American Political Power Figures

This paper is about three books. These are the books –
Kaufman, Dan. 2018. The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

McGuire, Danielle L. 2010. At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. New York: Vintage Books.

Molina, Natalia. 2006. Fit to Be Citizens Public Health and Race in Los Angeles 1879 – 1939. California: University of California Press.

Here is the details of the paper –
Violence and atrocities have been (and continues) to be a feature of American life and politics. McGuire’s book traces the terrible legacies of racial and gender oppression in the South from the 1940s to the 1970s. However, she also offers historical accounts of progress and shows how average Americans can make a difference to stop racism and sexism. In other words, McGuire gives examples of how the “little people” made the US federal and state government more accountable to the people.

For the term paper, which will be due on the last day of class, you will need to read the rest of McGuire’s book which means reading chapter 7,8, and the epilogue. In other words, additional material and/or research should not be integrated into the term paper. This ensures that I evaluate all student work at the same “playing field.” In addition, I hope this frees up space so that you are able to finish all your classes on a high note.

However, aside from reading the rest of McGuire’s book, you will also need to add details from Kaufman’s The Fall of Wisconsin and Molina’s Fit to be Citizens? Meaning, for the rest of the semester (or the next 11 weeks of class), you will be asked to read/skim both these books and use the information from Kaufman and Molina’s books to build your term paper. So, rather than asking you to do more outside reading and research, I am asking you to slowly and incrementally write your paper throughout the semester. As a general rule, students do remarkably well on their term papers if they “chip away” at it, little bit at a time.

Use the information from all three books and answer the following question:

To what extent did certain figures and individuals in McGuire’s chapter 7,8, and/or the epilogue, Kaufman’s The Fall of Wisconsin, and Molina’s Fit to be Citizens? reshape American politics for the better – or tried to make it better – reflecting the spirit of the Preamble of the Constitution, which is to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity”?

**The paper should be approximately 1800-2100 words in length, double-spaced. This question is geared to be an application of course concepts. It was intentionally written in an open-ended way. Therefore, there is more than one right answer; it is a matter of writing and demonstrating that your argument is feasible.

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