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10/17/12 2:02 P

I think an interesting topic would be the internment of Japanese-Americans in concentration camps in the US during World War II, along with some other groups. If this sounds interesting, check to see if it's a broad enough topic for your paper.

For a really broad topic, "Treatment of ethnic minorities in the US since the Civil War," to include the Japanese Americans, African Americans, and native Americans who were allowed to open casinos to make money off gambling. . . .

How broad to go depends on how in depth you want your paper to be. Did the professor give some guidelines about that?

Edited by: SWIFTSEATURTLE at: 10/17/2012 (14:32)
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10/15/12 9:17 P

What are your current interests, hobbies, or career aspirations? With a name like Gearshift ... are you interested in cars? If so, you could do something about the rise (and fall ... and hopefully, rebirth) of the American auto industy. Or the rise of labor unions in the American workforce within the auto industry.

Are you interested in sports? There would great topics there on just about any sport you would choose to write about. How about music? There is lots to choose from there.

What are you ultimate career goals? Learning more about the history of key issues within your chosen profession might help you in your career later.

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10/15/12 8:49 P

Hi Gearshift

You could possibly write about the Jim Crow laws and segregation. That subject always facinated me. I also like the other poster that suggested the Underground Railroad.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,766
10/15/12 5:24 P

Great suggestions here. I think that would be an enjoyable assignment. Especially if you choose an area you are interested in. Let is know.

KRALLEN1 Posts: 257
10/15/12 3:21 P

I was a history major in college and I have always been fascinated by the underground railroad and just slavery in general. I am sure there is plenty of material for that subject.

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10/15/12 12:11 P

I understand. I just dont know why they skipped the incredible path to our nations birth. there are several books written in the words of the people that were there. I have a few comprised of letters sent home by members of the voluntary army.

I always read only books that are written in the real words of the people involved. I make every effort to stay away from books written by current authors as many are history reversonists. (spelling ??).

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10/15/12 11:52 A

FIRECOM, most colleges divide it up that way... they have "the beginning - 1877" then "1877 - current times". You can usually pick which one you want to take.

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10/15/12 11:41 A

I am surprised that 1877 was picked as the starting date. The most incredible periods of our country would be, in my opionion, the revolutionary war and the civil war.

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10/15/12 10:37 A

The topic I find most interesting is the inhumane way that native americans were treated

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10/15/12 9:55 A

facinating! Do tell us what you've decided!

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
10/15/12 8:25 A

I always thought that the families who had members on both sides of the civil war would be a fascinating topic--how they either mended or exploded after the war.

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10/15/12 12:26 A

If you wanted to write about our changing relationship to food which really is a fascinating topic as YOJULEZ suggested, start with
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

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10/14/12 11:11 P

I would probably write with something to do w/ the Westward expansion... perhaps the Oklahoma land rush of 1889 or something like that. Or, researching about how the automobile really changed our country, or how food has changed in our country w/ the invention of stuff like high fructose corn syrup. But, that sort of stuff interests me.

What kinds of things interest you? Usually you can find something in history that's interesting that correlates with what your modern interests are.

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10/14/12 10:46 P

Ooh, lots of good possibilities. Here are a few: I'd write on women in the Temperance Movement at the end of the 19th century. People think of Carrie Nation with her axe but there were a lot of women who favored temperance because they tied it to domestic violence, neglect of children, and other very timely social issues. Women's involvement in the Temperance Movement was often a stepping-stone for them to get involved with the suffrage movement (women's right to vote).

The other topic I'd choose is similar -- how the women's rights movement in the late 60s grew out of women's involvement with the civil rights movement, and how the women there were marginalized and denigrated by the men. While they were working to ensure equal access to rights for all, they themselves, ironically, didn't have those rights, so it was a huge consciousness-raising experience for many women. For example, Angela Davis famously asked Stokely Carmichael, "What's the position of women in the [Black Power] movement?" and he even more famously replied, "The only position for women is prone", which pretty much sums up how most men, regardless of race or ethnicity, treated women.

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10/14/12 9:54 P

Hi all!

So this semester I am taking an American History class that details basic happenings in the U.S. from 1877 to present. Well I've got to write a research paper for said class, and I'm really drawing a blank here. The only restriction is that it has to be on some part of U.S. History from 1877 to present (as you can see that's a very broad scope).

So, if you were doing this paper which topic would you choose?

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