Todd Shepard’s, Voices of Decolonization. Shepard, Todd. Voices of Decolonization: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2014
Guiding Questions Your paper will address the following questions: What do the sources reveal about the time period, peoples, or cultures/How do these sources add to my understanding of the time period, peoples, or cultures? What is the significance of the sources? Here are some guiding questions to help you properly contextualize the source. You may not be able to answer every question but including whatever information you have may be helpful in your analysis. Place the source in historical context: Who wrote it? When and where was it written? What do you know about the author? If authorship is unknown, what relevant details about that time period can you include? What do you know about the motives and goals of the author? Why was it written? Who is the intended audience? Classify the source: What kind of work is it? (Pamphlet? Painting? Oral history?) Argument and Evidence: What is the main point the author is trying to make? Summarize their thesis if there is one. What evidence does the author provide to support their argument? What biases or values does the source reflect? What insights does the source provide on the society or culture it comes from? Awareness of your biases – you should be aware of these but not include them in your essay. What presumptions and or preconceptions do we as readers in 2022 bring to the text? How might our values differ from the author’s and how might that influence how we understand the source?
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