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James M. McPherson’s “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War

Task: Write an essay length review of your book including arguments about key strengths and weaknesses of the book and the authors historical research. Your…

Task: Write an essay length review of your book including arguments about key strengths and weaknesses of the book and the authors historical research.
Your essay should follow this format: 1,000-1,500 words long (roughly 4-6 double spaced pagesTyped and submitted to Canvas turn in folderIntro paragraph that includesAn overview of the books historical topicAn overview of the authors historical argument(s) AND the sources they used to write this bookA brief background of the authorWho they are and what their previous work includes (topics and titles)Do they teach? Where? An overview of the how the book was received by Academic community: youll read reviews for this infoGeneral public: popular reviews and book sales info (bestseller lists etc)Finally: your arguments about what you feel the strengths and weaknesses of the book areBody paragraphs should includeDetailed discussion of the authors historical argument and sources used AND your thoughts on this aspect of their workDetailed discussion of how this book compares to other books/articles/documentaries about the same historical era or eventsYoull need to read professional reviews of this book to learn this info Detailed discussion of how this book was received by the academic community of professional historians AND how it was received by the general publicSome books will have much more readership in 1 of these areas than another; rarely will a book of wide readership both with professionals and the publicYoull need to read reviews to learn much of this infoAs mentioned above, you need to read at least THREE PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS about your book to help you write this paperYou must cite at least 3 reviews in your body paragraphsThese will be quoted as evidence along with the material you cite from your book ACCESS these reviews using the following link: https://library.coloradomtn.edu/discipline/historyThis link can also be found through the CMC libraries websiteThroughout your body paragraphs you should include discussions of your opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of the book and the authors work This is after all your review of the book Conclusion paragraph Here is where you should discuss why the history presented in your book is important to modern American society AND how this book fits in to our current cultural efforts to understand this particular chapter of American history

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