What: Persuasive Critical Analysis Research Paper < <Length: 1500 words
What: Persuasive Critical Analysis Research Paper <
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Length: 1500 words <
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Required Readings: Based on the writings of Reginald Horsman (Anglo Saxons and Mexicans), Mario Barrera (19th-century colonial labor system), and three outside sources of your choice. Feel free to research the internet for your outside sources, they may be news articles, academic journals, or chapters in a book. Please use MLA parameters for proper citations. <
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Due: March 17th, 11:59 pm--no exception! <
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If you anticipate any issues, please submit this assignment earlier. All papers must be uploaded via Canvas and I will not accept any emailed papers or downloads from the "cloud." Please do not "share your paper via Google." It is your responsibility to upload your final paper through Canvas. <
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Worth: +100 points (Students who fail to submit this assignment will not pass this course indifferent of your current class standing) <
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Objective: To write an academically sound persuasive critical analysis research paper based on Reginald Horsman, Mario Barrera, and three selected outside sources of your choice on the following theme: Should we compensate Mexican Americans today for past injustices? <
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Internal Colonialism: <
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Established institutions (educational, political, social, religious, etc.) developed by the predominant group in order to "control" people. Slavery and voting requirements (property ownership, gender, literacy test, etc.) are two examples of internal colonialism used by the state/government to "control" people. Mario Barrera discusses 19th-century policies negatively impact Mexican-Americas. <
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Compensatory Justice <
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Processes by which people that have been treated "unfairly" must be compensated to ensure justice. Past historical "injustices" may be "compensated" today. <
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Should we compensate Mexican Americans today for past injustices? <
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The objective for this assignment is for students to reflect on the concept of “internal colonialism” and “compensatory justice” within the context of the Mexican American historical experience, Horsman and Barrera, and your selected three outside sources. Once you read, reflect, and review the required readings and your outside sources, then please write a 1500-word essay on the following: <
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In light of the historical fact that Mexican Americans can be considered victims of past discrimination, should we compensate Mexican Americans today (2022) for past injustices? To restate this issue: According to Horsman and Barrera Mexicans had their ancestral lands stolen, suffered under racist legal systems, abject violence, and were catapulted to the lower levels of society in the southwest during the 19th century. In light of this historical institutionalized discrimination, does America today (2022) owe "anything" to this group? Again, your thesis must address the points raised by Horsman, Barrera, and your three selected outside sources, and of course, you must clearly respond if you support or do not support "compensation/reparations." <
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Please consider the below when you develop your essay: <
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Strong Thesis---+20 points <
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In this section, you will simply need to decide if you support “compensation” of Mexican Americans today based on the 19th-century experience. <
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The foundation of an effective persuasive essay is a solid thesis statement. In a persuasive essay, your thesis does more than just address the topic; it also clearly establishes your position (typically, for or against an issue) and specifically answers the question or questions set forth in your assignment. Without a strong thesis, your argument may fall flat and lack direction. Remember, when you develop your thesis keep in mind the salient points put forth by Reginald Horsman and Mario Barrera. <
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Evidence---+20 points <
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In this section discuss the concepts of Internal Colonialism and Compensatory Justice for evidence and draw from the required readings to support your claim. <
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Please consider: <
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According to the great philosopher Aristotle, a strong persuasive argument consists of three components: Logos, or logical appeal; pathos, or emotional appeal; and ethos, which relates to the credibility of the source. For an argument to be valid, Aristotle argued, it must include a combination of all three appeals. It must address the reader’s sense of reasoning, which is the most important component of an argument, and also must appeal to a reader’s sympathies and sense of compassion. Ethical appeal is achieved by incorporating evidence from credible experts who have authority in their given fields, or by demonstrating how you yourself are an authority on the essay topic. <
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Organization---+20 points <
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A strong persuasive essay is an organized essay. To be effective, the essay must have an obvious progression of thought. It should move from one idea to the next with smooth, logical transitions and with each body paragraph examining one general idea or argument that connects to your original thesis. For instance, if you’re writing about why capital punishment should be banned and use wrongful convictions as one reason for your position, you could spend one paragraph discussing specific cases where new evidence overturned death row inmates’ convictions. <
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Counterargument--+10 points <
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An effective persuasive essay also recognizes -- and dismantles-- the counterargument. In other words, you’ll want to acknowledge the other side’s argument and then point out why its reasoning is faulty. You don’t want to attack by saying that the opposing viewpoint is simply “wrong.” Rather, you want to explain why the opposition's views are out of date or how it ignores key evidence. Since it can pre-empt a potential reader’s skepticism about your claims, a counterargument is an essential component of a persuasive essay. <
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Conclusion---+20 points <
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Like any conclusion, you want your essay’s conclusion to restate your thesis and summarize your main points. Here, however, you also want to end with a statement that leaves no doubt in the reader’s mind that your argument is a valid, logical and well-reasoned one. Tell your readers exactly what you expect them to do. In short, this section should deliver the "knock-out" punch! <
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Grammar and Syntax---+10 points <
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Please follow MLA format (Modern Language Association): double-spacing, Times Roman 12 font, 1-inch margins, 1500 words in length. Although you will NOT submit a hard copy, I do expect you to follow MLA formatting. <
As noted above, organization is imperative: introduction, body, conclusion <
Ensure transitional lines between paragraphs <
At all costs avoid/limit the "passive voice"---limit the use of “is, are, was, were, should, could, would, have, had, has.” Try it, you just may like the results!! <
Avoid first-person singular—limit the use of “I.” <
Avoid the negative voice— “I didn’t like this or that” <
Avoid generalizations—be specific <
Use a thesaurus (or dictionary) to expand your vocabulary <
Please avoid "block quotes." I prefer more analysis rather than quotes from the readings! <
All papers must be formatted as a Microsoft Word (docs) or Rich Text File (RTF) and uploaded to Canvas <
Read Elements by Style by Strunk and White to improve any stylistic challenges. <
I will expect a professionally written critique. <
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