The end of the war in Vietnam Final Research Project

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FINAL RESEARCH PROJECT                                                                     

 

presentation should be brief, no more than about 5 powerpoint slides or 8-10 minutes worth of material (video, multimedia or slides).

Please be sure to include:

·       Your topic and theme

·       Your overall research question

·       An introduction and a thesis = your overall answer to the question you posed. Also include:

o   Historical background & context (who, what, when, where, etc.)

o   Interesting details / examples / findings.

o   Your unique insights & analysis. (What did you find particularly interesting and important and why? What makes this topic interesting and important for our understanding of U.S. History and/or current affairs?

·       A final list of Works Cited:

o   Note: you already have a tentative Annotated bibliography — so just edit out the annotations and update your list — add additional sources that you may have used and/or cut sources that you did not end-up using.

o   You may either include your Works Cited in your presentation (in the last slide for example) or upload it as a separate document.

 

Tasks:

 

1.    Choose a topic in the recent history (~1970s – Present) of the United States (with the approval of the instructor) that interests you. Write an overarching research question and then conduct some limited independent research in an attempt to answer that question.

 

2.    Share your findings (the results of your research) in a brief presentation (slides, video or multimedia) that you work to develop.

 

3.    Participate in a theme-based research group: learn from the research conducted by your peers, and respond to at least two of your classmates’ presentations.

 

Graded Components (for detailed instructions see online), 100 total possible points:

1.    Themes & Topics brainstorm (10 points) DUE Thurs. May 3.

 

2.    Project proposal with tentative annotated bibliography (20 points) DUE Thurs. May 10.

3.    Final presentation (60 points) DUE Thurs. May 17.

4.    Responses (two) to Final Presentations (10 points) DUE Friday May 25.

 

 

1.    Which two broad themes interest you the most and why? (Choose two areas that interest you and put them in priority order.) You must choose from the list below. (These will be our peer research interest groups.)

 

2.    What specific topics in recent U.S. history are you interested in researching and why? (List 2-3 topics in priority order. Be sure to provide a brief, one-sentence (or so) explanation of your interest.) You may choose from the topics listed below OR come up with one of your own! All topics must be focused on some aspect of U.S. history, 1970s-2018.

 

NOTE: one of the topics fit under multiple themes, so if you would like to research the theme of

“Social Issues” but relate it to “The end of the war in Vietnam”, then please feel free to do that.

 

Theme: The U.S. in the World / U.S. – International relations, 1970s-2018

 

Specific topics:

 

•      The end of the war in Vietnam

 

•      Nixon and U.S.-China relations (or another President, such as Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, or George W. Bush & one of their key international policies or initiatives).

 

•      The United States and Iran, 1979 –

•      The United States and Afghanistan, 1979 –

•      The (1990) Gulf War or the Iraq War (2003-2011)

 

•      The U.S. participation (or lack thereof) in global efforts to address climate change (e.g. the Kyoto protocol, 1997) (Foner, 1111) (Also listed below)

 

•      Bush or Obama and the “War on Terror”

•      U.S. involvement in Syria

•      Debate over U.S. drone warfare

 

 

Theme: Government and Politics, 1970s – 2018

Specific topics:

 

•      The Watergate scandal

 

•      President Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush (Sr.), George W. Bush (Jr.) or Obama & one of their key domestic policies or initiatives.

 

•      The end of the Cold War

•      The Iran-Contra scandal

•      Clinton & impeachment

•      The disputed presidential election of 2000 (or another presidential election)

•      The U.S.A. Patriot Act

•      Edward Snowden & WikiLeaks

•      The Tea Party Movement (Foner, 1147)

•      The Alt-Right Movement in the U.S.

 

Theme: Economics, Energy, and the Environment, 1970s-2018

 

Specific topics:

•      The energy/oil crisis of the 1970s

•    Three-Mile island nuclear disaster (1979) (also listed above)

•      The “Computer Revolution” (see Foner, 1082-1083)

•      The rise of Silicon Valley, 1971 –

 

•      The Keystone Pipeline or Dakota Access Pipeline controversies (also listed below)

 

•      The U.S. and global efforts to address climate change (e.g. the Kyoto protocol, 1997) (Foner, 1111) (Also listed above.)

 

•      The Great Recession (2007-2009)

•      Gulf Oil Spill (2010)

 

Theme: Social Issues, Civil Liberties and Social Justice, 1970s-2018

Specific topics:

 

•      Affirmative Action

•      The Equal Rights Amendment, 1972 –

•      The 1999 Seattle protest against the WTO

 

•      Post-1965 Immigration with a focus on o Vietnamese

 

o  Haitians

 

o  Central Americans

 

•      The 1982 killing of Vincent Chin

•      Rodney King & the 1992 Los Angeles riots

•      American Indian Occupation of Wounded Knee, 1973

•      The Keystone Pipeline or Dakota Access Pipeline controversies (also listed above)

•      Hurricane Katrina

•      Islamophobia following 9/11

•      The Occupy Movement

•      The Black Lives Matter Movement

 

Theme: Health, Sexuality and Human Welfare, 1970s-2018

 

Specific topics:

•    Three-Mile island nuclear disaster (1979) (also listed above)

•      Disability Rights movement, 1970s

•      Controversy over Abortion / Reproductive rights, 1973 –

•       “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” (1990s) or LGBTQI in the military, 1990s –

•      Ronald Reagan and the rise of homelessness

•      The Debate over the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)

•      Same-sex marriage in the U.S.

•      Anita Hill – Clarence Thomas Hearings on sexual harassment (1991)

 

•      The Evictions Epidemic during and after the Great Recession (2007-2009)

 

•      Flint Michigan water crisis (2014-2018)

•      Hurricane Maria (2017) & Puerto Rico

 

Your presentation should be brief, no more than about 6 powerpoint slides or 8-10 minutes worth of material (video, multimedia or slides).

Please be sure to include:

·       Your topic and theme

Theme: Health, Sexuality and Human Welfare, 1970s-2018

 

Theme: Economics, Energy, and the Environment, 1970s-2018

 

Specific topics:

•       Three-Mile island nuclear disaster (1979) (also listed above)

·       Your overall research question

·       An introduction and a thesis = your overall answer to the question you posed. Also include:

o   Historical background & context (who, what, when, where, etc.)

o   Interesting details / examples / findings.

o   Your unique insights & analysis. (What did you find particularly interesting and important and why? What makes this topic interesting and important for our understanding of U.S. History and/or current affairs?

·       A final list of Works Cited:

o   Note: you already have a tentative Annotated bibliography — so just edit out the annotations and update your list — add additional sources that you may have used and/or cut sources that you did not end-up using.

o   You may either include your Works Cited in your presentation (in the last slide for example) or upload it as a separate document.