Survey of United States History — C121 Task 3

Survey of United States History — C121 Task 2

 

Competencies

1002.1.2The Early Republic and the American Civil War

The graduate analyzes the challenges of partisan politics and sectionalism in the Early Republic and Civil War eras.

Introduction

The adoption of the Constitution in 1787 established a strong federal government for the United States and codified the principles of a country that balanced the interests of divergent political, social, religious, and economic groups. The logistical necessities of organizing these interests on a federal level contributed to the establishment of national political parties during George Washington’s first term in office. Though President Washington warned of the dangers of factionalism in his farewell address, the advantages these organizations possessed for achieving their policy goals made parties an integral part of the political system. During the first half of the nineteenth century, the United States experienced a period of tremendous territorial expansion. The challenges resulting from the spread of political and social institutions—most notably, slavery—across the continent deepened sectional divisions into a national crisis by the 1850s. The Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in American history, and the war and its aftermath profoundly altered the political, social, and economic characteristics of the United States.In this assessment, you will explain the characteristics of the First Party System in the United States and its legislative consequences. You will also examine the growth of the sectional divisions in the United States during the nineteenth century leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War.

Requirements

Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide. 

 

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course. 

 

A. Explain (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) the reasons for the rise of partisan politics in the Early Republic (i.e., major conflicts and concerns, development of the First Party System).

 

B. Discuss the development of the Second Party System (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) by doing the following:

1. Compare the platforms of the Whig and Democratic parties.

 

Note: You may include both similarities and differences of the two parties.

 

2. Describe the leaders and constituents that defined each party.

3. Explain how the Second Party System contributed to increased democratization of American politics.

 

C. Discuss the major movements and events that led to the Civil War (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) by doing the following:

1. Explain the pro-slavery and abolitionist arguments of the antebellum period.

2. Describe the role of westward expansion in increasing sectional tensions.

3. Evaluate how three major events (e.g., significant legislation, territorial conflicts, court cases, political debates) contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War.

 

D. Provide acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for quoted, paraphrased, or summarized content.

1. Include the following information when providing source references:

•  author

•  date

•  title

•  location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)

 

Rubric

Articulation of response (Clarity, Organization, Mechanics):null

Not Evident

The candidate provides unsatisfactory articulation of response.

Approaching Competence

The candidate provides weak articulation of response.

Competent

The candidate provides adequate articulation of response.

A:Rise of Partisan Politics

Not Evident

The candidate does not provide a logical explanation of the reasons for the rise of partisan politics in the Early Republic.

Approaching Competence

The candidate provides a logical explanation

World War II

 

Required Resources Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Please use textbook -Chapter 27-Corbet, S. P., Volker, J., Lund, J. M., Pfannestie, T., Waskiewicz, S., & Vickery, P. (2014). U.S History. Houston, Texas: OpenStax.
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Instructions-consider three (3) of the following events:

  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Rise of fascism, militarism and imperialism
  • Failure of the League of Nations
  • Hitler and the Nazi Party
  • The Lend Lease Act
  • Japanese expansion and the bombing of Pearl Harbor

Based on your three selections, choose two (2) of the following and craft a response for your selections:

  • Assess if the United States foreign policy during the 1930s helped to promote World War II. Could the United States have prevented the outbreak of World War II? If so, how? If not, why not?
  • Explain if the United States, despite neutrality, aided the Allies against the Axis powers.
  • Analyze if the use of atomic (nuclear) weapons to defeat enemies in war is a setback for democracy (President Truman’s decision to drop the atom bomb on Japan).

Writing Requirements

  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references

Discussion: Industrialization, Imperialism, and America’s Entry Into WWI

Pick two (2) of the following categories representing minority groups during 1880-1914:

  • Women’s rights activists
  • African Americans
  • Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe
  • Child workers
  • Great Plain Indians

Then, address the following for your selections:

  • Explain the socio-economic status and challenges of your minority groups at the turn of the century.
  • How did the Industrial Revolution affect your chosen minority groups?
  • Analyze how the Progressives brought reform to your selected minority groups. Do you find that the Progressives were successful in making government responsive and improve the conditions of your chosen minority group?

