THESIS OUTLINE AND MAP ONLY- compare/contrast 1 PRE 1900’S and 1 POST 1900’S artist/musician(s)

1. You are comparing and contrasting two thinkers, artists, musicians, politicians, historians, dancers, entertainers, novelists, architechs and so forth.

2. If you desire to mix them, that is up to you ie Politician versus a dancer. That may be a bit more difficult, but that is your choice.

3. The list to choose from can be found in your etext book. Or you can do a search on your own. For example. if you love politics, immediately you know that may be your forte or choice of a project. IE Roosevelt vs Clinton for instance.

4. You are selection ONE thinker/artist PRE 1900 or very close to his/her reingn in 1900 or before. You will compare to an artist/thinker AFTER 1900s. So, pre modern versus Modern.

You will need your information and sources to plug into your outline.

The outline will begins with and Introduction:

I. Introduce generally your topic (5 sentences).

A. Your transition sentence: 1 or more sentences.

B. Your thesis statement. Very important (1-2 sentences).

II. Subheading for your first section (Perhaps for ex. Abe Lincoln and MLK’s history and family background)

A. From your sources – plug in a quote by both men or by their family members.

B. More phrases from your sources

C “

III. Another section (perhaps what lead them to presidency or major public figure) – subhead this section.

A. Quotes and phrases

B. “

C. “

IV. Subhead section – Perhaps MAJOR WORKS or accomplishments

A. List their accomplisments (dates) and the importance of these movements

B. More “

C. More “

V. Conclusion (write the actual conclusion you will use in your final paper) 5 or more sentences.

VI. List your references/sources.

Here is an example outline/map:

*****EXAMPLE ONLY*****

Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.

Thesis and Map

  1. Introduction
  1. Booker T. Washington stated, “I have begun everything with the idea that I could succeed, and I never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed” and with that one idea brought success (Washington, 1998, p. [Page 66]). Booker was a well educated, hardworking educator, who wanted African Americans to have a better economic success.
  2. Comparable to Washington’s success is Martin Luther King Jr, “He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience” (“Martin Luther King, Jr,” n.d.). King states, “There are three urgent and indeed great problems that we face not only in the United States of America but all over the world today. That is the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war” (“Martin Luther King, Jr,” n.d.). Martin Luther King, Jr. is well known for his advancements in the civil rights movement by fighting racial discrimination through a nonviolent stand.
  3. Though they both lived during different diverse generations, they equally shared the similar desire of improving the situations of the African Americans people. Although they had the same intentions, Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. had different ways of confronting the situation at hand.
  1. Body

a. Growing up

    1. “The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of race” (Washington, 1998, p. [Page 155]).
    2. Booker T. Washington was born a slave in Franklin County, Virginia; he is not sure of the year, but it is somewhere between 1858-1859. He lived in a small cabin on the plantation of his owners; he lived here with his mother, brother, and sister. He never knew his father, only heard stories about him and is said to be a white man. They lived there until after the Civil War when they were set free. They moved to West Virginia, so that Jane Booker’s mother could be with her husband. It was in West Virginia where Booker attended school for the first time and taught himself to read and write. Booker had to work to earn money so he could attend Hampton Institute. Booker was born in a time where freedom was not a given; he had to work hard to get an education to make something of himself.
    3. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, born on January 15, 1929, to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King grew up with an older sister and a younger brother. King attended Booker T. Washington High School; this is where he became excellent at public speaking. At the age of 15, King was accepted to Morehouse College and graduated from with a BA degree in sociology. In 1955 he attended Boston University where he received he doctoral degree. King was born a free man, to two loving parents, and his studies were not held back due to his race.
  1. Same intentions
  1. “To deprive man of freedom is to relegate him to the status of a thing, rather than elevate him to the status of a person” (Carson & King, 1998).
  2. Booker had a vision of African Americans having equal rights. He wanted whites to see African Americans has people. He wanted to help end racism.
  3. King wanted African American to have equal rights; he thought that there should not be segregation between the races. He fought for what he believed in.
  4. Booker and King wanted Africans Americans to have the same rights has any other race, they both fought for what they believed in.

c. Improving the situation in different ways

  1. “I have begun everything with the idea that I could succeed, and I never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed”(Washington, 1998, p. [Page 66]).
  2. Booker encourages African Americans to use their skills to help build them as a race. He believed that one of the causes of racism was the lack of skill and education. He founded the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama; he taught African Americans the skills that he thought they would need most to gain employment. Booker gained fame after his “Atlanta Compromise” speech. He supported the black community; he thought the way to end racism was when whites thought the blacks were being productive within the community that they lived.
  3. King is well known for being a leader in the civil rights movement; he wanted equality for African Americans. He organized nonviolent protests and marches all around the United States. He had a key role in ending the legal segregation of African Americans.
  4. Booker and King wanted to help the African Americans improve their lives; they just went about it in different ways.
  5. Conclusion
  1. “No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem”(Washington, 1998, p. [Page 220]).
  2. Booker and Martin were born in two different eras; Booker was born a slave, and King was born a free man. Booker had to teach himself to read and write and obtain employment to pay for college. King was able to attend school at and early age and attend college at the age of 15; he attended Boston University where he achieved his Doctoral degree. Booker and King thought that African Americans should have equal rights. Booker believed that hard work would bring them equal rights and King believed that nonviolent protest would bring equal rights. Both had different outlooks on how to get equal rights; they made great strides in history to make a difference in the lives of African Americans.


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