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Lisa M. Russell

on 18 January 2017

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Transcript of Microhistory

Choose a Microhistory
The Ways we Argue
Structure your Researched Microhistory Argument Essay
Paragraph #1
- primary sources to find out things lost in "big history."
Paragraph # 2
- Use solid secondary sources building toward your final claim.
Paragraph #3
- Three paragraphs is not a magic number. Use whatever number of paragraphs it takes to write a well-researched and supported argumentative essay.
Restate your thesis
Make your claim
Thesis is your GPS to help reader navigate your research
Save your claim for the end
Engage your students
Approve topics
Toulmin-based argument

Middle-ground argument

Rogerian argument

Arguing using Microhistory
Let your writing cool down before revision.
Primary sources made primary
Argument guided by research
Find something that really
interests you. Here's help:
Examples of Primary Sources
Family histories
Business records
Court and legal documents
Church records
Newspapers and newsletters
City/Community histories
Oral histories

Making an Argument
Using Microhistory
Argumentation strategy that is aimed at building common ground between an two extreme opposing positions. This approach highlights the strengths of other views.

Argumentation that is established in Middle-Ground argument. It's built on fair, compassionate engagement with differing views. Good listening and respectful conversation is required.
Talk about claim
Check sources
Guide the

Argumentation strategy that is used to convince an audience. Came from classical argumentation, but with new terminology: claim, support, warrant, backing, rebuttal, and qualifier.
What dark corners of history did your microhistory reveal?
What did you discover?
What is your final claim?

Do not forget the MEAL plan
Narrow the scope of big history
Fill in gaps left by big history
Reveal common people hidden in big history
Bring to light realities and routines of daily life
Paint precise or "thick" descriptions glossed over by big history
Snaps a complete picture of culture
Creates a subtle opposing view or thesis of big history
Slice of history put under a microscope
The claim is made at the end
Guiding Thesis:
"This person, place, thing, or time period changed the world"
What Microhistory Can Do:
Big History?
Big history is common or generally accepted historical knowledge.
It's the "big picture" we learn in history class. It's about the famous people we glorify. It's a summary of important times.
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