Reconstruction and the Compromise of 1877

 

Required Resources-Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 15, 16-Corbett, S. P, Volker, J., Lund, J., Pfannestiel, T., Waskiewicz, S., & Vickery, P. (2014). U.S History. Houston. Texas: opentstax.
  • Lesson

Instructions-craft a response comparing the three (3) Reconstruction plans:

  • Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (10% Plan) – Lincoln
  • Andrew Johnson’s Reconstruction Plan
  • Congressional Reconstruction Plan (Congress)

Then, address one (1) of the following for your selections:

  • Analyze if the South should have been treated as a defeated nation or as rebellious states.
  • Explain how the American culture and society changed in the North versus the South during Reconstruction.
  • Analyze the impact of the Compromise of 1877 that ended Reconstruction on African-Americans

Writing Requirements

  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references

The Civil Rights Movement

Address the corresponding questions/prompts for your topic. Use at least one (1) documented example of the corresponding primary source in your writing.

 

Using the Internet, locate and read Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream”” speech given in Washington D.C.

Industrialization, Imperialism, and America’s Entry Into WWI

 

Required Resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Corbet, S. P., Volker, J., Lund, J. M., Pfannestie, T., Waskiewicz, S., & Vickery, P. (2014). U.S History. Houston, Texas: OpenStax. Chapter 17 (section 17.4), 18 (section 18.3), 19 (sections 19.1, 19.2), 21 (sections 21.2, 21.4)
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Initial Post InstructionsFor the initial post, pick two (2) of the following categories representing minority groups during 1880-1914:

  • Women’s rights activists
  • African Americans
  • Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe
  • Child workers
  • Great Plain Indians

Then, address the following for your selections:

  • Explain the socio-economic status and challenges of your minority groups at the turn of the century.
  • How did the Industrial Revolution affect your chosen minority groups?
  • Analyze how the Progressives brought reform to your selected minority groups. Do you find that the Progressives were successful in making government responsive and improve the conditions of your chosen minority group?

Writing Requirements

  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references

Survey of United States History — C121 Task 4

Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide. 

 

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course. 

 

A. Explain (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) the major causes of the Great Depression (e.g., economic policies, trade concerns, banking practices, international commerce).

 

B. Describe three ways (e.g., major legislation, organizations, relief and recovery efforts) that the New Deal sought to address the problems of the Great Depression (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs).

 

C. Explain how the end of World War II contributed to the rise of Cold War tensions (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) by doing the following:

1. Discuss the effect of the arms race on the rise of Cold War tensions.

2. Describe how differing ideologies led to increased Cold War tensions.

3. Explain the effect of Cold War tensions on American culture and domestic policies (e.g., security concerns, organizations, discrimination).

 

D. Explain two changes (e.g., legislation, cultural shifts, economic shifts) that came about as a result of one of the following historical events (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs):

• civil rights movement

• feminist movement

• gay rights movement

• rise of the religious right

 

E. Provide acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for quoted, paraphrased, or summarized content.

1. Include the following information when providing source references:

• author

• date

• title

•  location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)

Rubric

Articulation of Response (Clarity, Organization, Mechanics):null

Not Evident

The candidate provides unsatisfactory articulation of response.

Approaching Competence

The candidate provides weak articulation of response.

Competent

The candidate provides adequate articulation of response.

A:Causes of the Great Depression

Not Evident

The candidate does not provide a logical explanation of the major causes of the Great Depression.

Approaching Competence

The candidate provides a logical explanation

The New Deal

 

Required Resources-Read/review the following resources for this activity:

American Foreign Policy during the Cold War

 

Required Resources- include the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook:  Corbet, S. P., Volker, J., Lund, J. M., Pfannestie, T., Waskiewicz, S., & Vickery, P. (2014) Houston ,Texas. Open Stax-Sections 28.2, 29.1, 30.3, 31.3
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Instructions-Pick three (3) of the following American Foreign policies:

  • Marshall Plan
  • Berlin Airlift
  • Containment
  • Anti-Communist Freedom Fighters
  • Vietnam (conflict) War
  • Détente’
  • SALT I & SALT II
  • Camp David Accords
  • Strategic Defense Initiative (nicknamed “Star Wars””)

Then