper 2, and date the paper is due.Your name or other identifying information should NOT appear anywhere else on your paper.
  • Your thesis should appear in bold.
  • All sources must come from the materials covered in the class – so no outside sources.
  • Do not use personal pronouns (I, me, you, etc.).Do not use contractions (don’t, can’t, won’t, etc.).
  • If you fail to follow the above formatting, you will be deducted 2.5 points on the final grade.
  • For every day a paper is late, 2.5 points will be deducted from the final grade of your paper.

Issues to Consider:

  • Plessey v. Ferguson (1896)
  • Booker T. Washington
  • WEB DuBois
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Niagara Movement
  • 1919 Race Riots
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Scottsboro “boys”
  • Mary McCleod-Bethune
  • “Double V” Campaign
  • Executive Order 8802
  • Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
  • “Little Rock Nine”
  • Emmett Till
  • Clark “Doll Experiment”
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Martin Luther King, Jr./SCLC
  • Sit-in
  • Dianne Nash

Lectures to Consider:

  • “The Segmented Society”
  • “Progressivism”
  • “The Legacy of World War I
  • “From Boom to Bust”
  • “Making a New Deal”
  • “And Then Came the War”
  • “The Arsenal of Democracy”
  • “Cold War America”
  • “The Rebirth of Civil Rights”
  • “The Other America”

SFA Readings to Consider:

  • Washington, Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition Speech, p. 451.
  • The Southern Mercury, “The Colored Brother,” p. 494.
  • WEB DuBois, The Talented Tenth, p. 501.
  • The Liberator, “Tulsa,” November 9, 1918, p. 544.
  • Langston Hughes, Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain, p. 560.
  • LULAC News, “Editorial” (1945), p. 601.
  • Lillian Smith, Killers of the Dream, p. 673.
  • Declaration of Constitutional Principles (1956), p. 675.
  • Fannie Lou Hamer, “Testimony Before the Credentials Committee,” p. 677.