Apr 8

Annotated Bibliography

Due in time for class, Thursday, Apr 8

What can you learn about the history of your political issue (or other topic) from scholars who have studied it? Find sources and report your findings in a format that will help others who are interested in the same topic.

  1. Sources
    • Number required: 4.
    • Sources should meet quality standards of college-level research: no encyclopedia articles; no “informative” websites. Articles in book collections count individually—but don’t include more than 2 or 3 articles from any given collection.
    • List sources using Chicago style Bibliographical citations (details at the bottom of this page)
    • This bibliography should focus on secondary sources (scholars, authorities) rather than on primary sources (historical documents, evidence). Ideally, one book source and one article source (whether a journal article or a chapter from a scholarly anthology).
  2. Annotations: 100-200 words (3-7 sentences), phrased to present the source author as the main character of the annotation. While you can collaborate in crafting bibliographic entries, your annotations should be written independently from the other people in your group. Read/skim each source, assess its topic, thesis and body of evidence, and then write a brief summary. Your annotation should answer some or all of the following:
    • What is the author trying to do?
      • What topic does the source address?
      • What prior understanding does it take as starting point?
      • What new understanding does it argue as thesis?
      • What kind(s) of evidence does the author reference?
    • How is it different/the same as other sources in your list?
      • Consider differences of method, of opinion, etc.
      • Make note if one source gets referenced as an authority by other sources, even if those others disagree with it: that’s a sign of respect, of a source worth disagreeing with.
  3. Turning in your Annotated Bibliography
      • Format: PDF
      • Filename: your name + ‘Bib’ followed by the appropriate extension (.pdf).
        • Make sure that there are no periods in the name other than the one in “.pdf”
      • Website Location:
        • The class 11.2 HW page appropriate for your section: D4 | D5 | D6.
        • Type your topic into a comment and mark it in boldface.
        • Upload your completed bibliography as an attachment to that comment.

8 responses to “Bibliography

  1. Diggins, John Patrick. Mussolini and Fascism: The View from America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972. Accessed April 4, 2021. ProQuest Ebook Central. https://ebookcentral.proquest……ID=3031390
    Diggins’ book conveys the American perspective of the rise of the fascist dictator Mussolini. Diggins digs into the Italian immigrants in America who thought supporting Mussolini was supporting their home country and their heritage. The author provides a unique perspective as to why the immigrants felt the need to represent their country. He correlated immigrant nationalism with American nativism. The author discusses the harsh treatment of Italian immigrants in America. For example, the physical violence against Italian immigrants in West Frankfurt, Illinois in 1920. Citizens of the small town dragged Italian immigrants out of their homes and beat and stoned them. This led the Italian immigrants to feel a need to passionately showcase their pride for Italy, so much so that they supported a fascist dictator. Diggins writes, “Doubtless fascist propaganda provided the fertilizer, but American society planted the seed”.

  2. Stevenson, Bryan. “Drug Policy, Criminal Justice and Mass Imprisonment.” Global Commission on Drug Policy, 2011.

    This article highlights the overall issue of incarceration and drug policies. In the beginning, bringing to light the fact that incarceration has more than doubled since 1977. Talking about how the US spent $68 billion on imprisonment back in 2006 and how just the amount of prisons has noticeably increased since 1985, stating that between 1985-95 there was about one prison being built a week. Going further to how drug policies and how it has impacted incarceration by looking at statistics. Noting how drug arrests unjust the sentences are and how prison should not be the place for drug users, low-level drug users at least. Flowing into how racial discrimination has also played a role in drug policies and incineration rates of minorities. Pointing to the famous 100-1 crack-cocaine law, using it as evidence to show this discrimination in our justice system. Finally rounding it out by noting how prisons can be by using new and updated strategies which includes restructuring how prison sentences are decided and even sending drug users to rehab instead of prison.

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