HIS 255 Grand Canyon What the Matter with History by James McPherson
Critical reviews are a specific form of writing and an essential tool in the field of history. Rather than summarizing a secondary work, as in a book report, a review evaluates the content, style, and context of the work with careful analysis in a short critical essay. Its basic components include (1) a clear theme or argument, (2) a very short profile or synopsis of the book, and (3) a logically organized critical assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, and context of the work.
Read at least one (1) essay chapter from James McPherson’s collection, Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War (Oxford, 1996), available electronically through the GCU library at https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/lib/gcu/detail.action?docID=271336#.
Write a critical review of 500-750 words from the James McPherson selection.
Use at least two academic reviews of the McPherson selection you chose as guides and sources. The critical review should abide by disciplinary standards.
Use only sources found at the GCU Library or those provided in Course and/or Topic Materials.
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