Dr. Elizabeth Ann Mackay
My work began by reading Eric Foner’s A Short History of Reconstruction. This allowed me to pinpoint a topic of interest for this historiography. Once I chose the Freedmen’s Bureau, I developed a topic proposal and list of potential sources. Upon my professor's feedback, I condensed this list of sources and created an annotated bibliography. This bibliography was the backbone of my essay; it allowed me to identify and organize interpretive categories which formed my argument. As I began to shift my draft into a final version, I weaved a thesis into my topic proposal, which became my introduction. I then added claims, evidence and warrants into my body paragraphs and included in-text citations as well. Lastly, I wrote a conclusion which elaborates on the category I deemed the most effective. Of course, I would not have been as successful as I was in this undertaking without the guidance, feedback and support from my professor.
McQuide, Michalene M.
"The Effectiveness of the Freedmen’s Bureau in the Post-Civil War Era,"
Line by Line: A Journal of Beginning Student Writing: Vol. 10:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://ecommons.udayton.edu/lxl/vol10/iss1/5