1600 word max excluding sources,

1600 word max excluding sources, Book report on either All the Presidents men or Dispatches

Question Description


1600 words max. The main question is Does Dispatches or ATPM offer useful insights into how Americans thought of themselves and how the nation should work – both within the 1970s era and inmore recent past and in terms of the role of journalists, press and news media in the nat. dialogue. With including sources from class

Only allowed one:

The first paragraph of your essay should clearly identify the theme(s) and clearly contain a single, overarching thesis in response to the question above – yes it does, no it doesn’t or some combination. (The “no” answer may be a bit less obvious here, but there is no requirement to argue yes and there are valid ways to argue a “no” position – we are happy to chat strategy as helpful.) You should organize your discussion as a unified essay that includes three main sections. Essentially, make this the outline for the body of your essay.

1. Use the text of either Dispatches or ATPM as the central focus to discuss the relevance of their themes for the 1970s era. Important: make sure you draw direct textual evidence (quotations, stories, passages) from the book. Failure to do so will negatively affect your grade (see rubric). Optional sources you might draw on to supplement your analysis or illustrate your themes include:

Hall, Vietnam Era Antiwar Movement Herring, Vietnam Syndrome
O’Brien, On the Rainy River Documentary film clips from lecture Newsweek, The Nixon Tapes

Foner text

Woodward & Bernstein, Nixon Was Far Worse Carter, Crisis of Confidence
Schultz, What It Was Like
Economic expectations handout

Network “Mad as hell” clip from lecture Slow Burn podcast

You are welcome to reference issues/sources in the era before the 1970s where useful to your analysis – i.e. Cold War, long boom, GI Bill, Second Bill of Rights, the Civil Rights movement, etc.

2. Explore how and to what extent these themes continued to resonate and/or evolved – expanded, receded, intensified, or changed – in American life in the decades since (1980s- 2010s). Include at least TWO (2) sources from D2L in the “Sources” folder, film clips/handouts appearing in the “Lecture Slides” folder (but not individual lectures themselves) for weeks 13-15, or the source you used for HW10. See folders for all eligible sources, but for example, you might consider:

Cigelske, The Continuing Impact
Reagan, Speech to Nat. Assn. of Evangelicals Morning in America ad shown in lecture Reagan’s Approval Ratings and Iran-Contra Reagan at Brandenburg gate clip
Bush, New World Order
Huntley, Who Won the Cold War? Declaration for Global Democracy MCI/Worldcom ad shown in lecture

National Security Strategy of the U.S. Byrd, Speech on the War in Iraq
Iraq: Voices of the Fallen NewsweekBranding of the Occupy Movement Women in Combat articles

Snowden on Privacy
Ufford, 18 Years Ago I Helped Start a War Veniste, Watergate Lawyer
Your HW10 source

You may include more than two sources where relevant and if there is room – there is no “limit” on these. General references to lecture or Foner can help to provide context by they do not “count” as one of the two required. If you want to use a specific image from lecture as a source, seek specific advance approval from your TA. If you have questions about whether a given source “counts” or not, please ask sooner rather than later. We are happy to help you sort this out.

3. Consider the role of journalists, the press, and the news media in shaping the national dialogue in relation to the themes you’ve chosen. Both Dispatches and ATPM were widely read publications by journalists that provided information and narratives for Americans to assess Vietnam, Watergate, and the challenges they represented. How do you assess that influence historically and how does your study of these books and themes shed light on the role of journalism in our own time?

No minimum here, but sources you might draw on to develop your analysis include:

Baughman, Fall & Rise of Partisan Journalism Tanz, Journalism Fights for Survival Woodward & Bernstein, Nixon Was Far Worse

Schultz, What It Was Like Cigelske, The Continuing Impact Snowden on Privacy