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HIS131 - Dussek, Then and Now

This guide is designed to help you with your research for your "Then and Now" project, as part of the optional assignment for HIS131.

History: Then and Now

This guide is designed to help you with your research for your "Then and Now" project, comparing the past to the present. This guide will help you to find archive resources, as well as news databases to help you find both parts to complete this assignment. Need help? Just chat with a librarian and we will be more than happy to help you find what you need.

Assignment Overview

The purpose of the “History Then and Now” local history archives project is to develop abilities in academic research in archives, understand local history in the context of American history, and connect to important issues in the world today. The project focuses on using resources available through the public library and the Central Piedmont Archives. The project is optional and is worth up to 100 points and can be completed in place of the required final essay for the HIS 131 American History I course. 
The project addresses the following student learning outcomes for HIS 131 American History I:

  • Analyze, evaluate, and interpret data from both primary and secondary sources.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the timeless, universal, and transferable concepts found throughout history including but not limited to politics, socioeconomics, and culture.

Project Description
Write an essay of at least 1000 words about one topic connected with the course. You can choose any topic such as the use of technology, visits of notable people, construction of buildings, education, the struggle for freedom, wars, the economy, a cultural matter, a social issue, or another topic that you find interesting. 
The essay should contain:

  • Information about the topic in local history (Mecklenburg County, North Carolina) in the period covered by the course (American history up to Reconstruction).
  • Information about the topic from the course in the textbook or course notes (American history up to Reconstruction).
  • Information about the topic from the Central Piedmont Archives. 
  • Information about the topic today.

Analyze and comment on the topic in the light of the information you find in your various sources. 
The essay should have at least three sources. Be sure to list your sources.
You can discuss the project with the instructor and a Central Piedmont librarian will be available in the course to help with the project. 

Sources
Online information from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library about the local history of Mecklenburg County is available at: CM Story Timeline and Collection Finding Aids for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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