UN Paragraph Assignment
Marc Chagall (1887-1985) created this mammoth
stained glass window (aka the Peace Window) which measures 15' by 12'
and which is now located in the public lobby of the United Nations building
in New York. Unveiled in 1964, Chagall's work was meant
as a memorial to Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), the former
secretary-general of the UN, who had died in 1961 under mysterious circumstances as he was
trying to defuse a crisis in
the Congo. Chagall also dedicated his work to the cause of world
peace. Pictured here is but a small portion of the window. Photo
credit Luke Redmond.
Read the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights (along with the document background notes
and the study questions) and
answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (not from the textbook), how has the Universal Declaration influenced
political events in the world since its adoption in 1948?
The United Nations, created in the
aftermath of World War II on the insistence of President Franklin
Roosevelt (1882-1945), was intended to prevent war as the League of
Nations, created after World War I on the insistence of President
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), had not been able to. The UN has played an
increasingly prominent role in world affairs since its creation. Ever
since the UN's dramatic intervention in the war in Korea in 1950, the
UN has taken upon itself the task of intervention whenever possible to
avoid a major conflict.
Your paragraph should be about
one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should
contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use
direct, quoted material to support your points. You
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about
your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or
specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course
instructor following the directions
for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in
Charlie's History Writing Center for
additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course..
The UN Paragraph is worth a maximum of 50 points.
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