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HLSS523 Domestic Extremists and Extremist Groups
Extremist Biopic Profile Paper
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Extremist Biopic Profile PaperThe instructions for the assignment are as follows:
You are required, to send a message (in the course messaging system) to me stating your selectedindividual extremist, so I can approve of him or her and, if necessary, make suggestions to assistyou. This extremist will be the subject of your Extremist Biopic Profile Paper. This choice is due by the end of Week 2. The longer you take to decide which individual extremist to use, the moredifficult it makes the completion of the assignment. Once I approve of your individual extremistselection you may begin your definitive research and draft writing for the assignment.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THIS ASSIGNMENT?
Through this assignment you will be able to judge the writings of contemporary academiciansand others whose works tend to provide reasonable explanations regarding why domesticextremism emerges in the United States, even though it is viewed as the most progressive, free,and democratic society in the World. The intent is for you to evaluate some of the principaldrivers behind contemporary extremist violence (domestic terrorism) in the United States byinvestigating and analyzing a selected individual extremist that has participated in politicalextremism, religious extremism, economic extremism, or social extremism. Within the confinesof this assignment you will assess the influence of globalization and technology on domesticextremism recruitment, membership, and its sustainable impact on the individual extremist thatyou select. To prepare for this assignment it will require you to analyze the radical roots of theUnited States and how this heritage tends to provide polemic "fuel" for the evolution of domesticextremists and extremist groups over the course of the 20
th
and 21
st
centuries and to examine themost influential and significant extremists, extremist organizations, and extremist events in the past half century.
WHAT YOU ARE TO DO FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT:
What is a biopic profile?
Most of you know biopics as made for television movies of a person’slife. Well, for this assignment you are not going to be making a movie, sorry. What you will bedoing is trying to capture the interesting way in which biopics approach telling the story of a person’s life. Biopics use people, places, and events to interweave details of a person’s life soyou get to know them, their perspectives, and in essence why there are how they are and howthey came to such a place. Think about it, in less than a few hours of a biopic you come to knowthe individual fairly well, right? Well, you are going to accomplish the same thing here, only inwritten form. You will harness the power of literary research to compile a biopic profile of your chosen individual extremist. Through your narrative you will evaluate some of the principaldrivers behind their motives and actions. You will assess the influence of globalization andtechnology on how they were recruited, indoctrinated, and made sustainable members of anextremist philosophy and belief system.You will have selected an individual extremist, for example, Timothy McVeigh. Most of us knowwhat he eventually became and the atrocities he committed. How did he get to such a place?Why did he decide to commit his act of domestic terror? For this assignment the reader should beable to understand the answers to such questions by reading your biopic profile. I realize you donot have time to write a novel style biopic and many extremists are complex individuals. A key
 
