Argumentative Essay Prompt
Despite being a work of fiction, “The Case of George Dedlow” reveals much about American culture
during and immediately following the Civil War period. The prompts below will ask you to focus on a
single aspect of American culture that the story helps illuminate. This essay is argumentative, so you will
choose one of the prompts below and argue that that topic is the most salient in Mitchell’s writing.
There is no ‘correct’ answer, as this short story can be read in many ways. You will argue for your point
of view, bring in textual evidence to support your reading and cite the text as appropriate. You will also
rely on your knowledge from lecture to substantiate claims about the historical context and may engage
in supplementary outside research if needed.
1). Argue for the ways in which “The Case of George Dedlow” sheds light on the medical knowledge and
practices of the American Civil War era.
2). Argue for the ways in which “The Case of George Dedlow” sheds light on the spiritual and religious
responses to the mass casualties, displacement and devastation of the American Civil War era.
Formal Requirements Checklist:
-This essay must contain a thesis statement that clearly states your argument, including a preview of
ideas to come in the body paragraphs
-This essay must contain at least THREE quotations from the short story, properly cited
-Outside research is allowed and citations must be included if you choose to do that
-1200 words is the minimum; there is no upper limit
-This paper can be formatted in ANY citation style you are comfortable with
-Submit to the Canvas dropbox for this assignment, preferably as a doc/docx or PDF
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