Journal of American History Article Analysis

The Journal of American History (JAH) is a highly regarded academic journal; it’s actually the official journal of the Organization of American Historians. Since 1914, it has published peer-reviewed articles on U.S. history, and it covers all historical periods and regions of the United States (and its empire). This assignment asks you to choose between four recent JAH articles (published from 2015 and onward), and write an analytical paper that puts the article into conversation with the historical material (readings and films) from the course. The journal article analysis should have an introduction, body, and a conclusion, as well as citations that are formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style guidelines (footnotes or endnotes). It should be about 4-5 pages long, double-spaced, 12 pt. font. Your paper should address the following questions:1. What is the major historical problem or question examined by the author?
2. What argument does the author make about their subject? What are the important points the author makes?
3. What kinds of evidence (primary and secondary) does the author use to prove their argument?
4. How does the article contribute to a broader historical conversation or debate? How does it advance our understanding of the topic at hand?
5. Did the author make their case successfully? Why or why not?
6. Who is the author and how does their article fit into their larger body of work? For example, what are their major research interests? Have they published on this topic (or on related topics) before? Is their article part of a larger book project? (many historians will publish a chapter from their upcoming book in article form first).
Choose one of these four JAH articles (PDFs are attached below):
Susan Pearson, “‘Age Ought to be a Fact’: The Campaign Against Child Labor and the Rise of the Birth Certificate,” Journal of American History 101, no. 4 (March 2015): 1144-1165.
Daniel Amsterdam, “Before the Roar: U.S. Unemployment Relief after World War I and the Long History of a Paternalist Welfare Policy,” Journal of American History 101, no. 4 (March 2015): 1123-1143.
Julie A. Golia, “Courting Women, Courting Advertisers: The Woman’s Page and the Transformation of the American Newspaper, 1895-1935,” Journal of American History 103, no. 3 (December 2016): 606-628.
Catherine A. Stewart, “Household Accounts: Black Domestic Workers in Southern White Spaces during the Great Depression,” Journal of American History 108, no. 3 (December 2021): 492-520.ALL IN folder: Journal Article Analysis attached files
Course Materials and Readings:The 13th (film) dir. Ava DuvernayAll PDFs attached that are not in the folder