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Topic: Draft an essay that analyzes a current problem that the United States has with classism, sexism, human rights, or racism, that has been reported on in a newspaper (or other periodical) in the past ten years.
At least 5 paragraphs.
Compare and contrast this current events topic in the news that you choose with: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States: 1942-Present (Chapter 1-7). Choose a main topic (ie. Racism, gender discrimination, classism, capitalism, socialism, slavery, wage slavery, sweat shops etc.) from chapters 1-7 from A People’s History of the United States: 1942-Present, the Corporation documentary, or Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” short story compare it with an issue that has appeared in a news related periodical in the past ten years. Some examples might be: contrasting women’s rights issues of today with the early women suffrage movement, or comparing the government’s use of propaganda in the media with Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” etc. Make use of your research skills when selecting and defining your topic and sub-topics. Choose your own current events topic from a reputable, fact-checked news periodical. Make use of your critical thinking skills to construct a thorough analysis of the current events article/topic. Use primarily facts to support the ideas and inferences in your analysis. Also make sure to cite all of your sources in a bibliography at the end of the essay. Use the MLA format for all direct quotes, as well.