Pick one of the following topics- foreign diplomacy, diplomacy with Iran (or another country), war on terror, environmental reform, global climate change, regulations on private industry, financial...

Pick one of the following topics- foreign diplomacy, diplomacy with Iran (or another country), war on terror, environmental reform, global climate change, regulations on private industry, financial market reforms, health care, social security, extremism, declining support in public higher education. Find something that is current and slightly controversial. Write a letter to a specific person that presents and argument, a letter that explains an opinion on the matter and then justify your argument using, through a rigorous understanding, 3 primary sources from the book Voices of Freedom by Eric Foner (4th edition). You can also use his other text Give Me Liberty for additional info that might be helpful to add. You must use the sources from World War 2 and on. The goal is to persuade your audience that your perspective is worth considering. It will be judged on your understanding of history as well as capturing the right audience. Find a person in charge of an agency, committee, industry, bank, senator, president etc and pitch an arguement...900 word minimum essay response.

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There is not a lot that we can do on eNotes to help you with a question like this.  Of course, we cannot write your essay for you.  What is more, it is really not a good idea for us to pick a topic and/or a stance on a topic for you.  In order for you to do a good job on this assignment, you need to write on a topic that is interesting to you and preferably one on which you have an opinion.  We cannot know what topic or topics interest you or what opinions you have on those topics.

That said, I can give you an example of what you might write about and how to do so.  Let us pick the topic of the war on terror.  Let us assume that you think that the US needs to be more militarily aggressive in that war.  You would presumably want to aim your argument at a member of the government.  Your question gives senators and the President as possible audiences from government, but it really could be anyone in the federal government.

The important thing is to figure out exactly what your most persuasive points are going to be.  Why do you think that we should be more aggressive?  Do you want to argue that we should have stayed in Iraq longer to keep ISIS from taking over parts of that country?  Do you want to argue that we should have intervened militarily in Syria so that ISIS could not gain power there?  Do you want to argue that we should be more involved in Yemen or Somalia because groups that are connected to al-Qaeda are now active in those countries?  These would probably be your best arguments.  You could say that, by pulling out of Iraq and not getting militarily involved with “boots on the ground” in those other countries, we are giving the terrorists too much leeway to gain strength and prestige.  Once you have selected the arguments that you think make the most sense, try to pitch them to the interests of the person you are addressing.  If you are trying to persuade a Democrat, for example, you would not want to use anti-Obama rhetoric.

For primary sources, you should be able to use any of the sources from the last chapter of your book with the exception of the Mahoney and Kennedy pieces.  The only information worth using from the textbook would be from the last chapter as well.  With the issues of Yemen, Somalia, and Syria, you would have to use sources other than the Foner books.

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