I’ve been reading your papers, and I find myself repeating the same comments over and over again. Here is an attempt to distill my crazy comments into a succinct document:
Thesis and subthesis – You should be examining impact of slavery.
Typical student examples:
Slavery impacted people’s political ideology, the economic development of our nation, and the social relationships among 19th Century Americans. The horrors of slavery have created a rich and fascinating history.
Key ideas – Yes. . You can take a prompt and use it to help you create a thesis. However, make certain you are comfortable with each of the terms – political ideology, economic systems and social relationships. While the theses mentioned above are not incorrect, the task of the writer is to define and show this impact. I did not get a sense that many of you really knew what each of the subtopics represented.