HIS 200 SNHU Module 4 Historical Event Essay

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Select a historical event that has impacted American society. Develop a plan for writing your essay, describing the historical event, selecting appropriate resources for your research, and identifying an audience for your essay. The purpose of this writing plan is to provide you with a way to gather your thoughts and begin thinking about how to support your thesis statement: The historical event that was selected is the Irish Immigrant

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HIS 200 Project 1 Guidelines and Rubric
Overview
History is for human self-knowledge . . . the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has
done and thus what man is.
—R. G. Collingwood
Historical awareness informs various aspects of our lives. We live in a time of rapid change, and we often think more about the future than the past. However,
studying history can help us better understand our own lives in the context of the places we live and society in general. In America, specifically, the government is
informed by its citizens. If the ideals of society shift, that shift will eventually move throughout the different levels of government, effecting widespread change.
For the projects in this course, you will select a historical event that has impacted American society in some way. You may select an event that was discussed in
the course, or you may select your own event, with instructor approval. You may consider using the event you chose to work on in your Perspectives in History
class, if that event is something you wish to investigate further through this assessment.
In Project 1, you will develop a plan for an essay on this historical event. The plan will include a brief description of the selected historical event and the resources
you will use in your research. In addition, you will identify an audience for your essay and decide how to communicate your information to this audience. In
Project 2, you will write an essay analyzing the historical event you selected, examining its impact on society as well as its impact on you personally.
Project 1 addresses the following course outcomes:



Select appropriate and relevant primary and secondary sources in investigating foundational historic events
Communicate effectively to specific audiences in examining fundamental aspects of human history
Apply key approaches to studying history in addressing critical questions related to historical narratives and perspectives
Prompt
Your writing plan should answer the following prompt: Select a historical event that has impacted American society. Develop a plan for writing your essay,
describing the historical event, selecting appropriate resources for your research, and identifying an audience for your essay. The purpose of this writing plan is to
provide you with a way to gather your thoughts and begin thinking about how to support your thesis statement. The following critical elements will be assessed
in a 1- to 2-page word processing document.
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Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I.
Describe the historical event that you selected. Why is this event significant?
II.
Describe at least two secondary sources that you could use to research your historical event. Your sources must be relevant to your event and must be of
an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as: What are the similarities and differences in the content of your sources?
What makes these sources appropriate and relevant for investigating your event? What was your thought process when you were searching for sources?
How did you make choices?
III.
Describe at least two primary sources that you could use to research your historical event. Your sources must be relevant to your event and must be of
an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as: How do these sources relate to your secondary sources? What do they
add to your understanding of the event? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your event?
IV.
Based on your review of primary and secondary sources, develop a research question related to the historical event you selected. In other words, what
would you like to know more about?
V.
Identify an audience that would be interested in your historical event and research question. For example, who would benefit most from hearing your
message?
VI.
Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples. For example, will your audience understand historical
terminology and principles associated with your event, or will you need to explain these? How will you communicate effectively with your audience?
Project 1 Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your writing plan should adhere to the following formatting requirements: 1–2 pages, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New
Roman font and one-inch margins.
