Cuban Missile Crisis

Prompt: Pretend you are a film producer and plan a historical documentary based on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Your film treatment should be based on at three sources on the subject; these could be either books or articles, etc.

Paper should include the following:

1. Give a title to your film on your title page (which also does not count towards your total pages—please do NOT number your title page). Your title page also will include your name as well.

2. An introduction that includes the main thesis of your film; the historical event (including the years) and its key characters. Answer the “who, what, when, why, and where” of your film. Your introduction should be 1 paragraph.

3. The body of your paper will present your film divided into three acts: Act 1 sets the scene and the main issues at play. This is the set-up, or the introduction to the historical event. For example, what were the events that led to the Cuban Missile crisis in the United States and Cuba? Act 2 discusses the actual historical event itself. What occurred during the crisis? Act 3 resolves the movie. For example, what happened at the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis?

4. Your paper should have a conclusion (1 or 2 paragraphs) that analyzes the potential and limitations of using film to interpret history. What were the strengths and the shortcomings when trying to communicate the crucial historical concepts? Is anything lost/gained?

5. Include a bibliography that lists your sources with full publication dates on a final page (which does not count towards your total pages).

6.Paper should be 5 pages long, double-spaced, 12 point type, with one inch margins. When you quote or paraphrase any publications, properly cite the material. Either with a foot- or endnote or with an in-text citation.


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