Primary Source Paper Instructions
The student will write a 3–5-page paper analyzing assigned primary sources on the size, scope, and power of the central government. The paper will focus on pertinent and assigned sections of Tocqueville. The student will use parenthetical citations as needed, and will provide a bibliography in proper current Turabian format. Tocqueville must be the only source. The paper must begin with the student’s name and the date in the upper right hand corner, followed by a space, and then the beginning of the paper itself. Do not include a title page.
In the body of the paper, the student must key in on what he/she believes are the 2–3 most important issues in the assigned excerpts of Tocqueville. These issues will generally fall under the aegis of the size/scope/power of the central government. The student must very briefly (in no more than 1.5 pages) overview Tocqueville’s content and ideas and then apply what he/she has learned about this era of American politics to his/her views. According to Tocqueville, what is the American conception of government? What is its role in the lives of citizens? Is his assessment is accurate? This is an academic paper, and the student must follow academic standards of writing. Furthermore, this is not a summary. The student is not simply restating what Tocqueville wrote. The student are breaking it down and assessing its strengths and weaknesses.
Submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 2.