Due Friday May 7, 2021, via Canvas submission. Length: 1,500 words. Format: double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman, standard margins. Please conduct a focused analysis of one primary document (or two-to-three related primary documents) of your choosing in TheFood History Reader, coupled with relevant secondary readingsthat you find doing your own research.
To clarify: The Food History Reader is composed of 14 Parts, containing 90 primary documents (also called primary sources). The phrases “primary document” and “primary source” are interchangeable terms that historians use to refer to any original historical text written by someone in the past.
A secondary reading means a piece of research-based writing, written by an historian or another expert, that examines the past historical record and provides historical context for the primary documents you are analyzing. It should be based on primary-source evidence. It may explicitly analyze or make reference to the very text(s) you are analyzing.
You may focus on the history of one ingredient, the cuisine of a nation or people whom we have or have not discussed at length in class, or a topic related to food – such as agriculture, trade, nutrition, diets, the food industry, etc. in a particular time and place. For this paper you should use all secondary (=scholarly) sources you can get your hands on to help you interpret your chosen document(s). But note that a lot of what you might find related to food history on the Internet is generic or unsupported nonsense. Please note: articles in newspapers, general-interest magazines, popular websites, and blogs are not permitted for use unless you receive specific permission from me to use such articles. I recommend searching for material using Sprague Library’s “Find Articles & More” search box, as well as JSTOR, ProQuest, and Academic Search Complete. Google Books is also a fantastic research tool.
All written work submitted for this course must:
- Be submitted as an MS Word document. No PDFs, no Pages, no Google Docs. (Pages and Google Docs will let you export the finished document as an MS Word file.)
- Length: 1,500 words (approximately).
- Font: Use Times New Roman 12-point font, with standard margins.
- Header and Title: The essay must be headed in upper left corner with your name, the date, the class, and the assignment. You must then place, below and centered on the page, an appropriate and compelling title (please don’t call your essay “Essay 2” or “Document Analysis”!!). Have some fun here.
- Proofreading: The essay must be written to the best of your ability. I expect it to be copy-edited and proofread to eliminate spelling mistakes, formatting mistakes, and errors of punctuation, grammar, capitalization, etc. Mispelling proper names is an especially egregious mistake: don’t do it.
- Single-space the header and title. No separate title page. Just put the header and title at the top of p. 1 and then get right to the essay on the same page.
- Double-space the body of the essay. No extra space between paragraphs.
- Must include page numbers placed on the upper right-hand corner.
- Cite sources using in-text references or footnotes. If using footnotes, use your app’s automated insert-footnote function. Do not create manual footnotes.
- Follow Chicago/Turabian style for references/notes/bibliography. Information and instructions can be found by following the link to The Chicago Manual of Style on our course Canvas site.