See below for the essay directions.
Your essay should provide an answer and evidence to prove your answer (main idea or thesis) to one of the set of questions below. Make certain you utilize at least FIVE primary sources to prove the validity of your thesis (main idea). The primary sources are located in modules page of Canvas.
Questions: Select one set to write your essay.
Q1: What did it mean to be a minority in the US during 1865-1921? What is US diplomacy during 1865-1929? Where did race relations domestically and US diplomacy intersect during 1865-1921?
Q2: How did reconstruction fail? How did it succeed?
Q3: How did science and technology change American cultural, diplomatic, political, and/or religious ways in the period from 1865 to 1921?
Q4: How does “race” explain US policy domestically from 1865-1921? How does “race” explain US policy internationally 1865-1921?
Q5: Discuss how the United States became a world power in the period from 1877-1916?
Q6: Define the nature of US relations with Cuba, Philippines, Hawaii, and/or China from 1877 to 1921?
[Note here are some themes to ponder as you begin to brainstorm. Consider the failures and successes of reconstruction; and/or how did science and technology change American cultural, diplomatic, political, and/or religious ways; how did ideas of “race” influence US policy domestically and/or how did ideas of “race” explain US policy internationally; consider Native American relations with US settlers in western territories and the federal government; how did the United States become a world power in the period from 1877-1921; define the nature of US – imperialism – relations with Cuba, Philippines, Hawaii, and/or China during the late 19th and early 20th century; and what were the experiences of eastern and southern Europeans in the United States during the progressive era.
The essay must be 1200 to 1500 words long (roughly 4-5 pages if you have 1” margins, 12 font, Times New Roman, and double-spaced). Essays less than 1200 words receive an entire letter grade deduction.
1. The essay does not state in the introduction the five or more primary documents the student will use to prove his thesis. -5pts.
2. The essay has no clear thesis statement in the introduction. -10pts.
3. The essay contains 5 or less spelling errors and/or grammatical mistakes. -5pts.
4. The essay contains 6 or more spelling errors and/or grammatical mistakes. -10pts.
5. The essay refers to less than five primary documents. -5pts
6. The essay refers to no primary documents. -10pts
7. The essay does not have a conclusion. -5pts
8. The essay does not have an introduction. -5pts
9. The essay is not divided into paragraphs (with specific main ideas that function as sub-main ideas of the thesis statement). -5pts
10. The essay does not have a title. -5pts
11. The essay does not have the appropriate style, font, and/or margins. -5pts
12. The essay is plagiarized. -100pts
I can deduct points for other problems I may encounter in your essays. But the rubric above provides you a rough idea of what I expect