Ellen Herman

Department of History, University of Oregon

Professor
Department of History
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1288
541-346-3118


eherman@uoregon.edu

 

HIST 352, ESSAY ON MICHAEL HARRINGTON'S THE OHTER AMERICA AND BARRY GOLDWATER'S THE CONSCIENCE OF A CONSERVATIVE

Your essay should be 5 pages long, double spaced, in a 12-point font.

Please don’t forget to include your name, number your pages, and proofread!

You are an elected official in 1963 and have read the books recently published by Barry Goldwater and Michael Harrington. Take the perspective of either author and write an editorial for the New York Times. Outline the major strengths and weaknesses of the United States in the early 1960s and answer the following question. What should local communities, states, and the federal government do to minimize poverty and maximize social welfare? Be sure to explain why your solutions are superior to those of your opponents on either the left or the right.

Direct quotations from either or both of these texts should be accompanied by page references.

Here are a few questions to keep in mind as you write. We will keep them in mind as we read.
• Are you addressing the comparison completely?
• Are you addressing it persuasively? (Do you formulate an argument and offer concrete evidence to support it? Is your essay organized in a way that is easy for the reader to understand and follow?)
• Are you addressing it clearly? (Are your grammar, punctuation, and spelling free of errors? Is your word choice as effective as possible? Is your sentence construction smooth?)