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For this assignment you will individually develop several manifestos that represent how the people who populate our readings wanted to make Oregon a better place. We will use the discussions in weeks 4 and 5 to develop and share ideas for this assignment. When you are done, you will submit the equivalent of 6-8 double-spaced typed pages divided up into several manifestos. At the conclusion of each manifesto, include a brief paragraph (150 words or so) describing how it reflects the course materials. Individual manifestos cannot be based on a single source but must include a cross section of materials. A strong portfolio of manifestos will demonstrate fluency with most of the materials in the unit.
– identify problems
– describe the cause(s) of the problems
– rally readers to support a solution
They should reflect the perspectives, even the words, of the Oregon change agents that inspire them, which might be individuals or groups. For example, one of your manifestos might reflect Walter Pierce’s perspectives while another might reflect that of conscientious objectors during WWII. Unlike most manifestos, these should include citations, which can be in Chicago or the style used in your discipline.
you will include a 300-350 word reflection on all of the manifestos, which is not included in either example.
In addition to your portfolio of manifestos (with the short explanatory paragraphs following each one), you will submit an overarching statement of reflection similar to the curator’s statement of the last assignment that analyzes your portfolio in 300-350 words (not part of the 6-8 pages of the manifestos). What kind of Oregon did the people we read about want and why? In what ways do you think they were successful in meeting their goals? Where did their ideas about what made an ideal Oregon diverge or converge?