Project #26167 - Ashley

See Both Sides of the Issue

 Through the efforts of Frederick Douglass and the work of other outspoken abolitionists, the United States reached a tipping point regarding the continuation of slavery in the nation during the 1840's and 1850's. People from all across the country were being asked to take a conscious stand on the issue. So in an effort to relive history and join the struggle, it is now time for YOU to weigh in  .....

 

First Step ... Watch the following portion of the PBS series The American Experience ... The Abolitionists ....  Part 2, Ch. 1 ... "Frederick Douglass" ...

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/bonus-video/abolitionists-part-2-chapter-1/#.UU-LwHqLeLk.email

 

Second Step .... Looking at both sides of the argument ....

Present each side of the slavery issue (one that supports the fugitive slave act and one that supports the personal liberty laws) in two separate well-written editorials to the local newspaper. YOUR EDITORIALS MUST INCLUDE SPECIFIC DETAILED INFORMATION THAT IS NOTED IN THE ABOLITIONIST VIDEO (above), YOUR TEXTBOOK AND ANY SOURCE OF CREDIBLE BACKGROUND MATERIAL THAT WILL SUPPORT YOUR POSITION. Remember that the nation is at a "tipping point" over this issue, so you are trying to convince the readers why they should support your side of this issue. There are competing issues of private property rights vs. personal liberty rightsat issue here. PLACE YOURSELF IN THE SHOES OF A PERSON IN THAT TIME  ... CONVINCE YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS WHY THEY SHOULD SUPPORT YOUR POSITION ON EACH SIDE OF THIS CRUCIAL ISSUE !!!

Each editorial must be from 200 to 300 words in length with 12 inch type font and double-spaced lines. Please utilize the grammar and spell-check systems that your computer program offers you. This essay assignment is worth 10% of your total grade for the course, so please take your time and produce a quality effort. All of the information that you will need is contained within the video documentary, the textbook, and in the PowerPoint presentation that you can review. You may also utilize other sources to contribute more specific and detailed information. (Citing those sources is NOT required.)

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 03/30/2014 09:00 pm
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