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Your task

Your task is to evaluate an historical figure and determine his or her American identity. You will research the life and beliefs of your chosen historical figure and write a 2-3 page MLA-formatted paper assessing his or her concepts of what it means to be an American. This will require some "big picture" thinking. You will have to use evidence from your research to support a claim about your historical figure's American identity. Explain how this person's life and actions play into the concept of a developing American identity.  

*After this has been completed, you will create a short introductory video following the guidelines given in class.



3-5 sources (at least 1 primary source, at least 2 secondary sources)

2-3 pages MLA format essay with bibliography 

1-2 minute introduction video 

Historical Figures

Revolution: Phyllis Wheatley, Paul Revere, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Judith Sargent Murray, Jupiter Hammon

Civil War: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Stephen Douglas, David Walker

American West: Billy the Kid, Jesse James, George Armstrong Custer, Red Cloud, Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Quanah Parker, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Emmeline Wells, Leland Stanford, Mark Twain, Wild Bill Hickock, Wyatt Earp


Works Cited Instructions

Add all sources to NoodleTools (for help and instructions click on the NT tab above).  

After adding a source in NT, click "Save & Add Annotation"

Each source must have an annotation that indicates whether that source is a primary or secondary source AND why