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Using the life and times of Sam Patch as a starting point, describe what industrialization was doing to the institutions of freedom and equality in America during the Early Republic Period (1800-1837). Construct a 2-3-page paper that describes how industrialization is changing the country during this period and how working-class Americans are responding to it. Be sure to incorporate the general historical narrative in your paper.

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This is an argumentative paper. It is essential that you provide a thesis statement (argument). In writing this paper you are required to engage readings from Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper, SFA, as well as lecture materials. It is expected that you will prove proficiency in the course materials and demonstrate the ability to synthesize and analyze these materials in support of your thesis.

GUIDELINES:

§ DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. Please refer to our policy statement on the syllabus concerning academic dishonesty. It is guaranteed that if you plagiarize at the very least you will fail the paper.

§ Papers should use the MLA format for citations (see below).

§ Papers should provide a works cited page at the end of the paper.

§ This paper is to be 2-3 pages in length. Two FULL pages minimum.

§ Use a 12-point font. Make sure there is a one-inch margin on each side. Double space the text and number your pages.

§ You must have a cover page. On this cover page, in the upper left-hand side and single spaced, put your name, section number, Paper 2, and date the paper is due. Your name or other identifying information should NOT appear anywhere else on your paper.

§ Your thesis should appear in bold.

§ All sources must come from the materials covered in the class – so no outside sources.

§ Do not use personal pronouns (I, me, you, etc.). Do not use contractions (don’t, can’t, won’t, etc.).

§ If you fail to follow the above formatting, you will be deducted 2.5 points on the final grade.

Essay:

We began our class talking about “America the exception.” In other words, America was an exception to the great civilizations of the past (ancient China, Rome, Egypt, etc.) in that American society was not ruled by a monarch or religious official but by the people. The years between the establishment of the Constitution and the Civil War posed a significant challenge to the concept of the “people’s rule” in America. Construct an argumentative essay that discusses the challenges that the expansion of the federal government, the Industrial Revolution, and, most importantly, chattel slavery posed to American freedom and democracy. Why were these issues so challenging and what did America do to “restore” power to the people?

It may be helpful to consider the following issues:

  • The Northwest Ordinance
  • Internal Slave Trade
  • Industrialization/Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Urbanization
  • The Missouri Compromise
  • Texas annexation
  • The Compromise of 1850
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • The Dred Scott Decision
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Black Codes
  • 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments

*** You are expected to treat this question with the same consideration you would any other essay. It should have a thesis. It should be properly organized. It should be written in complete sentences. I do not expect citations. I do expect that you appropriately engage course material.

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