HY 103 (Spring 2021) Paper Assignment 2
Due Date: April 13th at 3:00 PM Central
Imagine that you are an assistant to the governor, and one of your jobs is to make recommendations
to the governor about which criminals should be given a pardon. Celia has petitioned for a pardon.
You are antislavery, and you are eager to help her avoid execution, but you are also concerned about
the political climate and you want to develop a strategy that will also most effectively challenge the
institution of slavery. You need to help the governor decide if he should pardon Celia, and to
propose a political strategy. Your letter should assess the risks and benefits of pardoning Celia, in
light of the existing political and legal climate. Your paper should briefly discuss Celia’s case, but it
should not focus on her motives or the details of the “crime.” Rather, think about how the
governor can talk about her situation most effectively to challenge the institution of slavery. Think
about how the case fit into the legal climate, and how the governor can challenge the laws by talking
about the case. Persuade the governor to take a particular course of action.
1) You obviously have some creativity in writing this paper. However, all evidence you discuss
should be real, and all your examples and quotations should come from the assigned reading. You
can also bring in examples from lecture.
2) Present the evidence honestly and fairly. Do not distort evidence. Consider possible counter-
arguments, and address potential objections. Ignoring or hiding evidence will weaken your case. Do
not rely on emotions or rhetoric to make your case; rely on good, solid evidence.
3) Your paper should be three or four FULL, double-spaced pages, using Times New Roman or
Garamond 12 (with 1-inch margins). It needs FOOTNOTES for all evidence, quotations, or ideas
that you get from the reading. Papers must have footnotes to receive credit. See the footnoting
guide in your course packet. Make sure that you cite the correct edition of the book (the one that
YOU used). There is more than one edition, and your page numbers must match the one you used.
4) You may use only the assigned reading and lecture notes. You may not use any outside sources.
You may not use the internet in any way, even for background information. Do not consult
online summaries of the book. You must read the book itself. Do not get information from
anywhere other than class lecture or assigned reading.
You must also work alone on this paper. Do not discuss your paper with other students. You
may not share research notes, book notes, or outlines. (You may, however, get help from the
writing center or your teaching assistant.)
5) Avoid lengthy quotations (longer than two lines). You are not graded on how well you find
quotations, but on how well you can analyze the issues. Quotations support your case, but they should
never replace analysis.
6) Proofread! You will be judged both on your ideas AND on how well you communicate them.
Poor grammar, choppy sentences, and misspellings make it hard for readers to see your brilliance.