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Question Description

Read this primary source document(s): Jourdon Anderson to Colonel P.H. Anderson, August 7, 1865, in New York Daily Tribune, Tuesday August 22, 1865 and write a well-organized essay that analyses the significant historical or contemporary issue, idea, movement, event, institution, or societies it discusses. You should completely answer each of the following questions:

  1. Construct a thesis (central or main argument), using specific details from the primary source (s) document to support that thesis. (Instructor Note: General Education, Clarity of Expression).
  2. Who wrote this document, when was it written, why was it written, and who was the intended audience? What core historical concepts relating to African or African American studies are discussed in this document? Be specific and identify terms and concepts we have learned in the course (Instructor Note: General Education, Comprehension).
  3. Critically analyze the perspectives (unspoken “cultural assumptions”) the author brought to his/her subject. What in the author’s background or experience produced that mindset? (Instructor Note: General Education, Integration).
  4. What does this document reveal about the social, political, economic problems, progress, or promise of African or African American peoples or societies during the period in which it was produced? (Instructor Note: General Education, Perspectives E6).
  5. To what extent does this document debunk or extend the historical or contemporary stereotypes, misconceptions, and misrepresentations about Africans or African-Americans as discussed in class? What is the significance of this document in understanding issues surrounding African or African American peoples and societies? (Instructor Note: General Education, Integration Across Course and Significance).


  • The paper should be three pages in length, typewritten, double-spaced and paginated.
  • The paper should have a title.
  • The paper should contain a clear statement of thesis which should be included in the introduction, followed by a narrative that explicates the thesis, concluding with summation or restatement of the thesis.
  • The paper should be free of grammatical, spelling and syntactical errors.
  • The paper should contain at least 4 different quotes from the primary source (s) provided.
  • The paper should avoid plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional. In general, both ideas and language (wording) taken from another writer must be properly acknowledged and cited (footnoted). Language borrowed from a source must be placed in quotation marks.
  • Use the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Your Endnotes should be numbered sequentially throughout your paper in Arabic numerals. Numbers must be embedded automatically in the text (i.e. if endnotes are added or deleted the numbers change automatically).