Synthetic Essay

Compose an initial synthetic essay of no less than 250, and no more than 500, words in response to the prompt below. USE ATTACHED READINGS.
Prompt:
Historian Richard Maxwell Brown (whose work you’ve now read) entitled his major book on American violence Strain of Violence. What “strains of violence” marked American history from the seventeenth century through Reconstruction and what are their foremost sources: for example, religion, slavery, community norms, individualism, the doctrine of “popular sovereignty,” nationalism?