Project Proposal Responses Hamnes
  • Explain how Edmondson responds to opposing points of view. Describe specific passages in which she counters those or concedes and refutes them.

Edmondson states how these big companies "..offer jobs, cheaper products, and perhaps security…but the money grossed in the stores does not stay in the community, aside from the paychecks."

  • Identify her main claim and at least three supporting claims. For each of these claims, describe one piece of support she has that is linked to each claim.

Edmondson's main claim is that big stores are taking away the culture of towns. Edmondson supports this claim by telling us about Cadillac, and how big box stores put downtown stores out of business, by promising jobs and price lowering competition.

Her main claim is that small towns are losing their sense of community because of big box stores.
One supporting claim for Edmondson's main claim is when she talks about the farmer that had to sell his farm because of a box store that he couldn't compete with. Another supporting claim was when she first compared the two towns of Scottville and Cadillac. When she compares these two towns, she describes how the box stores are affecting the culture in Cadillac. Another supporting claim would be that downtown stores would get forgotten because of the convenient and cheap stores will take a majority of the smaller store's business.

  • Edmondson uses sources throughout her argument. Which ones are the most effective? Why?

Edmondson's most powerful source is the farmer that she talks to, because he was someone who personal experienced the effects of box stores taking over towns. He explained that less than 20 years ago, he could walk down the street and buy his eggs, milk and meat for wholesale price from local farmers

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