the women’s suffrage movement/women’s rights

The goal of this final paper is to analyze a particular topic of your choice from the 1970s-1980s and chart its development over time. For example, if you chose women’s rights to look at, then your essay would spend time discussing how that issue manifested in the 1970s-1980s and then examine its earlier origins, occurrences, or relevant trends from the past — such as the women’s suffrage movement.

Your paper must be able to address how concerns around your chosen topic changed over time — what were people thinking about during the 1970s and 1980s? How did those ideas compare/contrast with past thoughts or discussion on that topic? Which groups of people were involved? How does understanding what has changed over the years help to better appreciate your topic?

Your essay must incorporate relevant primary sources from the time periods that you are going to be looking at. If you successfully completed the “1970s-1980s Primary Source Selection” assignment, then you are off to a good start. If you did NOT identify any primary sources in that assignment, then you still need to think about documents or media that you can incorporate.

Requirements checklist (Failure to meet any of these will result in point deductions):

  1. Follow directions
  2. Must be a minimum of 5 pages (1,500 words)
  3. Have a clear argument/topic
  4. Include appropriate historical context
  5. Incorporate at least 2-3 primary sources for the 1970s-1980s, and at least one primary source for prior historical periods
  6. Proofread your essay
  7. Adhere to consistent formatting requirements: e.g., MLA/APA
  8. Include proper works cited page (does not count as a part of the page total)

IMPORTANT NOTE:This paper will be automatically checked for plagiarism by If you are found to be have plagiarized, you will automatically fail the assignment. Considering the weight of this assignment, that could result in a failing grade for the course. If you are uncertain whether you are plagiarizing, then you need to contact me before submitting the paper.


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