HIST2610 Tragic Prelude Discussion
John Brown depicted in Tragic Prelude by John Steuart Curry, Kansas State Capitol
· Submit your exam as a word document or PDF, do not use Pages.
· Clearly label each answer.
· Use Calibri or Times New Roman, 12 point font (single or double space).
· Avoid too much *summary* we are looking for your engagement with the questions and the material.
· Citations should be used WHENEVER you are paraphrasing or quoting material from the textbook or primary source documents
· Place the name of the author or, if that isn’t clear, the title of the document in parenthesis at the end of the sentence (Dumaine). If a page number is available, include it (Dumaine, 1).
· It is better to over-cite than under-cite!
Follow Patsy to find the extra credit points
ID Terms (30 points)
Chose four of the following terms to ID. Your identification should:
1. Define the term in your own words (2 points).
2. Provide the context [what year/period is this from? What else is happening that helps explain the term?] for the term (2 points).
3. State the significance of the term (3.5 points).
IDs should be between 75-150 words long each.
NO outside research is permitted. No websites, no encyclopedias, no Wikipedia, nothing.
YES, you should use the textbook, lectures, and primary source readings.
Indian Removal Act
The New York City Draft Riots
Battle of the Wilderness
Using the textbook, primary source readings, and/or lecture, identify your own ID term and define it. You may do this for one of your four total ID terms. Make-your-own IDs are worth up to 6 points.
The Cotton Kingdom
John Brown’s Raid
Fugitive Slave Act
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Bread Riots (Southern)
Compromise of 1877
Example (written by a student!): The Monroe Doctrine was proclaimed by President James Monroe in 1823, which declared that the western hemisphere was part of the U.S.’s sphere of influence [CONTEXT/DEFINITION]. Although the U.S. was not yet powerful enough to challenge the other European authorities in the area, this doctrine made America’s intentions clear. The Monroe Doctrine was significant in the fact that it led the way for similar, imperialistic-minded ideologies/acts, such as the Indian Removal Act and Manifest Destiny. In other words, the Monroe Doctrine was a declaration that America would dominate the West and that it would not let the other European powers encroach on their sovereignty, which is a substantial claim to say the least [SIGNIFICANCE].
Short Essay (40 points)
Answer two of the short answer questions. Use the lecture, textbook, and primary sources to support your answers. Remember, no outside research is allowed. These will be graded for completeness, use of evidence [the textbook, primary source readings, lecture], critical thinking, and creativity. Short essays should be between 500 and 750 words each. Think of these short essays as a beefier and more formal version of your discussion posts.
1. How significant was the abolitionist movement to the Civil War, emancipation, and/or Reconstruction? In your answer, you might consider: how did abolitionists change the hearts and minds of Northerners in the buildup to the war? What was the role of enslaved people and/or freed Blacks in abolition? What were some of the critical differences between abolitionists, and how did abolitionist tactics change over time?
2. To what extent did the institution of slavery shape and drive US political decisions, culture and/or economic growth from the Market Revolution through the Civil War? To answer this, you might address: how did the system of slavery change over this period? How did Americans (free and unfree) justify, support, or resist slavery during this period? What was the role of the slave system in the expansion of the US westward?
3. Was Reconstruction a success? You might discuss: the hopes and dreams freed people had for Reconstruction, the Reconstruction period’s central debates, and the end of Reconstruction and the Compromise of 1877.
4. Identify one key way that American politics, culture, or society changed between 1776 and 1850. Explain why that change was significant, any major debates about the change and how they were or were not resolved, and how the change affected one or more groups. Changes might include: economic development, political realignment, the frontier, Native Americans and/or Native American policy, religious reform, or voting rights.
5. What is one question you wish I had asked? Briefly answer your question and explain why you think it should have been on the exam. Remember, these are multi-part, open-ended questions, so your question should be one that a student could write 500 words about! Particularly good questions can earn one extra credit point.
Textual Analysis (30 points):
Choose one of the three documents provided. Using the document, answer the questions below. Your answers for questions 1-3 do not need to be in complete sentences. You should thoroughly address all of the questions but your textual analysis section doesn’t need to be longer than 500 words.
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