Honors 240 Final Paper

Final paper: Answer one of the following. The final paper should be 10-15 pages, double spaced. Email the paper to me by May 3 at 1:15

Make sure to quote from the books

Use the Chicago/Turabian style of citation

10-15 page final paper, due May 3rd.

  1. A continuation of the kind of papers you have already done: a close analysis of a limited source. In this case, the source would be the Annual Reports of the General Superintendent of Chicago Police, for 1901-1904. This report includes statistics on crime, on race and ethnicity, on homelessness; it demonstrates how the police dealt with more than 11,000 stray dogs and with runaway horses: it shows how new methods of identity tracking like fingerprints, were being introduced. It really offers a microcosm of life in the city in the early 20th century.

2. You are in charge of pubic art in your community. This year, the county government has , authorized memorials to:


pioneer women

civil war soldiers

Indian wars

the movement for LGBT rights

Using the books we have read as sources, what would your memorials look like? You must quote from the books in order to persuade the county government that your approach to memorialization is historically accurate and effective.

  1. To varying degrees all of the books we have read deal with memory, and the difference between what we think we know about the past and might actually have happened. Discuss the difference between history and memory and myth in the books we have read.

4. “Ahistorical” means “outside of history.” Things that are ahistorical are the same throughout history—they don’t change. Discuss the way the books handled the idea of an “ahistorical” self.

5. Make up your own question. The question must be applicable to all the readings, and I’d like you to run it by me first