Here are the Three Questions. Please answer all three questions in three mini-essays. Good luck!
- Evaluate this statement: The history of the United States of America between 1607 and 1877 is mostly the history of westward expansion and land – that is, colonizing land, surveying it, buying it, stealing it, cultivating it, warring over it. Be sure to answer all arguments that make against the thesis you adopt in your paper. That is, answer the criticisms of those who might disagree with your chief argument. ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW
- From the minute Jamestown was established (barely) in 1607, racial conflict has existed in the United States. In our period (1607-1877), discuss the most extreme formsthat this racism took, its effecton the economy and political history of the U.S., and some of the notable remedies that reformers put forth to combat it.
- From 1850 to 1865, the U.S. changed radically in some ways. In other ways it remained stubbornly the same. This question tests your understanding of the changes and continuities in this crucial 15-year period. For this question, please infer intelligently on the possible points-of-view of four fictional Americans at two different points in time – 1850 and 1865. The four fictional persons are:
Hank – a former African American farm-slave from Alabama
Sedley – a southern plantation-owner from Mississippi
Thadner – a radical Republican and abolitionist from Rhode Island
Gradstock – a woman-rights reformer from Massachusetts
Let’s assume it’s 1850. How would each of the four figures, taken separately, answer this question:
Must a Civil War be fought? Elaborate on each person’s answer to this question. Explain for it given the historical context that you’ve examined in this course.
Next, assume it’s now 1865 – 15 years later. How would the same four figures, taken separately, answer the following two questions: ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW
What have been the chief successes of the Civil War? That is, what positive changes have arguably occurred in this period from the perspective of each figure?
What have been the chief failures of this 15-year period, from 1850 to 1865 and the end of the war?
In your answers, the better papers will have claims that are supported with historical evidence drawn from the assigned material in our class. That is, from our textbook in particular, but also from the websites and documents assigned in the discussions.
The more you use this assigned material — and the more effectively you use it — the better you will score on this essay question. Be sure to cite what you borrow.
Also be sure in answering each question, to take each figure separately and express what you believe his or her point of view would be based on the evidence, logic, and the historical record. Avoid unsupported speculation!