What was your understanding of Manifest Destiny?

HIST 1301

Writing Assignment #2

Due September 30 by 5 pm central time

Directions: Students are to answer the questions using the assigned readings for the week. Students will submit the responses to all of the question to the online discussion board and to safe assign. Students will need to respond to at least one classmate and to the instructor. All work must include references and/or citations. Minimum word count for each question is 150 words. Please consult the grading rubric for assignments guidelines.

To prepare for this Discussion students are to review Unit 3 and 4. After reviewing Units 3 and 4 answer the following questions in the discussion board.

Students will need to select at least five questions to answer from unit 3 or 4. Please note that students will need to use all questions to prepare for examinations.

Unit 3 Questions:

Question 1:

Choose at least one significant event in U.S. history from Unit 3. Create a newspaper headline or a social media post that describes your understanding of the American way of life during this period. How did Americans live and survive? How did the Industrial revolution impact the American way of life?

Question 2:

Discuss Andrew Jackson and his role as U.S. President. What conflicts or controversies occurred during his administration? (Identify at least one that you found) What was Andrew Jackson’s legacy as president?

Question 3:

Identify at least one reform movement highlighted in Unit 3. What was this

movement? What significant impact did this movement have on American

history?

Question 4:

What was your understanding of Manifest Destiny? How did this concept

expand America’s concept of moving West? What conflicts did the U.S.

encounter with Mexico? Who were some of the key leaders/figures involved in

the conflicts with Mexico?

Unit 4 Questions:

Question #1

After reviewing lessons 13, choose at least one person from this reading that you gained a better understanding of. Who was this individual? What was their role in American history? Why did you choose this individual? Why do you consider them significant to American history?

Question #2

Many have discussed the Civil War and its impact on American history. What was your understanding of the Civil War prior to reading Unit 4? What is your understanding of it now? What do you think caused tensions between the North and the South? Do you think that slavery was an issue? Please explain your reasoning.

Question #3

Identify at least one of the campaigns/battles fought during this war that you understood from the reading. What was the battle and where did it occur? When was this battle and what was the outcome? How is this event significant to the study of U.S. history?

Question #4

Reconstruction was the period after the Civil War that ultimately changed the lives for many Americans. After reviewing lesson 15, do you think Reconstruction had a negative or positive impact on former slaves, now called freedmen? Please explain your reasoning and provide specific examples from the readings to support your answer.

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