The objective of the assignment is to write a careful analysis of Lynn Peril’s Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons (ISBN 978-0393323542).Your goal is to form a historical argument that answers the following question: How does the source enhance your understanding of the United States during the mid-twentieth century? (Keep in mind main themes and topics discussed in class and your readings) It is required to not only analyze the source, but to make connections to main themes and topics discussed in GIVE ME LIBERTY by Eric Foner (ISBN 978-0-39392031-4) in order to show a broad understanding of the historical period in question. A good paper will make comparative or contrasting references. Do not simply describe Peril’s Pink Think (ISBN 978-0393323542) in your essay. Instead, you should form your own argument about the book that demonstrates your understanding of U.S. history. In order to better understand the material, think critically about the following questions: 1. What is Pink Think? 2. What is Peril’s argument? 3. How does each chapter contribute to Peril’s argument? 4. What sources does Peril use to support her argument? 5. Do you agree or disagree with Peril’s views? Why or why not? 6. If you could add anything to the book, what would it be? 7. What are some key themes of the book that relate to what we’ve discussed in class thus far? 8. How does this book increase your understanding of the cultural, social, political, and economic developments of the mid-twentieth century? 9. In what ways does the study of gender relations reveal larger historical developments of the period?10. While Pink Think examines the mid-twentieth century, are there aspects of Pink Think that are still prevalent today? Your paper must have a clear and concise thesis, an introduction and a conclusion, topic sentences, page numbers, footnotes (see Chicago Manual of Style), and a bibliography. Remember to form your historical argument. Your paper should be typed, double-spaced, with 12-point font size and should be 4-5 pages in length (at least 4 written pages). Only Times New Roman is acceptable. Be sure to have 1” margins. Please use only two books ( Pink Think and Give Me Liberty) as sources. The footnotes and bibliography should be only from those two books and must match the pages from the specific ISBN provided.
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