Critical Elements
Historical Event
Exemplary (100%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
description is exceptionally
clear and contextualized
Proficient (85%)
Describes selected historical
event and its significance
2
Needs Improvement (55%)
Describes selected historical
event and its significance, but
with gaps in detail or clarity
Not Evident (0%)
Does not describe selected
historical event and its
significance
Value
15.8
Secondary Sources
Primary Sources
Research Question
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
description of resources
demonstrates strong
understanding of information
needed to investigate
foundational historic events
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
description of resources
demonstrates strong
understanding of information
needed to investigate
foundational historic events
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
response demonstrates insight
into connection between
research and question
Audience
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
identification of audience
demonstrates insight into
event and question
Message
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
response demonstrates
sophisticated understanding of
how to effectively
communicate with specific
audience
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and
organization and is presented
in a professional and easy-toread format
Articulation of
Response
Describes at least two relevant
and appropriate secondary
sources that could be used to
research the historical event
Describes at least two relevant
and appropriate primary
sources that could be used to
research the historical event
Develops research question
related to the selected
historical event based on
review of primary and
secondary sources
Identifies an audience that
would be interested in event
and research question
Describes how and why
message can be tailored to
audience, providing specific
examples
Submission has no major
errors related to citations,
grammar, spelling, syntax, or
organization
Describes at least two
secondary sources that could
be used to research the
historical event, but with gaps
in appropriateness, relevance,
or detail
Describes at least two primary
sources that could be used to
research the historical event,
but with gaps in
appropriateness, relevance, or
detail
Develops research question
related to the selected
historical event, but question is
not based on review of
primary and secondary sources
Identifies an audience that
would be interested in event
and research question, but
audience is not appropriate for
event and question
Describes how and why
message can be tailored to
audience, but with gaps in
examples
Does not describe at least two
secondary sources that could
be used to research the
historical event
15.8
Does not describe at least two
primary sources that could be
used to research the historical
event
15.8
Does not develop research
question related to the
selected historical event
15.8
Does not identify an audience
that would be interested in
event and research question
15.8
Does not describe how and
why message can be tailored
to audience
15.8
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or
organization that negatively
impact readability and
articulation of main ideas
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or
organization that prevent
understanding of ideas
5.2
Total
3
100%
Stacy Blaise
HIS 200 Module 1 Progress Check
The Irish Immigrant Experience was the option I went with. More over a third of all immigrants to the
United States arrived from Ireland between 1820 and 1860. During the collapse of the potato harvest,
known as “the Great Hunger,” this flood of mostly Catholic emigrants reached its apex.
Because many Irish immigrants were poor and illiterate, they were originally unprepared for America’s
burgeoning industrial economy. Immigrants in large industrial cities such as New York, Boston, and
Philadelphia faced religious prejudice and hostility as a result of their presence.
My question is: Was the 1840 Irish immigration to the United States beneficial to the economy?
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Writing Plan on the Irish Immigrant
Stacy Blaise
Southern New Hempshire University
History 200
Rebecca Johnson
16 January 2022
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Writing Plan on the Irish Immigrant
The U.S.A takes pride in being a country of immigrants. The government has one of the
long-standing histories of absorbing individuals successfully from all over the globe. Immigrant
integration contributes to the U.S.A’s economic vitality, vibrant and dynamic culture. Ireland
sent its settlers to American colonies in their primary settlements (Malcolm & Hall, 2019). In
1840, the Irish potato fungus sent the migrants who could afford to flee starvation to the United
States of America. The fungus that affected the country’s potato crops resulted in famine and a
dramatic population decrease in the 19th century. In 1841, the Ireland population decreased from
8.2 million to approximately 4.7 million in 1841.
Although not all the migrants were poor, most of them could not move beyond eastern
ports, and their population soon swelled to towns such as Boston and New York. Most of them
found it challenging to adjust from rural to objective urban backgrounds (Hirota, 2020). The Irish
immigrants crowded into the areas with economic housing creating difficulties for sanitation,
schools, and diseases. The men and women took up low-income jobs and often competed with
African Americans for the lowest paying, most dangerous, and most challenging jobs. The Irish
immigration is a significant historic event since it depicts the economic pressures and religious
discrimination in the United States, and it transformed the American cities’ politics (Malcolm &
Hall, 2019). The employers used recently arrived Irish immigrants to threaten workers’
replacement if they were proponents of better salaries and working conditions, creating ethnic
tensions and violence.
Similarly, the Irish Catholic immigrants faced hostility and discrimination from the
Protestants, who were apprehensive of the growing Irish numbers. The long-settled protestants
were afraid of the Irish population in the United States translating into political and radical
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power, which happened eventually (Malcolm & Hall, 2019). As the politicians learned how to
gain support from Irish voters, the city political machines reimbursed the supporters with public
and municipal jobs like road crews, firefighters, and police workers. Moreover, the Protestants
groups drifted down towards Republican parties that endorsed discriminatory laws such as
alcohol sale prohibition or voting restrictions (Malcolm & Hall, 2019). In response, Irish
Catholic immigrants became a vital part of the majority of the Northern States Democratic
Parties.
