Project #58072 - Essay Questions

Write a 4-5 paragraphs for each question:

  1. Examine the evolution of slavery from a system of indentured servitude to a racialized system of labor between the 17th century and the 19th century. What key laws, policies, and social/cultural trends helped draw rigid racial lines to create a system of slavery in which race became a way to define freedom and citizenship.
  2. The Civil War was turning point for understandings of race and citizenship in the United States. Nell Irivin Painter argues that this period brought the second enlargement of Whiteness. Between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century, what factors allowed the Irish to assert their whiteness and redefine themselves as "old immigrant stock"? Be sure to outline discuss key laws, constitutional changes, and and immigration legislation that helped the Irish become "white" in the eyes of nativism Americans.
  3. Compare and Contrast the Orphan Trains to the Baby Trains. Describe the historic background of each program. What key similarities did they share? What were the differences in their goals? Explaon this within the context of anxiety over urbanization and industrialization, as well as immigration and assimiliation.

 

Subject History
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/16/2015 12:00 am
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