Analytical Essay Assignment
BOOK: Willmoore Kendall and George W. Carey. The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1995 . ISBN 0813208262.
ANALYZE CHAPTERS 1-5
17FAB Topic: In roughly 1,500 words, summarize and critique the principal arguments of chapters 1-5 of Kendall and Carey’s Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition. In your critique, give what you consider the strongest and weakest features of their arguments, and comment on: (1) the relation of early documents of settlement such as the Mayflower Compact on the American tradition as that tradition unfolded through the eighteenth century; and (2) what the authors refer to as the Lincolnian “heresy” and the Progressive distortion of the original American tradition. Content: You may of course reiterate some of the ideas from relevant discussion (Discussion Board postings in the online section), but the form and style of this essay should be those of a proper graduate paper (see below). You may exploit comments found in the Week 1: Notes on Blackboard. No outside research is required for this analytical essay, but if you choose to supplement your work with references to other scholarship, you may only cite reputable published books and journal articles. Normally, this excludes internet sites (except when a journal article or book excerpt is copied on to a website, from an original publication elsewhere in print; also, note that in some subjects reputable e-journals are now available in digital form only). You may cite journal articles accessed online through the JSTOR service available to all registered Regent University students through the Library website’s databases. (JSTOR is a storage service holding facsimiles of published peer-reviewed print journal articles that have been scanned and are accessible online; they are not internet journals or so-called “e-journals.”) When citing an article obtained through JSTOR, you may cite the journal from which it came just as though you had pulled it from the shelf in a physical library, without adding JSTOR’s web address or the date you accessed the article. Citations / References: The preferred citation method is found in Kate L. Turabian et al., A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 7th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007) or prior editions. This guide is accessible in print in various editions, or in an abridged form online through a link in the Regent University Library web site. (Joint GOV-LAW students may use the legal “blue book” method, so long as all citations in the paper are consistent and full documentation is provided -- i.e., the source of the information, including author, title, publisher, date of publication, and page numbers.) Formatting your document: Format using Microsoft Word. Use 1.5-line-spacing, using either Arial or Times New Roman font (size 12) and one-inch margins. (As an example, this document employs 1.5-line-spacing and Arial font.) Skip (do not include) a cover page (unnecessary in this digital age; but still used when submitting original articles for journal publication). Include page numbers, and otherwise format the paper according to the common rules for a research paper (not thesis or dissertation)(i.e., omit a table of contents, etc.). On the front page, at the top, center a title and beneath the title center your name. With the above formatting, the length of text will be approximately two  pages; inclusion of references may push the total length to 3 pages. (This document has 710 words.) Do not include graphics in the paper. You may use either footnotes or endnotes (titled as References); do not include a separate bibliography (defined as a list of relevant literature but not necessarily utilized)..
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