Reflection on Revolution Project for APUSH

In my APUSH class, we had a small research project regarding the American Revolution. In preparation for the major and main research project that will happen during the spring term, our class members each wrote on the various topics given by our teacher, Mr. LaForest. Scanning through the list of topics, the Hessian Mercenaries intrigued me the most as an original topic to write about. As I encountered the topic for the first time while researching, I realized how important and beneficial the library and the librarians were. Mr. Styles provided me with physical copies of books about the Hessian Mercenaries, and Mrs. MacGillivray introduced me to the world of specific online sources. With the help of the librarians and the vast library databases, I could relatively easily acquire the information that I sought to look for. Hessian Mercenaries are in fact, a very rare topic, and not a lot of specific background information is described. However, through such valuable help and browsing, learning about the German mercenaries not only provided me a comfortable path to write the paper but also increased my interest in the topic as well. Trying to connect all the scattered information was a truly valuable experience, and I look forward to the actual research paper coming up after the AP exams.


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