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Money, Economy and Society -- Summer 2021: Final Project

Introduction

 

Research Paper

A highlight of the Money, Economy and Society learning experience is writing a research paper. That experience
begins for you now and will occupy you for most of the term. It is important to get off to a good start by choosing a topic
that is interesting, especially to YOU; for which sufficient material is available to you; that concerns in some way a comparison between the New Deal and the current Economic Stimulus plans; and that can be addressed thoroughly in 3-5 typed pages.

A topic that fails to meet any one of these criteria will cause problems likely to compound as you progress. Choose carefully.

This is a long-term project. Accept – right now, at the start – that you cannot possibly finish well by trying to complete the entire research project in only a few days.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Research based on primary and secondary sources of sufficient number and quality, to be determined in consultation with the instructor. Encyclopedic sources of all kinds, such as digests of various sorts available on the Internet, are not acceptable.  Papers will be 3-5 pages in length (excluding the Title Page and the Works Cited Page) and be double-spaced, typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1-inch margins.

Source citations and Works Cited per University of Chicago style, which can be found on this site: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html  

EVALUATION & GRADING:

Your work will be evaluated per this rubric, with each factor comprising 20% of your final grade.

Reading of historical sources (primary & secondary)

Thinking (understanding of subject & formulation of thesis)

Argumentation (use of information & evidence)

Writing (use of language)

Process (adherence to deadlines & U. of Chicago protocols of scholarship).

SCHEDULE:

            Initial conference with instructor……………………………………… Week 1

Topic proposal(s) ………………………………………………………  Week 2

            Thesis statement and formal outline………………………………….  Week 3

Typed draft with annotated Works Cited……………………………..  Week 4

            Final paper…………………………………………………………….... Week 5

           

ONE FINAL NOTE:

            Your research paper will demand a lot of time, self-discipline, careful planning, writing and rewriting, and above all, consistent effort. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!

Books

For this project, it is important to understand historical context of the "New Deal." The OWHL has many sources on this time in America's history. Use this search to see what our NOBLE catalog brings up. For more recent government economic stimulus plans search the NOBLE catalog and get help from your librarian. 

Research Forms

Below are a few forms that you may find helpful as you begin the Research Process:

Reports and Studies

The following groups have pubblished articles relating to marijuana legalization.  Simply click on the webiste and do a simple search to get some great results.

WebSites

Economic Milestones

President

Date

Event

Franklin D. Roosevelt

1933 – 1939

New Deal

Civilian Conservation Corps

Civil Works Administration

Farm Security Administration

National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933

Social Security Administration

William J. Clinton

1993

Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1993 aka Deficit Reduction Act of 1993

William J. Clinton

1996

Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996

William J. Clinton

1997

Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997

William J. Clinton

1999

Financial Services Modernization Act

George W. Bush

2001

Economic Growth and Tax Relief and Reconciliation Act of 2001

George W. Bush

2003

Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003

George W. Bush

2003

Medicare Part D

George W. Bush

2008

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

George W. Bush

2008

Troubled Asset Relief Program

Barack H. Obama

2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Barack H. Obama

2010

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Barack H. Obama

2010

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Barack H. Obama

2012

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Barack H. Obama

2015

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act

Donald A. Trump

2017

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Donald A. Trump

2020

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

Joe Biden

2021

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

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