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Introduction to your topic and should have a strong thesis statement about your topic. A useful way to think about a thesis is: In this paper I’m going to argue XYZ, I’m going to use the following evidence to make my case which will demonstrate that all previous analysis on this issue has been wrong.

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And if you cite directly from someone else’s work or if you are summarizing an idea that is not your own work, don’t forget to include a footnote.[1]

If you are going to utilize a quote that is more than four sentences in length then single space and “justify” the margins and precede the block quote with a colon. For example:

It remains true, however, that medieval Europe was a “persecuting society,” increasingly, not only of Jews, but also of lepers and anyone whose beliefs or behavior smacked of heresy or deviance at a time when religious and moral conformity were being demanded more insistently than ever before. It stands to reason that such a drive for uniformity and homogeneity would engender resistance to cultural pluralism and provide fertile soil for ethnic tolerance.[2]

When you resume, unless you are starting an entirely new thought, which is not usually the case, there is no need to indent.

The goal of this paper is to conduct secondary (not primary) source research and determine what scholars are saying about your topic of choice.  However, if primary source materials such as newspapers and magazines help your argument then by all means use them. Analyze the arguments and then make your own.  You may agree, disagree or argue from a completely different perspective.  The goal is that you engage with the existing scholarship to make your case. You should avoid to the best of your ability phrases like “I believe” or “I feel,” as these tend to rely more on emotions than they do scholarship.


Select Bibliography

Anderson, Benedict.  Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of

            Nationalism. New York: Verso Press, 2006.

Anderson, Kevin B. Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western

Societies. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010.

Barkan, Elazar. The Retreat of Scientific Racism: Changing Concepts of Race in Britain and the

United States between the two World Wars. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.


Curtis, L. Perry, Apes and Angels: The Irishman in Victorian Caricature. Washington D.C.:

Smithsonian Institution Press, 1971.

Dugger, Julie M. “Black Ireland’s Race: Thomas Carlyle and the Young Ireland Movement.”

Victorian Studies 48, no. 3 (Spring 2006): 461-485.

Engels, Friedrich, The Condition of the Working Class in England. New York: Oxford

University Press. 1993.

Fredrickson, George M. Racism: A Short History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.

Foster, R.F., Modern Ireland 1600-1972. New York: Penguin Books, 1989.

Garner, Steve. Racism in the Irish Experience. Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 2004.

Hickman, Mary J. and Bronwen Walter. “Deconstructing Whiteness: Irish Women in Britain.”

Feminist Review no. 50 The Irish Issue: The British Question (Summer 1995): 5-19.

Kinealy, Christine, A Death Dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland. London: Pluto Press,


Kinealy, Christine. This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52. Boulder, CO: Roberts

Rinehart Publishers, 1995.

Lebow, Richard Ned, White Britain and Black Ireland: The Influences of Stereotypes on

Colonial Policy. Philadelphia: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1976.

Lengel, Edward G., The Irish Through British Eyes: Perceptions of Ireland in the Famine Era.

Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 2002.

Lloyd, David. “The Indigent and the Sublime: Specters of the Irish Hunger.” Representations

            92, no. 1 (Fall 2005): 152-185.


Peatling, G.K. “The Whiteness of Ireland Under and After the Union.” Journal of British Studies

44, no. 1 (January 2005): 115-133.

[1] Smith, Adam Wealth of Nation (New York: Penguin Publishing, 1985): 42.

[2] George M. Fredrickson, Racism: A Short History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002): 25.

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