What were the attitudes of those who created it, and do those attitudes live on in the object now?

The Occasion
Most of the objects in our lives go passed by without notice. However, each of these objects has something to teach us: it symbolizes something, was made in an interesting way, had an unexpected use, reflects a trend in history. In short, every object tells a story. Atlantic’s Object Lesson series, edited by academics interested in the philosophy of everyday objects, is one prominent example of trying to tell those stories.
The Task
You will mimic the research approach and style of the Atlantic object lessons, in an essay on an object of your choosing. You are asked to explore the object through both traditional scholarship and through other sources: news, pop culture, social media, etc. In short, you will be exploring the meaning of the object you choose, which you’ll demonstrate through your wide range of sources.
You’re also asked to organize your paper in two or more themed sections. As you research, try to find a few key angles to look at your object from. What does your object symbolize? How has it changed? What were the attitudes of those who created it, and do those attitudes live on in the object now?
Required Elements
1400 words
MLA formatted, with in-text citations and bibliography
2-4 subtopics/angles on your object, organized into multi-paragraph sections with section break symbols
2 scholarly sources
4 other sources, unrestricted
Schedule
First Version due Thursday, February 17 at start of class
Final Version due Friday, February 25, at 10:00 p.m.
Rubric
150 points total:
30 points: completed first draft
30 points: required source elements
30 points: clear interpretation and analysis of your materials
30 points: organization of ideas
30 points: mechanics and formatting

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