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The two people I chose are George Kelly Barnes and Lester Joseph Gillis. The rubric and prompt are attached below.

Common Core Assignment 1302 (Midterm)
Your Task: Using two of the following ‘Public Enemies’ and their respective sources to write a
500-1000-word essay that fully answers the following prompt:
Prompt:
During the Great Depression (1929-1939) there were a series of famous gangsters such as John
Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, John
Ashley and Al Capone, committing crimes throughout the United States. This period became
known in law enforcement as the Public Enemies Era based on the FBI keeping “Public
Enemies” lists of wanted criminals. Below are a list of the criminals and their crimes. Despite
their extensive list of criminal behavior and violence, many were and remain beloved by
Americans. In your essay you should discuss why they were so beloved. You must provide the
context for this period (Great Depression) and if that had an impact on their public persona. Also
include a discussion of the changes made in the criminal justice system because of their exploits.
Name
Crimes
Years Active
Date of
Death
John Dillinger
Bank Robbery,
attempted
murder,
assault, grand
theft auto
Murder (9
police officers
& 4 civilians)
Armed
robbery, grand
theft auto
Money
laundering, tax
evasion,
murder,
bootlegger,
racketeer, boss
of Chicago
Outfit
Bank & Train
robber
1924-1934
1934
1930-1934
Bonnie Parker
Clyde Barrow
Alphonse
Gabriel
Capone
John Ashley
Law
enforcement
Agency
involved in
capture
Nickname
5/23/1934
Dallas
Sheriff’s
Department
FBI
Bonnie &
Clyde
1919-1931
1/25/1947
FBI
Scarface
1915-1924
1924
Palm Beach
County
King of the
Everglades
George Kelly
Barnes
Charles Arthur
Floyd
Lester Joseph
Gillis
Bootlegger,
kidnapping
Bank Robbery,
murder
Theft, bank
robbery,
murder,
kidnapping,
assault with
intent to kill
1920-1933
7/18/1954
1922-1934
10/22/1934
1921-1934
11/27/1934
Sheriff’s
Department
FBI
Machine
Gun Kelly
Bureau of
Pretty Boy
Investigation Floyd
FBI
Baby Face
Nelson
Goals of this essay: The purpose of this assignment is to advance your ability to reason through a
specific historical question and to communicate through written text your ideas. Thus: Your
paper should critically consider the issue/problem and deliver all relevant information. You
should also provide a clear thesis statement. In a paper this size, your introduction and thesis
should appear in your first paragraph. Make sure to paraphrase your sources accurately. In other
words, state what the source says, not what you wished it said or thought it said. You need to
state the evidence fairly, even if you think it wrong or offensive. Your paper should use evidence
to answer the historical question. Your paper should develop and organize your thoughts clearly
and logically. Outlining is necessary, but not required, step in writing a well-organized paper.
Your paper should draw a conclusion that addresses the paper’s chief topic or question and that
states your answer to the question or your contribution to the topic.
Formatting: Your paper needs to be typed, double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font. You
will need to cite your sources using the Chicago Manual of Style. Here is a link to an online
resource for those unfamiliar with this style: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org. You will
need to use footnotes for in text citations and your paper needs to have a bibliography page, with
the sources you used in your paper.
Due Date: July 28, 2022
Submitting assignment: To turn the paper in, click on assignments in your blackboard course.
There you will see a Safe Assign icon titled Core Essay Midterm Assignment. Click on that icon
and it will lead you through a process to upload your paper. Safe Assign will automatically check
your paper for plagiarism. If you have taken this class before you are not allowed to use the same
paper, you previously submitted or write on the same public enemies. If you have a friend or
family member who has previously taken this class, you are not permitted to submit their work.
All work submitted for this assignment must be your own original work. See the following link
for the Universities policy on academic dishonesty, as well as your professor’s syllabus.
www.tsu.edu/ssp/2015-TSU-Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf.
Note: By submitting your common core essay assignment, you accept that it will be checked by
SafeAssign for plagiarism. The punishment for Academic Honesty Policy violations are listed in
the TSU Student Code of Conduct and your Professor’s syllabus. You will need to submit your
paper in either a pdf or a .doc format. This is a multi-step process. Failure on YOUR part to
complete the submission process means the paper will not be submitted and you will not be
given credit for the assignment. After the submission is complete blackboard will send you a
SUBMISSION RECEIPT. KEEP THIS!!! If there is any confusion about submitting the
assignment, this receipt will provide documentation to your submission. If you DO NOT receive
a submission receipt something is wrong. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure the
submission went through. When the submission has been processed correctly there should be a
round yellow circle with an exclamation point in it on blackboard under your grades for this
assignment. If there are only dashes for your grade it means nothing has been submitted. You
will upload the assignment like attaching a document to an email. After you have submitted it
will ask you to wait while it checks your document. Blackboard will tell you when your
submission has been accepted and has been uploaded. If you have any further questions about the
submission process email or speak to your professor.
Primary & Secondary Sources:
https://www.fbi.gov/history
You will have to navigate from this page to the different FBI files. This will also have
information about the changes the Bureau after these cases.
https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/john-dillinger
https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/al-capone
https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/bonnie-and-clyde
https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/machine-gun-kelly
https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/kansas-city-massacre-pretty-boy-floyd
https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/lester-gillis-baby-face-nelson
https://web.archive.org/web/20111004184642/http://www.irclibrary.org/sebastianlibrary/george/
1920.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20100213092732/http://www.crimemuseum.org/library/bankHeists
Robberies/johnAshley.html
https://www.nytimes.com/1964/08/09/archives/thirty-years-ago-the-summer-of-1934-markedthe-high-point-in-the.html
https://tucson.com/thursday-may-24-1934-front-page-bonnie-and-clyde-killed-bypolice/article_51c50c0e-8a3a-11ea-b331-1f1c0d1316ed.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/history/ct-aud-today-history-almanac-february-14-20210214tnb7vrqn3bbuli4fuuvdcnooqu-story.html
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/native-texan/article/Native-TexanResidents-of-small-North-Texas-town-15912596.php
https://www.normantranscript.com/news/pretty-boy-floyds-crimes-dotted-oklahomaspast/article_68355f0f-9198-54a7-af85-2b294bd86c04.html

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