Project #36142 - American History before 1877

Pick 10/11 questions. Answer each question with about 6 sentences more or less. Looking for someone knowledgeable in American history.

 

1. Pick four utopian schemes of pre-civil war America. Account for their success and/or failure and the reasons for their popularity.

 

2. Name four areas of reform in the early 19th century. What were their origins? What were the most radical to their contemporaries and why? Which were the most successful and the least successful and why?

 

3. Define imperialism. Why was the Mexican war an imperialistic venture by the United States? Why did the U.S. not seek to keep all the territory in Mexico that it had taken?

 

4. Is the Mexican war a consistent part of American diplomacy up to the Civil war or an exception?

 

5. List five factors in the 1850’s that caused the most sectional hatred. Rank them in order of their importance.

 

6. What were the provisions of the compromise of 1850? What were the reactions of the moderates and the radicals of the North and the South to this legislation?

 

7. Why could a freedman such as Frederick Douglas view the Dred Scott decision with both alarm and optimism?

 

8. What were the social and economic effects of the “total war” between the North and the South?

 

9. Explain and give examples of what is meant when it is said that the very idea of secession, led, in the long run, to a Northern victory?

 

10. Could the attempt to secure equality for the freedom after the war have been successful? What steps needed to be taken to secure equality? Could Lincoln have made a difference?

 

11. Read Walt Whitman’s poem, “O Captain! My Captain.” Consider it as a historical work. What is it about? What does it say about the poet, Lincoln, and about the times in which it was written?

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Due By (Pacific Time) 07/22/2014 09:00 pm
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