History 2322 disucssion 1


Discussion Board 1

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Discussion Board 1 Initial Topic

Your response is to be based only after reviewing Lesson 1 and the assigned readings listed in the lesson, in particular the Lesson 1: Chapter 15 Readings.  REFER TO SPECIFIC SOURCES WHEN MAKING CLAIMS! THIS IS KEY!

Initial Topic Post

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YOUR TASK: Carefully analyze “1492: The Prequel” by Nicolas D. Kristof in the Reilly textbook pp. 514-527.  Produce an analytic summary about 2 paragraphs in length by reflecting on the following critical thinking questions: 

  • What is Kristof’s purpose for writing this article? 
  • What are Kristof’s key question(s)?
  • What is Kristof’s main conclusions, or main arguments? 
  • What is Kristof’s most important evidence used to support his conclusions?  Include about 3-5 pieces of evidence.  Avoid using quotes; paraphrase instead.  However, include page #’s. 
  • What might be some of Kristof’s main assumptions?
  • What is Kristof’s frame of reference, or perspective, or bias (this does not always mean a negative thing)?

Here is how you would cite the essay by Kristof in the Reilly textbook for your discussion post:


1 Nicholas D. Kristof, “1492: The Prequel,” in Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader Volume II since 1400, ed. Kevin Reilly (New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2017), xx.

Please note that the ‘xx’ is intended for a page #, or page #’s.  In other words, every time you make a claim based on information from the text, or reference the text, we must always include the page # (‘s).  Citations and page #’s are not just for quotes.  They are for showing our readers ‘how we know what we know’.