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Jessica L. Rogers
2/8 Discussion
Fri Feb 8, 2013 12:44pm
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For my informative paper I have chosen to write about Andrew Jackson, president of the United States from 1829-1837. I have chosen this topic because I am a History buff, A.K.A. Nerd. The Andrew Jackson Administration is one of my favorite eras of History to study. There are a few questions that I will need to figure out before submitting my paper. This topic could very easily fall into the category of a paper we have due later on in the semester. Andrew Jackson is a controversial character due to his treatment of the Native Americans throughout his life and his presidency. It could be very easy for me to trip up and present an argument in favor of and against Jacksonís treatment and reasoning behind his actions. It will be very difficult to present just the facts without incorporating any kind of bias or opinion on Jackson. I will also need to do research very carefully so I will not over cite my paper or cite something that is common knowledge. There are several pieces of literature on Andrew Jackson, so lots of imformation has been covered, making the ďcommon knowledgeĒ umbrella broader, and the task of citing five different sources much more difficult.


I have also considered writing about the Gilded Age (1877-1900) or the Progressive Era (1890-1920) of the United States. These were the Eras of Carnegie, Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt etc. Several key points occurred during these periods that shaped the America that we have today. I do, however, run into the same problem as with the Andrew Jackson topic, or any History related topic for that matter. It will be exceedingly difficult to write objectively for the pure purpose to inform the reader of what occurred during these periods without presenting any kind of thesis or opinion on them. Research will have to be carefully done, as in the case of Andrew Jackson.


What Iím having trouble with is how Iím going to go about all of this. I realize that at the moment, these are both very broad topics, and I am still in the process of narrowing them down. Iím concerned about narrowing them down too much to the point of not being able to write five to seven pages, not being able to cite five different sources; or not narrowing them down enough end up in position of writing too much.

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