You will prepare a six-part (1500-words minimum) biographical essay on a fictional character who turned 18 years old in 1910 and lived until 1950 or who turned 18 years old in 1960 and lived until 2010. (Instructors may choose or allow you to select anoth
Part I (200 words minimum): Utilizing your course readings and materials, introduce your character in two or three paragraphs. Provide historically- accurate and meaningful details regarding your characters name, date and place of birth, current place of residence, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, class, and other relevant personal detail and information. Each of these personal characteristics must be identified and explained. In addition, create an avatar (or some other artistic representation) of your character and explain why you chose the characteristics depicted.
Part II (500 words minimum): Analyze one of the major historic conflicts taking place in the time-period your character is living through (such as the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam War, Cold War, etc.) and is having a direct impact on the life of your character. Explain the historic antecedents or causes of such events. Be sure to identify the major historical figures and organizations that are associated with this event and the specific role(s) each played. Be sure to identify precise historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces that shaped the event or conflict you are describing. Last, explain how this historical event or conflict affected or, perhaps, divided, Americans living in this era.
Part III (200 words minimum): Find and analyze one primary source document directly related to the historical event or conflict you described in Part II. Explain the historical issue or issues raised in the primary source document. In other words, what does the document tell us and what insights does it shed on the historical event you discussed in Part II? In your review of this primary source, explain the view or perspective of the author of the document. What is the overall purpose of the document? Last, provide at least three examples or quotes from your document that help you understand the perspective of the person(s) who produced it. Last, consider how the issues raised in the primary-source document you analyzed would have reinforced or challenged your characters worldview, ethical values, and/or historical perspective. Would your character agree or disagree with the view or perspective expressed by this document? Be sure you properly cite the source you use.
Part IV (200 words minimum): Identify one major historically relevant ethical dilemma or moral choice that your character is struggling with in regards to this historical conflict. What personal or unique impact is this historical event having on your character? Be sure to explain how this ethical issue relates to this historical event and how the event is directly affecting your character (i.e., impacting his or her everyday experiences and/or challenging your characters world and ethical view(s)).
Part V (200 words minimum): Explain how your character has decided to respond to the ethical dilemma at hand and why he or she responded in the way you identified. Explain how your characters cultural background and historical setting (i.e. the historical, social, political, economic, cultural and global forces), and the broader conceptions of ethical behavior embedded within, shaped your characters response. Consider at least one of the following: (1) your characters conception(s) of civic responsibility; (2) your characters understanding of the importance and role of the democratic process; (3) your characters respect for social justice, fairness, and difference; (4) your characters experiences with prejudice, racial or gender discrimination, and/or economic and social marginalization.
Part VI (200 words minimum): Last, explain how your characters understanding of self and his or her related personal values influenced their response to the ethical dilemma faced and/or was altered by the historical events of the era he or she experienced.
Your paper must draw from and cite a minimum of 1 secondary and 1 primary source document.* Individual instructors may elect to require specific or additional sources.