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Tutor profile: Anna L.

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Anna L.
Educator and Historian for five years
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Subject: Writing

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What is the most important part of a history research paper?

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I would argue that there are many important parts to writing a good research paper; but, two key beginning steps are very important for setting up a good foundation for an excellent paper. First, one of the most important parts of writing a good research paper is asking the right questions. To come up with an original argument, you need to ask a new, interesting question. Developing a good research question is so important because it will guide the rest of the paper - it will guide which sources you look at, how you look at them, how you develop your thesis statement, how you structure your paper, and so much more! Secondly, I think developing a clear thesis statement is another critically important part of writing a good research paper. A good thesis statement should succinctly answer your research question in one to two sentences. This answer to your research question should form the argument of your paper - the claim you seek to make and prove throughout the paper, based on what you found in the sources. I'd love to get the chance to help guide you through the research and writing experience!

Subject: Literature

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Is "David Copperfield" Charles Dickens's autobiography?

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"David Copperfield" is an amazing work of literature. Dickens's writing, as in all of his novels, is delightful - it's descriptive, amusing, heartfelt, dramatic, and insightful. Dickens provides a view into 19th century life in "David Copperfield," which reveals hardships common to the time period, but also unique to the character of David. Many people hold that "David Copperfield" is Dickens's autobiography, which in many respects is true. However, the character of David is a romanticized version of Charles Dickens, and of course certain parts of the story of David's life differ from Dickens's own life. By way of example, the way Dickens addressed David's love life in the book compared to Dickens's own marriage clearly reveals how Dickens romanticized the character of David. David marries a young woman, Dora, who passes away not long into their marriage. While Dora's death is a tragic part of the book, the book also makes it very clear that the love between David and Dora was primarily a childish infatuation, as Dora herself was pampered and childish, though sweet. After Dora's passing, David then realizes his love for his long time friend, Agnes, who he later marries. As you can see, though David's path to his marriage to Agnes was not straightforward, David was never unfaithful to Dora. Dickens, on the other hand, had an affair with a young actress. After years of marriage and many children, Dickens's eyes wandered to this young actress and he eventually left his wife, tearing the Dickens family apart. So, while David Copperfield is, in general, an upstanding man and husband, Dickens failed to display the same fidelity in his own life. There are numerous other elements of "David Copperfield" that fail to perfectly represent Dickens's own life. However, much can still be learned about the author and his journey by reading "David Copperfield," which is a truly wonderful book.

Subject: US History

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How did Irish participation in the American Civil War reflect Ireland's own political and social tensions at the time of the war?

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Irish American participation in the American Civil War contributed greatly to the outcome of the war. Many Irishmen fought on both the Union and Confederate sides of the war; however, they fought for different reasons which reflected the tensions in Ireland. For those who fought on the side of the Union, they believed that it was their duty to their newly adopted homeland of America to defend her from the Confederates. Due to the prevalent anti-immigrant ideas that were popular during the time of the Civil War, these Union Irish soldiers hoped to disprove these anti-immigrant ideas and instead show the rest of the American people how very grateful the Irish were to be Americans. That said, the Union Irish also believed that by fighting in the Civil War they would gain valuable military experiences and training that would serve them well later. Believe it or not, some of these men hoped to return to Ireland after the Civil War and use their experiences during the war to then fight for Ireland's freedom from England. For the Irish Confederates, however, their Civil War service was propelled by a different set of motivating factors. The Irish Confederates viewed the Union as similar to England - just as England ruled over Ireland and controlled the Irish people, so also they believed the Union was trying to rule over the American South. These men, then, fought for the Confederates because they wanted to prevent the Union from controlling the South similarly to how England was controlling Ireland so viciously. As you can see, then, the Irish men who fought in the American Civil War did so for different reasons, but yet all of these reasons related back to the political and social tensions that existed in Ireland at the time. Many Union Irish and Confederate Irish fought in the Civil War in hopes of working towards Ireland's eventual freedom from England.

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