Consequently, the secondary sources on the Irish immigrant Experience research are
academic books (A new history of the Irish) and journal articles (Limits of Intolerance, nativism,
and immigration control in the 19th century). The sources are appropriate and relevant for the
research since they offer second-hand commentary and data about scholars’ and intellectuals’
ideas, people, and historical events. The sources also explain different and novel positions about
the Irish immigration event and primary sources. Additionally, the similarity between the journal
articles and academic books is that they are relevant and have to support contextual data and
logical extensions specifically related to the historic event. However, the educational books are
comprehensive oeuvre on particular subjects such as Irish immigration. At the same time, journal
articles are periodicals printed at periodic intervals and publish futuristic articles in a specific
field. When I was selecting the sources, my thought process was that the journal articles and
academic books should present different types of information in diverse ways and at different
detail levels. Moreover, the search terms for relocating the sources include Irish immigrants and
emigrants, immigration, and Ireland.
Furthermore, the negative sentiments towards the Irish immigrants are based on
uncertainties and fears about the ability to fully integrate into the country’s social, political, and
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economic institutions. Therefore the research question is as follows: “Was the 1840 Irish
immigration to the United States beneficial to the economy?” The sources analyze the effect of
the Irish immigrants’ influx in the 19th century. They also show that the immigrant children
assimilated and adapted to a single generation’s economic and labor market consequences.
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References
Hirota, H. (2020). Limits of intolerance: nativism and immigration control in nineteenth-century
New York. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 47(16), 3771–3787.
https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183x.2020.1774114.
Malcolm, E., & Hall, D. (2019). A new history of the Irish in Australia. Cork University Press.
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Addressing the Federal Government and Embassy Official
Stacy Blaise
Southern New Hampshire
HIS 200
27 January 2022
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Addressing the Federal Government and Embassy Official
My description of my historical event: the Irish Immigrant could be addressed to the
United States federal state official and embassy. The embassy plays a fundamental role in
assisting the citizens that travel to or live in the country. The U.S embassy officials are tasked
with interviewing the host citizens to determine their intended contribution to the country. I feel
the necessity of informing the federal, state, and embassy on the significant contribution of the
Irish Immigrant to the U.S economy. Irish immigrants often began their careers at the bottom of
the occupational ladder, doing menial and risky professions that other employees shunned. They
are well-acknowledged for their incalculable contributions in industry, organized labor, politics,
literature, religion, music, and art. Attaining this knowledge will be ultimate in recognizing the
active roles played by immigrants to the U. S economy.
I will first convey my message to the audience by making it as precise as possible to
avoid unnecessary explanations. The federal and embassy officials deal with historical events of
the nation throughout their professional duty. Hence, they are deemed knowledgeable and
substantially aware of the terminologies used to explain my historical events. However, I will
explain particular terminologies to enhance the clarity of the message. The most relevant primary
sources I will utilize to aid in researching my historical events include scholarly journals and
government reports. For example, the scholarly journal accredited to Gilmartin and Dagg (2021)
will provide an overview of the outcomes for immigration and settlement and the service
provision. The secondary source that will help develop the research question will include journal
articles, textbooks, and political commentaries. For example, the book attributed to Malcom and
Hall (2019) gives the background of The Irish Immigrant event and its contributions to the Y.S.
economy. The rationale for using these sources is that they are credible vital to my research.
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References
Gilmartin, M., & Dagg, J. (2021). Finding the gap: immigrant integration outcomes and
settlement service provision in the Republic of Ireland. Journal of International
Migration and Integration, 1-21.
Malcolm, E., & Hall, D. (2019). A new history of the Irish in Australia. Cork University
Press.

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