(60 pts) When you write your essays be sure to include every point on the slides from the lecture. MAKE SURE YOU ARE WRITING AN ESSAY. THIS IS NOT A SHORT ANSWER. YOU NEED AT LEAST 800 words– about four and a half-full pages.
There are several overarching themes we have discussed this semester such as the evolution of American politics, violence and social upset, the rise and fall of slave society, the evolution of early women’s rights/movements, and westward and industrial expansion.
For your essay, you will need to choose an overarching theme from the course and discuss it using examples and support from all the appropriate events we studied in this course.
For example, if you choose social uprisings, you will need to address the causes of the unrest, this includes laws, Supreme Court rulings, political violence, etc., and the outcomes of these events throughout the decades. What significance did they have? If you choose women’s rights/agency, you could compare and contrast women’s legal rights before and after the revolution, the continued movement for women’s suffrage, and up to their work/increased authority outside of the domestic sphere, during the Civil War.
For the second part of the prompt, please explain some of the ways in which the theme you choose were met with resistance. For example, what were the reactions to the Seneca Falls Convention or of women running Civil War hospitals in the south? If you choose the evolution of American politics, what challenges did the Anti-Federalists face during the post-Revolutionary period? How did this period change/affect society at the time?
*** NOTE- Please DO NOT write an essay strictly discussing the Civil War and slavery. This essay is covering events from the colonial period to 1865. If you choose to write about the rise and fall of slave society, that topic will cover the origins of slavery to its abolition. Please be mindful of the context of the time and refrain from linking these events directly to today’s society. This essay is meant to evaluate how you use course materials provided to you and your understanding of the broad themes we covered this semester. Therefore, you are to stay within the confines of this course’s materials. DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCES and be sure to CITE COURSE MATERIALS APPROPRIATELY.