Essay #2: Finding Your Way / New Due Date

Chapter 11 in CT deals with the concepts of nationalism and patriotism.  Both of these concepts are never in short supply in political discussion.  However, the use of the terms may become an issue in and of itself, and that use may color the debate in disruptive, deceitful, and harmful ways. For this essay, you will put those ideas to work in a fruitful manner, arguing a cause in American politics while disentangling the debate from twisted views.

Find an issue in national politics where an elected, past-elected, or would-be elected official has invoked either term in arguing his or her case.  The speeches at the conventions can provide a lot of material, particularly the acceptance speeches by the candidates.  You must also research what pundits, academics, and the general populace has had to say in response to your chosen figure and issue.  Make sure you understand the issue itself objectively, i.e. research it without its political content or bias.  Then, write your paper.

Here is your prompt: Argue your take on your chosen issue based on your own definition of nationalism and patriotism.


  • 5-6 full pages (5 full pages minimum)
  • Standard MLA format, including a Works Cited page
  • Use of two essays in Chapter 11 of CT (quoting each twice in substantive fashion)
  • As an alternative to one of the essays in Chapter 11, you can use the acceptance speeches in Chapter 10; however, please remember that we are in 2012 and that nearly 10 years has passed since those speeches
  • Two other sources (quoting each twice in substantive fashion)
  • Use Aristotle’s arrangement pattern to construct your essay

Essay #2 will be due on Thursday, October 25th.

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