W. E. B. DuBois invites all readers, regardless of ethnic background, to consider his proposition (quoted in your Lecture Notes) that the “color-line” will constitute the “problem of the Twentieth Century.”
By the way, you have just passed another turn of centuries, from the 20th to the 21st. From your “modern” perspective, do you feel that DuBois’s statement is still valid today? Do you find that DuBois was correct in his prediction that issues of “race” and “ethnicity” would be at the center of American social, political and artistic developments? Or do you find that the interaction between “minorities” and “majorities” in the United States has taken on a lesser or different role than that which DuBois predicted?
Write a formal, 5-paragraph essay in response to this question. Base your answer on your own observations – as well as on your assigned reading this week and next.
Important Note. Your Introduction, Thesis, and Outline for the essay are due this week. The essay itself is due Week 02.
Please follow these steps:
As you study and take notes, keep in mind that your goal for this writing assignment is to make a focused, independent argument of your own. Aim to develop your own ideas but also draw on the readings. Be specific, use examples. Again, do not just state an opinion but back up all statements you make with researched facts and observations.
As you know, your study of texts is the important research component of any writing you do. In this case, look for at least three ideas voiced in the readings to include in the finished essay. You can quote directly, summarize or paraphrase these ideas. In each case, you need to cite in-text in correct APA format. You also need to add an APA style reference page. For complete instructions on APA, see your college Online Library, which you can access through the Resources tab.
W. E. B. Dubois claims that the “color-line” has and will continue to be America’s Number 1 problem, which may be as seen in or disputed by the (chose to agree or disagree) sample writings by ____, ____, and ______ (insert 1, 2, or 3 writers from your assigned reading.)
Be sure to include a topic sentence for each of the 3 body paragraphs as well as 1 or 2 supporting ideas you plan to address in the paragraph.Remember that the topic sentences should tie back to the thesis statement. Each supporting point should support and further develop the idea of the topic sentence for the paragraph. Include at least 3 quotes from the readings in the overall outline.
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