Required Assignment Format:
4-5 pages in content (No Title Page (you will use the header below instead). The
Work Cited/Bibliography page can fall on page 5 or 6.)
12 Times New Roman Font
Double spaced & stapled
Standard 1” margins
Watch the film as a visual aid! It will “bring to life” what you are learning, and reading about
in the course. (Remember: the paper is not a movie review or summary)
Include 3-4 primary and/or secondary sources
Citations must be formatted in MLA or Chicago Manual Style)
**Film Reviews ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE SOURCES
**Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable source
**Only reputable and/or academic sources will be accepted
The Header– PUT THIS IN THE REAL HEADER SPACE AT THE TOP OF THE FIRST
PAGE & IT WILL APPEAR ON ALL PAGES.
Last Name, First Name Paper 3 AAFS 219 Burns
Papers that do not follow the guidelines/format above will automatically be reduced 2 points!
REMEMBER: THIS IS NOT A MOVIE REVIEW (or SUMMARY) PAPER!!!
***** The film serves as a visual aid to see what you are reading and learning about.
Paper 3: The film “Dead Presidents” depicts the “home front” and “war front” experiences of urban African American men and women during the Vietnam War. As you watch the film, pay close attention to how black military service is viewed, and experienced, in the Black community. Also pay attention to what the 1970s American urban environment was like, and what black women and black veterans experienced after their service ended and they returned to urban America.
Questions to answer: How did the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s impact the lives of African American men and women in post-1970 urban America? How did the movement’s achievements impact the experiences of African American soldiers on the war front? What were black veterans confronted with upon their return to the urban American home-front (aka civilian life)? What factors explain the post-civil rights and post-war era urban American experience for black veterans, and the black community as a whole?
Remember, you are telling me WHAT YOU THINK based on what you now know. Since the paper is short, but the questions are very broad, you will not be able to include everything you think and would like to say. Instead, you should pick and analyze two-to-three main points you deem the most relevant and explain them well. The most successful papers will have a concise thesis, be well organized, and properly cited. Remember, you have lecture notes, additional sources, and the required readings to base your answers on. And, the film can be used as a source but ONLY as a citation to a specific scene that is an example of YOUR point. DO NOT SUMMARIZE THE SCENES OR ENTIRE FILM.