Homework Essay Help: Assignment 3: America as a Superpower
For History 105: Dr. Stansbury’s classes (7 pages here)
Due Week 9 and worth 120 points. The formal deadline is on Monday morning at 9am Eastern Time; this is the next day after Week 9 ends. Watch announcements, emails, and postings for exact dates and any holiday notes that sometimes arise.
Assignment 3: America as a Superpower
Due Week 9 and worth 120 points
The previous assignments focused on domestic matters in U.S. history. This last assignment explores America’s international role in recent decades.
BACKGROUND–By the mid-20th century, the United States had become the dominant force in international relations. Some have argued that the United States’ military functions as the world’s “police.” This assignment covers the manner in which this shift occurred and the consequences the United States faces as a result of its status as “policeman of the world.” One can identify early steps this direction well before World War II, but in this paper focus on the period from 1950 to the present. The American international “policing” role developed because of the Cold War, but now terrorists or any power having or trying to get weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are the potential targets of such a role. Examine the statements below and drawing from provided sources, present a paper with specific examples and arguments to demonstrate the validity of your position. Your paper will use specific examples—two from the Cold War years and two from the past two decades.
NOTE: The word “policing” here has nothing to do with traditional law enforcement agencies. It is more about trying to manage parts of the globe—usually by use of military force or the threat of it. The aim of this management may be to maintain stability, remove threats of “rogue” forces or terrorists or weapons, prevent the expansion of autocratic rule, protect a fledgling democracy, etc.
Choose one of these position statements (make it the last sentence of your introductory paragraph):
THESIS STATEMENT 1. By examples from different decades since 1950, it is clear that the international policing role and strategy of the United States was once essential, but should now be discarded as ineffective and counterproductive.
THESIS STATEMENT 2. By examples from different decades since 1950, it is clear that the international policing role and strategy of the United States during the Cold War has become even more necessary in this period of terrorism and instability.
· Plan to make that thesis statement the last sentence in your introductory paragraph. The general subject is America’s international “policing” role as a superpower for the last 70-plus years. You may moderate the wording slightly to fit more precisely the position you wish to take. This is NOT a simple statement of a topic; it is a statement of a position you are taking about that topic. p.s.—Valid arguments and “A” papers can be made with either thesis. So, you choose the one you think is the stronger position.
In your paper, use specific examples—two from the Cold War years (1950-1991) and two from the past three decades (since 1991). After giving general consideration to your readings and your research, select one of the positions above as your position—your thesis. (Sometimes after doing more thorough research, you might choose the reverse position. This happens with critical thinking and inquiry. Your final paper might end up taking a different position than you originally envisioned.) Organize your paper as follows, handling these issues with this FOUR-PART organization:
Length: The paper should be 50suggesting why your thesis/position is stronger than a different view. Approach it this way: You adopted a thesis statement. The opposing view is the thesis statement you did NOT adopt. You might start this paragraph by saying “Some may disagree with my thesis and argue that ——- .” THEN—you spend 3 or 4 sentences giving a reasoned argument why your thesis is stronger than the opposing view.
Research and References: You must use a MINIMUM of four quality academic sources; the Schultz textbook must be one of them. The other three may be from the list below or from other quality sources you find in the university’s online library. (Sticking with the list is a safe strategy; using other quality sources from the university’s online library is permitted.) This is guided research, not Googling.
SWS Form for the textbook:
Kevin M. Schultz. 2018. HIST: Volume 2: U.S. History since 1865. 5th ed.
Choose sources relevant to the topic and position you are taking:
G. H. W. Bush. March 6, 1991. Address before a Joint Session of the Congress on the Cessation of the Persian Gulf Conflict. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/bushnwo.html
S. Chace. Summer, 2015. The Cuban Missile Crisis: Leadership as Disturbance, Informed by History. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=110092272&site=eds-live&scope=site
J. F. Dulles. Jan. 2, 1954. Secretary Dulles’ Strategy of Massive Retaliation. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/dulles.html
M. Klare. July 15, 2002. Endless Military Superiority. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=6926412&site=eds-live&scope=site
T. McCrisken. April/May, 2013. Obama’s Drone War. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=86689166&site=eds-live&scope=site
C. Paul. 2008. Marines on the Beach: The Politics of U.S. Military Intervention Decision Making. eBook. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=275009&site=eds-live&scope=site
C. Powell. Feb. 6, 2003. Transcript of Powell’s UN Presentation. http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/02/05/sprj.irq.powell.transcript/
R. Reagan. March, 1983. Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/evilemp.html
Kevin M. Schultz. 2018. HIST: Volume 2: U.S. History since 1865. 5th ed.
S. M. Tarzi. Sept. 2014. The Folly of a Grand Strategy of Coercive Global Primacy: A Fresh Perspective on the Post-9/11 Bush Doctrine. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=98323177&site=eds-live&scope=site
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
GRADING RUBRIC: Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.
Assignment 3: America as a Superpower
Below 60% F
Meets Minimum Expectations
1. Clearly introduce your paper with your thesis.
Poor or no introduction. No thesis statement used from those provided.
Insufficiently introduced your paper with your thesis statement.
Partially introduced your paper with your thesis statement.
Satisfactorily introduced your paper with your thesis statement, chosen from the list provided.
Thoroughly and clearly introduced your paper with your thesis statement chosen from the list provided.
2. Discuss four specific examples from different decades (between 1950 and the present) to support your thesis. However, two (2) examples must be from the Cold War years (before 1991) and the other two (2) examples must be from the past twenty (20) years. Be persuasive and coherent with sound reasoning; have examples based on solid research.
Did not submit or incompletely discussed four examples from the correct time period. The examples covered are not supported by research and reason.
Insufficiently discussed four examples from the right time frame. The examples might not all have clear relevance to the thesis or strong support from research and reason.
Partially discussed four examples from the proper time frame. The examples might not be as relevant or as well researched as they should be.
Satisfactorily discussed four clear examples from the proper time frame. Examples are based on good research and are relevant to the thesis.
Thoroughly and coherently discussed four
clear examples from the proper time frame (at least one example being from the last ten years). The discussion is persuasive and with sound reasoning and good support.
3. Explain clearly and persuasively why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be a weaker view.
Did not submit or incompletely explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be a weaker view.
Insufficiently explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be the weaker view. The reasoning or examples might be flawed.
Partially explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be the weaker view. The reasoning or examples might be flawed.
Satisfactorily explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be the weaker view.
Thoroughly and clearly explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be the weaker view. Used persuasive reasoning or clear examples.
4. Discuss effectively the ways that the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession. Weight: 20%
Did not submit or incompletely discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession.
Insufficiently discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession.
Partially discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession
Satisfactorily discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession.
Thoroughly and effectively discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession.
5. Used the MINIMUM of FOUR references, drawing from the list provided (using at least two sources from our online Library). The class text is one of the sources used. References are listed at the end and matching in-text citations are used.
No references provided
Does not meet the required number of references; Insufficient on the reference list or in-text citations.
Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices or not from the list provided.
Meets minimum number of required references; most references come from the list provided.
Meets at least the minimum number of required references; all references high quality choices. Sources are listed at the end and also cited in the body of the paper. Solid research is evident.
6. Writing and Presentation:
Used good grammar. Presentation shows clarity, reason, and critical thinking with proper writing mechanics. SWS format is used for reference entries, in-text citations, paper layout, and organization. Instructions followed.
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