Introduction

Research Question: What role did the Macatee family play in the development of Houston from 1880-1940?

My research question is not a question necessarily but more of a space in knowledge that I want to fill by pulling my documents and research together. This makes researching more difficult because I don’t have a narrow direction that I am looking in, I just want to find out everything I can about the Macatee’s lives. However, not having a very specific question is also a strength because it allows for more freedom to discover what is lacking in my research. My research may take longer because I will need to include more documents and information in my final paper. This broad research topic stemmed from having a lot of documents to work with but no way to connect them. This is why I decided to be the one to connect the different pieces instead of trying to find someone else to have already done it for me.


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