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Book Review “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?”

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“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?”

Review “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” (Links to an external site.) from “Hamilton.” Reflect on how individual stories enter the historical record and how historians use these to reconstruct a useable past for the present generations. The objective of this capstone assessment is to evaluate your mastery of the course learning outcomes. You must demonstrate mastery of five core competencies in a five page (1250 word) essay.

Demonstrate Competency in Five Core Areas
Criteria for evaluation is based on the American Historical Association: Core Competencies.

Your grade in this assignment will be based on how well your essay demonstrates mastery of each of the five core competencies listed below.

Engage in historical inquiry, research, and analysis.
Read Bebe and Senkewicz, Testimonios
Analyze the primary sources through the lens of one of the major themes of this course:
Lived experiences of indigenous peoples
European colonialism
Social and political revolutions
Origins of the American political system
The interplay of capitalism and slavery
Religious awakenings
Consequences of territorial expansion.
With written consent of the instructor, you may also develop your own analytical frame based on the course content.
Identify a minimum of 3 individual case studies from Testimonios which illustrate how these larger historical forces shaped California’s early history.

Craft historical narrative and argument.
Develop a focused thesis that argues WHY these three case studies illustrate larger historical forces at work in California’s early history. Place your thesis in bold text near the end of your introductory paragraph.
The topic sentences of your body paragraphs should frame the subject of a particular paragraph and advance part of your larger thesis.
Weave multiple primary sources into a coherent story with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Your narrative should show change over time.

Practice historical empathy.
Place the human subjects in their proper historical context and on their own terms.
Resist anachronistic value judgements and biases.
Recognize that all historical actors are somebody’s ancestors and show the same respect for your subjects that you would want somebody to show when writing about your own family’s story.

Understand the complex nature of the historical record.
Explain how and why these Testimonios entered into the historical documentary record.
Recognize the value of conflicting narratives and evidence.
Distinguish between primary and secondary materials and decide when to use each.
Choose among multiple tools, methods, and perspectives to investigate and interpret materials from the past.

Adhere to the best practices described in the Course Writing Guide
Write a highly polished, professional quality essay that rigorously adheres to standards from the Course Writing Guide.

Strategies for Academic Succes
Read the primary sources carefully, taking detailed notes on compelling narratives.
Review Podcasts of previous lectures in order to provide larger historical context for the individual Testimonios.
Write a rough draft early, giving yourself ample time to make revisions.
Gather feedback from your Working Groups and come to class every day ready to refine and workshop your draft.
Use all available resources in the Student Academic Success Center (Links to an external site.)
Turn your draft in early. Late assignments will not be accepted–NO EXCEPTIONS.
Rely on your network of peers for feedback, the instructor and TA will not review drafts for your capstone.

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