American History

American History

Choose one option:

Option I: Write one long essay of four to five pages, using key terms and pictures, to show how America changed from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. Choose at least eight key terms or questions from the chapter handouts to use in your essay (put them in bold or italics so they stand out). Include a picture that relates to each term or question, and include a couple lines to tell about the significance of the picture. Your essay should include an introduction and a conclusion. In your introduction, tell what major themes or trends you see in the time period that will relate to the key terms and pictures you are using. In your conclusion, tell how you think this material helps us understand our world better and enriches our lives.
Option II: Write longer essays of one to one and a half pages each on FIVE of the questions. Include a picture with each essay and tell how specific things in the picture relate to the history we are studying.

1. The Constitution. Describe the problems with the Articles of Confederation. What were the major arguments leading to adoption of a new Constitution? Why did many prominent leaders oppose the idea of a strong federal government?

2. The Early Republic. Describe the challenges faced by Presidents such as Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison. How did American politics evolve in this era?

3. The Market Economy. Explain how America changed economically in the early to mid 1800s with new transportation systems, factories, commercial farms, and growing cities. What problems and opportunities came with change?

4. Politics in the Age of Jackson. How did American politics change in the 1820s and 1830s? Why was Jackson such a prominent figure? Explain a few of the political issues of that era. How are the political events of that era similar to modern times?

5. Religion and Reform. Describe some of the ways people were trying to improve society in the early and middle 1800s. Why so much interest in moral reform? Explain a few movements in depth. How were these movements related to trends in the society?

6. What would you do? If you were around in the early to mid 1800s what do you think you would do to deal with the immense changes in America? Join a utopian community? Join a reform movement? Vote for the Whigs? Relate your ideas to specific events.

7. Three key terms. Develop an essay connecting three key terms from the handouts. Show how these terms are related to major events or concepts we have discussed.




The Glorious Revolution impacted not only the mother country but also the English colonies. Discuss the Glorious Revolution including its political impact in England and its effect on the English colonists within the New World.

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