Skip to main content

HIST 2231 - O. Gonzalez: Home

A library guide for US History to 1877


Terri Smith's picture
Terri Smith
Terri Smith's Personal Meeting Room in Zoom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Meeting ID: 589 605 2854

Call me @ 661 763-7817

Your Assignment

Research Assignment:

You will write a 5-6 page paper response on The Civil War that will incorporate readings, lectures, and class discussions on the topic. You must also use library resources to find 3 to 4 outside sources. These sources can be books, articles, primary sources, etc. Your sources must be scholarly sources--academic journal articles and books written by experts in the field are considered scholarly sources.  You must cite 2 examples from your textbook, primary sources, and at least 3 sources from library research.  Check out the Types of Sources guide for more details about primary and secondary sources.

Essay Questions:

Although the Union Army ultimately defeated the Confederate rebels and won the Civil War for the Northern states, who really won the Civil War? 

How did Reconstruction reshape Southern society (economics, institutions, culture)?

How did the war and the aftermath of the war impact the lives of African Americans?


Your paper is to follow the Chicago/Turabian Style and include a Bibliography.  Please see the Chicago/Turabian Style Guide tab on this page.

Getting started

The information on the following tabs of this guide will help you identify keywords for your topic, find and evaluate different types of sources, and cite your sources.

For additional help using library resources, explore the library's Library Research Skills guide

For writing help, see the Taft College Learning Center for information about getting help from a writing tutor.