Past Meets Present Editorial (Clark, Laffey)

Guide to assist juniors with their final US History project, Spring 2020

Newspapers & Magazines

Writing an editorial


Image of Johnson's impeachment is from Britannica Image Quest and rights-cleared for educational use. Image of Trump is from The Star Tribune, Minnesota, December 19, 2019.

This LibGuide is designed to help you find documents and information for your US History end of year project. 

To help you gather the evidence you need for this paper, we recommend the following. 

  1. We have access to both current Newspaper & Magazine sources as well as historical newspapers. Both are PRIMARY SOURCE documents and should be utilized. 
  2. Links listed as Research Resources may include both primary and secondary sources. Hover over a link to get a better description. This Library Tutorials playlist may include information on navigating some of those sources.
  3. A few Assignment Tips are also provided to help you complete your paper in a timely and ethical manner. 

For this final assignment, we want you to find a link between a specific historical moment, ideology, or concept that occurs within the era covered in our course and a current event.

example: Impeachment of Donald Trump (Current Event) <--- Impeachment of Andrew Johnson (Historical Event)

Explain the connection between the historical event and the current event that you have picked. Work on answering the question you started with in the beginning as well as the overarching question of the project. The key to this project is to identify and explain the causation and correlation of the events you have chosen to explore. Now that you’ve connected the dots what picture has revealed itself?

You will present this final project as an Editorial. More specific information is available on your Google Classroom page.

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Research Resources