Modern American Civilization
The paper should be 800-1000 words (3 to 4 pages). Double Spaced. 12 Pt. Font Times New Roman
Please include a title of your paper, name, and date.
This paper is based primarily on:
Henretta, ed. Chapter 17: The Gilded Age: Building a Technological and Industrial Giant and a New Social Order
Sheets, Sources for America’s History,
17.1 “Industrialist Justifies Fortunes Used for the Common Good (Andrew Carnegie, Wealth, 1899)
Do not use outside online sources or texts!
What argument does Andrew Carnegie make about the uses to which the great fortunes of industrialists should be devoted? Citing examples from the essay, in what ways does Carnegie make his argument as persuasive as possible? Do you agree with his argument? Using evidence from the essay and/or textbook explain why you agree or disagree with his argument.
Consider the question. Read the entire chapter and the document carefully. Take notes as you read.
Make sure that you answer fully each question in the essay prompt.
Your opening paragraph introduce the main idea that you would like the reader to understand after having read your paper. The introduction also should introduce the reader to what you will cover in the essay. Think of the introduction as a road map for the reader.
Many effective opening paragraphs include a thesis statement.
A thesis statement:
tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.
makes a claim that others might dispute.
is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.
For help on writing a thesis statement, see:
http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.