I cannot believe Week 12 just ended and we’re heading towards Week 13. Technically this week’s supposed to be my “rough draft” week but there is A LOT of information out there. I still remember the first few weeks of research when I was practically pulling my hair out in agony over the fact that not much had been said about the topic I had to write my historiography one. Turns out, there’s a lot to be found on primary documents, which tell their own story.
I have spent a considerable amount of time on the original HEA and the Johnson administration. Last week I spent time on Kennedy, Eisenhower, and early aid programs. This week has been all about Nixon. To me, Nixon was the game changer. Some historians argue that his administration’s reamendment shaped the financial aid policy of today. Not Eisenhower or Johnson-Nixon!
I think things will get even more complicated with Reagan and deregulation. It’s a bit predictable, but I was surprised with some of the Nixon stuff–for some reason I didn’t associate Nixon with Pell Grants because, well. I guess in the back of my head I kept thinking “he’s conservative!” and that it meant he’d want students to work for their money instead of receiving direct grants. But I was wrong.
Technically this week’s supposed to be my rough draft week, but I’ve fallen behind. I still have Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and oh lord–all the recent stuff. I don’t want to put so much emphasis on everything else and just gloss over this stuff. This will make my life hard, and I’ll be spending a considerable amount of time going through these old newspapers this week. I don’t want to rush myself but deadlines! (I finally understand what authors are always complaining of.)
Final paper’s due December 5th. That’s the week after thanksgiving.
Also, my thesis is going to change just a teensy bit.