In this assignment, you will be discussing Sam Boilier’s “Our Own Paradise Invaded” from
Tennessee Historical Quarterly (attached). The assignment should include your reflections on
the readings and can engage the content.
As you are thinking about your posts for these readings, it may be helpful to think about the
following questions, though you should in no way feel limited to discussing these points:
a. THESIS: What is this reading’s thesis? Does it have one major point? Or multiple
b. IMPORTANCE: WHY does this thesis matter? How does this book complement or
challenge the thesis presented in other works that we have read?
c. EVIDENCE: What evidence does the author use to support his/her thesis? What
types of evidence? How does this evidence connect to the thesis and any sub-points?
d. COGENCY AND CRITIQUE: What is MOST convincing about this book’s use of
evidence? What is LEAST convincing? Where might it have been improved? How
might you have improved it?
e. RELEVANCY: Would this thesis have been relevant if the author had been looking
elsewhere, at another time period?
Please proofread the assignment before submitting to me.