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For the Final Project, write a paper about an event in the post-war era that you or someone you know may have experienced. The paper is to be written in the first person but must be based on and include the wider historical perspective. For example, a person may have been raised during the 1960s Civil Rights riots in Birmingham, AL. Do not tell only the personal story but also examine the events of the Civil Rights movement that influenced the personal story. In other words, the paper must tell the person’s story and represent the historical significance of the time and events. 

Other examples may be:

  • Explain the impact of the Reagan years
  • Summarize the significance of the first observance of Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 1986.
  • Relate Mikhail Gorbachev ‘s ideas of perestroika and glasnost to the fall of communism
  • Describe the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990, resulting in the U.N. Resolution #678
  • Evaluate the administrations of President Bill Clinton
  • Relate the significance of the Oklahoma City Bombing April 19, 1995
  • Explain the growth of Islamic terrorism at home and abroad in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia
  • Summarize the effects of the No Child Left Behind Act on 2002
  • Tell how Hurricane Katrina August 23, 2005 affected the U.S. and your personal life
  • Describe the significance of the presidential election of November 4, 2008 of Barrack Obama

This paper must include a discussion of the following topics:

  • A thorough summary of the event, including the incidents that took place and the key individuals involved
  • The importance of the event in the larger scope of U.S. history
  • How the event changed the daily life of the person from whose perspective you are writing
  • The lasting legacy of the event in the U.S. and the world

Please adhere to the following requirements for the paper:

Your final paper must be 7-10 pages long, cite a minimum of five sources, and be formatted per the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find sources! Include a title page and reference list page as part of the final project (but not as part of the page count). Submit your final paper to the Portfolio Project assignment.

  • Use at least five sources, including a scholarly journal article
  • Have an introduction and strong thesis
  • Make use of support and examples supporting your thesis
  • Finish with a forceful conclusion reiterating your main idea

Option #2: The Presidential Role in History

For your final Portfolio Project, write a paper about a president/presidency during the post-war period. This paper should focus on external, as well as internal, consequences.

Portfolio Project milestones are due at the end of the weeks in which they are assigned. Go to the Portfolio Milestone page for each week for full details:

  • Week 2: Portfolio Topic and Description (5 Points)
  • Week 4: Develop a Bibliography (10 Points)
  • Week 7: Create a draft Outline (35 Points)

This paper must include a discussion of the following topics:

  • A thorough summary of the presidency, including the incidents that took place and the key individuals involved
  • The importance of the presidency in the scheme of U.S. and world history
  • How the presidency changed daily life in America or around the world
  • The lasting legacy of this presidency in the U.S. and the world

Adhere to the following requirements for this paper:

Your final paper must be 7-10 pages long, cite a minimum of five sources, and be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find sources! Include a title page and reference list page as part of the final project (but do not include them in the page count). Submit your final paper to the Portfolio Project assignment.

  • Use at least five sources, including a scholarly journal article.
  • Include an introduction and strong thesis.
  • Make use of examples to support your thesis
  • Finish with a forceful conclusion reiterating your main idea.

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