Department or School

English, Literature, and Modern Languages

Essay Genre


Instructor's Note

In this persuasive essay, Rebecca sets up a duel argument: the US was partially responsible for the plight of the Mayan people in Guatemala, and, thus, is responsible to provide aid. Notice how she supports and refers to those arguments throughout the essay, never losing sight of her purpose in writing. Using references to her thesis like, “obligation to help,” “should provide continued assistance,” and “must take responsibility,” to support the first half of her argument and “America’s obsession with ending communism,” “the American-backed army targeted the indigenous people,” and “partially responsible for the economic hardships” to support the second half of her argument, Rebecca supports her thesis well.

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About the Author

Rebecca Ehnert is studying Spanish at Cedarville with a psychology minor and is in the honors program. She enjoys academic writing including research papers. She likes to travel and hopes to work in a cross-cultural ministry setting.



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