What should we emphasize in our teaching and in our learning about this era of "White Men's Democracy?" What do you think is the dominant "narrative" or story, about this era in American history and culture?
How much freedom did colonial women have? What factors could effect that freedom? Evaluate the importance of race, class, and religion to this issue.
Compare the first two political parties (the one led by Hamilton and the other by Jefferson) and their different philosophies.
Compare the first two political parties (the one led by Hamilton and the other by Jefferson) and their different philosophies. Describe some episodes or events from 1788-1800 that reveal the parties' mutual hostility and distrust.
Discuss the ways Washington was mythologized in the early 19th century, and try to come up with reasons WHY Americans felt the need to mythologize Washington in this way. (Note: the second part of this question is more interpretive and speculative)
How would you describe the American army, and their military prowess (or lack thereof) especially as compared to the British army? Why do you think the Americans ended up (against all odds) winning the war? And finally, does the fighting in the American revolution have relevance for recent American wars?
Describe the different sections of the Declaration. What does the bulk of the Declaration consist of, and why? Which section has had the most lasting relevance and why? What groups were excluded from Jefferson's statements, and what were their arguments for being included?
Are non-voters often less educated? Do they often have less money? Do you believe this contributes as to why most nonvoters do not vote?
A) Voting during the 2008 presidential primaries and the general election changed dramatically from previous trends. What were these voting trends (NOTE: these are not campaign trends, or candidate characteristics, but increases or decreases in voting by certain demographic groups)? B) Candidates use polls to determine what
How should the counterculture be viewed by the modern generation? Did they have any real influence on our society (aside from spreading the message to withdraw from Vietnam)? What aspects of our society today can we attribute to the 60s counterculture?
At issue, is whether the Civil Rights movement began in the 1950s are not. Yes, there were activists in the past that sought to better the lives and rights of African Americans. W.E.B. Dubois, Booker T Washington, and George Washington Carver are just a few. The NAACP was around for over 5 decades by the time Brown v Board was d
Why do you think the switch from the "cash-and-carry" to the "lend-lease" system for providing supplies to other countries represented a retreat from isolationism and neutrality on the part of the United States?
RIGHT SIDE: American bald eagle represents freedom of expression to everyone including patriots. Constellation of thirteen stars represent a new state is taking its position among other sovereign states. The motto E Pluribus Enum denotes that one nation was born from among the many states . The thirteen arrows and olive branches portray the power of peace and war. Eagle's head symbolizes the executive branch of US government. Tail speaks about the judicial branch of United States. LEFT SIDE; The Eye in the triangle over the pyramid signifies vigilant, loving and protecting eye of the deity. Latin words Annuit Coeptis shows God has favored undertakings of the founding fathers. Numerous thirteens on the seal represent 13 original colonies and 13 signers of the Declaration of independence. There are 13 steps on the pyramid. Unfinished pyramid signifies the young nation of United States, which is trying to attain perfection. Latin phrase "NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM is the beginning of a new age with the rise of United States. The Roman numeral of 1776 depicts the birth of a new nation, United States of America.
Great Seal of Unites States: Both sides RIGHT SIDE: American Bald Eagle: The eagle represents freedom. America offers boundless freedom of expression to everyone. They also represent the shrieking freedom of the patriots. Constellation of thirteen stars: The thirteen constellations represent a new state is takin
1. Describe President Andrew Johnson's approach to the task of Reconstruction. 2. Explain how Congress reacted to Johnson's measures during Radical Reconstruction. 3. What led to the end of the Reconstruction era? 4. How did Reconstruction affect the lives of African Americans?
Why did England wait until the colonies took a big intrest to independance to get involved in ways like putting in military control. If it was such a gold mine for resources then why didnt England act like it from the begining?
If the Jefferson administration didn't acquire the Louisiana territory what would have come of the United States? How would America's history and development been affected? Would our westward expansion have ever happened? What national flag might have been planted west of the Mississippi River? What world events might have been
1. What did Stroyer not know about his family tree? How do you think that made him feel? 2. Develop (not merely list) three interpretations for why James Hay did only half his task. 3. What commentaries can you read between the lines of the story of Mr. Usom and Jack? 4. How did Stroyer's parents advise him to deal
George Washington was placed at the center of the seal because confederates considered themselves as legitimate heirs of American nationalism. The forefathers who led the Revolutionary war were their heroes. Washington also belonged to the state of Virginia and owned slaves. The six crops inside the seal were portryed to show the agrarian lifestyle of the southerners. The date on the seal was to commemorate the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the permanent president of the Confederates. The confederates States were so called because eventhough, its constitution resembled that of United States, it gave more power to states rather than center. The Latin phrase Deo Vindice means, Under God, our vindicator
Washington was portrayed in the center of the seal due to many reasons. The confederates considered themselves as legitimate heirs of American nationalism. The forefathers who led the Revolutionary war were their heroes. Washington also belonged to the state of Virginia and owned slaves. The confederates believed that just l
1. Use the painting Dismissal of School on an October Afternoon to detect and comment on mid-century realities of social class, gender, and race. 2. Study the picture. In what ways can the picture be viewed as a positive commentary on urban and technological growth? How can it be viewed as a negative commentary? What is
1. Describe the reconsideration of women's roles in the 1820s and 1830s, and explain what led to that reconsideration. 2. What were its roots in the past, and how did it shape the rest of the nineteenth century? 3. Compare and contrast ideas of womanhood in America today with concepts from 1830.
