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"up from slavery"
All reviews must be typewritten, 500-750 words (2-3 pages, double-spaced).
The reviews must also include three additional sources; these may be reviews of the book in periodicals and professional publications or references to the historical issue or personality in question in other books on the same subject.
Your reviews should emphasize analysis of the book; analysis refers to style, readability, (the author's) writing effectiveness, suitability for various reading audiences, relationship to the course and its content, other reviewer’s assessments of the book, other historians’ treatment of the same subject etc. Do not simply summarize the book’s contents!
Cite the bibliographical listing of your book at the top of the first page of your review. List author, title, publisher, and publication date. Underneath write "reviewed by" and your name.
Basic structure of your review should be as follows:
Heading (name of book, your name, etc.)
General overview of the book’s subject
Summary of the book's contents
Additional do's and don'ts:
Be impersonal in a formal review. Do not refer to yourself
especially in the first person. ("I found this book to be . . .").
Do not refer to your reader as "you."
Do not change tenses when describing the narrative of the book:
“Admiral Yamamoto took command of the Japanese fleet. Then
he is ordered to make plans for an attack on Pearl Harbor . . .”
Use the same tense consistently, and events of the past should be
treated with the past tense.
Avoid making paragraphs of just one sentence.
Do not refer to biographies and historical works as novels! Novels
are works of fiction!
Do not use the phrase “time period.” There are times and there are
periods, but “time period” is redundant.
Do not use trite phrases such as “make a difference” (when referring
To someone having much influence over historical events).
Do not refer to these historical works as novels! Novels are works of fiction!
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