Historical Memory and the Civil War

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Target Objective The target objective for this essay is for you to examine how the American Civil War has been remembered in the United States and to assess why these memories have been created. Brief Indicative Content You need to consider the following themes in your answer: • Celebrations and Observances (e.g. Confederate History Month) • Memorials, Monuments, Flags • Veteran/Descendant Associations and Reenactments Organizations • “Lost Cause” Ideology in Popular Culture You will need to take care to select material that will provide some range, depth, and cohesion in your answer. You are required to use the extracts in the assignment sheet to examine the concept of historical memory and the Civil War. You will need to formulate their own informed opinion as to why these historical memories are created. Technical Requirements You must follow the advice given in (a) the History Study Skills guide on “Researching, planning and writing essays”; and (b) the Student Guide for History Courses, which contains writing exemplars. In brief, essays must conform to the following requirements: • A minimum of 2,500 words i.e. 8-10 double spaced pages with one-inch margins, and font size of 11 or 12. A word count must be provided at the end of the paper. • Referenced using the APA system. See the Purdue Online Writing Lab formatting and style guide: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ • Bibliography of sources used (which is the convention for APA). • A clear structure with an obvious introduction, middle section, and conclusion. • The introduction must establish a thesis and indicate the content that will be discussed. • Each subsequent paragraph should discuss only one analytical point, or two closely-related points. • The conclusion should reiterate the line of argument and should highlight what is most significant.

Historical Memory and the Civil War