Explain what this article is about, and describe what interpretation of the subject matter the author offers.

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Your précis (a short summary and analysis of an article) should be between two and three pages in length, typed and double-spaced with a simple header (your name and a title will suffice) that does not waste space. Please proofread your précis, as this is a college-level assignment that should utilize proper grammar and sentence structure. The précis is due Tuesday, December 15th.
The précis should cover one of the articles we have covered in the course, from the list below:
“Americans, Germans, and War Crimes” by James Weingartner
“Security Against Democracy” by Elaine May
“The Whole United States is Southern!” by Charles M. Payne
“The Long Civil Rights Movement” by Jacquelyn Hall
Half of the assignment’s points will be given for turning in an honest attempt at the assignment (one paragraph “blurbs” do not count), with the remainder being given for thoroughness and thoughtfulness in reflecting on the article you are covering.
In writing a précis, you should:
Summarize the author’s argument. What is their article about, and what interpretation of the subject matter are they offering?
Connect the article with material in the Foner textbook or primary sources. How does the article enhance your understanding of some of the themes from the secondary readings (this might include larger historical context or changes to American foreign policy, civil rights, gender relations, etc.) or the document discussions from class? Cite your sources appropriately with a page number or document title.
Do at least one of the following (being thorough here is what divides 80% from 90% and 100% papers):
Discuss how and why this article challenges an earlier interpretation of history.
Analyze how this article relates to one or more of the other articles we have read this semester.
Critique the kinds of evidence and sources the author provides—are there additional sources or perspectives that would make the argument better or provide a more complete picture of their subject?

Use the Discussion Questions from the articles to help focus your readings and develop a “skeleton” for your papers.
Rubric
Precis Rubric
Precis Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCompleted Assignment
50 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeArgument Summary
Explain what this article is about, and describe what interpretation of the subject matter the author offers.
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContextualization and Connections
Connect the article with material in the Foner textbook or primary sources–cite the document title or page number you are referencing.
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSynthesis
Do at least one of the following:
– Discuss how and why this article challenges an earlier interpretation of history.
– Analyze how this article relates to one or more of the other articles we have read this semester.
– Critique the kinds of evidence and sources the author provides—are there additional sources or perspectives that would make the argument better or provide a more complete picture of their subject?
10 pts
Total Points: 100

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