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Through this assignment, students will demonstrate their ability do all of the following:
Analyze a collection of historical primary sources by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
Evaluate the arguments made by these two historical figures.
Create a college-level essay which presents a strong thesis, a reasonable argument, and valid evidence.
“Develop analytical skills by evaluating key historical decisions, testing hypothesis, and choosing among contending viewpoints,” “Develop communication skills through writing exercises and discussion of critical historical events,” and “Act as better informed citizens and knowledgeable voters through the study of U.S. political traditions and concepts of citizenship.”
First, please open and read the following documents by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X
Loving Your Enemies: A Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (1957) (https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/loving-your-enemies-sermon-delivered-dexter-avenue-baptist-church) Interview with reporter Eleanor Fischer (1961) (https://www.wnyc.org/story/87636-remembering-malcolm-x-rare-interviews-and-audio/)
Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963) (https://www.csuchico.edu/iege/_assets/documents/susi-letter-from-birmingham-jail.pdf) Message to the Grass Roots (1963) (https://www.csun.edu/~hcpas003/grassroots.html)
Nobel Lecture: The Quest for Peace and Justice (1964) (https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1964/king/lecture/)
The Ballot or the Bullet (1964) (https://teachingamericanhistory.org/document/the-ballot-or-the-bullet/)
Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (1967) (https://www2.hawaii.edu/~freeman/courses/phil100/17.%20MLK%20Beyond%20Vietnam.pdf) At the Audubon Ballroom (1964) (https://teachingamericanhistory.org/document/at-the-audubon/)
The Other America (1968) (https://www.gphistorical.org/mlk/mlkspeech/mlk-gp-speech.pdf) Not Just an American Problem, but a World Problem (1965) (https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/maai3/community/text10/malcolmxworldproblem.pdf)
Next, once you have read the above documents, prepare an essay which uses these documents to compare and/or contrast (Links to an external site.) Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. To earn full credit, your paper must be well-written, it must be at least 1500-words in length, and it must deliver a clear and focused essay which compares and/or contrasts these men and gives your assessment of both. develop your own thesis and your own argument, using the evidence provided above.
Citations are required for this assignment. You are free to use any of the major citation styles – MLA, APA, or Turabian/Chicago – but you must provide citations for all evidence & sources used in this paper.
No outside research is needed to complete this assignment.
This assignment is worth 400 course points, and will be graded as follows:
I.) Composition (100 course points possible)
Some issues to be considered: Is this a good example of college-level writing? Are all sources properly cited using one of the major citation styles? Has the assignment been edited and proofread?
Exceptional work = 100 to 90 course points awarded
Good work = 89 to 70 points awarded
Poor work = 69 to 50 points awarded
Incomplete / No work = 49 to 0 points awarded
II.) Comparison / Contrast (300 course points possible)
Some issues to be considered: Does this paper give a clear and focused essay which compares and/or contrasts Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X? Does it have a clear thesis, supported by a well-reasoned argument, and backed with valid evidence? Does it follow all of the instructions and requirements given above?
Exceptional work = 300 to 270 course points awarded
Good work = 269 to 210 points awarded
Poor work = 209 to 150 points awarded
Incomplete / No work = 149 to 0 points awarded
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