Archive for December, 2009
Questions will be posted above this post. Terms are on the semester 2 page.
Always consider the reasons, sources, controversies, political implications of each question.
Your actual essay prompts will be written differently, to improve test validity.
1. The problem of labor in America from its founding through 1877
2. Shift in attitudes of American colonists toward Great Britain in the 18th century
3. Religion’s role in the founding of America and the extent to which freedom of religion existed
4. To what extent was the Jacksonian period of 1828-1848 really the “era of the common man?” (Consider the power of the presidency under Jackson as well.)
5. How the role of the federal government changed from 1860-1877 in social, economic, and political ways
6. Evaluate the effectiveness of Articles of Confederation in domestic and foreign affairs
7. Slavery’s influence on the political rhetoric of the American revolution
8. The moral and political implications of Manifest Destiny on minority peoples
9. Effectiveness of compromise on sectional tensions in 19th century
10. Women’s challenges to their accepted status from 1776-1877
I would outline my answers including some specific terms and facts I would include. This will also help you study for your overall final, as well.
There are hard copies of the book critique forms outside the classroom on the first table. However, here also are the questions you must answer. The total length of this book critique should be about 500 or more words (2 pages).
Subject of book:
Title, Author, Place of Publication, Publisher, date of publication, number of pages.
An overview of the contents of the book. Outline the author’s argument or thesis. Is there any controversy regarding the thesis? Be specific?
Purpose or audience for the book. Is this written in an expository or narrative style?
Your reaction and evaluation: How well the book has achieved its goal? What possibilities are suggested by the book? What specific points are convincing (or not?)
What kinds of sources did the author use? Be pecific.
Conclusion (For instance, was this book valuable in expanding your knowledge?)
… to your next class so that we can review. Do NOT expect me to provide you a book. Be responsible.
About the Compromise of 1850….. This is fun! I don’t think this dude is tall enough, though.
You can also access this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qKcHZKsM0M
This brief assignment will be due next Monday, December 14.
Eric Foner is an award-winning historian who is acknowledged to be one of the foremost experts on racial relations and Reconstruction. No good student of US history should be unfamiliar with his work.
Go to this site to read Mr. Foner’s explanation of the effects that Reconstruction had upon the people and political system of the late 19th century.
Answer the following questions: 1. Analyze the differences in word and in practice between slavery and sharecropping? Was sharecropping better than slavery? Explain.
2. On the article entitled “Rights and Power” summarize the answers to the 3 questions that Mr. Foner says that the debate on Reconstruction was focused around.
3. Then compare black Republican state governments with white Democratic “home rule” state governments.