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Instructions for Historical Op-Ed assignments
What is an op-ed?
Op-ed is short for ?opposite the editorial page,? though is often interpreted as ?opinioneditorial.? Op-eds regularly appear in major and not-so-major newspapers such as the
Seattle Times, Daily Evergreen, or the Moscow- Daily News. While you will take a
position on a topic, you will ground your position not in feeling or belief (opinion) but in
substantiated evidence (historical analysis).
Who is your audience?
Your audience for this essay is not an academic one but the general reading public. Write
in a way that engages the casual newspaper reader. Because this assignment asks you to
simulate a newspaper column, it is imperative that you keep within the word limits of 500750 words.
What is the purpose of an op-ed?
Your goal in a historical op-ed is to connect an important and very specific contemporary
event or controversy to the historical issue (colonialism & capitalism, carbon & politics,
race & racism, war & terror, Israel-Palestine).
Basic questions that should inform any good historical op-ed include:
How does the past help us better understand today’s world?
In what ways do past events clarify the origins problems we face in the present?
Do past events parallel present-day controversies?
How does an understanding of the historical origins of a current problem help us solve
How might we learn from the mistakes or triumphs of the past?
How do I approach and structure an op-ed?
Your op-ed must: range from 500-750 words, excluding the title, be single-spaced with
paragraphs of no more than 3-4 sentences; use 12-point font and one-inch margins.
First, select a specific, concrete current event and/or controversy that can be better
understood by looking at the past. Scour recent headlines to find your hook. Write a
succinct argument about the event/controversy. This is called the ?lede.?
Second, provide at least 3 concrete historical examples drawn from assigned readings,
films, and in class discussions that inform and support the argument you are making about
the contemporary event/controversy in question. At least one of your examples must come
from a primary source.
Quote sparingly and when you do, be sure to set up and provide context for quotes. While
you need to provide Chicago-style footnote citations for your sources in your op-ed (you
should have at least three), you should also cue your examples in the text of the op-ed itself.
?In a 1915 letter to Sharif Husayn, Sir Henry McMahon wrote??
Or??In his 2001 book Late Victorian Holocausts, historian Mike Davis argued??
Third, return to your argument and to the contemporary event/controversy in question in
*Consult the example provided in the course reader, examples published in newspapers,
and visit theopedproject.org for additional structural guidance.
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