The Antebellum Period
you will analyze a major political trend, attitude, conflict, or event between 1812 and 1860 and explain its historical significance. Your analysis should answer in depth the question: Why is this particular idea or event important to the study of early U.S. history? This is a seemingly easy question to answer, but the goal is to uncover the details and nuances of whichever topic you choose in order to fully appreciate its value.
Examples you might choose from (but are not limited to) include:
- the development of the Republican Party;
- Free Soil Movement;
- Free Labor Party;
- transportation revolution (or related projects);
- emergence of working class/middle class/wealthy business elites;
- Indian Removal policies;
- Nullification crisis;
- formation of Whig Party;
- Mexican American War;
- Texan independence;
- any antebellum reform movement;
- Underground Railroad;
- Fugitive Slave act;
- the list goes on! Again, this is a short list to get you started. Basically anything you find of interest from chapters 9-14 is fair game! If you want to confirm your topic with me before you begin this paper, I would be happy to give you some preliminary feedback.
Based upon the textbook readings as well as two additional academic sources, you will write a 4-page essay (in addition to a cover page and Bibliography page) that examines the significance of your topic of choice.
To get started, you will create an annotated bibliography to be submitted prior to the actual essay. The annotated bibliography has a separate submission section here: Essay 2 Annotated Bibliography which also includes further instructions.
Below are the requirements:
- 4 pages minimum (not including the cover page and bibliography)
- typed, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced
- 1 inch margins
- cover page, bibliography page, Chicago style citations
- reference to at least three secondary sources (can include textbook)
- Submit via Canvas, due Sunday, December 8, 11:59pm