Your second paper will be a mid-length research paper on the topic that you have already identified and started exploring for your bio. Your paper should have a clear thesis statement which appears somewhere near the beginning, and is possibly echoed in your title. In any case you should have a provocative title. The imagined audience is a group of graduate students and professors at a Civil War history conference, so you need a catchy title that would convince people to attend your session!A good paper will have a variety of compelling evidence that demonstrates the thesis, and this evidence will be drawn from a wide-range of sources.
The more primary sources the better. All sources, whether primary or secondary, must be clearly cited. Citation format is up to you but must be clear, correct, and consistent. You must cite McPherson’s Battle Cry and one of the D2L essays for course context, but otherwise you are free to use the best sources specific to your topic.Your paper should end with a thought-provoking conclusion where you restate your thesis. Proofread carefully as sloppy work will be penalized.