The White Rose
Group
[H]e is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and
fights against the enemy; there can be no mistake about that.
Plato, Laches, or Courage (380 B.C.)
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Film)
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REQUIREMENTS
DISCUSSION RUBRIC
OVERVIEW
More Information: Timothy Snyders 2017 book
On Tyranny
Part 1: Due Thursday by 11:59 PM (100 Points)
1.
Write a 1,000-word (four-page) essay in which you develop a clear rhetorical focus regarding this question: Do people have the responsibility to think critically and act ethically?
What is a rhetorical focus?
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2. Use the White Rose Group as a vehicle to help you ponder the essay topic.
You will need to research who they were on the Internet.
Helpful Sources:
White Rose: German Anti-Nazi Group by Michael Ray, Encyclopaedia Brittanica
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Holocaust Resistance: The White Rose – A Lesson in Dissent by Jacob G. Hornberger, Jewish Virtual Library
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The Secret Student Group That Stood Up to the Nazis by Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian
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75 years since the White Rose siblings were killed for resisting Hitler by Julius Haswell, The Local
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3.
Explain which–if any–of the lessons in Timothy Snyders 2017 book On Tyranny that you think the White Rose Group practiced–or did NOT practice.
More Information: Timothy Snyders 2017 book
On Tyranny
4.
Explain which of the Common Logical Fallacies
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And … consider if the White Rose Group is also guilty of fallacious thinking; did they fully understand the consequences of their actions: execution via the guillotine (they were decapitated)?
Common Logical Fallacies
Ad Hominem
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Strawman Argument
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Appeal to Ignorance
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False Dilemma
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Slippery Slope Fallacy
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Circular Argument
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Hasty Generalization
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Red Herring Fallacy
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Tu Quoque
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Causal Fallacy
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Fallacy of Sunk Costs
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Appeal to Authority
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Equivocation
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Appeal to Pity
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Bandwagon Fallacy
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5. Quoting:
In addition to Snyders book, use four sources to help you explain who the White Rose Group was and to support your thesis.
You may use any sources you choose, including the sources listed above: the fallacies source and the sources for the White Rose Group.

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