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Latin American Revolutions: Revolutionary Faces Essay 2: Home

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Latin American Revolutions - Research Essay #2: Revolutionary Faces - Spring 2023

This essay will examine and analyze one revolutionary leader in Latin America.

The student will be able to: 

  • DO 1: Identify, summarize, and evaluate primary and secondary sources.

  • DO 2: Perform close reading and annotation, and display comprehension. 

  • DO 3: Conduct independent and responsible research. 

  • DO 4: Formulate and critique arguments about topics in Latin American history and current events.

The student will know:

  • KNOW 7: Unique information about Latin American history and current events through independently designed research topics.

Researching and Learning

This essay will examine one of the key driving forces behind any revolutionary movement: the people. Your job is to select one key Latin American revolutionary to examine. See last page for subject suggestions.

Once you have made your selection you will need to gain as much knowledge as possible about the person and the context under which they worked. Thus, you will not only be researching biographical information but more general information about the time period your subject was (or perhaps still is) active, the countries they worked in, their ideologies and goals, and what they accomplished or failed to accomplish. 

Thesis Development and Outlining

This essay is NOT a biography of the subject! Your introductory paragraph is a good place to include key context or basic biographical details, but your body paragraphs should be dedicated to forwarding an argument about your subject. The examples you provide in your body paragraphs might indeed be biographical, but your analysis should reveal how the biographical details support the essay’s argument. Some ideas to get you started in your thesis development: 

  • Why was this person a successful revolutionary and why? 

  • Where did this person fall short as a revolutionary leader and why? 

  • Why was this person and their ideology appealing to people? 

  • What is your critique of this person’s leadership style? 

  • What is the lasting impact or legacy of this person/ideology on a specific country or the region of Latin America? 

  • Other lenses through which to analyze your subject are welcome! 

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