The assignment is to write a historiographical research paper. In a
nutshell, historiography is the “history
of history.” Rather than subjecting actual events, such as the Emancipation
Proclamation, to historical analysis, the subject of historiography is the history of the history of the event, meaning the manner in which scholars have written
about the subject, that is, the sometimes-conflicting objectives pursued by
those writing about the event over time and the way in which such factors have shaped
our understanding of the event.
Of
course, there should be a brief summary of your topic to provide context for
the reader. However, this is NOT a narrative essay on a historical topic. The objective of this paper is to explore the specific opinions of at least
three scholars on the topic of your paper. These opinions may or may not be contradictory but more a matter of
emphasis. For example, there are varying views among historians concerning
Lincoln’s motivation behind issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Some assert
that Lincoln’s executive order was primarily a wartime measure specifically
designed to cripple the Southern economy by encouraging slaves to run away.