Research Paper Topics

You will write a brief 1000-1250 word (4- to 5-page) research essay for this course, employing outside secondary sources.
For your research paper, select one of the following topics as a starting point:

What were the chief features of the French and Dutch empires in North America?
How did patterns of class and gender roles change in eighteenth-century North America?
What were the achievements and failures of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency?

You will do research on the topic and develop a thesis, which you will prove with the use of secondary sources (you may use primary sources as well). A really good paper will not simply be descriptive; you should pose an analytical question and use your sources to answer it.