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Extremist Biopic Profile Paper
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will be for you to judge the writings of contemporary academicians and others whose works tendto provide reasonable explanations regarding why domestic extremism emerges in the UnitedStates. You will have to analyze the radical roots of the United States and how this heritage tendsto provide polemic "fuel" for the evolution of domestic extremists and extremist groups over thecourse of the 20
th
and 21
st
centuries and examine some of the most influential and significantextremists, extremist organizations, and extremist events in the past half century to see if thereare any commonalities among them. Remember, the biopic takes facts and uses things likeflashbacks, timelines, and key events to tell the story.So what next?
Stage One-Selection:
Select an individual extremist that will form the basis of your biopic profile. Any individualextremist of your choice will work. Submit your choice to your instructor in a course messagefor approval by the due date in the
Syllabus
.
Stage Two-Research:
Begin gathering resources for your biopic. Find anything written by/about the individual: books,newspapers, magazines, Internet, journals, letters, videos, interviews, existing biographies, or anautobiography. Know how to evaluate the credibility of a source. Only use material that isavailable to the public, or that you can gain explicit permission to use in your research. You willhave the opportunity to forensically research documents, archival records, and artifacts throughthe online library and open source of the Internet. Further down in these assignment instructionsI have included for your benefit some description of various types of sources used in research.The key for success will be in your ensuring the validity of the sources you use.Through your research come to know the significant places in your extremist’s life. This can behelpful in putting yourself in his or her shoes. Visualize witnessing what they witnessed. Imaginehow they felt. Where was the person born and where did they die? Illustrate a sharp contrast or  powerful similarity between the two. What was the subject's "refuge?" Where did they go torecharge their batteries, or escape the chaos of their life? Where did they find peace or inspiration? Know their locations of trauma. Were there any significantly negative events in the person's life that deeply impacted them? Was there an injury, death, natural disaster, car accident,or even a bad break-up?Explore what interested, influenced, and inspired the subject. What was he or she passionateabout? Whether it was botany, poetry, classical music, or architecture, immerse yourself in it. Tryand discover why the subject enjoyed it.Study the time and place of the subject's life. If it was a long time ago, do some homework onwhat life was like back then. What were the social norms? What was going on economically and politically? What about in that person's career field? Did they have a career? Also account for regional differences. What's frowned upon in one place may be celebrated 30 miles away. Thisinquiry can shed light on the subject's decisions, and their consequences.
 
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Extremist Biopic Profile Paper
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Stage Three-Writing:Assemble a timeline.
Record every event that you can, from basic facts like birth, death andmarriage, to minor personal anecdotes, like the night your subject had an argument with their spouse, if it is something significant.
Look for patterns.
See the forest, not the trees.
Phases. Many people go through phases during their lives. Sometimes the phases are backlashes of each other; for example, a person may go through a very dependent phase,then a very independent phase, then something in the middle. This can happen withrelationships, too. One may end up with a string of abusive partners, then, being fed up,starts seeking very submissive mates, then begins to prefer aloof partners, etc.
Progression/regression. Look for a steady refining of the person's character or work, animprovement over time, leading up to a defining event that shows how far the person'scome. Alternatively, perhaps someone's life begins promisingly and gradually unravels--atragedy of sorts.
Cycles. Pay attention to situations that repeat themselves in a person's life. Maybe this person reaches out, gets hurt, becomes reclusive, heals, and begins again. Or the subjectsets a lofty goal, burns out, draws wisdom from the experience, and starts over with anew goal. Addiction also tends to play out in cycles. Whatever the situation, it repeatsitself throughout a significant portion of the person's life (maybe signifying a phase) andat some point, the person might "break the cycle.”
Turning points. What are the moments in the subject's life when their direction changeddramatically? The birth of a child? A near-death experience? Hitting rock bottom? It isthe point at which a pattern changes; a new phase begins, progression become regression(or vice versa), a cycle ends or a new ones starts.
Make a thesis statement.
Based on your "big picture" view of this person's life, what are some points that you can prove? This will be your twist on the biopic - what makes it like or unlike anyother individual extremists’ life. It answers the question posed in the introduction: what makesthis person's life
different 
and
deviously consequential 
by the actions they have perpetrated?Some ideas:
What is the significance of this person's life? How did he or she change the world? Whatwould happen if this person never existed? What is unique about what they did or made?
What led to the subject's demise? A particular relationship? A single incident of good or  bad luck? A decision by the subject? A particular circumstance?
Decide how to recount the person's life.
Write an outline and fill in the details. Try to use theorganization of the outline to support the thesis (points you are trying to make).
Chronological. Go by the timeline, recounting each event in the order in which ithappened. This is the simplest way to go, but it is difficult to support your thesis in thiscontext and the most mundane approach. You can have chronological reference; however,the point of the biopic is to make it much more interesting.
Flashbacks. Describe a recent or current situation, then "flashback" to an earlier point inthat person's life. This is good for illustrating cause and effect, or how this led to that. Youcan even go in complete reverse order; begin at the end, and work your way backwards.

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