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Churchill - History 157 (US History 1840 - 1900)  

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Paper Requirements

Your work will be graded on the basis of the quality of your presentation. Your ability to follow and utilize the prescribed writing procedure and format, spelling, grammar, punctuation and the use of an accepted footnoting procedure will be included in determining the overall quality of your work.

Completed work, minus cover pages and addendum, must be between 4 and 5 typed pages and double-spaced.  Typing is not required; however handwritten work must be clearly legible.  Consider 2 legal size handwritten single spaced pages to equal one typed page.


Focus on the US Civl War


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  1. What effects did the movement from a subsistence to a market economy have on American society, including farmers, laborers, and women?  What are the advantages and disadvantages?

  2. Develop and defend both the pro-slavery and anti-slavery positions on the following questions
    1. Is slavery an intolerable institution?
    2. Is slavery a violation of fundamental religious and moral principles?
    3. Is slavery incompatible with fundamental American principles?
  1. What were the major advantages and disadvantages of the North and South at the start of the Civil War?  Was the war’s outcome inevitable?  What would have changed the result?
  1. Examine the politics of the war, especially the way Lincoln turned it from a “war for the union” into a war of black emancipation.  Consider the significance of decisive military engagements of the war.
  1. Analyze the strategic options of each side in the Civil War at the beginning of the war.  Discuss why each side chose to act as it did and why their choices proved successful or unsuccessful.
  1. How did Southern and Northern racial attitudes shape Reconstruction, and what effect did Reconstruction have on race relations and the condition of blacks?
  1. What part do the Plains Indians play in the popular mythology of the West?  How does the myth compare with the Indians actual historical experience during and after the war?

    8.    Individual choice – must be approved by instructor.  


"Films on Demand" Segment on Causes of US Civil War


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