For Cause and Comrades book review
In your essay, you should 1) summarize McPherson’s main argument(s), 2) discuss how he supports his arguments and the evidence he uses, and 3) explain whether or not you find his arguments convincing.
You should also find at least two academic reviews of McPherson’s book and incorporate these into your review, with proper citation. Reviews can be found through databases such as JSTOR and Project MUSE via the UTA Library website.
(These will let you see how other historians have evaluated McPherson’s book and provide you with some outside perspectives on the book and subject matter.)
Length: Your review should be 2 pages of text, double-spaced.
Structure: It should be organized into paragraphs. It should have an introduction and conclusion. Some good writing advice is that the introduction should give the reader of idea of what you are going to say, the middle paragraphs should say it, and they conclusion should recap what you have said.
Quoting: Statements taken directly from the texts should be within quotation marks. Your essay should include direct quotations. You can also paraphrase an author by restating what they say in your own words.
Citation: Specific information from the text—quoted or paraphrased—should be cited using Chicago or Turabian style footnotes.
Citation for citing McPherson:
James M. McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), page number.
Citation for citing academic review (example):
Jonathan Steplyk, Review of Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America, by James Marten. Alabama Review 65, no. 2 (April 2012): 143.