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This paper examines the thesis that the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are documents of unfulfilled promises. The thesis is supported by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's remarks about the Constitution in 1987. Bibliography lists 2 sources.


This paper supports the thesis that during the period of segregation in the United States, Black people were forced to live under laws in which they had no say. This paper uses articles to prove the thesis through example. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

"The Clerk's Tale" as a "Traffic in Women"

A 10 page essay that analyzes the thesis proposed by anthropologist Gayle Rubin in her landmark 1975 article "The Traffic in Women: Notes on the Political Economy of Sex" that women in primitive cultures are viewed as objects for exchange between men and compares this thesis to the narrative related in "The Clerk's Tale," from Chaucer's medieval masterpiece, "The Canterbury Tales." Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Reflection On The Pastor As A Minor Poet By Barnes

A 6 page paper that reflects on the entitled book by M. Craig Barnes. There are both major theses and sub-theses in this work. Barnes is able to connect them and intertwine them to provide an engaging and interesting read. Each is important to understand the totality of the book and to learn the lessons included. The theses are discussed. The writer then cites three things pastors can do to impact ministry in the future. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Cameras Should be Mandatory in Interrogation Rooms

This 8 page paper takes a look at the use of cameras in law enforcement. The thesis of the paper is that not only should cameras be mandated during interrogations, but also, that it should be a part of the people's constitutional guarantee. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Paul Kennedy's "The Rise And Fall Of The Great Powers: Economic Change And Military Conflict From 1500 To 2000"

6 pages in length. From Paul Kennedy's assertions in "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict From 1500 to 2000," one can readily gather that the author's primary thesis revolves around the issue of imperialism. The writer discusses the persuasiveness of the author's thesis; the types of arguments and evidence used to support the thesis; the factors used to help shape his historical interpretation and that of world history; and how the author's interpretation of history might have been different had he emphasized other factors. No additional sources cited.

Francis Fukuyama - The End Of History

A 17 page paper that presents an outline and explanation of Fukuyama's thesis about the end of history and the last man. The essay "The End of History?" published in 1989 and the book, The End of History and the Last Man, published in 1992 are still being discussed and analyzed in today's literature. Fukuyama's works created a great deal of furor and criticism in some circles and were applauded in other circles. This paper reports the interpretations of these two works by numerous scholars and also presents the criticisms levied against the thesis by other scholars. The thesis is that liberal democracy has won as the preferred system; this was evidenced by the end of the Cold War and this constitutes the end of history. One question asked by a number of authors is whether Fukuyama means this is the end of history or the end of historical thinking? The thesis is much more complex than this statement would imply and the complexities are discussed and reflected upon. The writer includes their own reflections. Bibliography lists 21 sources.

Jeffrey Reiman/Rich get richer, Poor get Prison

A 6 page book review that profiles Reiman's text The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison. The writer argues that the 2004 edition of Jeffrey Reiman's classic text shows that time has only validated the accusations that Reiman formulated against US jurisprudence in the original edition of his book in 1979. As Reiman points out in his preface to the seventh edition, "recent events continue to bear out the main thesis of the original edition of this book" (xiii). That thesis is that the criminal acts committed by the poor are treated a crimes while the acts of well-off people, which result in occupational death and disease, are not treated by crimes--"or if treated as crimes, not treated as serious crimes" (xiv). With the news filled with stories of white collar crime that robs millions of Americans of their retirement funds and financial security, this book is extremely relevant and should be required reading for all Americans--particularly in an election year. No additional sources cited.

Huntington, Clash of Civilizations

A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses the thesis proposed in the 1993 article “The Clash of Civilizations?” (which was later expanded into a book) by Harvard University professor Samuel P. Huntington, he which he proposes that the central source of global conflict will not be “primarily ideological or primarily economic,” but will be between cultural perspectives (Huntington, 1993, p. 22). This examination of Huntington’s thesis, first of all, looks at his position in more detail, and then examines the implications of Huntington’s position and the storm of controversy that it has generated. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Science and Religion / Can They Co-Exist ?

A 10 page research paper exploring the title question. Two primary questions are discussed: Can science and religion co-exist; and Are space, time and matter on in the same thing? The writer offers two theses. First, science and religion not only can co-exist, they must co-exist. Evidence for this is drawn from a number of philosophers and scientists including Descartes and Wertheim. The second thesis is that space, time and matter are three separate substances with evidence drawn from Descartes, the Deists, and Berkeley. Other philosophers and scientists are also briefly discussed in this paper. Bibliography included.

