history small essays
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Please respond to three of the following prompts. You may, if you wish, respond to a fourth prompt to earn up to 10 extra credit points. Each essay should be between 400 and 600 words. Please make sure to respond to all portions of the prompt and be as specific as possible. Each response is worth up to 10 points. Do not prepare separate documents. 1. In 1935 W.E.B. DuBois wrote the following regarding Reconstruction: “The slave went free; stood a moment in the sun; then moved back towards slavery.” What do you think DuBois meant? What evidence supports DuBois’s claim? 2. How did the United States become a mature industrial society in the decades after the Civil War? What kind of social changes resulted from industrialization? How did intellectuals and reformers of the period propose to address the problems of an industrial society? 3. What were the primary challenges farmers faced as agriculture was integrated into the national market in the latter part of the 19th century? How did farmers propose to deal with the challenges? How did the federal government facilitate the expansion of the United States into the western regions of the continent? 4. Who were the progressive reformers and what was their motivation? How was the nation state transformed by the progressive movement? How did the constitutional amendments of the Progressive Era (the 16ththrough the 19th) reflect the spirit of progressivism? How was progressivism affected by World War I? 5. Warren Harding was elected president in 1920 running on a campaign that called for a “return to normalcy.” What did the Republicans mean by that slogan and how did the period 1920 to 1932 reflect changes in social, economic, political, and cultural attitudes from the Progressive Era? How did Herbert Hoover’s response to the Great Depression reflect the dominant attitudes of the period? 6. How did the architects of the New Deal try to steer the United States towards recovery? What were some of the reforms that New Dealers implemented that became part of the American welfare state? On what grounds did groups at both ends of the political spectrum criticize the New Deal?
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