History 1493: Fall 2019
One of the goals of this course is to teach you how to assess historical documents critically and to write a sophisticated research paper. We will provide you a wealth of information, including on-line tutorials, to help you become a proficient researcher and writer. Good writing is the most transferable of all the skills you will learn at OU. No matter what field of study you pursue, no matter what career you choose to follow, the ability to write well will serve you extraordinarily well.
You will write two papers in this class. The first is based on documents from an on-line collection, “Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center.” The website can be found at: carlisleindian.dickinson.edu . The paper, worth 100 points, will be roughly 1,000 words in length and is due in discussion section on September 25, 26, or 27, depending on the day of your section. Some discussion leaders may want both a hard copy and an electronic copy; some may want only an electronic copy.
Your discussion leader will describe exactly how to find the documents, but it is not particularly difficult to do so. Bring up the website. Once there, click on “Publications” on the left side of the screen and then, in “Browse Publications,” use the drop down menus to fill out the dialog boxes as I have done so below and hit Apply. This search will generate 20 records—i.e. 20 different editions of this publication.
The assignment will be as follows. Choose any five editions of Eadle Keatah Toh and, using the documents therein, describe how the Carlisle school intends to “civilize” Native American children.