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IDENTIFICATIONS (4 points total — 1 POINT EACH — CHOOSE FOUR)
Choose FOUR of the following topics. For each identification, write a short paragraph
using your own words to identify what the topic is, argue how it relates to US history,
and show how one of our course sources (reading, video, or website) helps to explain its
relevance to history.
Treaty of New Echota
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
gold rush (California)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Compromise of 1850
Battle of Gettysburg
Civil War medicine
Grading criteria: Identifications are assessed for (a) accuracy, (b) thoughtfulness, and (c)
ESSAY (11 POINTS TOTAL)
Write a 500-to-800-word argument-based essay in response to ONE of the following
On slavery: In the 1830s through the Civil War, what were the TWO or THREE most
important impacts of slavery on the US? Consider how slavery impacted politics,
economics (how the US made money and how money was distributed), beliefs/ideas, and
Americans’ daily lives.
On westward expansion: In the 1830s through the Civil War, what were the TWO or
THREE most important impacts of westward expansion on the US? Consider how the
movement of the US westward impacted politics, economics (how the US made money
and how money was distributed), beliefs/ideas, and Americans’ daily lives.
In your essay, pose a clear, strong argument and support it with examples from diverse
groups of peoples alive during the early to mid 1800s. (You can’t cover everyone and
every time period, but do cover a solid range of peoples.) Use a variety of sources
viewed in Modules due between 2/24 and 3/8 to demonstrate evidence of your
Argument: 4 points:
o Does your essay have a clear and specific argument that answers
o Do you defend your argument with analysis?
Evidence: 5 points:
o Do you use evidence to defend your argument and analysis?
o Is the evidence thorough?
o Do you use a range of evidence — like historians/experts
(represented in texts and videos) as well as some primary sources
(words/drawings from that time)?
Clarity and authentic communication: 2 points:
o Does your paper flow clearly?
o Is your writing clear and free of distracting technical errors (such as
grammar, spelling, and punctuation)?
o Do you use your own words instead of relying on lots of quotes?
o If the essay uses informal language, is it blended intentionally with
o Unless you use a direct quote, you don’t have to cite your sources if
you use assigned course materials. However, if you use an outside
source, then you should cite it in either MLA or Chicago Style (Links
to an external site.) format.
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