American Indian Genocides

In this assignment, you will write an essay addressing the historiography of your topic based on eight or more of the secondary sources you found in your library project. Historiography is sometimes called a literature review or a survey of secondary sources. The goal of the historiographical essay is to show what others have argued about your topic. Explain the current state of historiography on your subject so that you can indicate in your final paper how your approach differs from or builds upon this existing scholarship. This assignment should be about 1,500 to 2,000 words long (six to eight pages).What that means to me is that you need to produce an overview or summary of what other historians have written about your topic in at least eight secondary sources. What were their theses (not your thesis)? What were their main arguments? What sources did they examine and how did that influence their arguments? I have two past historiographical essays or survey papers, both of which earned high grades. They should illustrate what a historiographical essay is all about. Your Historiographical Essay should be about 6 to 8 pages long. All of the secondary sources you summarize must be cited with endnotes (not footnotes)But here is what SHOULD NOT be in your Historiographical Essay. First, you should only tell what the secondary sources argued, you should not critic their arguments or challenge their assumptions, you will be doing that later in your own paper. A survey or historiograhy paper is about what other scholars have written about your topic.