US History to 1877
Please answer one of the following questions from each Group using material from lecture and the textbook. Formatting guidelines are stated on the course syllabus. Use parenthetical citations to document your use of the textbook. Outside sources (ex. Wikipedia) are not permitted and will result in a 0 on that essay. Each essay should be at least 300 words, and is worth 30 points. Please submit your exam in one Word attachment in the D2L DropBox. The exam is due by Friday, June 19.
Group A: The Early Republic
1)What events led to the rise of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties in the 1790s?
2)Discuss and analyze the major ideas and supporters of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties during the 1790s.
3)Was Thomas Jefferson a “great” president? Why or why not?
4)What were the major historical consequences of the War of 1812?
Group B: The Market Revolution, The South and Slavery
1)What were the main elements of the market revolution?
2)How did the market revolution affect the lives of workers, women, and African-Americans?
3)How did distinct slave cultures emerge in the Old South?
4)What were the major forms of resistance to slavery?
Group C: Democracy in America, An Age of Reform
1)What were the major areas of conflict between nationalism and sectionalism from 1815 to 1840?
2)How did American politics change from 1815 to 1840?
3)What were the successes and failures of Andrew Jackson’s presidency?
4)What were the diverse sources of the antebellum women’s rights movement and its significance?
Group D: An Age of Reform, The Union in Crisis
1)What were the different varieties of abolitionism?
2)What were the major factors contributing to U.S. territorial expansion in the 1840s?
3)Why did the expansion of slavery become the most divisive political issue in the 1840s and 1850s?
4)What enabled Abraham Lincoln to emerge from the divisive party politics of the 1850s?
Group E: The Civil War
1)How did a war to preserve the Union also become a war to end slavery?
2)How did the Civil War transform the national economy and create a stronger nation-state?
3)How did the war effort affect the society and economy of the Confederacy?
4)What were the military and political turning points of the war?
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