• April 16th, 2016

Republican Motherhood

Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements

Thesis Topic will be on the Republican Motherhood and the Litchfield Academy and Philadelphia Young Ladies Academy. The concept of the Republican Motherhood as a political responsibility of the mother to guide her husband and sons toward a life of civic virtue has become the accepted motivation behind female education of early America. The Republican Motherhood ideal wherein the sole utility of a woman’s education would be her civic influence within the home was verbally invoked at times by influential educators but was not dominating influence on the two schools researched for this thesis: the Litchfield Academy and the Philadelphia Young Ladies’ Academy. By focusing on the Republican Motherhood ideal as the raison d’etre of early American female education, historians have overlooked more diverse aims and goals. (Please fix the thesis)

A historiography or historiographical paper is an analysis of the interpretations of a specific topic written by past historians. Specifically, a historiography identifies influential thinkers and reveals the shape of the scholarly debate on a particular subject.

Rough Draft Checklist

You will submit a rough draft of your research proposal. Your rough draft should contain all of the elements of the final submission. The purpose of the rough draft is to get feedback from your instructor on the critical elements of your research proposal; therefore the rough draft should include all elements of the final project. Review the Final Project Document before drafting your proposal to make sure you understand what the critical elements are and how your proposal will be graded. Use the checklist below to make sure you have included all required elements in your rough draft.

All points shown are for the scoring of the rough draft only. The final research proposal will be graded according to the scoring in the Final Project Rubric.

☐ Introduction and Thesis (20 Points)
§ Introduces the research proposal topic.
§ Provides a thesis that discusses why it is important to the field that the project is undertaken.

☐ Current Historiography (20 Points)
§ Presents current historiography around the project and relates it to research proposal.

☐ Topic Interpretation and Defense (20 Points)
§ Explains the answer to the research proposal question.
§ Analyzes the interpretation of research in relation to that of other historians.

☐ Source Material (20 Points)
§ Defends research with evidence from appropriate primary and secondary sources.

☐ Articulation of Response (20 Points)
§ Draft is written in a professional and easy-to-read format.
§ There are no spelling or grammatical errors.
§ Citations are used correctly.

Write a 10- to 15-page research proposal that introduces the historical topic you will develop in your capstone. You will describe and analyze your topic and your interpretation of it, defend it in the context of the existing secondary literature, and identify the primary and secondary source material that supports your interpretation of the topic. Public History students will also identify possible presentation methods and identify the intended audience. Finally, you will outline the organization of your capstone thesis or project.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
1. Describe your topic
a. Describe the specific details of your topic. What happened? Who was involved? Where did this occur? When did this occur? What other details will make your topic intriguing to your reader?
b. Describe the greater historical context for your topic. How does the topic fit into relevant historical trends in a local, national, or international context? What does the topic tell us about the more general political, social, economic, or cultural trends of the time and/or place? How did those larger trends affect your topic? What are the major historiographical debates associated with the topic?
c. Describe the problem that your project will solve. What specific question(s) will your project answer?
2. Analyze your interpretation of your topic
a. Explain your answer to the specific question(s) you posed above (section 1c). What conclusions have you drawn from your research thus far? What are other questions to be asked? Can the sources provide these answers?
b. Analyze your interpretation in relation to those of other historians who have studied your topic. How are your conclusions different? What makes your interpretation original? For Public History projects, what is the current interpretation, if any, for the project? How will your project differ?

3. Defend your topic
a. Defend your topic’s worthiness. Why is your topic worthy of the time and effort you have invested (and will continue to invest)? For example, why will people (other historians or the general public) want to read your work? How does it contribute to the ongoing scholarly dialogue?
4. Analyze and defend the source material
a. Evaluate your primary source base. What sources are you using? Why are you using those sources? Have other historians utilized these sources? If other historians have used these sources, are you using these sources in a new way?
b. Evaluate your secondary source base. What sources are you using? Why are you using those sources? How will your project be different from other secondary sources?
c. Defend your research methods and presentation choices as appropriate. What new methodologies will your project employ, if any? Might any of the choices you have made regarding the presentation of your materials need defense and explanation?
5. Outline your capstone paper or project
a. Summarize each section of your upcoming capstone project to the best of your ability. How do you plan to organize the project? What are the main points?
b. Describe the research status of each section of your project. How much more research do you expect you will need to do? What is your timeline for completing the research? How much, if any, do you have written and/or created? Do you foresee any problems with the research or the writing/creating?

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