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Format: A three–or four–page paper, typed and double–spaced using Times New Roman or similar font.
Attach a copy of this prompt and evaluation rubric to the back of the paper.
Prompt: During the first half of the twentieth–century, American reformers redefined and reoriented how
the white middle class understood the American character. In this paper, first clarify twentieth–century
ideas values and concerns with respect to the American character, particularly how they were manifested
through immigration policy and eugenics. Analyze the ways Erskine Caldwell, in his novel Tobacco
Road, engages twentieth–century ideas about the American character. Assess to what degree you think
Caldwell’s engagement of American character speaks to contemporary America, citing current
examples from popular culture to support your conclusion.
Clarification twentieth–century ideas values and concerns with respect to the American character,
Excellent description; evidences rigorous and substantial knowledge of immigration policy and eugenics
Good description; evidences a sound knowledge of immigration policy and eugenics
Competent description; evidences a basic grasp of immigration policy and eugenics; may have some omissions or minor
Evidences less that a basic grasp of immigration policy and eugenics; significant omissions or major errors
A substantially incomplete answer or does not address the prompt
Analysis of Erskine Caldwell’s engagement of twentieth–century ideas about the American character. Excellent
discussion and well supported with a wide range of examples; evidences a careful reading of the assignment
Good discussion and well supported with a good range of examples; evidences a careful reading of the assignment
Competent discussion and supported with a fair range of examples; evidences a competent reading of the assignment
Incomplete description and incomplete support; limited in number and/or range; evidences limited reading of assignment
No description and/or no support offered; no evidence of completion of reading assignment
Assessment of Caldwell’s engagement, with respect to contemporary American popular culture.
Insightful observations and careful analysis; excellent links between Caldwell and current popular culture
Relevant observations and analysis; strong links between Caldwell and current popular culture
Competent observations and analysis if uneven links between Caldwell and current popular culture
Very little analysis; limited or superficial links between Caldwell and current popular culture
Clearly communicates ideas and information in a well–organized essay
Good communication of ideas and information in a fairly well–organized essay
Communicates ideas and information in a vague and unstructured manner; difficult to follow discussion