1.Contrast the views of the Federalist and Republican parties in the early national period. 2.What, if anything, did these parties have in common? 3.What was the broader significance of the elections of 1796 and 1800?
The young United States wanted to express to the world -- and to its own citizens -- some essential elements of the new nation's identity. Look at both sides of the Great Seal of the United States, which you can find on the back of a one dollar bill (U.S. $1.00). Identify six elements on each side of the seal (for a total of t
Please address the following inquires: Was the Indian Removal Act of 1830 an act of humanitarianism intended to save the Native American culture and populace from the expansion of white settlers, or was the act intended just to get rid of the Native Americans and destroy their tribal culture? Explain your answer with specific
Describe the events leading to the purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803. Discuss the terms of the treaty and how Jefferson reconciled his strict interpretation of the Constitution with the acquisition of the territory.
Theodore Roosevelt quoted a proverb, "Speak softly, but carry a big stick." Does this proverb apply to how Roosevelt handled relations with Latin America? Explain
Contrast Aztec society with that of Native Americans in what would become British North America. How did each influence the development of the respective European colonial societies in America? Discuss reasons why you think the relationship between the indigenous people and Europeans was characterized more often by conflic
French and Indian war (174-63) was otherwise known as the Seven Years War was fought between Britain and France for the control of North America. Even though, the British were not able to get much support from the colonies, the colonists fought with them. When the British government tried to tax colonist for the payment of the war, there started friction. British had crushed the powerful Pontiac rebellion. The British parliament passed the Proclamation of 1763 preventing the colonists from settling down in Native American territories. The angry colonists ignored the order and moved towards their goal. Navigation Act of 1764, Sugar Act, currency Act, and especially the Stamp Act created great protest against the British. The colonists protested against taxation without representation. The British parliament was forced to repeal the stamp act, but they had passed the Declaratory Act. Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770 wounded the feelings of the colonists and later it added as a fuel to the American Revolution. On December 16, 1773, when the British ships were in the Boston harbor, the colonists disguised as Native Americans, dumped the cargo of tea into the harbor. The British government became enraged and closed the Boston harbor until the colonists paid for the damages. In January 1774, the British government passed the Intolerable Acts or Coercive Acts. The colonists came together in Philadelphia for the First Continental Congress in 1774. They petitioned the British government to establish cordial relations with them and at the same time continued to boycott the British goods. As a last resort for peace, the colonists submitted the Olive Branch Petition to King George III. The king rejected the petition and the time was ripe for starting the Revolution. The colonists formed the Continental Army under George Washington. On July 2, 1776 Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Eventhough there were continued tensions between British and the colonists, the time was not ripe for starting a rebellion ten years back. The colonists were not ready physically and mentally to start the rebellion. One of the greatest problems faced by the newly born nation after the Independence was the absence of a centralized government. The government under the Articles of Confederation was very weak. The constitutional convention met in Philadelphia in 1787 to set up a new constitution. A tripartite system of government was formed with legislature, executive and Judiciary.
There was much interplay between British and the colonists before the revolution. Some of them were following: French and Indian War - French and Indian war (174-63) was otherwise known as the Seven Years War was a world war. It was fought between Britain and France for the control of North America. Even though the Bri
The economy of the southern colonies were based on agriculture. The economy was based on cash crops such as tobacco, rice and indigo. Eventhough, there were institution of indentured servants; later African slaves were brought to work as it found to be more profitable. The economy of the New England on the otherhand was not suited for agriculture. Religion played an important part in the life of the New Englanders. One of the popular trading practices of the New England shippers was the triangular trade. Elements of New England colonies and southern colonies were present in the middle colonies. Religious freedom and tolerance was present. Manufacturing was there, but there were also large farms. Cash crops were grown in plenty. Middle colonies was therefore, known as the "bread basket. There was also slavery in the middle colonies, but did not function as a slave society like the southern colonies.
The economy of the southern colonies were based on agriculture. The community was diverse and there were people from all over Europe. Men outnumbered women as more adults were needed for working in plantations. The economy was based on cash crops such as tobacco, rice and indigo. Eventhough, there were institution of indentu
Summarize the main point of each of the four sections of the Declaration of Independence. Cite a passage or two to support your summary. The first lines of the sections are: "When in the course . . ." "He has refused . . ." "In every stage . . ." "We, therefore . . ."
Describe how the federal government under Presidents Cleveland and Harrison responded to the economic issues of tariffs, trusts, and railroads in the late 1800s. Again, this issue is a long, very involved question. Any section could easily be chosen and novels written on the topic. The solution offered briefly summarizes th
Discuss the creation of the consumer economy during the late 1800s and describe its effect on American life.