Casablanca: The Movie (1942)

(5 pp). How do you write a thesis statement in terms of a classic? Casablanca is a movie's movie. It may have been a movie we grew up with. One that someone sat us down and said, "you have to watch this;" or one we never thought we would watch, and yet "catches us" any time we are within five feet of viewing it. Thesis statement: Casablanca has all the elements that make a good drama, and may turn it into a "lifelong friend."

D.H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers

( 5 pp.) Thesis: Sons and Lovers, is an excellent title for D.H. Lawrence's 1913 story of an unaware mother's emotional enmeshment with her youngest son. This is the story of a family with four children: three sons and one daughter. We see how the family inter-relates to each other, particularly a mother to her sons. We are also shown how interdependency becomes an entangled web between an unaware mother and her youngest son. We will look at those relationships in light of our thesis, how a mother chooses to give more value to her needs than that of her son.

Religion And Church Attendance

This 9 page paper discusses three articles that appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Religion in 2002. The first article by Bruce, Praying Alone? Church-Going in Britain and the Putnam Thesis, spurred the responses of two other authors. This essay also discusses Robert Putnam's thesis regarding the decline in voluntary associations among the populous and the premise that declining church attendance is just another example of a general shift away from collective activity. Using the three articles, Putnam's article and book and other sources, the writer asserts this is too simplistic. There are many factors involved with lower church attendance. Social capital is also discussed. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

The Indulgence Controversy

This 8 page paper discusses the reasons Martin Luther posted his Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences. His 95 Theses concerned this very specific issue. This paper reports Luther's objections to this practice, how the practice came about, its purpose, the use of papal power, and the indulgence vendor that was the catalyst for Luther's Disputation, which was an invitation to discuss the theses he posted. The paper reports the Church's rationale for indulgences and their alleged source of authority in initiating indulgences. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Growing Up in James Joyce’s “Araby”

A 3 page paper which argues the thesis that James Joyce’s short story is about a boy growing up, and considers the different lessons the boy learns and the issues the story addresses. No additional sources are used.

Strong Women in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

This 6 page paper supports the thesis that the author created strong women in this infamous book. Several characters are explored in depth and quotes from the book are included. The role of beauty in the work is also highlighted. No additional sources cited.

Peter Schrag/Paradise Lost, Decline in CA

A 3 page book review that focuses on Schrag's principal thesis in his text, Paradise Lost, California's Experience, America's Future (1999). According to Schrag, at one time, California was very close to being perfect. It had good schools, good roads, a welcoming atmosphere and believed in a progressive future. However, that was roughly thirty to forty years ago, and today everything has changed. Schrag's basic thesis is that the quality of life in California has been steadily declining over the last several decades and that the culprit for this degeneration is the "orgy" of "voter initiatives" that have caused the consistent erosion of public services (Schrag 9). No additional sources cited.

Pierre's Vernon God Little

This 3 page paper provides a thesis regarding the acceptance of normalcy as the work is discussed. Some quotes are included. No additional sources cited.

"The Origins of Canadian Indian Policy"

A 3 page review of L.F.S. Upton's 1973 article on Native American policy in Canada. Upton presents the thesis that by 1814 Canada's indigenous peoples were no longer of any particular value to Canada. He then reviews the tactics that were employed to essentially rid the country of a perceived problem. No additional sources are listed.

Congestive Heart Failure: Alternatives to Surgery

An 8 page discussion of the treatment interventions for congestive heart failure. The author presents the thesis that "surgical procedures used to treat patients with congestive heart failure do not prolong or improve the quality of life" and suggests that medicines and an appropriate diet are often preferable. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

Slavery in America: There Was no North/South Dichotomy

This 8 page paper examines the North/South dichotomy regarding slavery. The thesis is that the difference is overstated. Much attention goes to Virginia to prove the point. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Deborah Tannen, "Fighting for Our Lives"

A 5 page research paper that addresses Deborah Tannen's 1998 text The Argument Culture: America's War of Words, which presents a comprehensive summary of Tannen's principal thesis for this text in the opening chapter, which is entitled "Fighting For Our Lives." This examination of this chapter analysis of Tannen's use of rhetorical devices, as well as the main points of her argument. Bibliography lists 3 sources.


This 3-page paper discusses if war, and conflict, are inevitable. The thesis is yes, they are, but the best way to work it through is preparation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Do women suffer more from discrimination than do blacks in America?

An 8 page procedural analysis of this question. The author demonstrates that this question is too broad in scope and must be made more specific for conclusions to actually be reached. A thesis is proposed, a literature search conducted, and methodology identified to address the more specific question of whether pay discrepancies that exist for professors in the university system can be attributed to factors like race and gender or to more subtle factors such as time-in-job. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

A 5 page paper which examines the thesis and success of presentation in Frederick Douglass’ “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.” Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.

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