address the interaction of liberty and coercion in American history from the time of the American Revolution until the end of the Civil War.
1. Respond to the problem. The problems have no single correct answer, but the better responses utilize the major historical/political development(s) referenced in the problem and appropriate rhetorical strategies, i.e., definition, explanation, comparison-contrast, etc.
2. Makes good use of the readings: Avoid direct quotation from the texts, paraphrase and summarize using your own words, but give a parenthetical reference using the author’s last name and the page where you have found the information. For example, (Jones, 234) placed just before the period at the end of the appropriate sentence(s). Use more than one of the texts.
3. Has a clear and complete thesis. This is a sentence that contains the purpose of your essay. It names your subject and makes a statement about the subject. It briefly presents what you will develop in the following paragraphs that constitute the essay.
4. Exhibits organization and coherence. The purpose is accomplished with a clear, logical sequence of supporting points, and each part of the essay supports the purpose.
5. Utilizes well-crafted sentences and paragraphs. Make the effort to proof read and revise for spelling, grammar and syntax. Verify that each paragraph has one idea expressed in a topic sentence with appropriate supporting sentences.
Late papers will be docked 3 points for every day missed, including week-ends. After a week, a student will have to do another assignment.
40 points: effort, turned in on time, on-topic.
40 points: content – analytical skills, accuracy, balance, …
20 points: writing – spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph development.
One of the dilemmas studying US history is our ability to explain how a society that values freedom could support the institution of slavery as well as other forms of coercion including our treatments of Native Americans, the denial of women property rights, the forced take-over of Mexican land, and the denial of workers the right to organize and strike. For this assignment, you will need to address the interaction of liberty and coercion in American history from the time of the American Revolution until the end of the Civil War. Explain the strength of slavery in the US during this time period and at least TWO other forms of coercion in the US from 1776 to 1865. You will need to use Jones, Greenberg and Page, the lectures, and additional scholarly resources but be sure to cite them. (do not use Wikipedia or similar sources)