Emancipation Proclamation Essay Sample

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To understand America, one must try to understand race. W.E.B. DuBois stated, “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” Unfortunately, this could be said for the century before and maybe the century afterwards. Your assignment is to read the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln and “My Dungeon Shook” by James Baldwin to help understand this “problem of the color line.” To do well on this assignment, you will need to do some of your own background research on Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and James Baldwin’s “My Dungeon Shook” (originally published in his book “The Fire Next Time”). The texts of both assignments are posted on my website (http://www.ssatterwhite.com) under your class heading. Assignment

English Composition II:For this assignment, you will do a rhetorical analysis of both Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Baldwin’s letter to his nephew. Each Rhetorical Analysis will be done on a separate sheet of paper. The purpose of this assignment is to have you practice a close reading of a writer’s rhetorical abilities and an author’s writing style for efficacy. Requirements:-12 pt Times New Roman Font and double-spaced

-Use MLA citation for each separate work below title but above rhetorical outline.
-Use separate bullet points to outline your rhetorical situation in regards to text, reader, author, constraints, and exigencies (T.R.A.C.E) as described in Writing Today in the “UWF” supplements at the beginning of your book and the chapter on Rhetorical Analysis. Write in complete sentences and use proper grammar. -If you cite any information, use journalist citation method instead of MLA (ex: As James Baldwin writes in his letter to a nephew, “You come from a long line of great poets.”)

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