WHY and HOW did American history from the 1930s to the 1970s inform the life and work of Peter Seeger

              Final Essay Assignment / Deadline: May 5h, 2014
Context: No cultural expression tells the story of the American twentieth century more powerfully than its music. And the most important American folk singer, song writer, and activist of the century was Peter Seeger, whose lyrics, melodies, and performances inspired countless other artists and gave voice to the sentiments of millions of Americans. Never in pursuit of fame or power, Seeger nonetheless played an important role in American life. But while Seeger made history, he was also a product of his times. His life story is part of our nation’s history – just as American history made Seeger the musician and activist.
In your final essay you will explore the relationship between history and Seeger’s biography (life story) and illustrate how the two narratives (story lines) informed each other.
Prompt: WHY and HOW did American history from the 1930s to the 1970s inform the life and work of Peter Seeger? And WHY and HOW did Pete Seeger in turn shape and change American history in that time period? (Or did he fail to change American history?) What factors limited his influence, which enhanced his role, and why did Americans both love and detest him? In conclusion, what legacy (lasting significance) has Pete Seeger left for Americans in the twenty-first century and what lesson, if any, does his life teach us about the power of the individual in American society and history?
Note: Please study the grading rubric on page four of this document to develop a better understanding of the expectations for this essay.
Evidence
Your analysis should be firmly grounded in the evidence (see the grading rubric on page four), so references to the original documents and carefully selected – and brief – quotations from your textbook and original sources are essential to a good essay.
The following course materials apply to this assignment:
o    Allan M. Winkler, “To Evertyhing There is a Season:” Pete Seeger and the Power of Song.(New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
o    Peter Seeger songs and lyrics on Titanium. (Cite: Peter Seeger, “song title,” Album Title,year.)
o    Michael Schaller et al., American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume II: Since 1865. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
o    Michael Schaller et al ., Reading American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume II: Since 1865. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), chapters 23 to 29.
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Please follow the following basic rules:
1         Cite the sources as listed here. Keep your citations consistent.
2         It is your responsibility to educate yourself about your word processing software and to insert footnotes properly, rather than, for example, use the bottom page space reserved for page numbers, etc.
3         Maintain the grammar when you embed quotations into your own sentence.
4         Do not use block or excessively long quotations (never more than two lines of text).
5         A bibliography (list of works cited) is not necessary since you are using footnotes.
Prevent Plagiarism:
6         Do not plagiarize from any online resources. Do not plagiarize from the book. You will get caught, you will receive an F for the class, and you will be reported to the Dean’s office.
7         You may study and prepare with your fellow students, but you need to write alone. But do not copy from others.
Format:
Your essay shall be 1500 words, written in Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, with 1 ¼ margins. (Less than 1400 words or more than 1600 words reduces the grade by one letter.) Do not include foot- or endnotes in your word-count. Do not use any other format. Number the pages.

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WHY and HOW did American history from the 1930s to the 1970s inform the life and work of Peter Seeger

              Final Essay Assignment / Deadline: May 5h, 2014
Context: No cultural expression tells the story of the American twentieth century more powerfully than its music. And the most important American folk singer, song writer, and activist of the century was Peter Seeger, whose lyrics, melodies, and performances inspired countless other artists and gave voice to the sentiments of millions of Americans. Never in pursuit of fame or power, Seeger nonetheless played an important role in American life. But while Seeger made history, he was also a product of his times. His life story is part of our nation’s history – just as American history made Seeger the musician and activist.
In your final essay you will explore the relationship between history and Seeger’s biography (life story) and illustrate how the two narratives (story lines) informed each other.
Prompt: WHY and HOW did American history from the 1930s to the 1970s inform the life and work of Peter Seeger? And WHY and HOW did Pete Seeger in turn shape and change American history in that time period? (Or did he fail to change American history?) What factors limited his influence, which enhanced his role, and why did Americans both love and detest him? In conclusion, what legacy (lasting significance) has Pete Seeger left for Americans in the twenty-first century and what lesson, if any, does his life teach us about the power of the individual in American society and history?
Note: Please study the grading rubric on page four of this document to develop a better understanding of the expectations for this essay.
Evidence
Your analysis should be firmly grounded in the evidence (see the grading rubric on page four), so references to the original documents and carefully selected – and brief – quotations from your textbook and original sources are essential to a good essay.
The following course materials apply to this assignment:
o    Allan M. Winkler, “To Evertyhing There is a Season:” Pete Seeger and the Power of Song.(New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
o    Peter Seeger songs and lyrics on Titanium. (Cite: Peter Seeger, “song title,” Album Title,year.)
o    Michael Schaller et al., American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume II: Since 1865. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
o    Michael Schaller et al ., Reading American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume II: Since 1865. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), chapters 23 to 29.
o     
Please follow the following basic rules:
1         Cite the sources as listed here. Keep your citations consistent.
2         It is your responsibility to educate yourself about your word processing software and to insert footnotes properly, rather than, for example, use the bottom page space reserved for page numbers, etc.
3         Maintain the grammar when you embed quotations into your own sentence.
4         Do not use block or excessively long quotations (never more than two lines of text).
5         A bibliography (list of works cited) is not necessary since you are using footnotes.
Prevent Plagiarism:
6         Do not plagiarize from any online resources. Do not plagiarize from the book. You will get caught, you will receive an F for the class, and you will be reported to the Dean’s office.
7         You may study and prepare with your fellow students, but you need to write alone. But do not copy from others.
Format:
Your essay shall be 1500 words, written in Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, with 1 ¼ margins. (Less than 1400 words or more than 1600 words reduces the grade by one letter.) Do not include foot- or endnotes in your word-count. Do not use any other format. Number the pages.

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