Comparative research is a great methodology to use when there is a need and desire to understand people of another place and/or time.

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 11
  • Link: Library of Congress, Historic American Newspapers
  • Minimum of 2 newspaper resource for initial post

IntroductionHistorical-Comparative research is a great methodology to use when there is a need and desire to understand people of another place and/or time.

This tool works best to provide a macro-level understanding of events, places, and people.

Initial Post InstructionsYou may not know this, but the Library of Congress has digitized a tremendous amount of newspapers dating as far back as 1836. I want you to pick a topic and find at least two newspaper articles that are OVER seventy- five years old on the topic. Then, share with the class what you found. Is the issue still perceived the same or has it changed? Has the language about the topic changed? What is the same and what is different?

You should note that what things are called will change over time so you may have to look up the history of your topic before you do a search. For example, the movement related to gay marriage is now referred to as same-sex marriage (but not everyone has made the change).

Secondary Post InstructionsWhen replying to your fellow students, consider what they have found and how it may change your view of the topic. Are you able to add any other perspectives on the topic?

Writing Requirements

  • In addition to one initial post, respond to at least two peers.
  • Initial Post Length: minimum of 250 words
  • Secondary Post Length: minimum of 200 words per post
  • Using APA format, incorporate appropriate in-text citation(s) referring to the academic concept with corresponding references page for the initial post.

Grading and AssessmentMeeting the minimum number of postings does not guarantee an A; you must present an in-depth discussion of high quality, integrate sources to support your assertions, and refer to peers’ comments in your secondary posts to build on concepts.

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