Archive for November 6th, 2006

Major extra credit opportunity for semester 1

You are expected to read one book during the course of this year from a list of approved books on the subject of history. Most students do this in the second semester. However, if you wish, you may read one of the following books between now and December 15 and then write a critique paper using a format I have created. You need to let me know by next Monday, November 13 if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, and we need to agree upon which book you will be reading for this opportunity before you start this activity. Below are the books from which you may choose. More difficult books can earn more potential credit than simpler books, so if you really want some extra credit, you may want to take length and difficulty into account.

Carl N. Degler. Out of Our Past: The Forces That Shaped Modern America. Third edition.

Richard Hofstadter. The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It.

James M. McPherson. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era.

Edmund S. Morgan. American Slavery, American Freedom.

Don E. Fehrenbacher. The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States Government’s Relations to Slavery.

David. M. Potter. The Impending Crisis: 1848-1861.

Robert Middlekauf. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789.

Bernard Bailyn. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.

Gail Collins. America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines.

Ronald Takaki. A Different Mirror: A  History of Multicultural America.

Arthur Schlessinger. The Age of Jackson.

Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick. The Age of Federalism.

Joseph Ellis. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation.

Gordon Wood. The Radicalism of the American Revolution.

David Hackett Fisher. Albion’s Seed.

Chapter 20 Outline- due B/C day

Make sure your notes include the historical significance of the events. Due Wed for periods 1 and 7 and Thur for period 6.

I. Describe the impact of the radical responses to slavery that emerge in the 1850s.

A. Literary Provocations
—–1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; 2. The Impending Crisis of the South
B. Legal Provocations
—– 1. Dred Scott- the details of the case; 2. Dred Scott- The Findings; 3. Dred Scott- the impact
C. The Sumner- Brooks debacle
—–1. Why did it happen?; 2. Was Sumner a martyr?
D. John Brown in Virginia—was he nuts or inspired?

II. Bleeding Kansas as a battleground of radicalism

A. Beecher’s Bibles and “Nebrascals”
B. John Brown in Kansas
—–1. “Osawatomie” Brown
C. Border Ruffians
—–1. What role does Missouri play in the conflict?
D. How is this an argument over nothing?
E. Lecompton Constitution- was it a fraud?
—–1. Buchanan’s response—why?
F. Does this dispute mortally wound the Democrats?

III. What was the political situation like in these troubled times?

A. Presidential appeasement of the South
—–1. Pierce; 2. Buchanan 3. Douglas?
B. How can a northerner get elected president in this decade?
C. 1856- the real Rise of the Republicans
—–1. Fremont; 2. Buchanan; 3. What role did the Know-Nothings play?
D. How does the turmoil affect the economy?
—–1. Crash of 1857: Causes and effects
E. Rise of Lincoln
—–1. Lincoln- Douglas debates for the Senate
———-a. Freeport Doctrine
—–2. Who really won?

IV. The Election of 1860

A. The Dems on life-support
—–1. The fire-eaters in South Carolina; 2. Douglas in Baltimore; 3. Baltimore and Breckinridge
B. The Republicans
—–1. Seward; 2. Lincoln
C. Constitutional Union party
—–1. It rings a Bell
D. The Election– under threat by the South
E. Last attempt at compromise
F. Secession and organization of the Confederacy