History Task 5

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SURVEY OF UNITED STATES HISTORY
 

Competencies:
1002.1.1: English Colonization and the Road to Revolution - The graduate analyzes the colonial experience and the foundations of the American Revolution.
1002.1.2: The 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.
1002.1.3: Reconstruction and the Age of American Imperialism - The graduate examines the major changes that defined the United States in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
1002.1.4: The Making of Modern America - The graduate explains significant international and domestic challenges that the United States confronted since World War I.

Introduction:

Historians work with two types of sources: primary and secondary. Primary sources are letters, diaries, films, photographs, newspaper articles, and any other artifacts that were produced by people living through the events of a historical period. Historians study and draw on these sources in order to recreate the past for the current generation. These recreations are called secondary sources. Secondary sources are books, articles, and websites that historians and other authors write about the past—A People and a Nation is an example of a secondary source.

The analysis of primary sources is an important part of understanding both the culture of the past and the meaning of current events. Primary sources reveal the different perspectives that groups of people and individuals had on contemporary debates as well as the variety of responses historical actors can have to the same event. By investigating how people responded to their situations in diverse historical contexts, we can learn how individuals felt about events as they unfolded and can appreciate their divergent perspectives. This appreciation builds empathy that assists us as we approach individuals with different perspectives in our workplace and daily lives.

In this assessment, you will work with one of the following four time periods in United States history:

• English Colonization and the Road to Revolution

• The Early Republic and the American Civil War

• Reconstruction and the Age of American Imperialism

• The Making of Modern America
 

For each of these periods, you will have a pair of two primary sources. For your chosen historical period, you should use your knowledge and analytical skills—in addition to relevant readings from the A People and A Nation text—to provide context for these primary sources and to explain how they relate to one another. In this assessment, you will select one historical period and then analyze the corresponding two primary sources.

Requirements:
 

A.  Write an essay (suggested length of 2–3 pages) on one of the historical periods from the list provided in the introduction, using the corresponding primary sources. In your essay, do the following:
 

Note: You can refer back to the text, A People and A Nation, for additional information about these time periods. 

1.  Analyze the point of view of primary source A by doing the following:

a.  Describe the major characteristics of primary source A (e.g., the author’s background, the main ideas presented, the reasons it was created).

b.  Explain how primary source A reflects the major events of the chosen historical period (e.g., social movements, developing ideologies, international conflicts).

2.  Analyze the point of view of primary source B by doing the following:

a.  Describe the major characteristics of primary source B (e.g., the author’s background, the main ideas presented, the reasons it was created).

b.  Explain how primary source B reflects the major events of the chosen historical period (e.g., social movements, developing ideologies, international conflicts).

3.  Discuss how the two primary sources relate to each other within their historical context.
 

Note: This may include major themes of the period or social/political movements that define the era.
 

B.  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)
 

Note: APA citation style is the WGU standard. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Resources web link found under General Information/APA Guidelines in the left-hand panel in Taskstream.
 

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly.
 

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.
 

Reference List:
 

Norton, M. B., Kamensky, J., Sheriff, C., Blight, D. W., Chudacoff, H. P., Logevall, F., . . . Michals, D. (2014). A People and A Nation: A History of the United States, Brief Edition (10th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
 

WEB LINKS:1.1. English Colonization and the Road to Revolutionlink opens in new windowPrimary Source A: Backus, I. (1999). An appeal to the public for religious liberty. In Patrick, John J. and Long, Gerald P. (Eds.), Constitutional debates on freedom of religion (pp. 24–27). Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/westerngovernors/reader.action?docID=5007075&ppg=46 (Original work published 1773)2.2. English Colonization and the Road to Revolutionlink opens in new windowPrimary Source B: A peace sect wrestles with the problem of hiring a substitute. (2002). In P. Brock (Ed.), Liberty and conscience: A documentary history of the experiences of conscientious objectors in America through the Civil War (pp. 55–56). Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/westerngovernors/reader.action?docID=10085232&ppg=68 (Original work published 1781)3.3. The Early Republic and the American Civil Warlink opens in new windowPrimary Source A: Turner, N. (2006). Nat Turner describes his rebellion. In C. Waldrep & M. A. Bellesiles (Eds.), Documenting American violence: A sourcebook (pp. 124–127). Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/westerngovernors/reader.action?docID=10142487&ppg=139 (Original work published 1831)4.4. The Early Republic and the American Civil Warlink opens in new windowPrimary Source B: Douglass, F. (2009). Fourth of July oration. In J. Bean & G. Saari (Eds.), Race and liberty in America: The essential reader (pp. 38–42). Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/westerngovernors/reader.action?docID=10495368&ppg=61 (Original work published 1852)5.5. Reconstruction & Age of American Imperialismlink opens in new windowPrimary Source A: Riis, J. (2009). Jacob Riis chronicles the struggles of the urban poor. In L. C. Hillstrom (Ed.), Defining moments: Muckrakers and the Progressive Era (pp. 165–169). Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/westerngovernors/reader.action?docID=10355663&ppg=183 (Original work published 1890)6.6. Reconstruction & Age of American Imperialismlink opens in new windowPrimary Source B: Roosevelt, T. (2009). President Theodore Roosevelt promises progressive reform. In L. C. Hillstrom (Ed.), Defining moments: Muckrakers and the Progressive Era (pp. 159–164). Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/westerngovernors/reader.action?docID=10355663&ppg=177 (Original work published 1901)7.7. The Making of Modern Americalink opens in new windowPrimary Source A: Friedan, B. (1963). The problem that has no name. In D. Keetley & J. Pettegrew (Eds.), Public women, public words: A documentary history of American feminism (pp. 24–35). Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/westerngovernors/reader.action?docID=10714455&ppg=24 (Original work published 1963)8.8. The Making of Modern Americalink opens in new windowPrimary Source B: Jones, B., Blair, A., Ehrenreich, J., Hochschild, A. R., & McKenna, E. P. (2005). Giving women the business: on winning, losing, and leaving the corporate game. In D. Keetley & J. Pettegrew (Eds.), Public women, public words: A documentary history of American feminism (pp. 660–678). Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/westerngovernors/reader.action?docID=10714455&ppg=661 (Original work published 1997)9.9. Rubric Terms 

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