RESEARCH PAPER: “Why is New Mexico poor and what should be done about it?
Due Thursday April 15th. Letter grade lost for each day late.
A 10-page paper. Worth 10% of your grade
1) Double-spaced, use a 12 font.
2) 1 ½” margins on left, 1” margins elsewhere.
3) At least 8 sources – half must be from sources other than the Internet.
4) Citation style – no footnotes, use the following: (Jones 1990) when using general background information, (Jones 1990, p. 8) when citing a specific fact or using a quote from a certain page. Then list your sources in any standard format in alphabetical order in a bibliography at the end of the paper.
5) No Wikipedia sources allowed – a letter grade deducted if you use this
6) Indent and single-space long quotes (avoid using too many).
Research Paper Topic: “Why is New Mexico poor and what should be done about it?
Part 1) How did this happen? (7 pages)
Discuss how geography helps explain why New Mexico is a poor state.
Part 2) What should we do about it? (3 pages)
Give your opinion on how we can improve economic conditions in New Mexico.
In Part 1 analyze New Mexico’s historical and cultural geography for reasons for why poverty is so common here. Use historical/cultural facts and demographic/income figures.
New Mexico has been claimed by various Indian nations, Spain, Mexico, and the United States.
As a result, New Mexicans often hold very different beliefs about whose place this is and how life should be lived. What are some of those core beliefs? Cultural diversity is a wonderful part of living here, but does this limit New Mexican’s ability to agree on how we can create a more prosperous future?
In Part 2 provide and briefly explain a thoughtful set of recommendations for what can be done to reduce poverty in the state. A huge variety of topics might be considered including: reducing social/cultural conflicts, improving educational achievement, changing tax policies, altering economic development and energy development strategies, and reforming U.S.-Mexico Border laws
– Be creative and factual.
– There are no wrong opinions if you provide evidence and use reason.
– You will never be marked down for your political point of view
The best papers must show evidence that you thought about this topic and made a sincere effort.
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